The Wedding Belles #2
In For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by Lauren Layne, Heather Fowler followed her dreams by moving to New York City and finding the perfect job as an assistant wedding planner. Now that she's up for a promotion from assistant to being able to handle her own clients without assistance, Heather just has to overcome the big hurdle thrown her way -- a rich, annoying client that wants Heather to plan her wedding without much input from the bride-to-be in what she wants for her special day. However, it's not just planning this particular wedding that's creating stress for her. It seems she has to deal with her too charming and annoying neighbor as well.
Josh Tanner's life was turned upside down by his cancer diagnosis. Now that he's in remission, he's living life doing what he wants instead of returning to his finance job and being bogged down in numbers. When his feisty, workaholic neighbor gives him a verbal lashing for playing his music too loud, Josh finds himself intrigued. Can he convince Heather that there's more to life than work?
Ms. Layne always has a way of gripping my attention immediately once I start reading any of her books, and this one was no different. Right from the beginning, this book was riveting, fast-paced and one I could not put down for even a second due to the main characters back stories; the well-written dialogue, which was a good combination of intense and light-hearted moments; and everything the hero and heroine go through to be together.
I really liked both the main characters as well as most of the secondary ones. Josh is quite the charmer, which is proven through the way he teases Heather in hopes that she'll lighten up; stop being so uptight and let her hair down once in a while -- so to speak. Moreover, he's been through so much and I could understand why he made the choices he did about his job and relationships. He didn't want to leave anyone in the lurch, and put other people he gets close to through the pain his family went through when he was diagnosed with cancer and then going through treatment. However, in saying that, it was palpable that he needed Heather in his life just as much as she needed him in hers. He was living again with her around, instead of continuing to isolate himself from people.
While Heather, she's strong, brave and I liked how determined she was to achieve her promotion. Even when the bride-to-be was an absolute witch with what she does to the heroine. Furthermore, Heather hasn't always had it easy with her mom; a woman that clearly loves her daughter but doesn't always do right by Heather by expecting the heroine to bend to her will during special holidays. So, I liked how Josh's family welcomed her without making her feel like an outsider. Then there's the close friendships she's formed with her colleagues. They can talk about anything, even topics that could lead to blushing moments.
Overall, Ms. Layne has again penned a really good novel where t
he teasing banter between the hero and heroine certainly leads to explosive sex scenes, which illustrate this couple's strong chemistry. The way this story ended was perfect, as Josh had the saying 'Go big or go home' down pat when it came to making things right with Heather. What better way to propose than in front of lots of people and then the surprising news he gives her about their apartment building. I did not see that one coming. No wonder he played his music the way he did.
As for the epilogue, I loved it. It made me laugh that Josh finally got his way with what he kept asking Heather for when it came to food. I would recommend For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne, if you enjoy the TV show Sex and the City or The Wedding Planner movie, as this story combines the two to make a worthwhile read.
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?