Book Review: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

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.


Heather Fowler and Josh Tanner are fun, flirty, sexy, and just too cute for their own good – especially together!

Josh is so laid-back and fun-loving one may get confused on whether they’re supposed to like him or not. Is he too laid-back? Too care-free? Not caring enough? Rude for playing his music loud at all times of the night?

Well, if you ask Heather, she’d say “all of the above.” At first, that is. Before long, things get really interesting and hot, and I couldn’t put it down, nor did I want it to end. I laughed – silently and out loud. I cried – happy tears, sad tears. Their relationship was smooth and natural. I loved the way Heather dealt with Josh, and vice-versa, and that was the best first kiss I’ve read about in a while. So unexpected, but it hadn’t seem forced. They were relaxed and playful with each other, but each stayed true to who they were. No games, no falsities. Josh was conflicted in a way. He tried to live his life to the fullest after having a death scare, but he realizes that he’s not really living. Heather had her whole life planned out, but her rigidity was holding her back as well. They found themselves as they discovered each other.

It was good getting reacquainted with the Belles, and I’m so excited about the next novel, which I’m hoping is about Alexis and Logan.

It was an entertaining, scintillating ride with a couple of bumps and a bruise or two, but well worth the journey!

Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)

0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.

My rating: 0 cups of coffee

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