For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

For Better or Worse

by Lauren Layne

Published by Pocket Books

Book #2 in The Wedding Belles Series

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.


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My Ramblings are ahead, and be warned. There are spoilers.

For Better or Worse is the second book in the Wedding Belle's series, and centers around Heather, assistant wedding planner, and her neighbor Josh. While I found the first book of the series a little lacking in depth, I liked it enough to continue to the second book. YAY to me! For Better or Worse is amazing!

I like Heather. She seemed fun in the first book, but her personality really shines in this one. She is incredibly driven, going after her dreams. Passionate. Smart. Funny. She also has never been in love. Coming from a single parent household, where her Mom brought a new guy home every couple of months claiming he was "the one", she definitely has her walls up. What she does have going for her, are her professional goals, and she is finally given her chance to plan the wedding of a big client, and get promoted to wedding planner. Which would be perfect ... if she could sleep.

Enter Josh. There is no way you can read the first chapter and not fall in love, at least a little bit, with Josh. Josh is Heather's neighbor. He is in a band. They practice at night ... when poor Heather needs to sleep. Her frustration with her inconsiderate neighbor leads to pounding on his door, confronting him, and from there, they go from headbutting neighbors, who are undoubtedly attracted to one another, to friends, to more.

Problem is, Josh isn't a forever guy. Josh is a cancer survivor, and it changes his whole outlook on life. He quits his chaotic job on wall street, where he made a lot of money, to being unemployed, and playing and writing music. He see's life needs to be lived, and to have fun. Enjoy it, because life is short. Problem is, his cancer is high risk to come back. So he keeps women at a distance. One night stands only. He refuses to leave behind someone else who will grieve him. His normal routine is becoming boring though, and he is lonely ... and his new neighbor adds just a little bit more excitement to it.

One of the things I LOVED about this book, is how entertaining it was. From the first chapter, till the end, I was laughing. Josh and Heather's constant back and forth is fun to read. Their romance is slow and steady. They found each other attractive, but became friends first, and got to know each other (with the exception of his past diagnosis with cancer. Josh chooses not to tell her, because he enjoys not being "that guy" in her eyes). When they finally succumb to the sexual tension, its hot and passionate. For Josh, it's a big step, because he knows he likes her, and makes their sexual relationship an on going one. For her, even knowing that Josh doesn't want a relationship, she finally lets herself fall in love for the first time.