Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
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.
A couple of months ago I read the first book in this series, To Have and To Hold and really liked it, so I was super excited about picking up this one. I think I may have liked this one even better than the first one!
Heather and Josh are new neighbors and they have an undeniable attraction to each other. Heather is a typical modern New York woman, she’s ambitious, career driven, yet still sexy and fun. Josh is more laid back, he’s a muscian that is deliciously sexy, sarcastic, and wickedly funny. The two have fantastic banter and I was dying waiting for them to get it together and just hook up already!
Parts of this book were a little hard for me to read due to a personal connection to cancer. My husband battled cancer a couple of years ago and reading all about Josh’s fears touched a raw nerve for me. The terror every time he allowed himself to think about the cancer returning, the hesitancy to let anyone too close, the need to keep people at arms length is all too painfully familiar to me. As much as it hurt me to relive some of the darkest moments in my life, I so appreciated the way Layne handled this situation though Josh. She absolutely nailed all the emotions and feelings that come with a cancer diagnosis, especially those of a young adult male.It was beautifully portrayed.
By the way, my husband beat cancers ass and is in remission! ❤️🎉
As usual, Layne wrote an adorable contemporary romance that women from all over can relate to. It’s sharp, humorous, fresh, sexy and raw. I would recommend reading the first book in this series before this one as its so good, but you can read this as a standalone if you’re so inclined.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Pocket Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review.