From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

From This Day Forward

by Lauren Layne

Published by Pocket Books

Prequel to The Wedding Belles Series

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...


Some Steaminess Rom-Com Feel Good

My rambling ahead will spoil you. You have been warned!

From This Day Forward is a prequel to The Wedding Belles Series, and is a novella. Because of this, my thoughts will be just a short as the story.

So, it's a cute story. It focuses on two of New York City's top wedding photographers Leah and Jason. They are The Wedding Belle's go to photographers, and they used to date. Didn't end well. After a couple of months of dating, Leah, who at this point has started to realize she is falling in love with Jason, show's up at his apartment with breakfast. A woman, wearing one of Jason's t shirts, answers the door. Leah runs off, heartbroken. What she doesn't realize, is Jason chases after her, but doesn't get to her in time.

After a month of him trying to explain that it wasn't what it looked like, he gives up. He loved her. But after a horrible childhood of living in foster homes and people giving up on him, constantly, he wants a woman who will at least stick around to hear him out.

As fate would have it, The Wedding Belle's are planning the outgoing president's daughter's wedding, and the photographers the couple wanted can no longer come. As its a big wedding, they need two photographers, and Jason and Leah both have a rare weekend free to step in.

The chemistry between Leah and Jason jumps off the pages, and the sex they have is insanely hot. The story is cute, but cliche. After their night of passion after the wedding, she goes to his apartment, and once again, the door is answered by the same woman as last time, but now she is pregnant. She runs. He chases after her. This time though, she decides she should get an explanation. Some closure. She turns around, and bumps into him.

Long story short, its his sister. A sister he only learned he a few years ago. Explanation given. Forgiveness given on both sides. They both admit to loving one another, even after a year long break up. Happily ever after.

My biggest problem with this novella, is that it doesn't add anything to The Wedding Belle's three book