To Love and to Cherish

Lauren Layne
To Love and to Cherish
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Pocket Books
Release Date
October 2016
Book 3 of Wedding Belles
Contemporary Romance

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 eight 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...

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 18, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Alexis Morgan turned a start up into Manhattan's premiere wedding planning company in only 8 years. Business is good, but her personal life needs a serious plan. Logan Harris is not part of that plan. As the silent partner in the Wedding Belles, Logan is all business, and Alexis never considered him as anything other than a friend. But Logan has wanted Alexis since he laid eyes on her 10 years ago, and he's been biding his time. But now he's forced to make a decision that could take him back to England, and he needs to bring his A game if he has a chance of having a legit reason to stay. An impromptu wedding in Florida has Alexis seeing Logan in a new light, but she's scarred. Can he convince her to take a chance on them before it's too late?

TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH is the 3rd offering in The Wedding Belles series, which unfortunately, I haven't been cheering from the rafters for. It's not that this book was bad, really, it's more that it's so incredibly boring. Alexis and Logan were just about the dullest couple I've ever read about. I couldn't understand why it took Logan 10 years to make a move…I mean, come on. And Alexis was clueless and bitchy and frankly irritating. The pair had little chemistry, and the sex scenes were perfunctory and unimaginative. The story was well written and error-free, so there's that, but it's about all I've got.

Bottom Line: No OW/OM or sharing; condom use; no BDSM; no kink; no sexual assault; no murder/violence.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Jan 17, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
104 people found the following review helpful
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH pretty much explores the long-term consequences of heartbreak—through circumstances no one could have really envisioned—and well…the cowardly behaviour it can incite. And it's found in the form of Alexis Morgan, whose wedding planning company (ironically a business that puts down how happy-ever-after should begin) has taken the place of relationships and love in her life. The story is a fun, quick read and evidently responsible for taking a few needed hours of sleep away, despite it being an entirely predictable one from the beginning.

Logan Harris has indeed been lusting after Alexis for a long time, and lust is pretty much the term I'd use here rather than love, given that he's really done nothing but pine from a distance while taking up with other women as he passively waits for her to notice him. Alexis, on the other hand, refuses to see him as anything else than her accountant and her silent business partner, but that isn't because there have been overt, numerous hints thrown her way. Yet for them to declare that they've loved each other from the start had me frowning in skepticism, because it seemed more like attraction than anything deeper and an impulsive decision of a 'recovering student' to throw in an inheritance behind a business that has yet to get off the ground.

Logan and Alexis, while frustrating at times, do however, seem more sympathetic than the rest of the couples in the Wedding Belles series; their connection as partners and as friends was evident at the start and to make the leap into a relationship didn't seem an implausible one, even if those years did seem somewhat wasted on nothing happening. I felt for Alexis and her continued reticence, although I did wonder why it took Logan that long to man up and straighten it out when it was clear he needed something drastic for a first move.

There aren't huge spikes in passion or angsty valleys of depressing lows however, which made for some lull in the storytelling itself but what kept it somewhat interesting is the reversal of roles, where Alexis is finally forced to reexamine her stance on keeping distant from everyone while Logan runs himself to the ground finally trying to make her see him the way he wants.

There's perhaps some kind of finality to this book with all the belles happily paired off, and TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH is a fitting farewell to a series that has frankly left me part lukewarm and somewhat neutral for their predictability. Wedding planners finding their own HEAs—and have those living up to hype of the weddings they plan—might be a little too sugary sweet for my liking but because a few of Lauren Layne's Oxford and Stiletto books had made her an author to watch out for, I'm still as always, eager to see what else she has up her sleeve.
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