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...
About the Author
Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies in nine languages. Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.
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To Love and to Cherish
SO LET ME ASK this—how many layers in a wedding cake is excessive?”
If there was anything Alexis Morgan had learned in nearly a decade of wedding planning, it was that you never told a client that her vision was excessive. You simply guided her to that conclusion.
“How many layers are you thinking?” Alexis asked her client in a practiced neutral tone, defaulting to the answer-a-question-with-a-question technique that she’d found worked exceedingly well with indecisive brides.
Wow. Okay, yeah—that’s excessive.
“We can do twenty,” Alexis lied smoothly. “But keep in mind that the nine-course meal we’re planning will already include two dessert courses. We don’t want to minimize the specialness of those.”
Especially at five hundred bucks a head, just for the food.
Extravagant, even for a Wedding Belles client.
Nathalie Sorrel was an example of how far Alexis had come in the eight years since starting her company from this very same office.
Nathalie was an international supermodel and the very definition of the elite clientele Alexis had always dreamed of. Her latest modeling contract had been in the high six figures. Add in the fact that she was marrying Eric Hill, an NBA superstar whose contract was in the seven figures, and, well, if anybody could afford a twenty-layer wedding cake, it was these two.
Still, much as it was Alexis’s job to create dream weddings, it was also her brand to draw the line between tastefully extravagant and completely ostentatious.
“You don’t think I should do the big cake?” Nathalie said, pursing the pouty lips she was known for.
“I think it doesn’t fit the vision of the wedding you originally talked about,” Alexis said, skipping the fact that none of her bakery contacts would undertake something so ridiculous. “When I asked you to describe your dream wedding in three words, you told me lavish, unique, and intimate.”
“A big cake is lavish.”
“Yes, but it’s not intimate,” Alexis said. “Part of what makes your wedding so wonderfully special is the fact that you’re capping it at fifty people, even though hundreds would kill for an invitation. You’re creating something small and special. You want lavish, not gauche.”
It was just the right thing to say, as Alexis had known it would be. There was no dirtier picture to paint for the Manhattan elite than the notion that something they did might be considered gauche. Knowing this was the Belles’ specialty, and Alexis’s own brand of genius, if she did say so herself.
Alexis had made a name for herself by knowing how to walk the fine line between opulent and gaudy.
After all, who better to know how to avoid gaudy than one who’d grown up swallowed in it?
“You’re right,” Nathalie was saying as she nodded enthusiastically, her azure-blue eyes widening as though a lightbulb had just gone off inside her head. “You’re so right. Eric and I have really been priding ourselves in restraint with this wedding, and I don’t want to jeopardize it with a cake.”
Alexis’s smile never slipped, but inwardly she maybe rolled her eyes, just a little. Any notion of restraint in this wedding had come from Alexis herself. But then that, too, was part of the job.
It’s not that she made the weddings her own. With every single contract, Alexis was committed to creating the exact experience the bride envisioned. It was just that sometimes they needed a little help implementing that vision and not getting sucked into bridezilla land.
They all thought they wanted a twenty-layer cake when really what they wanted was a small, elegant cake with dark chocolate truffle and Bavarian cream filling and a single pale pink ribbon around the base to match the sashes of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
And it was Alexis’s job to help them see that.
Five minutes later, a small chocolate cake was exactly the conclusion that Nathalie came to as they finished up their meeting. The model rose from one of the ergonomic chairs in the conference room, stretching out her limbs-for-days as she pulled on the same Burberry trench coat she’d modeled in their latest catalog.
“Enjoy Milan,” Alexis said as she escorted Nathalie to the door of the Belles’ Upper West Side headquarters.
“Ugh, the only thing worse than a last-minute trip is a last-minute trip on a red-eye,” Nathalie said, checking her Cartier watch. “Thanks again for seeing me last minute. I really appreciate you squeezing me in after-hours like this.”
“That’s what I’m here for,” Alexis said, refraining from saying that it’s not like she had other plans to get to.
Alexis liked to keep up the guise that she was a woman on the go for the benefit of her clients, who were firmly entrenched in the lifestyle of the high-flying glam and fab, but the truth was the Belles was her life. Her workday rarely started later than seven and never ended before eight, and Alexis liked it that way.
Alexis waved good-bye to Nathalie and closed the door, feeling the same sense of relief she always felt when she was done with client work for the day.
Working with people was a part of the job—obviously. But as a fierce introvert, Alexis’s favorite part of her day was always the recharging moments late in the evening when she’d sit at her little kitchen table in her apartment upstairs with a glass of wine and her planner.
“You know, I was just starting to think my diet was going well, but seeing Nathalie Sorrel makes me realize I have, like, such a long way to go.” This from Jessie, the Belles’ longtime receptionist and Alexis’s most recent right hand now that her previous assistant, Heather, had been promoted to full-time wedding planner.
Alexis gave Jessie a distracted smile. “Take it from someone older and wiser: comparing oneself to supermodels never ends well.”
Jessie punched a button on the phone, switching it over to voice mail. “You’re thirty-three. I’m twenty-six. Not that much older.”
Alexis rubbed at her forehead. It certainly felt that way.
“Plus,” Jessie was saying on a long-suffering sigh, “you wouldn’t get it. You’re a size two, and I officially just Ben and Jerried out of my size eight.”
“Ben and Jerry’s is a verb now?”
“It is when it has the power to make your hips explode.”
