In Review: From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles #0.5) by Lauren Layne

Posted June 26, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles #0.5) by Lauren LayneFrom This Day Forward by Lauren Layne
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
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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...


In Review My Thoughts

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.

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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.”


About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.


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3 responses to “In Review: From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles #0.5) by Lauren Layne

  1. I have actually never read anything by Lauren Layne. Isn’t that awful? She’s totally on my TBR though. Where should I start?

    I’m glad you enjoyed this even though it was a novella (which are hit or miss) and that there were some frustrating misunderstandings.

    • Kim

      Oh you definitely need to read some Lauren Layne. She’s one of my go to authors. I loved the Sex, Love & Stiletto series. I’d start there. 🙂