As I have said (several times) I am a huge Lauren Layne fan. Despite that, I have only lukewarm feelings about this series. I enjoyed book one, To Have and To Hold, but never got around to reading book two. I was on the fence about reading this one because the heroine has a personality I don’t usually enjoy. Throughout the prequel and book one Alexis came across as rigid and cold. She had moments of warming up but never enough for me to feel like she would be a good heroine.
It was clear from book one who Alexis’s love interest would be. Logan Harris is her accountant and always around. To Love and to Cherish opens up with the first meeting between Alexis and Logan. They are both young and on the cusp of their own big thing. Alexis has Wedding Belles all planned out and only needs the funding. Logan is fresh out of school and is looking to start his own business and looking for something interesting to catch his eye. Logan offers to finance Wedding Belles and so their complicated relationship begins.
Then he meets Alexis. To say it was obvious he falls for her upon first seeing her would an understatement. Logan clearly structures his whole life around making Alexis notice him. He is British and has a family business back home. His parents are waiting for him to come take over but he stays in the states hoping one day Alexis would notice him as more than just her accountant and friend.
Alexis, well I told you why I was hesitant to start this one. The story pretty much plays out like I thought. Everyone around her is getting married and having babies, including her sister who is having a baby with Alexis’ ex. It has been many years since they were together but as she does, Alexis has shut down all emotions associated with it and chooses to not deal. Her not dealing with it has kept her from having a meaningful relationship and noticing what is right in front of her.
Logan’s parents want to retire and ask that he come home to run the business. Logan does not want to give up on Alexis so he asks for one month to decide his fate. In that one month he will woo Alexis and if she can’t see what they have between them he will give up and go home. He will do his best to prove to her they should be together and that he didn’t waste so many years staying for her.
During the time Logan is wooing Alexis, I wasn’t sure how I felt. Since this is a romance I knew the ending, of course. But what I needed to see was a reason to believe in their love. I needed to see Alexis give up her cold ideas and actually fall for Logan. There is nothing wrong with Logan in this book. He is steady, swoon worthy and does everything he can win Alexis over. Alexis…well I didn’t have as much of an issue with her as I thought I would but she took a while to be believable. While I didn’t get warm fuzzies from her or sigh over their final pairing, I did end up liking how it played out.
Overall, this wasn’t my favorite LL but it was still good. She writes a very enjoyable story and I know I will escape for a couple of hours when reading her books. I think this was really a LL to keep me occupied until I get Lincoln’s book in my hands. That cannot happen soon enough!
“I love when he gets British,” Josh whispered. He raised his voice back to normal volume. “Hey. Say bloody wanker.”
“I myself prefer bloody hell,” Seth said. “It’s very Bond.”