Source: publisher via NetGalley. Thank you Pocket Books for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: contemporary romance.
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…
I was so glad I got to read To Love and to Cherish as an ARC! I’d discovered Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series just two weeks ago – I actually read the second book in the series first, it’s called For Better or Worse and it was really good.
But I was super excited to read Alexis and Logan’s story because I wanted to know all about Alexis’s past, in particular. She’s the owner and boss of the elite New York wedding planning company and in the second book, I really got the feeling that her story was going to be the best of the three. Her cool demeanor and private nature made me wonder what she was hiding beneath that polished exterior and To Love and to Cherish answered all my questions about her.
The fact that Logan is a seriously hot British accountant didn’t hurt, either. If I had one problem with their story it was that Logan was a bit slow when it came to telling Alexis how he felt – I don’t know that a guy should wait for eight years before making his move. But when he finally decided it was time to act, he really went all in, so he’s forgiven. I have a thing for smart (nerdy?) heroes, so he was a perfect protagonist for me.
This was the perfect fluffy romance for a quiet evening in, I read most of it in one sitting because it just pulled me in. The chemistry between Alexis (I love her name, I don’t know why) and Logan is fantastic and I rooted for them from the start. The ending was a bit sugary for my taste (I’m a fan of actions, not words when it comes to love) but still very satisfactory.
I can say for sure that I’ll be reading Lauren Layne’s backlog as soon as I allow myself to purchase more of her novels (I’m really trying to read more of the books I already own). I checked and it’s not overwhelming – like with some romance authors – plus her novels have come highly recommended by some bloggers I trust, so it’s a no-brainer, really.
Have you read any of Lauren Layne’s books? What did you think?
Would you hire a wedding planner for your wedding or would you DIY?
I’d love to hear from you! :)