To Love and to Cherish
Book 3, Wedding Belles
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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...
Oh this was wonderful. Poor Alexis - can she take a chance?
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.
Fantastic Ending to a Great Series!
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.
Great ending to a wonderful series!
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!