Series: The Wedding Belles #3
on October 18th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into ManhattanÔÇÖs premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, itÔÇÖs 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 whoÔÇÖs been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and LoganÔÇÖs all business, all the timeÔÇöexcept 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 sheÔÇÖs on the dating marketÔÇöand equally clear that heÔÇÖs not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sisterÔÇÖs last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows itÔÇÖs the perfect time to show Alexis that thereÔÇÖs more to him than numbers and spreadsheetsÔÇöand beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As FloridaÔÇÖs sultry days turn into even hotter nights, LoganÔÇÖs out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...
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 weddingÔÇöbut their own.
The Wedding Belle series is one I canÔÇÖt recommend enough. I love, love, love this little force of NYC Wedding planners. With To Love And Cherish, the company’s founder Alexis, along with the only other investor, Logan, will finally have that epiphany of what they really mean to each other after 8 years as business partner.
Alexis is the calm, cool and collected leader. When the story opens, we learn about a sticky situation that has kept she and her sister a part for years. ItÔÇÖs the one thing that formed her approach to relationships and love. Obviously she is in the business and she must believe in love, But lordy I could feel the heartache. The lingering doubts about herself (projected by her mother) feed the fear but when sheÔÇÖs called to step up, she does the noble and sisterly thing. But Alexis doesn’t have to go it alone, sheÔÇÖs just missing what right in front of her.
Alexis however has no qualms of shooting down all speculation about her posh British partner Logan Harris. Boy of boy, is this man dreamy. Logan is not a stodgy dispassionate accountant and his feelings for Alexis are pretty evident. If youÔÇÖve reading the series (as I highly suggest) you know thereÔÇÖs something stewing between them. ItÔÇÖs almost as simple as someone needing to step-up and make a declaration. But nothing with Alexis is that easy. Logan might not realize it, but his grand gesture maybe break things open. ItÔÇÖs really sweet and it says a lot about what he knows, and doesnÔÇÖt know about Alexis.
Layne really does provide us with characters that are complex and relatable. I wonÔÇÖt pretend I am anything like Alexis, but who canÔÇÖt relate to the fear that you werenÔÇÖt the chosen one. To want her sister’s happiness, Alexis is going to have to understand that she is one person’s choice, and that she is worthy of the kind of love. This is a slow-burn love story that culminates in giddy feelings and great contentment. IÔÇÖm so happy with this series and I just canÔÇÖt recommend it enough. For me, itÔÇÖs made Lauren Layne a one-click author. 5 Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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The sexy British accented startled Alexis out of her thoughts, and she glanced up, both alarmed and intrigued to find that the face that awaited her was every bit as appealing as the voice.
The man was about her ageÔÇöearly, maybe midtwentiesÔÇöand ridiculously cute. His hair was dark and maybe just a touch too long, as though he intended to get a haircut but kept forgetting. The eyes were brown and friendly, accented by trendy black-framed glasses.
The chunky cable-knit sweater with elbow patchesÔÇöfor realÔÇöbordered on dorky, but then, Alexis had always had a soft spot for dorky. He had a bit of the Clark Kent thing going on, which had always been far more her type than the overrated Superman.
ÔÇ£Hi,ÔÇØ she replied quickly, realizing that sheÔÇÖd been staring.
His smile grew wider as he extended a hand. ÔÇ£Logan Harris.ÔÇØ
Darn. Even the name was good.
ÔÇ£Alexis,ÔÇØ she said.
ÔÇ£Does that come with a last name?ÔÇØ he teased, lowering himself to the vacant barstool beside her.
ÔÇ£Not to strange men,ÔÇØ she retorted.
ÔÇ£I could buy you a drink. Get rid of the ÔÇÿstrangeÔÇÖ part.ÔÇØ
AlexisÔÇÖs smile slipped as she remembered that romance, even flirting, wasnÔÇÖt part of her plan. SheÔÇÖd learned the hard way that she could have one or the otherÔÇöher own business or a boyfriendÔÇönot both. And even if she wanted the latter, the latter didnÔÇÖt want her back.
ÔÇ£No thanks; IÔÇÖm fine,ÔÇØ she said, letting the slightest amount of chill enter her voice. The ice-princess treatment, Roxanne called it.
Logan shrugged, undeterred. ÔÇ£All right then. May I borrow your menu?ÔÇØ
She nodded, and he picked it up, perusing it for several moments and paying her no attention.
It was both a relief and also a bit of an insult, if she was being entirely honest, to be given up on so easily.
Alexis tried to turn her attention back to her laptop but watched out of the corner of her eye as he finally shut the menu, waiting patiently to catch the bartenderÔÇÖs eye.
ÔÇ£Hi there,ÔÇØ he said, when the bartender ambled back over. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖd like a Stella, and a maybe bite to eat?ÔÇØ
Alexis didnÔÇÖt miss the once-over that the bartender gave Logan before the curvy redhead leaned over the bar, displaying perky boobs as she clicked her pen and pulled a notepad out of her back pocket.
