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.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Pocket Books
Four stars: A fun, flirty romance that doesn't falter with too much drama.
Heather Fowler has almost achieved all of her dreams. She has a new apartment in New York City, she is an assistant wedding plan, well on her way to being an actual wedding planner, and she has just landed a job planning one of the biggest weddings. Unfortunately, things aren't as sweet as she hoped. Her big break is a nightmare because the rich bride wants Heather to plan everything without input. How can Heather plan a wedding without the bride? Then her new apartment has a big problem: the handsome hunk in 4A who insists on playing loud music at night. How can Heather get anything done with no bride and no sleep?
What I Liked:
- Everyone has been raving about the Wedding Belles series so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled with the first book, but this second book made me see why everyone is loving the series. For Better or For Worse features a fun, flirty, antagonist romance that will steal your heart. I especially appreciated that it didn't suffer from that big dramatic stumble you get with most contemporary romances, yes there are some small issues, but it all works out, leaving a big, goofy smile on your face.
- The romance is all kinds of fun. It starts out antagonistic as Heather and Josh spar over his late night music sessions. Then it develops into a flirty friendship with plenty of humor and witty banter before moving into something else. I loved the humor and the sizzle, and I enjoyed seeing this couple come together. It was just right.
- Josh is a different kind of male lead. At first, he comes across as the handsome, roguish man, who has a different woman in his bed every night of the week, but then, his layers peel away, and the truth about him is laid bare. Once his deeper layers are exposed, I loved him. He is so much more than the bad boy musician. He is kind, caring and afraid. I liked that he was different.
- Heather was a terrific female lead. She is funny, sassy and not too uptight. I liked that she had worked hard to achieve her dreams, and that she wasn't all about the frills and fuss. She is the perfect match for Josh.
- I loved that Josh's family played a big role in this book. I adored his mother, she was all kinds of fun, especially when she shows up unannounced at Josh's apartment and then rolls with the punches. I also enjoyed his twin sister. Heather's mom is also involved in the story, and I liked how she delivered wisdom to Heather when she needed it most. It was nice to have a strong focus on family.
- The ending was sweet and satisfying. It ends in a good spot with a sweet moment. I loved it.
And The Not So Much:
- I hated that Josh wasn't more forthcoming about his past. Yes, I understood why, but I found it troubling. I was relieved when he finally made peace with this past.
- The whole thing with Alexa and Logan is driving me nuts. I can't wait for those two to get together. Luckily, there story is next.
- I was just a tiny bit disappointed that there wasn't a bit more focus on the wedding planning, I love those fun details.
For Better or Worse is a wonderful, fun, flirty romance that will make you smile. I enjoyed this book, and I found it to be the perfect pick me up read. I especially appreciated that this romance didn't suffer from unnecessary drama. If you need a light, fun read, grab this one.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.