Series: The Wedding Belles #0.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 6, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Star
Format: eARC, 100 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise–thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah’s way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter's wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes–until she finds out who she’ll be working with.
Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah’s heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he’s working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to give him the cold shoulder. Despite his persistence, she is not going to fall for his charming, impish ways again. Not even if he still has that killer, irresistible smile...
Novellas aren’t always my favorite, but I can’t pass up ANYTHING Lauren Layne writes. Seriously. She gets me. I love her books. I can already tell I’m going to love this new series.
The misunderstandings were many in this book, and while that was frustrating at times, I still really enjoyed this novella. Leah and Jason needed to sit down and talk some stuff out. But, they were both stubborn and it was easier to walk away from each other in the past than to have the tough talk about what really happened. Now that they’re back in each other’s lives and as they have to work together to photograph a HUGE, career-building wedding, things are super messy. The attraction is still there. But so is the resentment over what happened between them years ago. Leah’s convinced Jason is a giant manwhore. Jason is bothered that, once again, someone is assuming they understand him and have dismissed him instead of taking the time to get to know the REAL him. Leah’s afraid to get close to him again, but the chemistry is tough to fight.
This novella was a great start to a new series. I really liked the characters, even if I wanted to lock them in a room together and not let them out until they TALKED THINGS THROUGH or, you know, smack them upside the head a couple times for being ridiculous. It was sweet and sexy and made me swoon. I enjoyed the setting – come on, weddings and NYC? Just give me all the books now. I enjoyed getting to know a little bit about the Wedding Belles and I can’t wait to get their stories.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
A smart woman wouldn’t sign herself up for more heartache with a man who seemed determined to bed half the city.
“I’m saying that I don’t want to be with someone who’s been with everyone else. Not even for a one-night fling.”
Have you read From This Day Forward?
Any of Lauren’s other books?