To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

To Love and to Cherish (Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne
Published on October 18, 2016 by Pocket Books.

Links: Goodreads.

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.

My rating:

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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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.

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Have you read any of Lauren Layne’s books? What did you think?

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  • I really liked this one too and Logan was one of the main reasons why. I love a smart and nerdy hero too. They are very very attractive. I’ll take them over a bad boy any day! Lauren Layne always writes really fluffy romances that draw you in. I’m happy that you are discovering her! You need to get through your backlog quickly so you can get her Stiletto and Oxford books. I have a feeling you will love those! :)
    Lovely review, Kaja!

    • Yeah she writes chemistry and emotions REALLY well. I need more nerdy heroes in my reading list, they’re the best. I will always pick a smart man over a caveman. :)

      And yeah, I’ll be starting with the Oxford series, I think, it has a higher Goodreads rating – but I’ll probably chew through her entire oeuvre once I run out of those! :)

  • I enjoyed this and yes nothing like a Brit accent to make one swoon!

    • Yeah, what is it with British accents? They make people instantly hotter. :)

  • Another awesome review for Lauren Layne! Why do folks do this to me? Luckily, I have this one on my shelves and I need to get reviewing it so I am totally okay with reading a review on it.

    I’m glad you liked it and I am totally with you, I may be British so the whole British thing holds less appeal, but the smart nerdy hero? Sign me up. I was a bit bothered by his stereotypical Britishness in the other books in the Wedding Belles series. He said things which no one I know would say and he felt a bit like a stereotype for Americans to swoon over. I’m hoping my like for him makes me less bothered by that other crap. We shall see.

    Good review, I’m eyeing up my copy now thinking maybe I should read it sooner rather than later. I also want to read Layne’s back catalogue. I’m going to slowly work my way through it.

    • Well, if you have this already, give it a go.

      I did wonder what it was like for Brits to read about a Brit in America. Because while Americans (and me) imagine this slightly uptight guy with a cute accent, you just imagine your next-door neighbour (though if your next-door neighbour is as hot as Logan, you should really be chatting with him instead of reading about Logan lol). ;)

      But I liked him, there’s this business-minded side of him that’s pretty impressive, I hope you won’t be too put off by the cultural stuff.

      As for the backlist, I heard that the Oxford series is fantastic! It doesn’t hurt that the Kindle versions aren’t very expensive. :) I’ll definitely be reading those soon!

      • I definitely will when I’m in less of a slump (or I’ll force myself to read and I will hope I enjoy it).

        And honestly, I would be chatting to my neighbour far more if he looked anything like Logan… sadly not though. I mean, they are going to be based on some kind of truth but they are a rarity. Like seeing a unicorn. Often talked about but never seen. I doubt I’ll be too put off by the whole Americanised British thing but I’ll let you know.

        And I know right? I have the first one of one of her series and I will be reading soon (hopefully) so we’ll see how it goes. It should hopefully be good.

  • I’m excited to read this one. I’ve read the novella and book one in the series so fr and really enjoyed them. I am curious about Alexis too, and I love that Logan is a nerdy hot British guy!

    • I’m currently reading the novella and I’m liking it a lot! Layne really writes great chemistry and emotions. *swoon* And yeah, Alexis and Logan are great together.

  • *waves hello*

    I just discovered her books too :) Reading one at xoxo right now

    • *waves back* :)

      THANK YOU for pointing out the xoxo thing, I’d completely forgotten about this site! I’m happily reading the novella right now.

  • Oh man, you sooo need to read her Stiletto series and her Oxford series. Those are my favorites. Blurred Lines is also a really fun one and I’m listening to Good Girl on audio right now. I freaking love LL, glad to see you liked this one!

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    • I *may* have already read the two available books in the Oxford series and Blurred Lines as well! :D Her writing is addictive. She’s quickly becoming a new favourite romance author, the lady really knows how to write emotions! I love her characters.

  • Nerdy heroes are the best! Quiet, smart guys are where it’s at. I’ve been hearing good things about Lauren Layne for several months now, but I haven’t been sure where to start with her books since she’s published so many series. Do you think the first Wedding Belles book is the best place to start? I need more fluffy romances in my life, especially after how much I’m adoring Because of Miss Bridgerton! :D

    • Layne is quickly becoming a new favourite author! I’ve also read her Oxford series (two books published, more to come) and Blurred Lines, the first in her NA series. And they’re ALL great. Seriously, her characters are great and she writes great chemistry.

      As for where to start … I haven’t actually read the first Wedding Belles book yet (oops) but the other two are great. I think it comes down to the topic – these are wedding-related, the Oxford series is about guys working at a men’s magazine (with the first novel having a big emphasis on sports), and Blurred Lines is best friends-to-fuck buddies-to love story. I think it depends on what you’re in the mood for, they’re all quality writing! Let me know if you read any, I’d love to chat.