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

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PLOT:

“Discovering her fiancé 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 fiancé 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?”

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

As usual, Lauren Layne didn’t disappoint with her new book “To have and to Hold”. This is the perfect reading if you are looking for an engaging story with a happy ending!
Lauren always manages to list her characters’ issues in a way we understand them and hurt for them. And, at the end, you definitely feel closure for their situations.

In this case, Brooke and Seth were both burn by past relationships. But while Seth was extremely realistic, maybe to the point of pessimist, Brooke always saw the glass half full. She believed in happy endings still, after being left alone in the altar by her con man past fiancé.

Her optimism was contagious and, even if I was glad she understood she couldn’t avoid pain because she couldn’t move forward, I really liked that she chose to see the happy and beautiful things in life instead of focusing in the mistakes and bad experiences. It’s easy to be a victim when this kind of things happen and she refused to be one.

Then when she fell for Seth, she knew he wasn’t a prince charming – he was a moody, cranky and extremely controlling man. But she fell for him nonetheless. The best part was that, at the end, Seth was still the same. He didn’t make any promises to change which was the most realistic outcome for this story. We love people as they are, we cannot expect them to change.

So, bravo Lauren!
Once again you made me fall in love with your tale.
Can’t wait for the next book, “For better or for Worse” on August 30th!

Happy reading,
Trish 🗯

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