Alexis paused at the unusually glum note in her receptionist’s voice. Jessie was a bubbly extrovert whose personality was every bit as vibrant as her bright orange curly hair and sparkly green eyes.
“Everything okay?” Alexis asked, watching as Jessie pushed away from her desk and started to pack up the Tory Burch purse Alexis had bought her as a Christmas present.
Jessie glanced up. “Ugh, was my pity party coming out? Sorry.”
“No need to apologize. Want to talk?”
“No, it’s okay. I mean, yeah, but . . . okay, whatever—do you ever get tired of being single?”
Alexis didn’t so much as blink, and she certainly didn’t flinch. She was very sure of this. If Alexis had mastered anything over the years, it was hiding her feelings.
Especially feelings related to her nonexistent love life.
“I find I enjoy the solitude,” Alexis said slowly.
Jessie laughed. “Yeah, I forgot who I was talking to. I, on the other hand, like someone to listen to my constant chattering. It’s been three months since that prick dumped me to get back with his ex, and I haven’t had a single decent date. I thought maybe losing a few pounds would do the trick.”
“You already know what I’m going to say to that,” Alexis said with a little smile.
“That any guy who doesn’t like me with extra padding on my hips isn’t worth having?” Jessie said. “Yeah, yeah. Doesn’t mean I’m not stopping at the gym on the way home.”
“Just make sure you’re doing it because it makes you feel good, not because you just saw Nathalie Sorrel’s tiny butt wiggle out of here.”
“Yes, Boss,” Jessie said, saluting. “You need anything before I head out?”
“All good,” Alexis said. “Heather and Brooke gone for the day?”
“Yup. Brooke is at that new restaurant soft opening to see if their private event space is worth going on the list, and Heather . . . not sure, but I’m thinking she’s doing the newlywed thing?”
Jessie wiggled her eyebrows playfully, and Alexis forced a smile. It wasn’t that she wasn’t happy for Heather Fowler, now Heather Tanner. Heather was her longtime employee, formerly as assistant, now as a wedding planner in her own right, and a good friend. One of Alexis’s best friends, in fact, although strictly speaking, Alexis wasn’t really a BFF kind of gal.
Heather had found herself in a whirlwind romance with her sexy neighbor that had ended in a very spontaneous, and very romantic, wedding several weeks earlier.
Alexis was thrilled for Josh and Heather. Heck, she was also thrilled for her other wedding planner, Brooke, who’d recently gotten engaged to a ridiculously handsome hotel tycoon, Seth.
And if she was a tiny bit jealous, she didn’t think about that. Didn’t have time for it, really.
“Your groceries were delivered while you were meeting with Nathalie,” Jessie was saying as she pulled on her bright green jacket. “I put your eggs and stuff in the fridge.”
“Thanks, you’re great,” Alexis said distractedly as she picked up the pile of mail and began flipping through. Bills, bills, and more bills. She set them aside to be dealt with tomorrow when her longtime accountant, Logan Harris, came in for their twice-weekly appointments.
“I know,” Jessie said in a singsong voice, all trace of former glumness gone. “See you tomorrow, Boss.”
Alexis locked up behind Jessie, gathered her planner, iPad, and laptop, and headed to the stairs to climb to her third-floor apartment.
Despite the fact that all of her favorite girl-boss blogs had been on a kick about not working where you live and vice versa, throwing down a massive downpayment on her Upper West Side brownstone had been the best decision of Alexis’s life.
From the very beginning, she’d envisioned her home and office exactly as it was now: a classy reception and conference area to serve as a place for excited brides to discuss their dream weddings, a second-floor office space for her team to have room to spread out and work, and a third floor just for her to live.
Well, not just for her.
That was the one part of her life that hadn’t quite lived up to expectations; when Alexis had bought the property all those years ago, she’d had visions of being married by now. Maybe a baby. Or two. Finishing up her workday and bounding upstairs to relieve the nanny of her little bundle of joy, getting in a cuddle or two before bath and bedtime, and then relaxing with her husband over a nice glass of wine as they discussed their respective workdays.
Funny how some dreams came to be and some stayed just that. Dreams.
Alexis pushed the thought aside as she opened the door to her apartment. She smiled upon seeing that Jessie had arranged the white tulips Alexis had added to her grocery delivery in her favorite Anthropologie vase. She absently rearranged them to her liking before carrying the vase to the small sideboard. She lit a scented lavender candle and slowly exhaled the stress of the day.
Alexis loved her apartment. Loved the dark hardwood floors, the crisp white cupboards of a newly renovated kitchen. Loved the way the big tree out front let just the right amount of filtered sunlight through on a Sunday morning, loved the way the muted gray of her living room walls kept it cozy on snowy winter nights and serene on spring evenings such as this one.
Alexis changed her color scheme every couple of years to keep the apartment from feeling stale, and most recently, she’d gone with grays and purples, which suited her mood lately.
Calm and just a little bit melancholy.
Not for the first time she wondered if maybe a cat wouldn’t be a good investment. She’d prefer a dog—a big, dopey golden retriever like the one she’d longed for as a kid, but she had neither the space nor the schedule for a dog.
A cat, though . . . a cat could do its business in a litter box, would probably prefer for her to be gone as often as it would for her to be present.
A cat would be someone to talk to at the end of a long day.
A day like this one.
