Review: To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

January 05, 2017

To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - The Wedding Belles #3
Release: October 18, 2016
Length: 321 pages

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...

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This book read like a delightful romantic comedy. It wasn't hilarious, but it was light. Most of the angst and drama came from the heroine, Alexis. That woman was stubborn, bullheaded, ambitious, oblivious, selfish, inconsiderate, bitter, etc. I understand why she became the way she was. However, what I didn't understand, what made me downright upset, was how she could, after 8 years, treat Logan the way that she did. Her attitude and behaviour towards him were not only deplorable but also insensitive and kind of disrespectful. And I don't think her slice of humble pie was large enough to make how she treated him okay.

Now Logan... he was an absolute darling. I LOVED him!! He was Clark Kent/Superman/Henry Cavill hot and I absolutely adored him. He was worthy of all four of my review stars. I just wish his HEA was a bit more easily won.

Overall, this story was written beautifully and spoke of a love of a lifetime because that's exactly what Logan wanted to share with Alexis. He may have had to bulldoze some walls and slay some mythical dragons in a LONG fought battle, but at least he got his girl. With an interesting mix of side characters and appropriate injections of humour, this story was an incredible conclusion to the Wedding Belles series.

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