Wednesday, August 31, 2016

For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Release: August 30th, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Wedding Belles #2

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.

Character Study
Second in Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series, For Better or Worse is the story of neighborhoods to agree to be friends with benefits. Heather and Josh both agree that they’ll keep emotions and attachments out of things so, of course, just what do you think happens!?!

I must say that I found this book to be the perfect summer read. It’s seemingly fun and “light” on surface, but it takes a deep dive into commitment and what happens when a partner keeps a secret at the end of the book. Add the quick pace and witty humor of Heather and Josh into the mix and you get a book I can see myself recommending to lots of different readers and friends.

Note: I’m not personally a fan of reading about a hero/heroine being with another person. In For Better or Worse we do see Josh interact with a one-night-stand early in the book. However, if that doesn’t bother you, or you can persevere without that messing with your head too much, read this book please! For me, the one-night-stand registered but didn’t impact my feelings towards Josh once the book was finished.

The playlist I created for this book is very character-centric. Each song selection is singularly Heather or Josh focused. Can you guess what songs I picked for each of them?

“No Sleep” by Maor Levi, BRKLYN and Mariah McManus

Don’t stop we’re on overload
No sleep until tomorrow
And tonight got to let it go
You and I, you and I

“You Matter to Me” by Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz
Because you matter to me
Simple and plain and not much to ask from somebody
You matter to me

“Habit of You” by Keith Urban
I could make a habit of you
Waking up in my bed
Staying up till two
‘Cause you’re stuck in my head
It’s a symphony you sing to me
When you call out my name
I don’t know what else to do
But make a habit of you
Habit of you
Habit of you

“Carry Me” by Kygo and Julia Michaels
Could you carry me?
Back into your heart again
Could you carry me?
Right into your distant hands
Could you carry me?
Right back where we started from
Could you carry me?

“Till I Fall Asleep” by Jayme Dee
And tell me that it's not over yet
We were never good at saying goodbyes
Oh we were never good at saying goodbyes
Why can't you see what's right in front of your eyes?

What did you think of For Better or Worse?
Are there any songs that remind you of Josh, Heather and their HEA?

About Lauren Layne

Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.

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