ARC Review: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Lauren Layne

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Title: To Have and to Hold
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 384

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?

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for the review copy. 

Thank you Lauren Layne for deciding to write romance novels. Because you make my day better every time I read your books. It is as simple as that. I seriously enjoyed them so much and have such a good time while doing it. My heart fills with joy and love and care for these stories and characters. To Have and to Hold is probably one of my new favorites. It is glamorous in its way and filled with lovable characters you won't stop rooting for. What dazzles me more about LL's books is that you don't only root for the main characters but for the secondary ones too.

First of all: What really caught my eye about this new series is the fact that, of course, The Wedding Belles are wedding planners. It's a group of women that have a wedding planning company and do all the big, fancy wedding in New York City. Isn't that sounds soooo glamorous and pretty? You will wish you lived in NYC (more so than ever lol like me) and hang out with the Belles and their friends, go to the events they do and drink champagne with them as well. 

If you didn't know this before but I do love rich MCs. And yeah, this book has them. Brooke comes from LA where she had her own wedding planning business but didn't work out. She comes to NYC to take the job with the Belles and life seems pretty fabulous to be quite honest. She doesn't have her big house anymore, she lives in a small apartment, but she loves what she does and you can feel her happiness through the pages whenever she is doing her job.
"Brooke still managed to put her heart and soul into planning weddings because she refused to give up on the happily ever after."
Seth needs to have his own paragraph because maaaaan, that guy. So he is the brother of the bride who happens to choose The Wedding Belles to plan her wedding. He's paying for it allllll. Also he 1000% doesn't trust the guy who is marrying his sister is marrying her for the right reasons. Seth comes off super ice king and he isn't here to waist his time with anything. He loves his sister very very much and his friendship with Grant was just superb as well.
"He was uptight and irritable and went from being deadly sexy to outright cold in the blink of an eye."
The relationship of these two starts as "gosh I hate her/his guts so much but I also really want to make out with them." It's so funny to see the whole thing from the start and a JOY!! It isn't exactly slow burn romance but it's definitely sweet and hot. Lauren Layne does it best. 

One thing I would like to point out is that I don't like the word exotic when a person is being described. And most of the time it's because of the color of their skin and/or ethnicity. When will this stop happening? This book does mention it like twice, so I'm not super pissed and thankfully the story and characters made me fall in love with this book. 

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. 

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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  1. Ugh, the pictures alone are convincing me to read this book (it's in my tower of TBR books and I am so excited to get reading it). I mean, that review also convinces, even with the use of exotic to describe a character. I completely get how that is the worst way to describe someone (unless they're a bird because I completely accept it then). Great review :)