To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

July 28, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 10 Comments

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne | Blog Tour Review + GiveawayTo Have and To Hold
by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 26th 2016 by Pocket Books
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

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.

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Brooke’s life made the top news when a scandal broke out about her fiance being a con-man. Her wedding day was ruined when the FBI arrested the guy at the altar! Seeking a fresh start, she moves from LA to NY to be a part of the Wedding Belles team. She wasn’t expecting her fresh start to come in the form of her client’s brother.

Brooke is a very relateable character. She’s definitely not perfect and makes mistakes, but she’s also a great woman who searches for the good in all the bad. Despite what happened to her, she still believes in happy ever afters. And she tries to show Seth that these happy endings do exist.

She was pretty sure the man next to her was every bit as intoxicating as the vodka. Maybe more so.

After getting his heart broken, Seth doesn’t believe in happy ever afters. It’s why his focus is always on work or his sister, whom he truly loves. He owns a chain of very successful hotels, and he’s actually very rich. At first, Seth came off as a little arrogant when he met Brooke, and later we see his very controlling side. He wants the best for the people he loves, but sometimes his way isn’t the best. Seth has a caring nature for everyone in his life and it was endearing to read about.

Seth didn’t think Brooke was worth it. He knew she was.

When it came to Brooke and Seth, right from the start their chemistry was electrifying! Just by their bickering alone, you could feel the sexual tension between them. Brooke and Seth are so perfect together. She’s the one who isn’t afraid to tell him just how controlling he is and how it can affect his relationships with the people he cares about the most.

“I had to try to be more, because you made me want to be more.”

You know there’s always a scene when either the man or the woman has to win the other back. The way that Seth tried to win Brooke back melted my heart. I would keep messaging Lacey from Booklovers for Life all to get to that scene because I couldn’t bear to read it alone. I needed to share my feels with someone else. It was the best thing he could have done for both of them.

“I’ll take whatever you’re giving. A drink. Dinner. A walk. Maybe a movie. Joint custody of the dog. Keys to the same home. […] A wedding. Babies. Things like that.”

I need to highlight Maya’s character (Brooke’s client). I want her as my best friend! Lacey and I kept saying how amazing she was. When she got friendly with Brooke, we just loved her even more! It’s obvious Maya and Seth are siblings since they are the most caring characters in this book. Also, the women from the Wedding Belles received Brooke with open arms and they immediately clicked and became friends. I can’t wait to read more of this friendship in the rest of the series!

“I don’t think you realize just how much trouble you’re in. […] Let’s just say when my brother wants something, he gets it. Always.”

I’m pretty sure you guys have memorized what I’m about to say. Lauren Layne is the boss! I keep saying this because she always delivers with her stories. They are some of the best Contemporary novels I’ve read. Lauren Layne has a way with words that engages the reader and makes them feel so giddy and happy. If you’re in need of a good dose of Contemporary novels that are cute, sexy, and with a fantastic cast of characters, never hesitate to read a book by this author. You will never be disappointed.

Overall, To Have and To Hold was all kinds of romantic—a romance that will tug at your heartstrings and make you fall hard.

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.


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  • I’m so pleased you liked this one and that you’re a fan of LL now too! I looooved that scene of Seth trying to win back Brooke. It’s one of my favorite romantic scenes of all time.
    I co-sign this review hard! 🙂

    • I’ve been a fan for a while 🙂 I remember my first book by her was Isn’t She Lovely and the others in that series that I enjoyed a lot.
      That scene was the best! I knew he was going to buy it. I just knew it ever since Brooke mentioned it. But everything he said <3

  • Lisa Filipe

    What a FABULOUS review! Thank you so much for sharing your LL Love!!

  • Eleonora – Lydia Choursoulidou

    I don’t have a favorite wedding song, cheesy or not. In Greece there is no music playing during any part of the wedding ceremony. The only songs played are before and after the wedding and these could be just about anything.

  • I saw that Nick really liked this book! I haven’t read anything by this author, but I want to change that for sure. =) Great review, Genesis!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • This author is like crack for me, well her books anyway. Have you read her Love Sex and Stilettos series as well as the spinoff? I looove that series. I ‘m about 80% in this one and I’m loving it, I hope to finish it tonight.

  • Eva

    Great review! I’ve only read one LL but I loved it and this series sounds so good! Glad you liked it Gen!!