FOR BETTER OR WORSE                                     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.

 We are all born with guarantee that one day we will parish.  But to be in absolute fear that it will happen at any moment is not living.  It is standing at the control booth of our life with our finger on the pause button.  Which is not living. 
     Josh Tanner is just finding out he has a new neighbor in 4C, Heather Fowler.  Although he thinks she is sexy as hell and would love to bed her he knows his chances are slim to none.  The reason being because their first official meeting is after midnight with her banging on his door.  You see Josh is a musician and plays in a band.  His music room buts up against her bedroom.  She was not a happy camper.
     You see it was a Friday night and being that Heather is an assistant wedding planner, she is with Wedding Belles one of the top sought after planners in New York, meaning her Saturdays mornings start extremely early and go very long for her.  She needed sleep.  Josh banging on his drums in a horrible beat was driving her crazy.  So when she couldn’t take it anymore she decided to give him a piece of her mind.
     When Josh answered the door he was shirtless causing Heather’s mouth to gape at his wonderful six pack.  Distracting her for a moment from her original mission.  So when she did look at his face he had a smirk which pissed her off more for being caught ogling him.  Josh was like, “Ah, 4C.”  She laid in to him about the noise to which he just seemed to laugh.
     Without realizing it he had been trying to abide by what would be helpful to his new neighbor as far as his bands practice time.  On this night though the guys were pushing it.  Even after him asking them several times.  He tried to tell them the neighbor would not be happy when guess who came pounding.  He says, “Oh!”  His friend Trevor says, “That bitch from next door.”  Just as Josh opened the door.
     Heather played it cool like she didn’t hear it.  Asked Josh if she had to go through the whole speech?  He said no.  When Trevor says, “Hey you want to come in and have a beer?”  Josh registers jealousy and Heather thinks pay back by saying that she would love to have a beer.  Josh had been talking over her saying no she has to work and couldn’t.  So imagine his surprise?  Especially when Trevor and the other two circle her and were talking and laughing with her.
     She ends up staying.  When Trevor and the guys say the guys say they want to play a song for her.  Josh wasn’t really into it but what could he do without looking like an ass?  So after the mini performance she stays for a few hours.  Until Josh says something to piss her off.  So much it results in her kissing Trevor making Josh extremely jealous and pissed.  Now even though he doesn’t want a girlfriend and all that goes with it.  He can’t stop thinking about Heather.  Something from his past keeps weighing him down.  Heather has figured that much out for herself.
     Until he can be honest with himself he won’t be able to be honest anyone else.  Especially Heather.  Can he do it?  Is she worth it to him?  Or is she just another girl on his carrousel.
     I enjoyed this book very much.  Heather is a spit fire.  She does not take anything from Josh.  Especially since he lives like a frat boy in the here and now.  No past and no future.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by  Follow us at:

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