I never expected a series based around wedding planners would be so clever or intriguing, but Lauren Layne managed to pique my interest and leave me anxious for the next in her new series The Wedding Belles. A novella installment, this is a wonderful story from a perspective that was fresh and unique and oh so sexy. Please read on for my review, check out the tour stops to see what others thought and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where Two Winners will receive a Print ARC of TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, The Wedding Belles Book One
From This Day Forward
Men. *sigh* Sometimes they are just so stuck in their own stuff that they can’t get out of their own way. It’s not just men though, as Leah soon proves with her stubborn refusal to listen to anything BUT the noise in her own head.
Wedding photographer Leah McHale is solidly confident about her own skills, and booked out years in advance for them. Her friend Alexis, the owner of The Wedding Belles, THE up and coming wedding planning business in New York has offered her a career-changing wedding gig. It only comes with one small hiccup – she needs to work in tandem with another photographer, and that photographer happens to be the one man she can’t forget – Jason.
Jason Rhodes, former foster kid turned Army Ranger, retired to photographer after a car bomb decimated his unit and sent him on a search for a new career. Another photographer in the rolodex at Wedding Belles, Jason is handsome, charming and sexy, and comes with a reputation.
A fling between these two a year before ended with Leah’s discovery of a strange female in his house followed by radio silence leaves these two with sparks and unaddressed questions. Who’s to blame? Oh they both are – to be sure. Leah, even after hearing Jason’s stories of his childhood and service couldn’t move past her knowledge of his player past. Jason, with his own, and completely understandable, trust issues is unwilling to take a step out and risk rejection. Instead, the two have tortured themselves with memories of what was, and questions linger.
If these two could only get past the hurt feelings and actually TALK to one another, and really listen, the story could end there. But, after days of off the charts sexual tension, some quiet moments of camaraderie and a SUPER steamy night – things are still unsettled. These two are so frustrating in ALL the good ways, and both need intervention that fortunately comes to break through the walls of hurt, and bring them together. A wonderful set-up for the series, with heat, heart and some clever dialogue mixes with the chaos of weddings from a new perspective.
Title: From This Day Forward
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #0.5
Also in this series: To Have and to Hold, For Better or Worse, To Love and to Cherish, To Love and To Cherish
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Pocket Star
Published on: 6 June, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in this prequel to USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.
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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.