"The queen of contemporary New York City romance." —Booklist

"The queen of contemporary New York City romance." —Booklist

To Have and to Hold

The Wedding Belles • Book One

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After a scandalous wedding of her own, a disgraced LA wedding planner seeks a fresh start in NYC with the elite Wedding Belles, only to come toe-to-toe with scandal once more when she finds herself falling for the wealthy, uptight brother of her first client.

To Have and to Hold

Brooke & Seth

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Trope: enemies-to-romance

Wedding Belles |  Book One

"Completely endearing characters...most definitely looking forward to the others in the Wedding Belles series. A great community of women I want to follow." – Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick

USA TODAY Bestseller

USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya's fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

about the story

if you're wondering...

Is this book for me?


As with many of my books, this is set in a rather idealized, upscale version of NYC. Lots of fancy in this whole series!

This book is written in third-person, with alternating POV. Some people only like first-person. You've been warned!

This is a slow-burn enemies to lovers romance.

Seth is definitely a "cold" hero, but don't worry! Brook thaws him!

🔥 This book is steamy with explicit sex scenes.

This a romance at is core, but there is a lot about the wedding planning business and friendship as well!

reviews & praise

"Completely endearing characters...most definitely looking forward to the others in the Wedding Belles series. A great community of women I want to follow. – Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick

"A fabulous story, with a wonderful couple, great secondary characters and a romance that had us rooting hard for... I enjoyed it so much, I read it in one day." – The Reading Cafe

"A sweet, charming sexy romance that perfectly weaved passion, friendship, family, second chances, banter and love into one intoxicating and entertaining read... Highly recommend." – Four Chicks Flipping Pages

"I was wrapped up tight in this story from beginning to end and I enjoyed the entire ride... everything that I love about reading a Lauren Layne book." – BookBinge

"To Have and to Hold has humor, sexiness, and a great back and forth between stubborn, bold characters." – Book Reader Chronicles

"A character-driven and sizzling romance!" – Fresh Fiction

"I love romance and this one had all the right ingredients!" – Mrs. Leif's Two Fangs About It

"I had a major love fest with the story, the writing, and the characters. The ladies were well represented by all the darling, witty, and kick-butt Belles...a great beginning to what promises to be a MUST READ series for adult Contemporary Romance fans."  – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

"Super entertaining, sweet and sexy and it leaves you smiling big time at the end." – About That Story



She so desperately wanted a nice man who'd take her to dinner, buy her pretty things, and most of all, who'd hold her. Who'd pull her close, wrap his big arms around her, and just let her lean. Without plan or agenda.

A kind man, a gentle man, who wanted to build a life with her.

That's all she wanted. Not so much really.

But Seth Tyler was not that man.

But he could kiss. Holy hell, could he kiss.

The Wedding Planner Meets Sex and The CIty

The Wedding Belles

Fun fact: I always wanted to be an author. But if that didn't pan out? I wanted to be a wedding planner! This series brings a lot of those day dreams to light, mixd with my beloved NYC!

USA TODAY BEstselling Series!

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