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.
I was so glad I still held on this series because even when the first book, To Have and To Hold, was a miss for me, the second book was downright divine!
Heather Fowler knew her goals and dreams the moment her mother brought in different men almost every night of her childhood—to plan weddings down to their nitty-gritty details. She’s found her calling in New York City as an assistant wedding planner to an elite wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. And with her big break just around the corner, she’d need to nail this huge wedding if only the bride’s as cooperative and hands-on and if only her d-bag of a neighbor stopped with the painstakingly loud music he’s having almost every night.
The moment Heather met his awful neighbor in the name of Josh, she didn’t just back down because of his good looks. Instead, she levelled him with the sass I so loved about her and put up a great verbal fight with him. Until he kissed her just to shut her up. Heather’s attitude was just so perfect. She’s purpose-driven, loyal, very funny but really is a softie on the inside. What with her mother still living outside of New York and hasn’t come over to visit her once, she might be concealing the hurt inside and doesn’t want to admit it. I love Heather, like a lot, she’s my most favorite though I see a lot of myself in Alexis. But anyway! There’s Josh, who’s just as perfect and perfect for Heather and who almost had it all until he got really sick that changed his views in life. He’s funny as well, caring, likes to change topics and has a thing for bickering with his neighbor. Also, has the hots for her even from the beginning. He appeared so much like a player, maybe a little bit a dick at some point, but I got where he’s coming from. He’s hiding something about his life (no other women involved, thank goodness!) that made him swore off to relationships and happy ever afters. May I please mention that Josh was a lover of numbers? Like, yeah, Math geek and all that. And the biceps. And abs. And his sense of humor. *cue the swoon*
The enemies-to-lovers turned friends-to-lovers romance with excellent narration, sexy times, a little drama that made my heart ache made me not let this book go. Nope, never going to happen. Each page was filled with humor, so much attraction and I liked that they didn’t get to do it right away. It has this sensual, slow build that has me grinning the entire time. Like I couldn’t wait for these two to get their HEA because it’s going to be a LOL kind of relationship. Full of laughter and full of love. The banter of Josh and Heather was really something I enjoyed and while I think the ending was a bit rushed, I had a huge smile on my face right after reading it in one night. I admit Josh’s attitude frustrated me sometimes and I’d have loved it if he came to his senses much much earlier but the grand gesture made up for it. It’s just so freaking romantic. But really, I expect nothing less from Josh after what he’s put Heather through. The secondary characters were a delightful bunch as well. I liked that the story put in a really nice family layer to it that’s so heartfelt. The wedding that Heather planned was also perfection. I love it.
Overall, I adored this book but most especially the characters’ wanting to see through the realities of life and the love that’s unexpected but welcome and of course, banana bread. Very nicely done!