Alexis went to the fridge, pulling out a bottle of the Grüner Veltliner she’d opened last night. She pulled down a crystal glass from the cupboard where all of her stemware sat neatly lined up, polishing the glass with a paper towel before pouring some of the crisp white.
Small pleasures, she reminded herself as she took a sip. Savor the small pleasures, and the empty parts won’t seem so bad.
Alexis’s cell phone rang just as she was opening her laptop, and she picked it up, glancing at the screen and bracing for a frazzled bride or a panicking vendor.
Her glass froze halfway to her lips when she saw it was neither.
Her thumb hovered over decline. Oh, it was ever so tempting.
But like she always did, Alexis sighed and answered the call. “Hi, Mom.”
“Lexie. How are you, dear?”
Lexie. She’d always hated the nickname, but she’d learned at an early age to pick her battles when it came to Cecily Morgan.
Alexis took another sip of wine. “I’m doing well. How are you?”
She winced as she asked it, knowing it was the expected and appropriate thing to say and yet dreading her mother’s response all the same.
For Cecily Morgan, How are you? was never met with an okay and certainly never a good. Not since Alexis’s father had committed the ultimate of all clichés and left her mother for a much younger woman. And then—to add insult to injury—Alexis’s father had actually gone and married Tawny. Alexis suspected the fact that her father had at least seemed to find a second shot at true love rankled her mother more than if Tawny had just been a passing flavor-of-the-month, garden-variety sort of fling.
“Did I tell you that she came by the club the other day?” her mother was saying.
Another cliché: her mother’s refusal to say Tawny’s name. At least she’d moved on from that woman.
“Oh yeah?” Alexis asked, refusing, as she always did, to play into the she-devil routine. She liked Tawny. Her stepmom could be a little crass, sure, but she had a good heart and liked to laugh. Tawny was fun. Alexis’s mom . . . not so much.
“Yes,” Cecily said in disgust. “Tossed back three chardonnays before four o’clock. I wouldn’t be surprised if your father’s driving her to drink.”
Sort of like you’re driving me to drink? Alexis deliberately put the glass of wine to the side.
“How are things otherwise?” she asked, trying to steer her mother to non–Jack Morgan–related topics.
“Oh, well,” her mother said, emphasizing the last word with a combination of weariness and impending gossip. “Have you talked to your sister lately?”
Alexis stiffened ever so slightly at the mention of Roxie. She was almost to the point where mention of her sister didn’t sting. Almost.
But not quite.
“I called her last month on her birthday,” Alexis said quietly.
“Well, I saw her just the other day, and . . .” Her mother’s voice had dropped to a whisper. “I think she’s expecting.”
Alexis’s world tilted, just for a moment, and then righted itself. “What?”
“Well, she wouldn’t eat a thing, even though we were at that little French bistro she loves. Just kept picking at the bread basket, and well, dear, you know how judicious I’ve always encouraged you girls to be about unnecessary carbs. And any time Adam tried to encourage her to eat something else, she looked positively ill, had to leave the table. I thought she was going to be sick at the sight of my tuna tartar salad. Then I started thinking and I recalled that the other week, she didn’t have a single sip of that Chablis I opened. When have you ever known Roxie to turn down a good glass of wine?”
Alexis swallowed. Once. Twice. Nope, her mouth still felt dry. “Maybe she’s not feeling well.”
“Well, of course she’s not feeling well if she’s expecting a baby!” her mother snapped. “First trimester was the worst for me, especially with you.”
Alexis’s eyes closed. “But she hasn’t confirmed anything?”
“No,” Cecily said. “Which is why I’m calling.”
“I already told you I haven’t talked to her. I certainly don’t know if she’s pregnant.”
I don’t want to know if she’s pregnant.
“I think she’s keeping it quiet because of you,” her mother said, not pulling any punches. “She’s protecting you. Your feelings.”
Alexis wanted to argue. She wanted so badly to open her mouth and tell her mom that that was crazy, but the thing was . . .
It felt true.
If Roxanne were pregnant, she was no doubt in agony about Alexis finding out. Despite the fact that they’d had nearly a decade to work through the tension between them, Alexis couldn’t exactly claim that she had healed.
And Roxie knew it.
“What do you want me to do?” Alexis asked, reaching once more for her wineglass. Might as well. She wasn’t pregnant with Adam Hogan’s baby.
But she might have been. Had things gone very, very differently, she’d have been the one declining her mother’s wine, she’d have been the queasy one at the little French bistro, pulling off chunks of a baguette as her insides roiled against her because she was in the process of creating new life.
It hurt more than a little that her mom didn’t seem to understand this. Then again, she and her mother had never seen eye to eye. Cecily had always been barely tolerant of Alexis’s entrepreneurial tendencies, gently reminding her all through high school and college that nice boys liked nice girls, not smart ones.
Not an exact quote, but the sentiment had certainly been clear.
Turned out her mother had been right. Guys liked the girls who were sweet and giggly, not the ones who were ambitious and quiet. Or at least Adam did.
Pregnant or not, Alexis was suddenly starting to feel a little queasy herself.
“I think you should talk to her,” Cecily said. “Tell her it’s okay if she’s pregnant.”
Alexis’s eyes closed once more, and this time she squeezed them shut, tightly.
What if it wasn’t okay?
