In Review: For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne

Posted September 6, 2016 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren LayneFor Better or Worse by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


In Review My Thoughts

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I. Love. Lauren. Layne’s. Books. LOVE. Anytime I pick up something she’s written, I’m all but guaranteed to have a four or five star reading experience. I love her characters and the relationships between them – romantic or otherwise. If she writes it, I’ll be reading (and loving) it!

If I’m gonna be totally honest, I did struggle a little bit with Josh in this book initially. I have an issue with manwhores (or the perception that a hero is a manwhore). It makes me a little twitchy. I’m a little better with the reformed manwhore, but if he’s hooking up with someone else after falling for or becoming interested in the heroine, I’m not a huge fan – whether that’s fair or not. I won’t get too deep into this here – it’s a discussion topic for another time, to be honest. I won’t get too spoilerly, but I will say all wasn’t as it seemed with Josh. He was a flirt. He had a playboy past. He was pushing for a no strings attached thing with Heather. BUT there was more to all of it than meets the eye. He had his reasons.

Despite my initial issues with Josh, he grew on me. He was a complicated guy and my heart ached for what he went through in the past. I really liked Heather. I bonded with her as she struggled through the ridiculous expectations of her client and the building sexual tension (and annoyance) of her noisy, but sexy as hell neighbor, Josh. I loved the banter between these two. Their sizzling sexual tension and crazy chemistry, even as they were ready to strangle each other, made me smile. I was a little surprised by the feels that this one gave me, but I’m happy to say it all ended with a huge smile… and even a couple happy tears.

I’m absolutely loving The Wedding Belles series. Which is so NOT a surprise to me. See above re: loving Lauren’s books. I love the friendship between these strong, successful women. And, of course, I kind of adore the men who enter their lives. I CAN’T WAIT for the next book. I’m all grabby hands over the possible connection between Alexis and Logan. The build up has been killing me!
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“One day you’re going to find a girl that you can’t look away from and I hope I’m there to relish every minute.”

“Oh, I don’t want you to love me, 4C. Doesn’t mean I don’t want you to want me.”

Their mouths collided hungrily, and it was like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one. Fireworks. In her mind, her belly, her… other parts. 

Cute wasn’t the word for Josh Tanner’s appearance. Ridiculously hot, maybe. It was almost hand, how good-looking he was. It was like a constant reminder not to fall for him, because men who looked like that were not the kind you fell in love with. They were the ones you admired from afar, sparred with occasionally, and kept at a very, very safe distance.


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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2 responses to “In Review: For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne

  1. I recently read the novella and first book in this series and really enjoyed them. I really liked Heather. I haven’t read any other of Layne’s books, though. I definitely want to read this, but now I’m a bit nervous about Josh. I do sort of have high expectations for my heroes.