(The Wedding Belles #3)
by Lauren Layne
Published Oct 18th 2016
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…
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH, the third book in The Wedding Bells series by Lauren Layne finally gives us Alexis and Logan’s story. After reading the first two books in the series I’ve been dying to know what the back story was between these two. I knew since Ms Layne was saving their story for last that it was going to be fabulous and I was not disappointed.
Alexis met Logan in a Harlem bar eight years ago when she had first come to New York with a solid business plan to finally start up the wedding planning business she’s dreamed of owning since she was a young girl. Logan had recently graduated with his Masters degree in business from Columbia University and similarly had plans for beginning his own accounting firm. Alexis felt a strong connection with the sexy Brit, but she had no room in her life for a relationship, that had to wait until after her business was successful. It was pretty much love at first sight for Logan when he met the ambitious and determined Alexis so upon learning she needed an investor he made her an offer hoping she’d eventually notice him as more than her accountant and silent partner. Eight years go by…
Alexis has been happily absorbed in her career with only the occasional pang of envy over the true love and wedded bliss she sees in others every day. Then she receives a phone call that rocks her world and suddenly she must face what she’s avoided all of these years.
Logan also receives a phone call which forces him to make a decision about his own life. He can no longer afford to allow Alexis to look right through him. He needs to know if she is willing to risk love… with him. Or if he’s wasted his time waiting for her all these years.
The smooth, elegant, calm, and always in control, Alexis doesn’t know quite what to do when Logan begins to change the rules of their friendship. And she’s absolutely spinning when he kisses her so seductively that she’s thinking about it for days. Logan is determined to win the woman of his dreams and Alexis is equally determined to maintain the safe, comforting relationship they have always had with one another, because failing at love would mean losing the man who had been her rock all these years.
I loved the chase, and the vulnerability Ms Layne portrays in each of them. The scenes when Logan goes to Josh and Seth for advice were some of my favorites. Brooke, Heather, and Jessie were also willing to do their part for the cause because everyone but Alexis has always known these two belong together. This book had fantastic dialogue, a great storyline, some very seductive scenes, and a happily ever after that’s been well worth waiting for. The greatest fault in To Love and to Cherish is that it brings an end to the Wedding Belles series…. with no HEA for Jessie. 4 stars
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
LAUREN LAYNE is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.