ÔÇ£Shoot,ÔÇØ the bartender said flirtatiously, looking a good deal friendlier than she had when sheÔÇÖd spoken to Alexis.
Not that Alexis blamed her. A cute Brit could do that to a girl.
ÔÇ£All right then,ÔÇØ Logan said. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖd like the burger, medium, with Swiss. Fish and chips, extra tartar, and . . . howÔÇÖs your chicken club?ÔÇØ
The bartender blinked. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs good. But you want all that?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I do. Thank you.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Suit yourself,ÔÇØ she said, scribbling LoganÔÇÖs order on the pad.
ÔÇ£Hungry?ÔÇØ Alexis couldnÔÇÖt resist asking after the bartender moved away.
Logan gave a sheepish smile. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm a recovering student. I sometimes get so wrapped up in my day that I forget to eat.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£A recovering student. What does that mean?ÔÇØ
He turned slightly toward her. ÔÇ£SomeoneÔÇÖs showing plenty of interest in a strange man.ÔÇØ
She bit her lip. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm sorry if I was rude before. IÔÇÖm just not really in the market for . . . you know.ÔÇØ
He gave her an easy smile. ÔÇ£EveryoneÔÇÖs in the market for a friend, Alexis.ÔÇØ
She opened her mouth and then shut it as she realized he was right. She could use a friend. SheÔÇÖd spent her entire life in Boston and knew almost nobody in New York. This guy seemed nice and nonthreatening enoughÔÇöwhat would be the harm in a little conversation over dinner? It had been too long since sheÔÇÖd had somebody to share a meal with.
Logan seemed to know the moment she capitulated, because he turned more fully toward her. ÔÇ£A recovering student, Alexis, is a recent graduate. One who hasnÔÇÖt quite absorbed that there will be no more finals, no more requisite all-nighters, and no more dorm sex.ÔÇØ
Alexis laughed. ÔÇ£Undergrad, then?ÔÇØ
He gave her a wry look. ÔÇ£How young do I look, darling? MBA from Columbia. Just finished up end of last year.ÔÇØ
She felt a little stab of relief that he wasnÔÇÖt twenty-two.
He leaned toward her slightly. ÔÇ£Twenty-five next month, just in case you were wondering. As a friend.ÔÇØ
She tried to hide her smile and failed. ÔÇ£Columbia, huh? YouÔÇÖre a long way from home.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Noticed that, did ya?ÔÇØ He winked. ÔÇ£I came out here for undergrad, also Columbia. Always figured IÔÇÖd go back to London and maybe someday I will, but . . .ÔÇØ He shrugged. ÔÇ£Seems I have stuff to do here first.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Such as?ÔÇØ She took a sip of her wine, dismayed to see that it was half-empty.
ÔÇ£Well, this will probably shock you, given my vast amount of brawn, but IÔÇÖm an accountant. Or at least I will be, once I get my business up and running.ÔÇØ
Alexis was impressed. ÔÇ£Your own business?ÔÇØ
Most twentysomethings, even those with an entrepreneurial bent, opted to get a few years of work under their belts for someone else before branching out on their own.
He nodded. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm working out of my flat for now, but IÔÇÖm hoping to lease some office space soon, get some legitimacy. If nothing else to get my father off my back.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£HeÔÇÖs not a fan of your plan?ÔÇØ Alexis asked.
LoganÔÇÖs shoulder lifted, and for the first time he seemed a little sad. ÔÇ£Both parents have had it in their head that IÔÇÖd come home. Run the family business in London.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Which is . . . ?ÔÇØ
He spun his beer glass idly. ÔÇ£Financial consulting firm. My fatherÔÇÖs the CEO, MumÔÇÖs the COO.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Wow, thatÔÇÖs . . .ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Scary?ÔÇØ Logan supplied.
ÔÇ£I was going to say impressive. That they work togetherÔÇöwithout killing each other, I mean.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£TheyÔÇÖre in love. ItÔÇÖs atrocious,ÔÇØ he said with a wink. ÔÇ£What about your folks?ÔÇØ
Alexis laughed. ÔÇ£Not in love. They divorced when I was in high school. DadÔÇÖs remarried and happy now, I think. Mom not so much.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£And you?ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£Are you happy, Alexis?ÔÇØ
She pursed her lips, surprised and yet not entirely unsettled by the personal question. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs been a while since anyone asked me that. Since I even thought about it, really.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Think it out. IÔÇÖll wait,ÔÇØ he said with a wink.
She didnÔÇÖt have to think that long. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm almost happy.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£You sound quite confident on that.ÔÇØ
She shrugged. ÔÇ£LetÔÇÖs just say that I need a few things to fall into place in my professional life, but once that happens . . . yeah. IÔÇÖll be happy.ÔÇØ
SheÔÇÖd make sure of it.