Thursday, October 27, 2016

Blog Tour: To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne - Review! (@TastyBookTours @_LaurenLayne)

After 8 years of waiting...he's got 1 month to make her his.

The Wedding Belles #3
Lauren Layne
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016
Pocket Books

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 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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Finally we are getting to know more about the matriarch of The Wedding Belles. Not only are we seeing what is behind that icy exterior of Alexis Morgan, but we’re finding out the real story between her and the Belle’s accountant, Logan Harris. For the last two installments of Lauren’s Wedding Belle series, we’ve been given kernels to what kind of relationship these two have. If they’re messing around or is it something more. Honestly, when I found out the answers to my questions, I felt a bit underwhelmed.

I thought that by the time we got to Alexis’ solo book, I would love her. She was going to blossom into this loveable person that has just had some rough times that has hardened her over time. I was somewhat right. Alexis is not in love with love. She has been burned in the past, some would say it was the ultimate burn ever, and it has made her even more focused on the business of her dreams. I did appreciate the fact that we got some good back story on what had happened. And how the Belles truly came to be and how Alexis' and Logan's relationship/partnership started. 

Speaking of Logan, I adored him. My heart broke every time he showed Alexis some affection or tried to convey that he was more than just a friend and she ignored the signs. But when the signs couldn't be ignored any longer, it felt like everything was in the sweet spot. I think the parts I didn't like the most when Alexis fought her feelings or reverted back to her shell. It made her not likable. 

In the end, I loved their ending. It felt justified and ended how it should have. What I didn't love was the overall progression. It felt drawn out in places that didn't really need it. Even though this wasn't the best Belle book in my opinion, I appreciated it. And it doesn't take away my love for this wonderful series.

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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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