What if the fact that her sister was pregnant with the child of the man Alexis once loved would never be okay?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was so excited to finally get Alexis and Logan's story, and let me tell you, they don't disappoint one bit. Their story was all consuming for me. I just couldn't put it down. Going into this book, I felt like I knew Alexis better than I knew Logan, but there was actually a whole lot more to learn about her. And Logan? I couldn't wait to see what he was like, and now he's my favorite of the guys in this series. They had undeniable chemistry, and they sure know how to turn on the steam. I've enjoyed each book in this series, and it was sad to see it end, but I'm thrilled with the overall outcomes of these characters. I'm going to miss them though. The characters of The Wedding Belles Series felt like friends, and I hate saying bye to friends. The ARC of To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
Little secret (but tell no-one – I’m still pretending to be an adult here) I got this ARC on Thursday and while I was literally buried under with work, I pressed on and didn’t stop to read until Friday. With that same pile of work glaring at me….. and I read the WHOLE BOOK. In one sitting. And I laughed, and cried and perhaps hoped that there would be one teeny tiny bit more to get Jessie her man but…. I loved it. Alexis, the owner of The Wedding Belles is a control freak with a large black hole where she tries to hide her abandonment issues. So, perhaps mostly she succeeds, until her younger sister invites her to her destination wedding. To the man Alexis thought she would marry. And, oh yeah, Roxie is pregnant. And BLISSFULLY happy. Alexis should be all fine with this – really, she is: she has the most exclusive wedding planning business in New York City, her employees are also her friends, she really LOVES weddings and planning and she’s really good at it. Best of all, the person she considers her BEST friend, Logan, is his usual steady and stalwart self. Until he isn’t. Logan’s parents have been working tirelessly to make a mark in financial planning, and now feel that it is time they enjoyed their lives, and Logan returned to the UK to take over. He’s never thought of moving back, mostly because he can’t bear the thought of not having Alexis in his life. The only woman he’s thought of, dreamed of, pined for in the last eight years. But, she doesn’t see him like that…despite the fact that all the planners, even their men, see them as a pair. Oh this was wonderful. Poor Alexis –it’s always the ones who are in such tight control and businesslike that have zero willingness to take personal chances. When Tinder (Really Alexis - tinder?) turns up one very nice man who does ab-so-lutely- nothing for her, and Logan’s odd behavior and an electric connection that has her daring to fantasize: can she take the chance? Enter the Belles and their complete determination to give Logan every fighting chance to win Alexis’ heart (or really, to get her to admit she loves him) appearing as her escort and boyfriend at her sister’s wedding, charming her family and actually putting her mother and step-mother in a room without fur flying (much), some super sexy, romantic and ultimately panty-melting moments. How was she to resist? And who wants to say no to a man who has 3 dozen white tulips (I’m so happy to see someone who loves them as much as I do) delivered to her home the day after their extended weekend? With all but Jessie now settled and invested in the Belles, I can happily imagine them making dream weddings for everyone. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility.
This is the 3rd book in the Wedding Belles series & I loved it. Lauren Layne writes such fun & entertaining stories & her characters are real- you end up feeling like they are friends by the end of the book. Alexis is the owner of Wedding Belles along with Logan (her silent partner) I love the back story of their relationship & I was cheering out loud as Logan finally made his move. My only complaint about this book is that it is the last in the Wedding Belles series. I will miss the Belles & their loves. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Fantastic! I could not put this down. Loved every moment of this story. Well written with such excellent characters with simmering chemistry. I loved getting all the past history on Alexis and Logan and how the Belles' were started. Loved the build and plot as well as watching the dynamics between these two. Logan is one hot Brit and I truly loved how he knew Alexis so well. These two have some serious simmering heat between them. I just loved when Logan became more demanding of Alexis and her feelings for him. Of course the secondary characters, the Belles' and their significant others really come to Logan assistance and helped pushed these two in the right direction with their feelings. I am truly going to miss these fabulous characters that Lauren Layne made a part of this great series. I voluntarily agreed to read and post a honest review on a ARC of this book.
Loved it, so sad the series is over.
