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    Fun entertaining read

    I really loved this one and it's classic Lauren Layne at her best. Lots of snark, a little angst, and the eventual HEA. This series reminds me of the Sex, Love, & Stiletto series but instead of working for a magazine, these entertaining women work as wedding planners. They are all strong, independent, and successful and able to hold their own with the men in their lives. Can't wait for more stories from these ladies. Brook Baldwin is looking for a fresh start in NY. After her own wedding spectacularly implodes on the big day, customers are leaving her successful wedding planning business in the dust. So taking this job and starting over is the right move for her. Her first client is one of the toughest she's ever had. Well, not the bride, she's great. The bride's brother not so much. He's bossy, opinionated, and oh so sexy. He thinks his sister is about to make the biggest mistake of her life and wants Brook to help make the wedding never happen. A little difficult considering she's planning the event! But Seth is determined to stop this one way or another! A fun entertaining read that I would highly recommend.
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    All I want

    This book is book # 1 in The Wedding Belles series, however, there is a prequel to help you get settled in with the characters. This is a standalone novel. I recommend reading series in order for reader understanding and enjoyment. Brooke and Seth rub each other the wrong way right from the start. She is planning his sisters wedding, so she is basically hands off. Unfortunately for both of them - all they want is hands on. Seth is busy trying to stay above water. He has so much going on he has no idea some days. With his sister springing an unknown fiance on him, his suspicions arise. I am already loving this series so much! The characters are fun and original. I feel like they are very real. I could not put this book down. I cannot wait for the next installment. The sexy times & the banter are worth it. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review.
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    Lovely start to a new series!

    I loved this story! Lauren Layne has the knack of putting really likable characters into fun situations where you can't help but root for a happy ending. In this case Seth and Brooke are at odds right from the start. It doesn't help that she at first mistakes him for the groom and horrifyingly realizes that the zing she feels on seeing him is sexual attraction. Though it's quickly cleared up and she finds out he's the single brother of the bride, Seth is quick to get into Brooke's bad books with his insufferable attitude and determination to make things difficult for Maya at every turn. It's not that he doesn't love his sister, he just believes he knows what's best for her, and marrying Neil isn't it. I loved Seth and Brooke together, once they get past their prickly introduction. Brooke knows that Seth is well meaning, even if he comes across as overbearing. The problem for her is that he's a client, and getting involved with him, right when she's just starting her career over again is a serious problem. Fortunately her boss doesn't seem to think that a sex only fling will be an issue and when she's given the green light, and Seth is very willing, they share some sexy scenes together. But the problem for Seth is that he likes to be in control. And this tendency to want to control those around him drives his current relationship with his sister, and then with Brooke too. As such he tends to overstep boundaries with the best of intentions, resulting in conflict that he's created – and now he has to fix. Brooke's co-workers at The Wedding Belles are a mixture of characters, ranging from the slightly more flighty Heather to the very serious and under control Alexis. I enjoyed the contrast in their characters and how they are able to work together to pull off all sorts of weddings (and fix the disasters inherent in the planning). It was fun to take a look behind the scenes at how wedding planners pull everything together and fans of TLC shows that deal with weddings will find a lot to love about this story. The happy ever after ending for Brooke and Seth is quite lovely and I'm anticipating that the next two in the series will be just as good as this one. 5 stars!
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    Great wedding story book! Loved it!

    I have never read this author before but I love wedding stories and wanted to try this one...Wow! I'm sorry I waited so long to try this author out. Lauren Layne created a wonderful story with believable characters and I just adored the ride. Brooke Baldwin was a happy, bubbly wedding planner in Los Angeles, CA. She planned the biggest and most important wedding of her career...her own. The only problem, during the ceremony the FBI storm in and arrest her groom. Embarrassed and devastated, Brooke heads to New York City to take a job with The Wedding Belles, NYC's premiere wedding planners. Brooke's first wedding is for Maya Tyler, daughter of the Tyler Hotel Group's CEO who just recently passed away. Since Maya has no living parents, her older brother Seth, who is now the CEO, decides to become involved in the planning because he is suspicious of her recent fiance. While Maya is free spirited and fun, Seth is controlled and no-nonsense. At the first meeting, Brooke is very attracted to Seth until he opens his mouth. OMG...I just loved these two. They were so different on so many things, yet so similar in other ways. I really enjoyed the road these two took to finally get together. Ms. Layne knows how to write some fun, entertaining dialog. And their happy ending was perfect and well deserved for these two! I really enjoyed all the other characters too....Alexis and Heather (the other Wedding Belles), Maya and especially Seth's best friend, Grant. I would love to see Grant's back story! Overall, I really loved the book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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    Bubbling with charm...

    I am all for any story that encourages ways to empower one's self. Lauren Layne does inspiring, entertaining and romantic. To Have and To Hold reads like a country western song. Brooke has bitten used, confused and left with a broken heart, now she has to figure out how to rise above it all, to make a fresh start. With her reputation in tatters and her business on the verge collapse, proving herself capable and reliable is essential. In walks Seth. Arrogant, irritating and irresistible. Mixing business with pleasure would be career suicide for her pocketbook, but instrumental in mending her heart. Will she risk it all for her own happy ending? With To Have and to Hold, Ms. Layne has written a song of love that is sinful, sexy and sentimental. Tempting fun.
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