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    Chemistry

    This is book # 2 in The Wedding Belles series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading the series in order. Josh is seriously attracted to the angry slash feisty neighbor who tells him to turn down his noise. Can Heather convince him that she needs his help? Planning the wedding of the year is a daunting task. Unless you have an inside track.... Seriously a fun and sexy series. This story was no different. There is this kitchen scene where the moment is so sweet .... and yet they turn up the heat and it gets HOT! Just like any Lauren Layne book, it comes with surprises, laughter, and heat. Are you ready? ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.
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    Just not for me

    Champagne, high heels, wedding plans, Manhattan address, and Sunday brunches are all part of the lifestyle Heather had dreamt about most of her life. Living the 'champagne culture' to the fullest - "live like you want to be living, not like you should be living" - she finally gains the access to the address as well, only to find out it comes with an annoying neighbor, obsessed with banana bread. The story is well written, it flows like the champagne the characters enjoy, filled with pop culture references, New York living, and life goal achievements, there's nothing that can stop the Belles from gaining what the want. I adored Josh's mom, she was so down to earth, caring lady, with tons of wit and smarts. Josh was not easy to like. Several times in the story he is referred to an ass, acting like he is eighteen, an overgrown fratboy etc. And each time I agreed, he is arrogant, immature, presumptuous, rude... Yes, he has gone through hell in his life, I understand him there, but that doesn't excuse his behavior now. If for once he would have apologized when walking all over people, I might have grown a little warmer to him, but he was above that kind of regrets. Josh and Heather built their relationship on banter, ribbing, and sexual attraction. One open conversation between them, where they are fully honest and sincere with each other, could have made a better case for them as a couple, and could have built some trust in-between them. Even though just between neighbors, the repartee was fun. When it comes to romance stories, my big thing is no flirts, other people, after the hero and heroine first meet/feel the attraction towards each other, not even to make the other jealous. And both Heather and Josh fail here. But, like everything else I have said, it is just me. The old truth 'it's me, not you' stands well with this tale. As I read the story, it was pouring off the pages, the writing is engaging, the storyline alluring, the references to Sex in The City, Friends, Gilmore Girls, The Wedding Planner, all made it familiar for those who has watched the shows. The glamor, charisma of that New York lifestyle is there, and it is tempting, so I can see this story and series being loved and admired by many, even if it wasn't for my taste buds. The seductiveness, fascination, and charm of the glamorous life of rich and successful in New York is the draw and appeal that many find hard to resist. ~ Three Spoons
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    Sweet & Sexy

    Fantastic read! Loved the writing in this entertaining, sexy, and sweet romance. Excellent pace and build. Well developed with really likable and interesting characters. So many woven details that made this story pure perfection. I couldn't put this down because I loved every minute of this story. Just thinking about this story makes me happy. I adored Heather and Josh. Heather is so feisty and I loved all her comebacks in their flirty, snarky banter. Josh was so playful and sexy. As their chemistry gradually builds I found myself smiling and rooting for them with every encounter. Enjoyed all the secondary characters that added so much to this story. Loved Josh's mom. Loved the update on Brooke and Seth's romance from book one in the series. Adored learning and seeing more of the Belles relationship and getting to know more about Logan. It's going to kill me to wait for Alexis and Logan's story. Highly Recommended! Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Definitely for better

    Enemies to friends to friends-with-benefits to lovers. The procession from one relationship to the next is always interesting and amusing to watch. Josh and Heather were definitely both. As enemies, they bantered like. crazy. But it was hysterical! Heather was pissed when they met. Josh was amused. I mean, she was all piss and vinegar, and he was smirks and abs. (Read it. It'll make sense, lol.) How could you not be amused by that? But banter gave way to flirting, which changed the dynamic of their relationship. No longer enemies, they walked the road of friendship with attraction their constant companion. They learned each others strengths and weaknesses, hopes and fears. And somewhere on that walk, the attraction that grew between them snapped and engulfed them completely. That changed their relationship once again. They were friends with benefits. And who wouldn't want that for these two? Amazing friendship. Amazing sex. An understanding of each other neither had with anyone else. But something was bound to change. Something had to change. For me, there was a sense of urgency at this point in the story. A desire for more but a fear that outweighed it. And it wasn't Heather. It was Josh. Surprising for a man who'd survived cancer, but not surprising because he did survive cancer. What if it comes back? What if it's worse? What if? What if? What if? I'm thirty-five and I stopped worrying about "What if?" in my early twenties. I got gray hair from it. I lost sleep from it. I gained weight from it. The worry "What if?" caused was so unnecessary. I decided then that I couldn't do it, couldn't put that kind of pressure on myself. I really needed to trust that everything would work out, even if the end result wasn't what I expected it to be. I wanted that for Josh. More than I wanted a happy ending for this couple, I wanted Josh to step outside of "What if?" and really start living. His day-to-day approach was only going to work for a time. The emptiness he didn't know was inside of him would eventually be large enough for him to notice and then what? Would he ignore it and keep doing what he was doing? Or would he change course and look for fulfillment? I guess you could say that Fate's funny that way. She seemed to know it was time for him to meet someone who would make him question his lifestyle and reach for something more. Though I've read stories by Ms. Layne before and have come to expect certain things from her, I was still greatly pleased by this story. It's lighthearted and humorous, but also thought-provoking and emotional. The best of all worlds, if you ask me, and a great addition to my contemporary romance library. Received from Pocket Books via NetGalley for an honest review
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    For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

    I totally loved For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne!!! this second book in her The Wedding Bells series features Heather Fowler, Alexis's assistant who is finally getting her shot at planning a wedding solo. She's determined it will be spectacular despite the hurdles, the largest one being that the bride is disinterested and uncooperative. In the spirit of dressing for the job you want, Heather moves into this great new apartment which she quickly learns comes with a major drawback, her next-door neighbor belongs to a band and they love to practice through the middle of the night. After more sleepless nights then she can take she confronts her neighbor only to find he is one hot hunk, possibly the sexiest man she's ever met. Not only is he gorgeous, he's incredibly flirtatious and charming, and unapologetic. Josh Tanner thinks his new neighbor is adorable even if she is a bit uptight. These two were hilarious together right from the start. The bickering, the banter, the lust. All good. I've yet to read the book by Lauren Layne that I didn't love, but this one just may be my favorite so far. Heather has too much going on in her life to get involved with a man. She's too busy building her career. After a battle with cancer completely changed his outlook on life, Josh is likewise too busy living his life in the moment, one day at a time, one woman at a time, with no thought to the future and no intention of settling down. His sweet new neighbor is a temptation he is surprised to find he thoroughly enjoys spending time with outside of the bedroom. They are great together as friends but can't resist the sexual tension between them for long and soon become friends with benefits. Both doing their best to convince theirselves it's just casual and convenient. For Better or Worse was an incredible story with well-developed characters, a great storyline plenty of romance, witty dialogue, and lots of steam. There were great laugh out loud moments and a couple of scenes that brought me to tears. These two were a perfect match and I loved reading about them falling for each other despite how hard they both fought it. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. 5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley for the purpose of a honest review.
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