Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Review & Giveaway with Lauren Layne

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles!

The Wedding Belles #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 26th, 2016
Pocket Books

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?

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I said this before and I'll say it again 2016 is the year of LL! After reading and loving From This Day Forward and meeting some of the Belles I knew I was going to enjoy getting to know them better.

Wedding planner, Brooke is eager to leave her life behind in LA because her own fairytale wedding ended like she wouldn't believe. Before she says "I do" her fiancé is led away in handcuffs and her career has taken a big hit. Brooke moves to NYC and takes a once in a lifetime opportunity with the Wedding Belles and while she is just getting settled in with her new life it's now time for her to plan her first wedding as a Belle except the brides brother is making this anything but easy on her. It also doesn't help how attractive he is but nothing is going to stop Brooke from making this wedding a success.

Since his fathers recent death, Seth, has become CEO of the company. He knew it would happen one day but definitely didn't expect it to be so soon. Then his sister drops the bomb that she is getting married to man she hardly knows and Seth has never met. While Seth loves his sister he doesn't trust her new fiancé and wants to be involved in planning this wedding only because it will give him time to prove that his sisters fiancé is a liar but what he doesn't plan on is the feisty wedding planner putting her foot down. Seth needs Brooke's help in making sure his sister doesn't get hurt but with the attraction between them so great there is no telling what will happen.

Seth first came off as a controlling ass but one thing I did notice was that he tried to help and wanted to save his sister the pain of betrayal. After digging deeper into his reasons I started to really like him and saw how much he really did care not only about his sister and friends but about Brooke.

Brooke was a joy to read about, I mean she got knocked down a few times but I really liked how she didn't give up. At first she isn't looking for love because of what previously happened but then once she gives in you could almost see the little hearts dancing around her head.

During the story there is the side love story of Maya ,Seth's sister, who I really did like and wish that just maybe LL will write her story from her side maybe as a novella. I want to learn more about her and _____. Sorry no spoilers. *wink*

Brooke and Seth had the attraction, funny banter and a whole lot of fun scenes. I am really looking forward to getting to know these characters better and what Layne will have coming up for them. This is truly a series that is on my watch list.

Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your fun review!

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love the excerpt and will be reading To Have And To Hold.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com