Release Day Blast + Review: From This Day Forward (Wedding Belles #0.5) by Lauren Layne



From This Day Forward
The Wedding Belles #0.5

By: Lauren Layne

Releasing June 6, 2016
Pocket Star


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…

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When Lauren Layne first announced this series, I was reminded of Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet series. This series deals with a group of friends in an event management company, as is with the Bride Quartet series. But once I started to read From This Day Forward , all apprehensions vanished. This book has its own uniqueness and it has nothing to do with the Nora Roberts series.

Lauren Layne never disappoints, and she has proved that once again with From This Day Forward . In true Lauren fashion, this book is very well written. The characters are great and the chemistry between them makes you go ooh la la. Despite it being a short novella, the emotional depth of the characters came through very well.
Leah McHale and Jason Rhodes are old lovers and were separated due to a misunderstanding. While chemistry between them was never a problem, trust issues cropped up. Leah though Josh is the one and vice versa. But when old lovers come face to face after a year, sparks are bound to fly. And that’s exactly how it happens in From This Day Forward. 
Both Leah and Jason are working the photography gig at the former First Daughter’s wedding. Being a high profile wedding, it’s going to be a major plus point in their careers. But working together might just become either the best or the worst decisions of their lives.
From This Day Forward is slightly predictable,  but that doesn’t in anyway take away from the story. I was able to understand both Leah and Jason’s point of view in the book. Jason is a man who has always been left behind, and when he met Leah, he though she is it. She would be the one who would never leave him. And Leah on her part thought Jason is the man she wants to spend her life with and that he would never break her heart. But that’s not how life works. It was really interesting to watch both Jason and Leah learn each other all over again, and fall in love. This time around their relationship is stronger and full of love and trust.
From This Day Forward is the kind of book that makes me believe in love and second chances. Kudos to Lauren Layne for that!
4 stars

5382d-lauren_layneLauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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