Title: From This Day Forward
Series: The Wedding Belles #0.5
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 6 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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..
From This Day Forward provides a fantastic introduction into the world of the wedding planner. Although in this novella the pivotal characters in the series only get a cameo appearance, whetting the appetite to delve deeper into their lives.
From This Day Forward focuses on two prominent photographers, the creme de la creme and go-to shutter bugs of Wedding Belles, Leah and Jason. Thrown together at the wedding of the year, Leah and Jason have to put aside their feelings in order to work together.
Leah and Jason had an intense and passionate relationship for a few months the previous summer, until an incident tore them apart and overshadowed their time together. Both Leah and Jason are harbouring a lot of bitterness regarding the incident for different reasons. I have to say the plot was obvious, how could it not be, but the characters and the delivery are exceptional, drawing you in hook, line and sinker while making you completely invested in the outcome.
While I loved both Leah and Jason, I was frustrated with Jason, his own pride and emotional barriers prevented him from opening up to Leah adding to the tension between them. At his instantance their relationship was classified as a fling, with constant re-iteration of his aversion to settling down. Even thought the feelings on both sides deepened at no time did Jason express his desire for more commitment between them. It is no wonder Leah reacted as she did to the ‘incident’.
Emotions, passion and desire escalate the more time Leah and Jason spend together, a tryst unavoidable. It is only with the help of access to their inner thoughts is the reader able to put aside any reservations they may have of Jason and Leah getting back together.
As this is the introduction to the series, I am hoping we get to see a lot more of Jason and Leah as peripheral characters in the continuing books. I cannot wait 😀