Review | To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

In To Love and to Cherish, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

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To Have and to Hold
The Wedding Belles #3
Author: Lauren Layne

Published: October 18, 2016

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious 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 opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

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Review

My rating: 5 stars

To Have and to Hold follows Alexis Morgan and Logan Harris. 8 years ago Alexis and Logan meet at a bar, that one night changed their lives forever. For Alexis it helped build towards her future in creating the Wedding Belles and for Logan he found the love of his life. 8 years have gone by and Alexis still hasn’t noticed Logan the way he wants her to notice him, so he decides to take matter into his hands – no more playing the docile accountant, it’s time to show Alexis his inner alpha.

Logan has been a silent partner and the accountant to the Belle’s from the start – he is the closest thing Alexis has to a best friend, though he doesn’t see it that way. Logan has patiently been waiting for Alexis to make her dream come true and when she’s ready for a relationship he’ll be there. Turns out Alexis has a plan of her own, she has started looking for potential dates and hasn’t mentioned this to Logan. And, she always dismisses Logan as a potential relationship whenever the Belle’s mention him. But, Logan isn’t about to give up so easily, he’s going to show Alexis that it’s them…it will always be them.

I had been waiting for Logan and Alexis’ story since we were first introduced to them in To Have and to Hold. And, let me tell you I was not disappointed. Logan and his Britishness will forever melt my heart. And, Alexis, I just wanted to wrap her in a cinnamon roll and drop her to Logan so he’d protect her fragile heart. No one would keep it safer than Logan.

Logan and Alexis’ relationship was so interesting to read because they both saw each other differently and they didn’t even realise what the other saw. For Alexis, Logan was her best friend, even though Logan never thought that because she was very well guarded. And, for Logan, Alexis was his everything, even though she was too blind to see it. I just loved the way their relationship unwrapped and they came together. It wasn’t easy for Alexis, Logan was there for her…every step of the way.

It was a lot of fun reading Logan seduce Alexis and well her reaction – let me tell you, she was very surprised. And, damn is his seduction good. Alexis didn’t stand a chance, especially because she already had a special place for him in her heart (which she refused to think about).

I’m not going to lie, I’m quite sad the series has come to an end. I’m not ready to say goodbye to all these beautiful characters. And, I will hope, one day, Lauren decides to write a story one Jess. (She deserves her HEA too)

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Author

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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2016 – The Year of Lauren Layne

2016 – The Year of Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne plans to dominate 2016 with 8 releases, that’s right, 8. Can you imagine how much time and effort it takes to release 8 books a year? If you’re an avid follower of Lauren Layne’s newsletter you’d know that she barely sleeps: she works till 3 in the morning to finish a book only to get out of bed and note down ideas for another book. She’s also not very good at taking mini breaks after completing a book, as much as we love your dedication we do believe you should treat yourself longer than 6 hours, Mrs Layne.Romance

For everyone living under a rock, Layne’s first release of the year, I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2), came out on February 2. The story revolves around Jackson Burke, an ex-hotshot quarterback for the Texas Redhawks and now a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, and Mollie Carrington, his ex-wife’s younger sister. Complicated much?

Here’s a tiny excerpt

“I thought I might find you out here,” he said quietly as he took a sip of his own champagne.

Mollie snuck a look out of the corner of her eye. He’d come looking for her? She hadn’t thought anyone had noticed she’d slipped away.

“I messed up the toast,” she said quietly.

“Nah,” he said, stretching his long legs out in front of him and slouching down a bit to get comfortable. “Just think how many people you educated on the mating ritual of parasitic worms. They should be thanking you.”

Mollie groaned. “It was supposed to be romantic. I did a paper about them for my systematics and biotics diversity final. They’re unusual because they’re bonded for life. Most organisms sleep around or, you know, the male dies after mating—”

Jackson winced, and Mollie wished she could wither and die just like a male bee.

If youcuff me still haven’t read this, what are you waiting for? Go, read it!

Her next release, Cuff Me, is about two homicide detectives, Vincent Moretti and Jill Henly, who have been partners for years. With Jill on a leave of absence, Vincent realises how much he misses Jill. However, things take a turn when Jill comes back…with a fiancée. Don’t forget to check it out on March 29.

And, how gorgeous is the cover. *heart eyes* Layne definitely has some of the best covers.

Here’s a tiny excerpt

“Quit it. You’re looking at me without blinking with those big old eyes. It’s staring.”

Jill continued to look at him, deliberately trying not to blink now, just to annoy him. “You never told me what you’ve been up to.”

“Huh?”

“While I was gone,” she explained with what she thought was admirable patience. “What did you do? Give me the highlights. Any new women or new restaurants discovered? Did you get that weird squeak in your heater xed? I mean, three months passed. You must have done something.”

“Three months where you were off getting engaged, you mean.”

His statement hung between them for several moments, although she didn’t really understand why.

“Yeah. Like that.” Her voice was just the tiniest bit touchy, but she really wasn’t loving the way he acted pissed about the fact that she was getting married.

It’s not like she was expecting him to go dress shop- ping with her or be the one to give her something bor- rowed, but Vincent Moretti was . . .