Alexis was sitting in a bar when an Englishman came up and offered to buy her a drink . His name was Logan and he had inherited a lot of money from his aunt, Logan had recently graduated from college. He got his MBA from Columbia. Logan was an accountant His parents wanted him to come back to England and run the family business but Logan just wasn’t ready to. Alexis had recently graduated and got her Masters in Marketing and Business Administration. Then alexis let Logan read her plan for Wedding Belles - her future wedding planning company.Alexis had thought about her business since she was twelve. Logan offers to fund Alexis to get her business up and running but he wants to own fifty percent of the business as a silent partner. Alexis turns him down but she does call him back and accepts his offer. That was several years ago and Wedding Belles was still in business and doing very good. But Alexis realizes she has no personal life. Then Logan kisses her out of nowhere and it was great but it could destroy their partnership. Alexis’s sister Roxy is pregnant and marrying Alexis's ex boyfriend Adam who she had thought herself in love with But Roxy and Adam have been together ten years now. Alexis was in Florida for the wedding and Logan shows up claiming to be Alexis’s boyfriend. I loved everything about this story. Alexis finding out what she felt just before it was too late. Logan showing up in Florida where Roxy was getting married. Especially declaring to Alexis’s mom and stepmom he was her boyfriend was just excellent. I felt bad for Alexis when she had hurt over Adam and had to rebuild a relationship with her sister Roxy but evidently Roxy and Adam were meant to be. . I also like it even though he hurt himself and Alexis when Logan finally put down his footand walked away something had to wake Alexis if she did really care. This was a very good fun read. I loved the characters and a lot. I also loved the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
This is the 3rd and final book in The Wedding Belles series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this fantastic series in order. Alexis & Logan met and became business partners shortly thereafter. He has always wanted more, but her single minded business kept them from pursuing more. Alexis has secrets from her past, and they may be why they are still apart. Logan has been in love with her for the better part of a decade. Now time has run out. He has to make a decision and make it in a hurry. Can he have both? Does he want one more than the other? This series nearly ripped me apart! This story was so - ugh. How do I describe it? These characters have been throughout the entire series and without spoiling it for you, I finally got my HEA. Then, I got notice that this is the end of the series. Heart crushing, I tell you. I cannot wait for the next book out by this author. She never disappoints! ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Stars! “As he closed the door he made her a silent promise. This wasn’t over. Not by a long shot.” “Love did this, she realized. It made you weak and clumsy and babbling and…Alive.” Finally! Finally! Finally, we are getting Alexis and Logan’s story and let me tell you, I am so excited that their story is being told. I have been waiting and waiting. The chemistry between these two has been intense for the last few books, so yes, I am excited that their day has finally come…. To Love and To Cherish is the third book in the Wedding Belles series, and while it can be read as a standalone, I do feel that this series would be better enjoyed if you read them together. That being said, I don’t think you’d be lost at all if this was the first in the series that you’ve read, again, I’m just saying that it would be more enjoyable to read this series in order. Anyways, To Love and To Cherish is told from dual points of view and is the much anticipated story of Alexis and Logan. Alexis and Logan have known one another for 8 years. In fact, Logan is one of Alexis’ business partners. Logan has always been enchanted with Alexis, but Alexis has always been so focused on her business that she’s been blind to what’s always been in front of her. Now, when circumstances open Alexis’ eyes and make her want to join the dating world, Logan finally makes his move. Will Logan and Alexis finally give in to the chemistry that has been burning between them or are they destined to just be friends?? I loved everything about To Love and To Cherish. I was sucked in from page one and was dying to know more about Alexis and Logan. Their story captivated me and it frustrated me. So many times I wanted to yell at Alexis to open her eyes before it’s too late! And Logan!!! He was impossible to not fall in love with. He was the total package, a real gentleman, and the accent didn’t hurt either. But, there’s a side to him that we’ve never seen before that only Alexis brings out. She brings out the swoon worthy, take charge, alpha male that has been in hiding. Yes, the two of them were amazing together and I honestly couldn’t get enough of them. The sparks were intense and Alexis and Logan together had me begging for more. As as sad as I am to be seeing this series come to an end, I honestly couldn’t think of it ending any other way. This book and series is incredibly well written and you can tell a lot of heart and soul went into it. I have been enchanted with this series since the very first book and have just fallen deeper in love with each corresponding story. To Love and To Cherish gave me everything I was looking for and left me with a big smile on my face. Simply put, I loved this story.
What a great ending to Layne's Wedding Belles series. Like normal, Layne has created a wonderful cast of characters for this series. In the case of Alexis and Logan, we've seen them from other character's point of view for and now finally, we get an inside look at them. And I loved them even more. To Love and to Cherish was such an easy and fun read. With all of her novels, I just want to sit down and read from start to finish in one full, reading swoop. The story was fun and the characters just felt so real.
4 stars To Love and to Cherish was a well written friends to lovers romance. Having read the previous books in the Wedding Belles series I was really excited for this book, I knew that author Lauren Layne was going to deliver an entertaining and heartwarming read. And for me she delivered. Logan and Alexis were strong, passionate, funny and stubborn characters that captured my attention with their banter and sexual tension. I enjoyed watching them move from friends to more. It wasn't an easy road for these two, after Alexis had been deeply hurt from a previous relationship she's been closed off emotionally and scared to open herself up to love again. It warmed my heart watching Logan bring down Alexis's mile high walls, with patience and love he was able to show Alexis he loved her unconditionally and he wasn't going to break her heart. These two were perfect for each other, I had no doubt they would have a beautiful and loving future together. Overall, To Love and to Cherish was a beautifully written book with characters you'll love one minute and frustrate you the next, then back to loving and rooting for their happily everafter. The Wedding Belles series has been a wonderful read, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.
To Love and To Cherish is the sweet and wonderful conclusion to the Wedding Belles Series by Lauren Layne and it is absolutely terrific! I've enjoyed every book in this series and while I was most excited for Alexis and Logan's story, I am also sad to see the series come to an end. These are all standalone books, but the interconnected characters make for a wonderful series! Alexis is tough, driven and determined. She has built a very successful wedding planning business through sheer will and countless hours of hard work. But, that success has come at a price. She has no big love of her own and struggles with the weight of a past relationship. Logan is patient. I'm not even sure there's a phrase or analogy to describe just how incredibly patient Logan has been. But, he's forced to make a decision and make some moves where Alexis is concerned. After 8 years of waiting, he has a short amount of time to convince her what he's always known, they are perfect for each other. Logan's careful and tender seduction of Alexis is sweet and emotional. And, Alexis needs to figure out if and how she can move Logan from 'Accountant' to 'Love of My Life.' To Love and To Cherish is a wonderful, well-written, thoroughly enjoyable Romance. I have come to expect just this kind of story and reading experience from Lauren Layne. She always delivers emotional, and heartfelt stories that are sure to leave you content and fulfilled! If you haven't read The Wedding Belles Series, you should start today. You won't be disappointed. This book received a 4.5 Rating on BFF Book Blog. BFF Book Blog also uses a set of icon ratings. This book received additional ratings for: butterflies, hero, heroine, romance, sweet, and happily ever after. An advance copy of this book was received. Receipt of this copy did not impact the content or independence of this review.
