Title: From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles, #0.5)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Pocket Star
Expected Publishing Date: June 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 100
Rating: 3 Stars
Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in this prequel to USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.
Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise–thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah’s way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter’s wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes–until she finds out who she’ll be working with.
Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah’s heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he’s working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to give him the cold shoulder. Despite his persistence, she is not going to fall for his charming, impish ways again. Not even if he still has that killer, irresistible smile…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Short. Sizzling. Sweet.
At least when I didn’t want to whack either of the characters for their stubbornness and stupid behaviour, they were kinda sweet.
It’s a story of a second chance. Past fling cut short due to misunderstanding that flame back to life when Jason and Leah were teamed up for a high profile wedding photographer’s job.
The prolong misunderstanding and stubbornness on both sides almost had me drop the rating for this book, as it all could have been avoided with one very SIMPLE explanation.
Yet, despite the above issues I find myself liking both characters and their apparent (and barely contained) sizzling attraction. Plus, the story was quite short, thus the negative vibes were still bearable. On top of that was the “clicked to me” writing style. I could even handle the smoking hawt sex scenes, albeit a rather detail one at that, as it took place for only… one and a half times, I guess!
As a prequel to The Wedding Belles series, I felt this novella served as a nice beginning. The glimpse I saw of the Wedding Belles’s team that would get their own story each was promising. It’s safe to say I would enjoy following more of this series.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.