I’m so excited to be taking a part in this blog tour for one of my favorite books of 2016! You will be woo’d and charmed. You will laugh your heart out. I highly recommend this amazing and funny novel.
by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Pocket Books
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?
When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.
Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I don’t know what magic Lauren Layne possesses to write alluring, engaging, fun-filled stories. She always succeeds at delivering a masterpiece and always leaves me amazed. I enjoyed To Have and To Hold so much that I thought the first book would be the best one of the series. Ha! Cue moment of laughter for my incredulous nature. This sequel threw the ball out of the park, if that’s even possible. Usually sequels tend to be over-shadowed by the other books in the series, but this?! No no no, my friends. For Better or Worse has to be the best one yet! I don’t know how the third book will top this one, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Heather is a very passionate and dedicated woman. She thrives to be a wedding planner and not be an assistant anymore. She’s given the wedding of the year and she wants to give it her all so she can finally have that title she desires. I think we can all learn a lot from Heather. She went from having nothing to packing her bags and moving to New York to follow her dreams. Her only flaw—that’s not really a flaw since we’ve all been through it—is wanting to prove to her mom, her boss, anyone, that she can be successful. I say it’s a flaw because she felt like she needed to keep going up and up. She would never take breaks for herself to enjoy life. Her devotion to her job was so much that she didn’t have a social life.
Josh used to have a job at Wall Street, but he resigned due to an illness. He started focusing on his music and “living life”, but he’s not really living it. He’s also a little bit of a man-whore, but it’s not fully shown in the story. When it it is, he tells the women that it’s only sex and that’s it. When Heather can’t go to sleep because Josh is her neighbor and is playing music so late at night, she decides to give him a piece of her mind. The bickering and flirty banter is immediately thrown into the story and I was loving it! Once Josh got a taste of Heather, he couldn’t get enough.
I was shipping Heather and Josh so hard! Their antics had me laughing, giggling and grinning all the time. Their chemistry is off-the-charts, yet they are also so very adorable and cute together. The talks they would have about banana bread (double meaning) had me in a laughing fit. Heather and Josh go so well together and complement each other a lot. As I mentioned before, Josh had an illness, and I was so scared for Heather to find out. I didn’t want this to be a reason they would split. Heather, once again, shows the level of maturity she has and handles it incredibly. I was so happy she did because it showed just how much this couple is meant to be together.
Don’t get me started on the ending! That was THE most beautiful thing ever! There’s an airport scene that you guys need to read. You will adore it so much! I wanted more and more of it. I re-read that scene quite a few times because it was wonderful!
For Better or Worse is a rom-com that will charm you and give you all the feels!
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