REVIEW – FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (The Wedding Belles, #0.5) by Lauren Layne

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SYNOPSIS:

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…

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****3.75 STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

When I saw that Lauren Layne had a new series coming out, I was so excited. She is one of my go-to authors. Her stories always leave me with a smile on my face. This series will revolve around a group of women who run New York’s elite wedding agency called the Wedding Belles. This first novella is a second chance romance story that centers on Leah Mchale, a photographer that the Belles tend to hire on a frequent basis.

Leah is still licking her wounds from a relationship that went South almost a year ago. Little does she know that she is about to be forced to work closely with the man who is responsible for breaking her heart. Jason Rhodes has also been hired by the Belles to cover the same wedding. There is definitely a lot of animosity between them, more so on Leah’s end. Jason, however, still has strong feelings for her and knows for a fact that Leah misjudged a situation completely but didn’t clear things up for her because she basically just dismissed him and dodged all his attempts at contacting her. Jason has had a long history of being left behind and Leah’s actions really hurt him deeply.

The story is pretty short but other than that, I just felt there was something missing. I really couldn’t feel a connection to Leah and Jason. That being said, I’m still looking forward to the next book as I am a diehard Lauren Layne fan!!

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