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To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1)
Author: Lauren Layne


About the Author

 


Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a fulltime writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to multiple books including the bestselling Stiletto series, with more sexy stories on the way!

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

Join Lauren at laurenlayne to get news on her latest books, or keep up to date with her on Twitter: _LaurenLayne and Facebook: facebook/LaurenLayneAuthor.

 

 

Praise for Lauren Layne’s irresistible romance:


‘Fun, sexy, and sharp as a spike heel’ Ruthie Knox, New York Times bestselling author

‘I absolutely adored this outstanding story’ Sandi Lynn, New York Times bestselling author

‘My kind of book, sexy and witty, and the banter between the characters is off the charts. You’ll fall in love with their chemistry from page one’ Sidney Halston, USA Today bestselling author

‘Lauren Layne is the queen of fun and sexy all rolled into one. She knows how to write smart and hilarious characters that I want to read over and over again’ Cassie Mae, bestselling author of Doing It For Love

‘A raw, no-holds-barred portrayal of two best friends making the choice to become lovers . . . the best I’ve ever read!’ The Romance Reviews

‘Fresh and fast-paced . . . a perfect escape/comfort read, and guaranteed to cheer a girl up when she’s feeling down’ Unquietly Me

‘Layne is one of the best authors writing today and I was reminded of that as I read this book . . . It was hot and sexy and sweet. I laughed and shrieked and cried, exactly what I want from a book’ Obsessed with Romance

 

 

By Lauren Layne


The Wedding Belles Series

From This Day Forward (e-novella)

To Have And To Hold

Oxford Series

Irresistibly Yours

I Wish You Were Mine

Standalone

Blurred Lines

 

 

About the Book

 


Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in To Have And To Hold, the first sizzling contemporary romance in Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true . . . but their own. For fans of Jill Shalvis, Julie James and Rachel Gibson.

Discovering her fiancé is a con man moments before they exchange vows devastates LA celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin. With a fresh start in New York and her first Wedding Belles bridal client, things are looking up. Until she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings . . .

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank cheque and be done with his sister Maya’s wedding, but micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving that Maya’s fiancé is a liar. He needs the help of her stunning, sassy wedding planner who he finds both irritating - and undeniably tempting.

Can Seth persuade Brooke to unplan a wedding? And, more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning . . . is theirs?

Want some fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out the titles in the Oxford series: Irresistibly Yours, Playing For Keeps and Someone Like You.

Can a guy and a girl really be ‘just friends’? You won’t want to miss Lauren Layne’s sexy take on this timeless question in Blurred Lines.

 

 

For Anth

 

 

Acknowledgments

 

 

THANKS SO MUCH TO everyone who used their precious reading time and book dollars to meet the Wedding Belles! It’s always so much fun for an author to delve into a brand-new world with brand-new characters, and the idea for a wedding planner–centric series is one that’s been on my writer’s bucket list for a long time.

I can’t think of a better “home” for the Wedding Belles than the fantastic team at Pocket, who’ve helped see my writing dream into reality, with amazing covers, marketing support, and editing.

First shout-out goes to Elana Cohen, who had faith in this book from the very beginning and worked her butt off to ensure that it lived up to its potential. I owe so much to her, as do Seth and Brooke, whose romance sparkles all the more because of her guidance.

To the rest of the fantastic team at Pocket, you guys are absolutely exceptional and deserve a long slow-clap. From the breathtaking cover to the precise editing and proofreading, you guys are absolutely responsible for turning a writing dream into a beautiful book.

I also need to say a huge public thank-you to my dear friend, Kristi Yanta, for her exceptional beta-reading services. Nobody knows my writing and understands my vision for each book quite like Kristi, and I’m so lucky to have her stick by my side through multiple publishers and multiple series, ensuring that each LL story is the best it can be.

And finally, to my “behind the scenes” crew: my amazing assistant, Lisa; my Twitter guru, Kristina; and my daily (online) writing companions, Jessica Lemmon and Rachel Van Dyken—you guys make my job easier and more fun.

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

HOLD ON. BACK UP. Back all the way up. What do you mean you’re getting married?”

It was eleven p.m. on a Wednesday, and Seth Tyler was exactly where he always was these days: behind his expansive mahogany desk at the Tyler Hotel Group, suit jacket slung over the back of his ergonomic chair, tie begging to be undone, impeccably pressed white shirt cuffed at the wrists.

He raked a hand through his thick light brown hair in frustration and fixed his younger sister with his best no-nonsense glare, an approximation—like everything else he seemed to do lately—of his deceased father.

When Seth’s father dropped dead of a heart attack eight months ago, Seth had thought the hardest part about his father’s passing—other than the mourning, of course—would be taking over the family company.

Sure, Seth had been groomed for the role. He’d wanted the president and CEO title. He’d always wanted it.

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