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For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2016
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"I highly recommend For Better or Worse. The second in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I say start with the first because it’s just as good. They’ve got the funny bickering that I love, and even as her stories have a light touch with cute flirty, they delve deep into the characters." (Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick)
"From This Day Forward, To Have and To Hold and For Better or Worse are all enchanting and chock full of all the witty repartee we have come to joyfully anticipate... an absolute delight." (Hypable)
"Really likable and interesting characters. Excellent pace and build. I was just so entertained while reading. Seriously excellent read! I absolutely loved every single second of this. Heather and Josh's story was really perfect to me. 5 stars all the way!" (About That Story)
"I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it from beginning to end without putting it down. It made me smile so much! It was everything I like in a Contemporary Romance. It was cute, light-hearted, funny and sweet. It made me so excited to read the next book in this series! For Better or Worse is a must read for Contemporary Romance lovers." (A Novel Glimpse)
"For Better or Worse is a love story that is carefree, real and packed with emotion any reader can relate with!!! TRULY FANTASTIC!!" (Addicted to Romance)
"I loved this book and can easily recommend you add it to your #needtoread. I am smiling like a lunatic while writing this and remembering Heather and Josh’s journey. I laughed, cheered, cried, sighed and almost swooned while reading For Better or Worse, and any book that can make me feel this wide spectrum of emotions is a book that qualifies as one of my favorite reads." (All About Romance)
"This book was everything. It was sweet and romantic and funny and entertaining. At moments, it broke my heart and then in the next page I'd be laughing out loud. This book is exactly why I love to read so much. It gave me all the feels and was absolutely perfect."
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"I’ll never get how LL can instantly captivate me from page one, but she continually does. The dance and the lead-up are the best part of her books and FOR BETTER OR WORSE has that in spades. I really honestly couldn’t put it down because the story was so well crafted, and both it and their chemistry pulled at me continuously. She writes characters that feel so real and are just incredibly likable, another thing that LL does well. It was absolutely fantastic and this series is one not to be missed." (Book Reader Chronicles)
"A fun, enjoyable, sexy story that I refused to put down... If you enjoy romance, fun, sexy couples, friendship, family, and laugh out loud moments, then you need to be reading this series." (The Reading Cafe)
“Layne packs as much into this sexually charged and emotionally intense novella (an introduction to her upcoming Wedding Belles series) as most authors do in a full novel…The heat between [Leah & Jason] enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.” (Publishers Weekly on From This Day Forward, Starred Review)
About the Author
Lauren Layne is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Stiletto series of contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series, The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian.
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Heather Fowler is enjoying her newfound life in NYC and is on the cusp of fulfilling her lifetime dream. As assistant wedding planner for Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles, Heather is ecstatic when she is given an opportunity to plan the wedding of a very prestigious client. Finally, Heather has a chance to prove herself worthy of the promotion she so desperately seeks. But with a difficult, disinterested client, an unavailable venue and an extremely short time-frame, Heather’s hope of catapulting her career to actual wedding planner, might never come to fruition.
When Josh Tanner was diagnosed with cancer, he gave up his stressful Wall Street lifestyle in favor of a more carefree one. Five years later, Josh is cancer free, but the fear of a recurrence is never far from mind, as he continues to keep people at arm’s length. Determined to live in the moment, Josh pursues his love of music, and enjoys the many perks that being part of a band affords him—namely, numerous women and a constantly revolving door. Transformed from the person he used to be, Josh now vehemently denounces routine, commitment and relationships. Still, Josh is unhappy; lost. Something is missing, and music alone isn’t filling the void.
Taking to heart the idiom, “Live the life you want, not the one you have,” Heather moves from her tiny apartment in Brooklyn Heights into a more expensive apartment just east of Central Park. But shortly after she moves in, Heather discovers that her devastatingly handsome neighbor has a penchant for band practice during the hours that Heather requires sleep. Although relentless in his attempts to seduce her, Heather refuses to fall for Josh’s charming antics and become one in a long line of one-night stands.
Josh’s new neighbor in “4C” is undeniably hot. He loves to taunt and tease her; to rile her up. Their sexual attraction is undeniable, and Josh is helpless to eradicate Heather from his thoughts. And while Heather feigns indifference to Josh’s allure, there’s little doubt that she, too, feels the “pull.” A fun, flirtatious friendship quickly ensues, slowly moving towards something a little more steamy & hot!
Heather has never been in love and suspects that she never will. No longer interested in fighting her growing desire for Josh, Heather decides to take the plunge. Fully aware of Josh’s stance on relationships, Heather is confident that the two of them can share a “friends with benefits” relationship without feelings ever getting involved. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and neither Heather nor Josh can stop their hearts from eventually craving something more. Still, Josh’s past is a mystery to Heather, and his quick-to-anger reaction whenever the subject arises, keeps Heather constantly on edge.
“For Better or Worse” is book #2 in Lauren Layne’s newest series—the Wedding Belles. Starting with the prequel, there are 3 books in this series, and with each new book, this series just gets better and better. A friends to lover's romance, “For Better or Worse” has the same type of lighthearted, flirty humor that I’ve come to love in Lauren Layne’s books and is highly reminiscent of “Blurred Lines,” one of my all-time favorites!
A perfect mix of humor, angst, and scorching hot sex, “For Better or Worse” is a sexy and delightful read!!
A great read that you need on your must read list. I highly recommend it.
Heather Fowler is the stereotype of small-town girls, making her dream of living in the big city a reality when she moved to the Big Apple to become a wedding planner. Landing a high profile wedding for a very influential and wealthy client as her first solo assignment is a daunting task but Heather is up to it. Just as long as she can get some sleep in her own apartment, something that appears to be difficult since her next door neighbor has an affinity for playing his drums at odd hours.
Josh Tanner is an aspiring musician, but before that he was an investment banker on Wall Street, with the fast life and all the trappings of success. Until a life-changing medical diagnosis forced him to reassess his priorities. These days he's content with a low key lifestyle, except he's not interested in long term relationships anymore. But the temptation his neighbor presents is hard to resist. And why does he take so much pleasure in annoying her?
Why did I enjoy this book so much?
First of all, the characters. Heather is a small-town girl at heart and living in NYC hasn't changed that. She's sweet but feisty and very independent, but she's also a dreamer and romantic, which is fitting for her job. Josh is a really great guy who hides a lot behind his friendly and easygoing exterior and his man-whore ways but he is always ready and willing to step up and help.
Second, the witty repartee. This is what I always look forward to any time I pick up a Lauren Layne book and she did not disappoint. The dialogue is fast, lively and enjoyable. And if sometimes Josh reminded me of the little boy pulling the girl's pigtails on the playground to get her attention, well sue me because I thought it was cute.
Third, the relationships. I always enjoy the friendships and the new connections formed among the characters, something Ms. Layne does so well and watching Josh connect with Seth and Logan melted my heart.
Speaking of Logan, the chemistry he generates with Alexa can power a small town and I cannot wait for their story.
In FOR BETTER OR WORSE, Ms. Layne delivers a charming story of passion, friendship, family and second chances, definitely one for the keeper shelf.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher 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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