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Review: To Have and To Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne

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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?

My Review

To Have and To Hold is the first book in a fun new series by Lauren Layne. Told from dual points of view, To Have and To Hold follows the story of Seth and Brooke. Brooke just moved to New York for a fresh start and has been handed a huge client for her new job. What she wasn’t prepared for was the clients brother…Seth is used to controlling everything and getting his way. Only, Brooke is throwing him off his game. Not only is she trying to plan the wedding of his sister’s dreams, but she’s not putting up with Seth’s behavior. When Seth questions the intentions of his sister’s fiance, he will need help from Brooke. What Seth wasn’t expecting was to fall for the wedding planner along the way. Will Seth prove that his sister’s fiance is up to no good? Will Brooke finally get her own HEA?

To Have and To Hold is a sweet, and fun read. I loved the sex in the city meets the wedding planner aspect of it. I think that made the story-line a lot of fun and interesting. I loved Seth and Brooke from the very beginning. Their banter was so entertaining. They didn’t care for one another very much, but the sparks between them were undeniable. I loved their will they/won’t they moments. I thought they were a perfect match-both of them hurt in previous relationships, needing to meet the right person, just not realizing that they had found said person.

Overall, To Have and To Hold was a quick and easy read for me. Lauren Layne has once again delivered a sweet and entertaining romance with just the right balance of angst and humor. Lauren Layne is one of those authors whose writing I can always count on getting lost in and falling in love.  I think this series is off to an exciting start and I can’t wait to see who’s story will be next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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