Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

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)

“Live the life you want, not the one you have.”

For Better or Worse was just the perfect way to spend my time off. Lauren Layne delivers just another perfect romantic story. 

Heather Fowler has goals. She's ready to drop the "assistant" part of her job and become one of the full-time wedding planners at The Wedding Belles. She can't believe all her dreams are coming true. She lives in NYC and her promotion is almost a done deal. She is ready to prove herself. If only, she could sleep without all the loud music coming from her next door's neighbor Josh. He's making her crazy, she doesn't know if she wants to scream at him or jump in bed with him.

You look like the type that has delicious sweet buns.

Josh Tanner left his suit and tie job and exchange it for a guitar. A few years back he was diagnosed with cancer, survived, and he made drastic changes to his life, including his now very active sex life. He loves his family but he doesn't want to fall in love and drag someone with him in case his cancer comes back. The neighbor in 4C does make him want things he wasn't looking for. He tries to keep Heather at a distance but he knows she is different. She has become more than a friend. This, of course, is terrifying.

“You're really living a half-life because you're too scared of having no life.”

I love when the characters have chemistry and let me tell you, Heather and Josh had oodles of it. They also had an amazing banter. I found myself laughing or smiling through most of the novel. I also became misty-eyed a couple of times but by the end, I was a happy gal. 

I really can't wait for Alexis and Logan's novel. I'm already in love with the Hot British Accountant!

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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 laurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

The below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the second in the series, For Better or Worse. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold (7/26), For Better or Worse (8/30), and To Love and to Cherish (10/18). You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only. Each winner will receive one copy of each book during the week of its publication date. 
To enter just leave a blog post comment below. Winner will be announced on September 3rd. 

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  1. Would love to win this series! Thanks for the chance.

    1. Anita, you are our winner. Please send me your information- home address to mrsleifs@gmail.com