ARC Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne

Posted July 24, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne
To Have and to Hold
by Lauren Layne

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: July 26th 2016
Series: The Wedding Belles #1
Published by Pocket Books
Format: eARC
 

“For the most part, I liked the book. I think Layne has a good voice and the premise of the book is fun and engaging. But unfortunately for me, I think the problem lies with the characterization.”
~ Under the Covers

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD is the first book in the Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne. I have read one other book by Layne before but I wanted to give her another shot and see what this series was about. As you can expect from the title and also the cover, these books are wedding themed. I’m not the biggest wedding fan so these readings are a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to stretched my reading horizons and try something a little different.

For the most part, I liked the book. I think Layne has a good voice and the premise of the book is fun and engaging. But unfortunately for me, I think the problem lies with the characterization. I just don’t like how the characters are first introduced because it really taints how we continue to see them for the rest of the book. Seth Tyler is rich and likes to be in charge. This I don’t mind. I’ve read plenty of dominating alpha heroes in my time, but what irked me about his character is that he’s really a grouch. His sister is getting married and from the very first page he complains and moans. He already knows that he man his sister intends to marry is a liar but instead of trying to convince his sister of this, he goes along with planning the wedding just so that he can prove to his sister that he is right in the end.

To accomplish this, he’s going to need Brooke’s help and this where the romance starts. I don’t mind Brooke so much. She’s been wronged in the past but I just couldn’t get past Seth. So unfortunately, he was the number one reason I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.

The Wedding Belles has a faulty start for me, and I still haven’t decided if I want to continue the series just yet, but I’ll see how I feel when book two arrives.

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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It has been my experience that people in relationships with liars/cheaters get upset with the person who tries to get them to see this.. but if he’s just doing it for the ‘I told you so’ factor then that’s just wrong

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He’s a bit cocky, thinks he knows it all. I just wasn’t a fan

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Timitra

Thanks Annie for the review

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Usually, LL is spot on…hmmmm

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I’ve read one other book but her and wasn’t blown away so maybe her books just aren’t for me.

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Thanks for the review.