Title: To Love and to Cherish (Vows: Book Three)
Author: Addison Albright
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 201 Pages
At a Glance: Possibly my favorite in this series, we get some happiness for Nash at last.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.
Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.
When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?
Review: Addison Albright’s To Love and to Cherish is not recommended to read as a standalone, and contains a number of spoilers for the first two books.
Nash hasn’t had an easy time of it. When his fiancé’s husband, who everyone thought died in a plane crash, is found on a deserted island in the South Pacific with three other survivors of the plane crash, it’s Nash who ends up the odd man out. Sam and his husband, Henry, resume their life along with the boy that Henry has raised in the five years on the island. Meanwhile, Nash ends up couch surfing at his best friend Harley’s house. Months later, Nash is tired of everything. He’s tired of his hospital job, tired of living with his friends, tired of being alone, and tired of thinking about the future.
He is entertained a bit by his patients, especially an elderly man named Bernie, and by his friend and fellow nurse, Angela. When he discovers that Bernie’s grandson, who he keeps going on and on about, is one of the orthopedic surgeons who has just come out and gone through a nasty divorce, Nash is completely surprised to discover the human side of Dr. Myles Burlingham. To then discover that Myles is also disillusioned about finding love and has an interesting proposition for him, well, Nash is intrigued to say the least. What Myles is offering may just be the answer to both of their situations.
But, as is usual with Nash’s luck, just when he thinks everything will be smooth sailing, he has a fairly bad accident that involves not only a broken arm but a concussion and memory loss to boot. When the accident takes away his memory, he forgets the reason that he’s marrying Myles. He’s actually forgotten nearly everything about his conversations with Myles. He knows they are engaged, but he doesn’t remember much at all and has to be told he’s no longer engaged to Sam. As his memories start to return, he’s more confused than ever, but he knows he wants to make things work with Myles.
Nash gets such a raw deal in the first book of this series. Even though it’s nobody’s fault, it just feels wrong and bad. Cynicism and disillusionment have taken over Nash’s life, and he really would like something to go right for him. He’d like a new job and a decent place to live and maybe to find a decent guy, but he’s through with love. It doesn’t work out for him anyway, so why bother? How many of us have felt like Nash after a relationship is over? I think most. But the way Myles takes care of Nash in every possible way makes this by far the most romantic and, yes, I’ll say sweet, story in the series. Plus, Bernie is a hoot! I just really, really liked this story. It’s definitely my favorite in this series as we finally get some happiness for Nash at last.
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