He was her best friend. Not in the traditional sense, of course. He was closed-off and irritable, and most of the time he acted like he didn’t even like her. But over the years, they’d become partners in more than just the work- together kind of way.

They were like two halves of . . . something.

Or at least they had been. There seemed to be a rift now, and Jill was oddly desperate to fix it.

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good girl by lauren layne

Good Girl is Layne’s third release of the year. It follows country music’s good girl, Jenny Dawson, who hides away from the world to write her next album. She finds herself bunking with the caretaker of the estate Noah, who has a secret of his own – he is actually Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own problems, and soon their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. Hold your horses because Good Girl isn’t releasing just yet, you’ll have to wait till May 17th for it.

Here’s a tiny excerpt

I climb into the truck, adjusting the seat slightly since Finn’s a couple inches shorter than me. I glance over at Jenny, hoping she doesn’t ask why I’m adjusting the seat in what she thinks is my truck, but she’s too busy adjusting something orange and hideous in her head.

I freeze in the process of jamming the key into the ignition. “What the hell is that?”

“A wig,” she says, pulling down the visor to look in the mirror. Only there isn’t one, having broken long ago, so she turns to me. “How does it look?”

“Ridiculous,” I grumble, meaning it. I’ve got nothing against redheads. Hell, gingers can be plenty hot. But this one doesn’t suit her at all, and it’s on crooked.

She leans down to look at herself in the side mirror, adjusting it slightly. Her cotton ball of a dog has been sniffing around the floor of the cab, munching what seems to be a stale French fry before hopping up and settling all five points of its body into onto my lap before panting happily up at me.
“Do you think it would look better if I added highlights?” Jenny muses. “I feel like the lipstick is clashing. Is the lipstick clashing? Noah? Are you listening? Do you think coral would be better?”
I look from her to the dog, who I belatedly realize is wearing a bow.

No. Just hell no.

What have I gotten myself into?

More importantly: how do I get myself out?

The WedFrom This Day Forward by Lauren Layneding Belles Series is a hybrid of Sex in the City meets The Wedding Planner, now who wouldn’t want to read that? After reading Nora Robert’s Wedding Quartet I needed another wedding planning series, and voila Lauren Layne announced her plan of writing about high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding…but their own.

Layne kicks off the series with a novella called From This Day Forward, which releases on June 6. Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise, thanks to the Wedding Belles, and when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the Former First Daughter’s Wedding, Leah jumps at the opportunity. That is until she finds out who she’ll be working with, Jason Rhodes, aka the man who broke her heart.

Here’s a tiny excerpt

Alexis leaned forward and touched her arm.
“Leah, you have to know how impossible it is to book one good photographer on short notice in June, much less two, and I’m counting myself lucky because two of the best happened to be available, but…”
“But what?” Leah asked, her heart pounding faster as she somehow knew what her friend was trying to say. Knew whose name Alexis was too nervous to say.
Alexis’s gaze cut away from hers and fell somewhere over Leah’s shoulder, even as Leah felt the shiver of awareness that someone else had stepped into her personal space.
Alexis glared at the newcomer. “You’re early, Rhodes.”
Leah’s heart stopped, just for a moment.
Slowly, she turned around and glanced up into the dark brown eyes of Jason Rhodes.
He pulled a toothpick from his mouth and gave her a slow, sexy once-over “Hiya, Red. Long time.”
Leah could only shake her head. It had been a long time, but not nearly long enough.
Not only was he the one man on the planet she could absolutely, positively not work with.
He was the one man who Leah had let in close enough to break her heart.

To Have and To Hold is the first full length novel in the series. Brooke Burke, To Have and To Hold by Lauren Laynea celebrity wedding planner, finds out her fiancée is an international con man moments before they exchange vows. Not only breaking her heart but also destroying her business leaves Brooke a pariah in L.A. She starts afresh, in NYC, with her first bridal client; that is until she meets the brother, Seth Tyler. He needs to prove that Maya’s fiancée is a liar, and he needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade her to unplan the wedding, and more importantly convince her that the wedding she should be planning is actually theirs? Catch them on July 26.

The second book of the series is called For Better or For Worse, and it releasFor Better or For Worse by Lauren Laynees on August 30. A small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days are consumed with cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums; but, what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbour’s apartment all night. Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. Now, if only he could convince his To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Laynepretty, workaholic neighbour to let loose. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

The third book, To Love and to Cherish, will release on October 25. Other than the gorgeous cover there isn’t much we know about it. We’ll just have to make do with staring at the cover.

The last book to be released is the one we’ve all been waiting for…Lincoln’s book, Someone like You (December 13). Ever since Irresistibly Yours released we craved for Lincoln’s book, and I know a lot of you were upset to find out it would be the third one, but we’re still getting it this year (albeit at the end of the year). As we all know by now there is so much more to Lincoln than meets the eye – his playboy charade is just a façade to hide his pain. And, thanks to the new photo copy editor, Victoria Blake, we might just find out the cause for his charade. But Victoria has no interest in being another notch in his belt, a mean-spirited college prank taught her not to trust that a gorgeous playboy could truly be interested in her. We’ll just have to wait and see how their story unfolds.

Now sit back, relax, and have a happy Lauren year!