Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 26, 2016
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Related Books: For Better or Worse, To Love and To Cherish
About To Have and To Hold:USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true... but their own.
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?
First of all, YORKVILLE! OMFG YORKVILLE!
I live there. This book takes place there. And can we talk about how much I love that it takes place there?
This is a tiny, quiet, beautiful neighborhood on the Upper East side that’s like a bubble from the rest of the upper class Upper East Side. It’s gorgeous. Everyone’s youngish, professionalish, and friendly. Have I mentioned it’s gorgeous? And best of all, it’s kind of a secret.
Guys, I love my neighborhood sooooooo much. And no one ever talks about it or has even heard of it – even people that live in other areas of Manhattan go “Yorkville, where’s that?” So the fact that this book specifically takes place in this neighborhood, that the hood was even mentioned at all is amaaazing. 🙂
Now that that’s out of the way. (At least, I think it is…)
The book was really cute. The #girlgang vibes were strong, gotta love a good girl gang. Especially when the rest of the series will focus on the other characters. 😉
Wedding planning is one of those careers I dream about having when things are shit at my actual job, one of those jobs I will always enjoy hearing and reading about.
Brooke was strong, funny, and when she let herself be vulnerable, you really felt for her.
And Seth? Honestly, I’m a control freak too. So while the two of us would make for a horrible match, at least I get him and understand him haha.