To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1)–Lauren Layne


to have and to hold.jpgBook      d       : To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1)
Author     d    : Lauren Layne
Pages   d         : 384 (Paperback)
Genred           : Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction
Published      : July 26th, 2016

3 star review


Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?


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I REALLY wanted to love this story and add it to my 5-star shelves, but I just couldn’t do it. 3 stars is the best I could give it. However, I can’t deny that it’s a great quick read, I threw this onto my Kindle for a short road trip (8 hours roundtrip) and finished it in about 5 1/2 hours. It’s a fast-paced book, without too much of a dull moment.

“One of her favorite parts of the Sex and the City fantasy was when Carrie’s mysterious Mr. Big would arrive in that sexy town car with his personal driver. One of the ultimate status symbols in New York. Or any city, for that matter.”

Brooke Baldwin is a California girl, recently moved to New York and now the newest member of The Wedding Belles, one of the most prestigious wedding planning companies in New York City. Quickly falling into friendship with her co-workers, Brooke is trying to make her way through life in a new city, with a new apartment, new clients and new men in her life.

Seth Tyler is one of the elite, coming from the Tyler family of the Tyler hotels. When Seth’s little sister, Maya, announces that she plans to marry, the only emotion coursing through Seth is distrust. And while he plans to give Maya the wedding of her dreams, he can’t help but wonder if she really knows the man she’s marrying. His solution involves attending all the wedding planning details and sizing up his sisters soon-to-be husband.

Seth and Brooke have obvious chemistry, and it’s probably the only part of the book that I really loved, (at least in the beginning). His control freak ways and her inability to think clearly around him made me immediately fall in love with the pair. However, as the story progressed, I started to lose interest and it seemed to me like the reality and fights of the two didn’t really seem all that real to me in the world.

As the story moved along, it started to become apparent that something wasn’t adding up about the groom, but the stubbornness Brooke showed about acknowledging it or investigating it started to become frustrating and irritating, (especially coming from the background where her own fiance was arrested by the FBI on her wedding day). Instead of understanding Seth’s feelings about wanting to protect his sister, Brooke accused Seth of being as bad as her own ex and for me, went to far in calling him out over a gut feeling that I would have followed through with (if I had been in the situation).

Overall, I’m glad I read the story, but I was slightly disappointed with the way it played out and the growth of the characters. I felt they almost became a little too shallow, but I wanted to follow it through. I’m on the fence about whether or not to continue this series, but for anyone looking for a good read, I’d recommend looking for a different title.


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Prior to becoming an author, Lauren lived in Seattle with a cushy job in e-commerce/web-marketing. On a whim, she quit her job and moved to NYC to pursue a writing career. A year later, she had an agent and two publishing contracts.

She now lives in midtown Manattan where she writes full time, although has been known to be lured away from the computer by a well-made cocktail.



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