Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Review { The Wedding Belles Series }





*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are of my own*

Synopsis: 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...

My thoughts: I love wedding novels. I loved reading about two people that came back together after taking a break from one another. There is just something about those types of love stories that get me every time. 

I read this short intro to the series in one sitting, it was so easy to fly through it. It was a cute read, nothing too deep but just a plan cute love story.


Synopsis: Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin'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 strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance 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?


My thoughts: So I was kind of hoping to continue the story of Jason and Leah in this second book, but I realized when I started it the series aren't connected. They all deal with the wedding planners of Wedding Belles but one story doesn't lead to the next. Which is fine! I loved getting to read about another love story!

I absolutely LOVED the main characters, Brooke and Seth. Their story was so cute. They had such great chemistry and it went back and forth between a love/hate relationship and it was always interesting to see what was going to happen next! 


Synopsis: Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.
 

My thoughts: This book was just as cute as the one before. Again it continued to highlight a new employee of the Belles and her love story. I enjoyed the characters, but was annoyed with their on again off again romance. Of course I know that happens but I hated how Josh treated her when she found out about the cancer. 


Synopsis:Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...

My thoughts: I think this was my second favorite of the series. I loved trying to guess what was going to happen between Alexis and Logan throughout the book, obviously I knew how it would end (just like all the others) but it was fun to see how they made their next move. 


Overall Thoughts of series:  I enjoyed these books but it was hard to get into some of the books right away. It took me a long time to finish the series but they were a good read. I liked how each book focused on a different main character and their love story and how throughout the books past characters were still talked about and you heard a little bit about their continuing love story! I am not big into series because I can get bored of books pretty easy and by the last book I was ready to move onto a different book.

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2 comments :

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

I need to check these out! I'm wanting to make a library trip soon, so adding these to the list, and hopefully they have them! :)

Kristen Lawler said...

I haven't read a chick lit book in a while, my MIL liked this series as well. I'll need to check it out although I think I'll just do your top two favorites