"To Love and to Cherish" by Lauren Layne is book number three in the "Wedding Belles" series. This is Alexis Morgan and Logan Harris' story. Alexis and Logan are partners in the Wedding Belles company. Logan is a silent partner and the accountant for the business. They have been in partnership for the past eight years. Logan from the beginning has had feelings for Alexis and has been waiting for the right time. This is a sweet friends to lovers romance. Overall, I enjoyed Logan and Alexis' story. I fell in love with Logan from the start. Alexis was a little harder to get to know. At times I wanted to smack some sense into her. I guess at times we all have a hard time seeing something great that is right in front of our face. Will Alexis take a chance on love or will she be her own worst enemy? FYI, includes mature content.
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.
Alexis Morgan and Logan Harris have been circling each other for eight years, much to Logan's dismay. Ever since their first meeting it was love at first sight for him but Alexis is a slow simmer. The Belles is her life and she is harboring a love lost and hurt from her past. For most of this book, I developed a deep dislike for Alexis because she is a bitter and somewhat selfish woman who is afraid to live but when it comes right down to it, she is a scared woman who is AFRAID to lose what is right in front of her. Logan and Alexis are perfect for each other and once Logan steps up and breaks down some of her barriers with seduction things start to look promising. I LOVED this series and I'm really sorry to see it come to an end. This is a definite recommendation starting from the first one! **Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley**
Oh, Lauren Layne, how I love thee….This woman could write the phone book, and it’d still move me to laughter and tears. When this book landed in my lap, I put EVERYTHING ELSE aside and simply read…and read…and read. I didn’t move from the couch from the first page to the last. Alexis Morgan came across as very cool and aloof in the earlier books in this series, and I was anxious to see how Layne made her more approachable. The devil was certainly in the details here; when Alexis’s hair was slightly mussed, or her clothes weren’t quite right, I finally started to understand her character. Hurt by her sister’s betrayal (which wasn’t truly a betrayal, as Alexis herself was aware of, but still…sisters and all!), Alexis is a tightly-controlled woman who is in it to win it. And the first person she met way back when she had the idea of The Wedding Belles was none other than Logan Harris, an accountant with a keen eye for detail (and a sexy English accent). With both characters being pushed towards a life change by unrelated forces, the simmering sexual tension was almost too much to bear. Watching Alexis transform within herself was one of the most satisfying reading experiences I’ve had in the contemporary romance genre. Logan’s patience is legendary, but oh-so-sweet…to have a man wait years for her was not only terrifying to Alexis, but it was overwhelming, and it was reflected in Alexis’s actions more than her words. All the feels, Ms. Layne. All. The. Feels. As for me, I’m just going to continue to hold on hope that this series is extended, and that Jessie gets her own story. I can’t let go of the Wedding Belles just yet…and I plan to reread this series, from start to finish. Every one of these books, but especially this one, go on my Keeper Shelf. Five outstanding stars.
I was beyond excited to start this book. I have read all of the Belles books and have been intrigued by Alexis from the start. It was so much fun to see what made the cool, calm, collected woman tick and even more fun to see her lose control and let loose a little. And dreamy Logan... the accent, the gentleman, the way he treats Alexis, everything about Logan was perfect. I picked this book up yesterday afternoon and did not put it down until I was finished last night. I was so engrossed in their story I was shocked to see I had come to the end. I could read about Logan and Alexis, and the rest of the Belles' couples all day, so I am sad to see this series end. It definitely ended on a high note, saving the best for last. Highly recommend this series, Lauren Layne books, and this book in particular.
Logan and Alexis are the perfect couple that aren't actually together. They have have a rich history, are each others best friend, and Logan is a silent partner in Alexis's wedding planning business. Logan has been in love with Alexis since the the moment he met her. She has never seen as anything more than as a friend. Alexis is satisfied with her career and decides to start dating. When Logan's family begins to pressure him to return to England to take over the family business, he decides to try to change Alexis's view one last time. Lauren Lane is a master of romantic storytelling and the Wedding Bells series is a beautiful feather in her cap. I love how she developed these characters throughout the entire series. She also knows how to write compelling story that I am very sad to see end! I was given a free copy for a honest review.
