TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (The Wedding Belles #1)

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD                                        LAUREN LAYNE

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  REVIEW:
Life is always full of surprises.  But in a little girl’s mind when she is planning her fairytale wedding having your groom hauled off in handcuffs by the FBI is not one of them.  Well, that is just what happened to the poor exclusive top of her game wedding planners to the stars Brooke Baldwin, at her own wedding planning business.
     Yes, you read that right at her own wedding.  It turns out the man she had been dating for two years had duped her and a whole lot of wealthy people.  She didn’t lose money in the Ponzi scheme like they did just her business one the sh— hit the fan.  She lost something way more valuable, her heart.  Turns out Clay was a con artist on both coast who had finally been caught.  Why not ten minutes earlier?  But at the altar of all places in front of the world?  It just killed her.
     Brook was humiliated she lost so much business because of so many at first thought she had to know something about his business dealings.  She finally had to just close her doors.  Luckily Alexis Morgan on New York’s Wedding Belle Wedding Planners knew of her and wanted her come work for her.  She needed her to add to her staff.  Brooke jumped at the chance to work with Alexis she was the top of her game.  Plus, Brooke needed to get away from all the press and the court proceedings.  She needed the change where she lived to get out of the lime light that was Clay.  He had taken too much from her already he was not going to take the joy of wedding planning away from her too.
     Brooke hit the ground running on the same day after meeting the 3 staff members.  Due to a runaway bride, Alexis needed her to meet and take the new client due in.  So that she did.  There was just one glitch.  Not knowing it a man arrived who she mistakenly taken for the groom.  Who she came to find out was in fact the crotchety older brother.  (Thank god she thought at first.  For her lady parts were all on high alert because he was just that sexy, as sin.)  Then he spoke and puff it was all over lady parts drained in an instant.  She was over it.
     He was your typical rich spoiled, a silver spoon in his loud over grouchy mouth, and do as I say wealth says, I get my way kind of man.  So, Brooke told him different.  Let the games begin and they did. The one-upmanship was worth the show for sure.  Then he said I’ll be paying the bills…  Hold the phone!  His sister arrives and he somewhat becomes a lion cub when the picture becomes clearer as he meets Clay for the first time and let the pissing match begin.

     I really enjoyed this story because you have two love stories going on within this one book.  One is a love triangle that the two are trying to deny.  I enjoyed seeing how the conflicts were resolved but how the issues themselves were true to life also.  I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at:  www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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