Review of To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

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Release date: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Pocket Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit

Goodreads blurb: 

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? 


This is my first Lauren Layne novel so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it sounded cute. I love reading about weddings and wedding related stuff, so the idea of a novel about a wedding planner sounded fun! This is the first book in a new series, the Wedding Belles.

I have to say, I’m a huge fan of Layne’s writing style. It’s sharp, witty and a little bit snarky. I found myself laughing out loud while reading a few scenes. She captures a modern New York woman perfectly in a hip and fresh manner. 

The chemistry between Brooke and Seth was sizzling hot! They had the whole love/hate and hot/cold thing going on, but it was executed well. Their sex scenes were spicy, flirty and sexy without being smutty. Layne pushes the envelope a bit, but doesn’t cross any lines. 

I really liked both Brooke and Seth. She’s sassy, sarcastic and vulnerable. He’s cool, calm and controlled. They balanced each other out nicely and just made sense as a couple. They’ve both been damaged and hurt in past relationships and as a result are naturally skeptical of all things related to love. 

I read this book while on vacation and it was a perfect light and fun read for a relaxing trip! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series as the secondary characters in this book were fun and interesting as well. The second book in the series is called For Better or For Worse and will be released August 30, 2016.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Netgalley and Pocket Books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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