From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles 0.5) by @_LaurenLayne

From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles, #0.5)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…

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★½

Trope: Reconciliation Romance

Chemistry: Low Boil

One-Sentence Summary: Two wedding photographers reunite after a misunderstanding tore them apart.

Review: I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and I always admire authors who set the groundwork for their new series in a novella! Trying to tell 2 characters’ stories and romance as well as setting the groundwork for future books in 100 words or less is no mean feat!

Layne did an admirable job but I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as her other books. Jason and Leah’s story was a bit sedentary and didn’t bring anything new to the cliché misunderstanding trope. Also, even though we met 2 of the characters who will presumably get their own stories, I don’t feel like we got any hints as to their backstory or who they are going to get paired up with.

I’m definitely ready and waiting for her next book in the series though!


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