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Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?
When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly 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.
Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, 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.
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It’s official: Lauren Layne has made it at the top of my list of favorite authors! I’ve read quite a few of her books by this point but this is definitely one of my favorite books by her (tied with The Trouble with Love, read that one). I’ve really liked the last two installments of The Wedding Belles series, but there was just something about this one that hooked me in completely. Everything felt perfect: the characters, the romance, the chemistry, the pace. It was all there and it was all amazing! I love that feeling you get when you just know that you’re reading a new favorite book and this one definitely had me feeling that way.
Heather is an Assistant Planner for The Wedding Belles, but she’s due for a promotional soon. When she gets her own solo wedding to plan which will pretty much determine her career. Heather has put in everything she has to make her dream job a reality and she won’t let anything stand in the way, especially not the wanna-be rocker who lives next door and is determined to keep her up at nights with his band practice. Josh is the opposite of Heather: he’s fine with just letting the days go by without any real plan or objective for life. After surviving a cancer diagnosis, his outlook on life has changed and he’s determined to simply enjoy life one day at a time with no real goals or commitments.
After his first meeting with Heather, the chemistry is instant and scorching. I love that these two actually took the time to become really good friends before jumping into anything romantic. They knew they were both attracted to each other but tried to hold off on the inevitable. When they finally take that step (well worth the wait) both Josh and Heather are determined to keep this a casual thing. Mostly Josh since he refuses to let Heather into any part of his life that includes talking about his past or present. He doesn’t want to be seen as the cancer survivor and he’s afraid that the cancer can return any day now. I understood the guy even though his insistence to keep Heather at arm’s length drove me crazy. Josh has to determine if he’s really living by running away from his past.
The romance was fantastic! The pace chemistry and pace were perfect, not too slow or rushed. Like I said, I loved the friendship and dynamic they had, even if Josh tried his best to keep Heather at a distance. I loved seeing these two slowly fall in love, it gave me that much-loved ‘tingles in my fingertips’ feelings that I love (am I the only one that happens to?). I can’t say enough good things about Lauren Layne books and The Wedding Belles series. I highly recommend this series, the Stiletto series, Oxford series and Blurred Lines. As for me, I’m working towards my way to reading all of Layne’s book to see what other great romances she has for me.
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