I'm kind of sad that the Wedding Belles' series is ending. I just adored this series. We finally get to find out what is Alexis Morgan's story and it doesn't disappoint. Alexis Morgan has known most of her life that she wanted to run a high-end bridal service company. To most people Alexis is always in control with EVERYTHING in her life. Little do they know that isn't the case. 10 years ago, an unfortunate event caused Alexis to move to New York to try to start up her company. Not wanting to borrow the money from her dad, Alexis was determined to do this on her own. Two years later Alexis meets Logan Harris in a bar and things instantly click. Alexis is barely making ends meet, but Logan is intrigued by her. After inviting her to sit with him he orders them dinner and they discuss her plans for her business. Logan, having just inherited some money from a great aunt states he wants to invent in her dream. He will be a silent partner but he believes in her. Alexis turns him down but he tells her to call him if she changes her mind. Of course, Alexis changes her mind and a partnership is formed. Eight years later Logan longs for Alexis to see him as more than her accountant. He has been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her. He doesn't realize that Alexis does have feelings for him but is afraid to act on them with a chance that she could forever lose him. After Alexis hears from her sister that her sister is pregnant and planing to get married in two weeks, Alexis' world crumbles. Logan realizes something is up with Alexis but she won't discuss anything. Just as Logan decides he is tired of waiting for Alexis to notice him and he is going to make his move, his father calls wanting him to move back to England to take over the family business. Logan knows the only thing from holding him back from going to London is Alexis. Now he really needs to step up his game. I loved these two characters. Once you realize what happened in Alexis' past, you understand why she is like she is. I really liked Logan, tall, dark and British! I loved how when he finally decided to make his move, he went all in. I just wasn't sure why it took him 8 years to actually do that! Alexis and Logan's time down in Florida was fun. I loved how Logan was able to get Alexis to relax and not always be in such control. Logan brought out a fun, flirty side of Alexis. I really enjoyed how all of the Wedding Belles played into Alexis's story, even the guys! Overall this was a great end to such a wonderful series. I hope someday Lauren Layne comes back and gives us Jessie's story as well as Maya and Grant's complete story!
A delightfully angsty and sexy read Alexis Morgan wants it all, career, adoring husband, and beautiful family. For the last eight years though she’s been focused on building her wedding planning company into a raging success. Something she can now proudly say she’s achieved. The personal front is something else entirely since she’s been actively avoiding it because over a decade ago she put her heart on the line and it got broken. Now that her younger sister is getting married and having a baby, Alexis wants to get on the dating wagon once more, all eligible bachelors welcome except Logan Harris, her silent partner and the one person who’s always supported her. Logan Harris fell in love with Alexis from the moment he laid eyes on her eight years ago, but the woman only business in mind so he’s been biding his time ever since. But time is running out for Logan, he must decide whether to stay in NY who’ll possible never see him as anything other than her accountant or go back to England to take the helm in his family’s small empire. Now that Alexis is interested in dating, can he make her see what everyone around her already knows and that there’s more to him behind the glasses? I just love getting my hands on a Lauren Layne book because her skill at writing good contemporary romance guarantees laughs and smiles with her loveable characters, witty banter and a plot that will keep the reader engaged throughout. Even though each book can be read as a standalone, all her series include a layer of friendship and camaraderie between the interconnecting characters that makes you want to come back for more. And I certainly wanted more of sexy and intriguing Brit and controlled wedding planner. Smart, swoony and sexy, Logan Harris is an entirely delicious. Alexis knew he was kind and fun but mostly she only saw him as steady and steadfast. I loved his transformation from mild-mannered accountant to take charge caveman with a British accent. I’ve been rooting for him since book one and along with the Wedding Belles family, I wanted to see him happy with Alexis but just like them I was also ready to protect him from her. I really liked Alexis as a smart and unshakeable businesswoman in the previous books. I was not a fan of the willfully blind and obtuse woman who couldn’t let go of the past in order to see the wonderful possibility of what’s been in front of her for the past eight years. But that’s what this book is really about, not Logan’s makeover because there wasn’t really anything he needed to change, but rather Alexis’ realization of the fact that her relationship with Logan was so much more than a business partnership from the start. The attraction between Logan and Alexis was an enjoyable slow burn with all the history they had behind to ratchet up the tension between them and make the wait for Alexis to overcome her fears and trust her heart to Logan a bit more bearable. Having the entire Belles gang which include not only the lovely ladies but also their significant others was a great treat, I really enjoyed the solidarity they showed to their friends especially Logan’s bromance with Seth and Josh. To Have and to Hold is book #3 and the last one in The Wedding Belles series by Lauren Layne. It is a sexy contemporary romance and the last book in the series. Told from both points of view that has a happy ending.
TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH by Lauren Layne, is a quick-paced read with an engaging plot. I love all things related to weddings, so making time for this entertaining story was not difficult. This is the final book from Ms. Layne's THE WEDDING BELLES trilogy, and it can be thoroughly enjoyed as a standalone. Don't pass up the chance to check out this fun and sexy series! This book is about Alexis Morgan, the queen bee of wedding planning in New York City. Her boutique firm has been in business for almost a decade, and she is very successful because she loves what she does, and her talented employees are a small group of dedicated women. Alexis also works morning, noon and night. Her accountant, Logan Harris, has been with her from the very beginning, and he silently owns half of the company. Logan has always held a torch for Alexis, while Alexis has kept their relationship to business only. However, with her two best friends finding love, and her sister getting pregnant and married, Alexis is finally seeing that there is more to life than just work. Her last attempt at love crushed her, so she has kept romance on the back burner for a very long time. Logan has waited eons for Alexis to see him as more than just a close business partner, and now that he may return to his home across the pond to run his family's company, he has to work fast to win Alexis's heart. TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH is a hot romance that primarily takes place in the hustle and bustle of New York City. This well-written book will keep you entertained from start to finish. The story is nicely paced, the characters are well developed, and love story that evolves between Alexis and Logan is charming and hot. Alexis and Logan are a unique couple, so when they finally spend the night together, the sparks fly. If you enjoy books about weddings and wedding planners, then this book and trilogy is for you. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
The final book in The Wedding Belles series is here! Alexis and Logan are the couple who aren't a couple. They met eight years ago before Alexis started the Belles and he's been a silent partner since the beginning. Alexis is a private person and has never shared with anyone close to her the reason she ended up in New York. Logan has always thought that when Alexis is ready to add dating to life, she would notice him. However, when she starts to date, she looks to online dating instead of who is right in front of her. I loved this series and loved how Logan took the lead with Alexis. Logan has always been at Alexis' side and her sister's wedding is no different. Alexis has some major issues to overcome and the Belles are just the friends to help her through. This ending was so bittersweet. I would read about these ladies forever! *This is my voluntary review of an Advance Reader Copy.*
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.** I am a BIG Lauren Layne fan especially of her NY singles stories. This Wedding Belles series has been really terrific and we finally get the head Wedding Belles story along with her long time BFF and partner Logan. The story begins 8 years ago on the day Alexis meets Logan in a bar. Alexis has a dream and not much else and Logan has money and from that day on they have been together but not in any romantic or sexual way. Be prepared you won't see any sex until around 80% of the story. They kiss a few times but Alexis is fearful of rocking the boat and so she fights hard to stay just friends and nothing more. One plot device this author has used before and I HATE with a passion are exes getting together with ones sister. Its gross that guys sleep with two sisters and I don't find it hot or attractive. So be prepared that is a big part of why Alexis fights her feelings for Logan. She doesn't really believe she can hold Logan because her ex fell in love with her sister. Now don't get me wrong her sister and the ex are portrayed nicely. Neither cheated and they waited a year to get together, and they even asked permission and they have been together 10 years. But still it always is a plot device I hate. Thank goodness there are only a few scenes with them but I hate this so I want to warn you. Logan is terrific but he fell for Alexis 8 years ago. In those years he has been waiting for a sign and well when it comes he almost misses it. Alexis when she hears her sister is "maybe" pregnant realises she is single and wrapped up in her business and thats when she asks the other belles to help her find a man. Thats when the guys finally tell Logan that she is ready. Meanwhile Logan has been waiting 8 years but his time is almost up. His family wants him to move back to England and they think its crazy he has been waiting around for a woman who has never said she wanted him. I tended to agree with him. He needed a little more 'alpha' in his personality. When the guys start pushing him I totally loved it. When he drops everything to come to Alexis rescue I loved it. I really wanted more hot scenes in this book but it was still a great story. I thought Alexis and Logan were terrific and fun. But he left alot of decisions up to Alexis and I like my men a little more 'alpha'. This ends the series and I am really sorry it ended. This book easily stands alone, though the other belles and their partners are very involved in the story and so you might want to read their stories as well.
After reading To Love and to Cherish I've decided I would never make a good heroine. There is no way in hell I could be as forgiving or nice as they seem to have to be. This is my favorite and least favorite of the series. I know, crazy right?? Well let me explain, I loved the characters. Both Alexis and Logan are my favorites. Most likely they are my favorites because since book one we've had the build-up to their story. They are both a little mysterious and you're not really sure what their story is. Even in To Love and to Cherish you're not totally sure. Yes, Layne gave you a lot of past information right away so you start off with a clue to how the story is going to pan out, but you're still left with questions. Smart move, it keeps you connected with the story, and you'll keep reading until you're satisfied, which is at the very end. I will say that Logan has the patience's of a saint. I couldn't have waited eight long years for Alexis to get her act together. Now saying that I have to tell you I'm not sure I could ever get over what her sister did to her. I might try, but I know myself and I'm the type of person that hurt really lingers with me. I'd love to tell you what happened between Alexis and her sister but It's best for you to read it yourself. The story is wonderful and I loved it all the way up till I wanted to smack Alexis up-side-the-head. She really made me mad!!!! We all know because this is a romance it will work out, still, I was pissed. Love a good book that makes me feel! I hope it does for you too!
This was fantastic. Loved every single second! It had great characters (hello swoony Brit!) and a delicious slow burn happening. Excellent read! I've been curious about Alexis since book one so it was fantastic getting to learn all about her. I loved her strength, determination, and perseverance. I totally get why she was the way she was. And Logan… oh my goodness I am totally in love with this charming man. He has a serious level of patience happening when it comes to Alexis. I loved the dynamic between Logan and Alexis as things started to shift in their relationship. Watching Alexis become bewildered yet excited was really fun. I loved watching Logan grow more bold as well, it was super hot! There was so much tension between the two at times but also a simmering heat and it was awesome how it mixed together. I thought their relationship had a great build and the best slow burn. It was like a fire ball just growing bigger and bigger and then exploding. So sensual and passionate! I liked the conflict that was happening for both of them outside of their growing feelings for one another and how that played into the story. There were just so many elements that were a part of this that made it truly great. There is some light drama and a lot emotion, as well as bit of humor mixed in. Well written, excellent details and back story. I love the way I was pulled in and completely invested. I thought it had a great flow and build leading to a spectacular ending that had me holding my breath. There were so many great moments in this and I really loved it when things started clicking for Alexis and Logan. I absolutely enjoyed all the secondary characters involved and how they’re there for each other, making their own kind of family. It's jut one of those great added elements that helps create a really well rounded story. I love this series so much and all The Belles. I'm going to miss these characters. Excellent story and series! Complimentary copy received for honest review.