A New Favorite Romance: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

A New Favorite Romance: For Better or Worse by Lauren LayneFor Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2)
by Lauren Layne
Series: The Wedding Belles #2
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Published by Pocket Books
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
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four-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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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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Nereyda is a 31 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else. Also, the world's worst texter...
  • I’m gonna have to give this series a go. I was telling Kim how the covers threw me off. I surely thought the books were about sweet, Southern romances. That’ll teach me to judge a book by its cover.

    • The books are set in New York but I can totally see why you would think that. Hope you give them a try 🙂

  • kindlemom1

    I love when an author can hook you, which is sounds like she has done on numerous occasions. I think I will have to add her to my list of authors to try.

  • I still need to read Lauren Layne but I have this series on my TBR because everyone has loved it so far. Glad you did too. Great review!!

  • I definitely need to read more Lauren Layne. I’ve read the novella and the first book in this series but that’s it so far. I’m a little nervous that Josh will get on my nerves in this one, though.

    • This one is the best of the series, hope you continue with it!

  • Yesssss!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one because it’s so good! I loved Josh and Heather. I also know what you mean about Lauren Layne, she shot her way to the top of my favorite authors list this year too. So stinkin’ good. Great review, Nereyda!

    • I just want to read new books from her all the time, why can’t we just have them all???

  • Alright, I am caving to peer pressure. I am headed to my library website right now to see if I can find this author. Everyone is reading and loving this series.

  • Ooh, I’m definitely giving this a try. It sounds like a perfect contemporary romance, I’m always on the lookout for new recs.

    And I get a similar feeling when I’m reading great love stories, it’s like a tight, slightly painful version of butterflies in the stomach in anticipation of great things! 🙂

  • So happy you loved this one! It’s definitely my fave one by LL. I still have to read the Oxford series. I read the Sex, Love and Stiletto series thanks to you, but still need Oxford! I’ll have to check them out through Overdrive.
    This book deserves to be read by everyone. It’s just so freaking good! (I was going to say f*cking but don’t know if I can curse through comments lol).
    Great review, Nereyda!
    Genesis Latte Nights Reviews

    • You can say whatever the fuck you want Genesis! If I can cuss on here, so can you 🙂

  • so much love for this book, i love the blurb and i love slow builds bah need

  • YES! This was just the perfect Lauren Layne book. I couldn’t stop reading and I looooved the slow build up. I kinda loved that cheesy reunion scene at the end too. I don’t know what it is about Lauren Layne, but she makes the world a better place with her books (I know you’re mocking me but it’s true!).

  • I must admit, I still haven’t read a Lauren Layne but have purchased a few on Kindle that I’m hoping to get around to reading soon. What really attracts me about her writing, is that she can write a sexy romance that is still full of depth, something new adult writers need to learn a thing or two about. I love slow burning romances and seeing characters fall in love, rather than the instant YA bullshit. I’m going to start this series on the weekend I need new books in my life and this sounds absolutely perfect. Brilliant review Nere <3

    • If it makes you feel better, this is not NA, just good ol’ contemporary romance so none of those annoying cliches. 🙂

  • Gah! Yet another recommendation from you two! Lol. I don’t mind and this one sounds so good! I’m going to have to add it to my pile.

  • Bookworm Brandee

    This is the second glowing review of For Better or Worse I’ve read. You have my one-click finger trigger happy, Nereyda with the perfect pacing, friends to lovers, slow-burn romance. I really want to read this one!

  • LostinLit Becca

    Oh this one sounds so cute!! I have a weird obsession with wedding planning! Great review Nereyda!

  • Eva

    YAY! So I bought this one after seeing Nick’s glowing review and now I know I MUST read this soon! It sounds so good and so happy you loved it! ♥

  • I’m so glad you liked this one Nereyda! I’ve actually really enjoyed Lauren Layne’s books in the past when I was in the mood for romance, so it’s great to hear that this one was a hit for you. 🙂 Will need to pick it up when I can.

    – Aila @ Happy Inulgence

  • I’m so glad you liked this one, I have it on my TBR pile after finishing the first book in the series. Lauren Layne is certainly setting herself up to be a new favourite author. I love her characters and her writing so I am excited to start this next books. I especially like the sound of Josh in this book, it shows a different side to surviving cancer, it’s not just a new grasp on life but a fear of what could happen next and facing your own mortality. It sounds like Layne’s written him well and I have to get started now.

    • Yes, I love how she captured all of that. Hope you love this one!