My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly offered by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
To Love and to Cherish was my first book by Lauren Layne, but the third in the Wedding Belles’ series.
The story is about uptight Alexis whose only focus is her business and her accountant and silent-partner of the Wedding Belles, the quirky, sexy Brit, Logan.
What I really liked about it is that Logan has been in love with her for eight years, since the very beginning. I liked how he shaped his life choices to be with her and how he was always there for her even if she was seemingly oblivious to his feelings. On the other hand, Logan never really did anything to change things between them.
But everything changes though when Alexis receives some news from her family that suddenly make her realize she doesn’t want to be alone anymore. Noticing this, Logan decides to make his move and I liked how he tried with different tactics… jealousy, romanticism etc. Meanwhile, he’s called to make a life-changing choice that could separate them forever (pretty dramatic sounding, isn’t it?)
We all know how that ends, with it being a romance novel, but the road to get there wasn’t exactly smooth. One of my greatest issues with this book in fact was the push-n-pull on Alexis’ part. I get that she didn’t want to ruin their friendship or mess up their business deal, but I couldn’t feel on her part the attraction and love that was so clear in Logan.
The plot is simple, yet enjoyable. The pace only picks up from the 50% mark but the first half isn’t that bad anyway, just not really eventful.
I’ll conclude saying that even if it was pretty fluffy, the hot scenes were definitely steamy. I wasn’t expecting them to be so… detailed and compelling, since usually these kinds of books are more focused on the feels part rather than the physical.
Would I recommend it? Definitely to those who have read the previous books. There were a few funny interactions with characters from the first two installments and all in all it was a light read with some very funny or steamy moments and relatable characters.