From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

June 24th, 2016 Kimberly Review 36 Comments

24th Jun
From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne
From This Day Forward
by Lauren Layne
Series: Wedding Belles #0.5
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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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...

ROMANCE SEXY Sweet well written

From This Day Forward  by Lauren Layne is a novella introducing readers to the Wedding Belles series. It offers a delightful second chance romance between two stubborn photographers. Set in New York, Layne had me laughing and swooning as I devoured this heartwarming novella.

In From This Day Forward,  we meet up and coming photographer Leah McHale. Part of her success comes from bookings through her friend’s business Wedding Belles. When a wedding falls through leaving her unexpectedly open for the weekend, she agrees to fill in as one of two photographers for a high profile wedding. This could launch her career the only downside to the event is the second photographer. Jason Rhodes is the man who broke her heart a year ago. The same man whose calls she has avoided and now they will be spending the weekend together. What unfolds is a delicious, sweet, heartwarming second chance romances.

This couple had incredible chemistry and both are terribly stubborn creating a fun, snarky dance with sizzling hot chemistry. Most of their issues could have been resolved by locking them in a closet but I must admit Layne’s way was a lot more fun. We watch them tango, drool, lip-lock and retreat. My kindle was sizzling when these two finally gave in to their physical needs. I really liked both of them despite their issues. I laughed, wanted to slap a few heads, swooned and sighed. All of these elements make From This Day Forward the perfect rainy day read.

While From This Day Forward  is a novella, I found it to be well balanced and rewarding. Layne allowed me to connect with the characters and even introduced secondary characters. At times the characters stubbornness was frustrating but I understood their actions and found myself emotionally engaged. This was my first Lauren Layne book and I was delighted with her writing style.

Come spend the summer getting to know the Wedding Belles with me. To Have and to Hold  releases July 26. For Better or Worse  August 30 and To Love and to Cherish  October 18. It will feature three high-powered women who plan any wedding—but can they plan their own?

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne

Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.  Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.  She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.

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36 Responses to “From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne”

  1. Ro

    Yay to Lauren with her plus-size Pomeranian and being married to her childhood sweetheart! Because it’s a novella, I may not naturally gravitate to this one, but golly it sounds like the characters are having such fun, that I have to grab it! Love it when the chemistry just works! Great review Kim and Happy Friday!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Ali. We did so many days in the sun this week that I was a total sloth and read one book, a novella and finished another book. It was heaven

  2. Tracy Terry

    I suspect this one would appeal greatly to my friend who having set a date for her wedding is reading not only bridal magazines but wedding fiction every second she can.

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  3. Angela

    I love Lauren Layne but I’ve not read this series yet.

    It looks intriguing and I always find it interesting when the characters are photographers. I grew up surrounded by them, so it’s always nice to see them pop up in books.

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  4. Leona

    I have a Layne story on my kindle I just haven’t got around to it yet, definitely need to push it up closer to the top. Great review! There’s nothing I love more than a well balanced story despite its length.

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  5. Katherine

    This sounds good! I’ve been wanting to try this author for awhile and I love the plot on this one. I love when a novella does a 2nd chance romance because it always seems to work much better. The characters have a history and emotions already there so they’re not going from “Nice to meet you” to “I love you madly” in 100 pages.

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  6. Trish

    Sounds like a nice way to sample the series. And I don’t mind stubborn characters, I’m that way inclined myself!