Review: To Love and To Cherish by Lauren Layne 


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Release date: October 18, 2016

Publisher: Pocket Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit

Goodreads blurb: 

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… 

Review: 

I was highly anticipating the third book in the Wedding Belles series as I loved the previous two. To Have and To Hold and For Better Or Worse were both really fun and romantic reads where you were introduced to a group of friends and coworkers living in NYC. While I wasn’t exactly disappointed by To Love and To Cherish, I wasn’t as content as I thought I would be.

Book three finally delves into Alexis story and I had been waiting for this for some time. Behind her icy exterior I just knew that there was an interesting story there. Everyone but her has been very aware that the Belle’s accountant, Logan is in love with her and has been for years. Eight years as a matter of fact. The man has the patience of a saint. So seeing the light finally go off in Alexis head was gratifying but not unexpected. Along the way you find out exactly how she started the Belle’s which is something I’ve always been curious about too.

Alexis and Logan have great chemistry and Layne delivers her usual charm and sexy scenes that she’s known for. What was missing for me in this book was the banter that she usually nails. I guess it was sort of there, I just felt it was better and snarkier in the second book between Heather and Josh. There is plenty of flirting and sexual tension between Alexis and Logan and he is utterly charming and sophisticated. If anyone is able to discover Alexis hidden soft and sexy side it’s him. 

I loved revisiting this group of friends and checking in with Jessie, Seth, Brooke, Josh and Heather. I’m sad that this is the last book in the series, I was hoping for a fourth book about Jessie. While book two was definitely my favorite, I can still recommend this one as well. In fact, I can wholeheartedly stand behind this entire series as they have everything I look for in a good chick lit series; warmth, humor, fun, sex, and wit.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to Pocket Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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