To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

Book - 2016 | First Pocket Books paperback edition.
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USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the "queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes" (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, 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 fianc#65533; is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin'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 strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya's fianc#65533; 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?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
Edition: First Pocket Books paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501135132
Branch Call Number: PB Layne
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 18 cm.

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Janet_Reads Sep 22, 2016

Lauren Layne starts her new Wedding Belles series off right with To Have and Hold. I always enjoy Ms. Layne’s writing and this latest novel is no exception. It was fun with interesting characters and a great story.

Wedding planner extraordinaire Brooke Baldwin recently moved from Los Angeles to New York after being stood up at the alter when her fiancee was arrested for fraud by the FBI. (Think Bernie Madoff.) This understandably rocked her world, and she decides to make a new start with a big move and a job. Brooke closed her own planning business and joined the most prestigious west coast wedding planning group, Wedding Belles.

Her first big wedding in New York is for a hotel heiress whose big brother, Seth Tyler, questions the integrity of her fiancee and his intentions. Determined to discover the truth, he decides the best route is to involve himself in the planning process and thus meets Brooke. Sparks immediately fly as the controlling, serious Seth clashes with the fun, optimistic Brooke. Soon the two give in to the temptation and begin a non-relationship, meaning they start a relationship but pretend like it is only a casual fling.

Brooke is having to face her past since she never really dealt with the aftermath caused by her fiancee. Seth has his own relationship baggage and, of course, is also knee deep trying to protect his sister. It is not a great time for either to fall in love, but as you probably guess, there is no stopping cupid and these two end up together and happy.

Again, I really liked this To Have and to Hold. The characters were interesting and relatable. The chemistry between Brooke and Seth was believable and hot. The second book in the series was set up, but it never felt like a forced or awkward plot addition. Lauren Layne does it again! I am looking forward to reading For Better or Worse at the end of next month. (Thank you Ms. Layne for not waiting months to publish the next books in the series. It is so much easier to enjoy the next story when you remember the previous!)

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