I love the premise of this series. The Wedding Belles is about a group of women who run a wedding event business called the Wedding Belles. And I love wedding themed books, so this one appealed to me. Plus, it’s Lauren Layne!
To Have and to Hold is the second book in the series counting the prequel, From This Day Forward. If you haven’t read the prequel yet, it’s a available now, so you better get on it.
Anyway, THatH is Brooke Baldwin’s story. She’s the newest addition to the Wedding Belles, and boy, does she have baggage with her. Brooke left Los Angeles for New York after finding out that her fiance is actually a con man during her wedding.
So Brooke left LA behind for NY and the Wedding Belles. Her first client is a rich heiress intent on marrying a guy she barely knows and that her brother disapproves of. Brooke is caught between pleasing her client and being wildly and inappropriately attracted to the brother, Seth who is hell bent on proving that the guy his sister is marrying is nothing but a con man.
At first, I loved the tension between Brooke and Seth. I understood where Brooke is coming from. Her first priority was her client so I didn’t mind that she found Seth’s disapproval of the groom objectionable. But as the story moved along and it became apparent that something isn’t adding up about the groom, her stubbornness to acknowledge or at least investigate whether or not this guy is the real deal became frustrating. Especially when you consider what she went through, I thought she would understand Seth’s point of view. But she didn’t. And it became increasingly hard for me as a reader, to get on board with her decisions.
Seth was a perfect hero either. He made mistakes and he’s also very stubborn. But I know and most readers would know that everything he did came from a place of love. All he really wants is to protect his sister. I saw nothing wrong at all with what he did. So it was kind of annoying that Brooke was more upset about it than the bride. Although I have to say that he was wrong about the other thing he did. But again, I feel like it came from a good place.
Despite my issues with this book, I still enjoyed the story. It’s written well. The pacing is okay, and the ending was sweet and swoon-worthy. Plus, I’m already intrigued by the other characters in the book. Lauren Layne has a knack of really writing easy, readable stories that you can relate to. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t as great as I had anticipated but is still enjoyable nonetheless.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.