5 the belles are back stars!!
When you snort out loud at your desk trying to hold a laugh in at lunch break and you are only on chapter two you know it is going to be a great book! Also can we get some applause for this cover because oh my, it is gorgeous!! All of the wedding belle’s covers are gorgeous I can’t wait to have them all on my bookshelves.
This book is a frenemies to lovers story, the bickering back and forth was exactly right and perfect. I am so happy to be back in a girl power world that Lauren Layne creates. (I miss Stiletto) Since we are speaking girl power let’s start with Heather aka 4c . Heather is on the right track for her checklist in life. She has a great job, great friends, and now a great apartment. However her neighbor is not so great. Josh aka 4a is always having band practice when Heather needs sleep for work. Heather’s character had so much spunk and sass I just loved it. She acts like a prim and proper bridal consultant at work but deep down she is just like her apartment, shabby chic. I loved that Heather has an almost completely open relationship with her mom. Her mother has always supported her dream to come to NY and be a wedding planner.
Josh aka 4a has been dealt some heavy blows in his life, you can’t tell though. He lives life to the fullest or the fullest he needs to that day. He has a band and money in the bank so what’s to worry about. Except everything… Josh is in remission. (that is not a spoiler btw) He keeps this secret from a lot of people he doesn’t want to be the “sick guy” anymore. I love his attitude with Heather in the beginning when they first meet. How he thinks he can just get into her pants because well he’s hot… and charming… and drool worthy. He doesn’t want to like Heather as a friend but eventually their little bickering turns to a bickering friendship (that I adore). Then after a while it may turn into a little more. However when things get dicey Josh turns Heather away.
Heather glanced up and locked gazes with him. “Josh Tanner, are you trying to warn me off right now? Give me fair warning not to fall in love with you because you’ll never fall back?”
He laughed. “That obvious, huh?”
The forward got me… as cancer has touched my life so very deeply. This book has made me laugh, made me cry, and I actually emailed the author about one of my favorite parts. I have highlighted so much of this book on my kindle I should’ve probably just held the highlight button all the way through. (On a side note I now know a new way to make bacon!) The way Lauren handled Josh living with the aftermath of surviving cancer was so well done! . The fact that she continually writes strong female characters makes me want to continue reading her books. The friendships of the guys and girls are fantastic. I love that the girlfriends know when to push and when to back off each other (ahem Alexis and Logan). If you haven’t read any of her books yet I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for.
I can’t tell you how much I love Lauren Layne’s books because I’m pretty sure I gush about her at least once a month. The first book that hooked me and is still my favorite is Broken. For Better or Worse almost knocked Broken down to number two favorite.
Thank you Netgalley, Pocket Books, and Lauren Layne for an egalley ARC of this book in lieu of my honest review.
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