Saturday, September 3, 2016

For Better or Worse

TitleFor Better or Worse
SeriesThe Wedding Belles #2
AuthorLauren Layne
PublisherPocket Books
Release DateAugust 30, 2016
ISBN 9781501135156

In For Better or Worse, the sexy second novel in USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series, an up-and-comer Wedding Belle butts heads with the literal guy next door. Will their brewing tension boil over into something more?

He’s driving her insane . . .

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from elite Wedding Belles assistant to full-fledged planner, she’s determined to put her best foot forward. Unfortunately, her first celebrity client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in three months. Heather’s days 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. Heather vows to put this entitled man-child in his place, whether he likes it or not.

But a little crazy might be just what she needs.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was a young rising star on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there’s more to life than the corner office. He kicked the cancer and dedicated his life to following his passions; now, if he could just convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. Once Heather begins to show him her softer side, 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.

For Better or Worse will have readers engaged from the start, and wedded to the idea of a summer and fall season filled with Wedding Belles! 

What people are saying:

“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…enough teases are given about the other “Wedding Belles” to create genuine interest in where their stories lead.”
Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and loveI look forward to reading the next two books in the series, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish…I look forward to seeing what the Wedding Belles will be up to next!”
—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“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] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”
Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW (From This Day Forward

“[From This Day Forward] is trope-nip to me. Weddings/wedding planners, check. Second chances, check. Sassy heroine, check…As this book is the prequel to the forthcoming Wedding Belles, I cannot wait to get all of their stories!...From This Day Forward is 100% recommended for anyone who likes stories about weddings, stories about people who are a really good at their jobs, relationships that are a tad explosive both in and out of bed, and introductions to new tribes of characters to get to know over the next few books.”
—Fresh Fiction “Fresh Pick” (From This Day Forward)

From This Day Forward  is a delightful book. Now I can't wait for the other ones in this series…Lauren Layne hit it right on the nose on what goes on behind the scenes…Can Jason and Leah see wedding bells in their future? We can only hope and wait for the next book in the “Wedding Belles” series. From This Day Forward was a great kick-off to the series.”
—Fresh Fiction (From This Day Forward)

For Better or Worse is one of my favorite types of books. When I started reading I was immediately drawn in and hooked. Lauren Layne is quickly become one of my favorite authors. 

Heather Folwer is an assistant wedding planner for The Wedding Belles. Soon, she hopes she can prove to the planners that she’s ready to be promoted and officially be a planner. All her dreams are coming true and she sees her “assistant” title coming to an end, if only she could shake her insufferable new neighbor. The hot musician that keeps her up all night by blaring music. The only problem is that the more she spends time with him, the more she wants him. 

He scooped up her mug and stood with a wink. “Damned if I don’t like you a little bit, 4C, especially when you’re all pissy and shit.”

Heather ignored this, pointedly looking out the window as she waited for him to return with more of the insanely good coffee. But damned if she didn’t like him a little bit, too.

Josh Tanner has had a tough time. After battling some demons and realizing how short life really could be, he quit his suit and tie job to pursue a career in music…and women. He’s not ashamed of enjoying himself and doesn’t have any future goals of having a family of his own. When he runs into his new, crabby neighbor, he really enjoys stirring him up. He finds himself realizing that with her, he may want the future he has given up. But if his demons were to return, he doesn’t want to drag her down with him. 


I love books with fiery banter. These two characters had me laughing out loud so much throughout this story. One thing I love about Lauren Layne’s novels is the build up. I feel like there is a definite connection when they meet, but as they get to know each other the layers build. 

I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I know I’m going to love the British accountant. 

4.5/5 FANGS

Don't Miss Any of the Wedding Belles Novels

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

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