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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Virtual Tour! To Have And To Hold By Lauren Layne

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’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 springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’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?

I enjoy Lauren Layne, and I enjoyed this book, overall.

This one is a slow burn, and it takes a little while to get going. In some ways, this is good, but in others it made me feel like the story was dragging a little bit.

Seth is distant, he comes across as a little cold, but as you get to know him, you realize that he cares deeply for those he loves and the coldness is a shell to protect himself.

Brooke was hurt in the past and is hesitant to trust men and to become involved in a relationship. This is understandable, and I think Layne did a great job with her character, with making the reader understand how she felt.

Their instant attraction when they meet at The Wedding Belles was fun, and I was a little disappointed that it seemed to take a while to pursue this attraction. I thought that a little too much time was spent developing the animosity between Brooke and Seth and that this overshadowed their attraction. I still believed it, but I think I wanted a little more of them together than I actually received.

This book, in my opinion, had the same issues that many 1st in a series books have, namely it is difficult to both set up a series and tell the story of 2 characters.

This said, I enjoyed it overall. The writing was excellent, the pacing had a couple of places where it didn’t work for me, but it was good overall. The dialog was realistic and I liked the characters.

I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series!

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Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.

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