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Bed of Roses (The Bride Quartet, Book 2) Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 27, 2009
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“Writing with her usual subtle wit and flair for crafting realistically complex characters, Roberts delivers the second superbly entertaining installment in her Bride Quartet series.”
“Great characters, fabulous wedding-prep stories, hot sex, and lots of romance!”
“A contemporary fairy tale.”
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In the first book, Vision in White, we meet the pragmatic photographer, Mac, who must overcome her own practicalities to allow herself to fall in love. Now we meet Emma, the florist, who is a romantic to the core. She wants the whole nine yards- and indeed, she'd be the one to have a train just that long. She longs to be swept off her feet by true love.
The relationship between the four friends is the cornerstone of the book and the wedding business really comes alive with anecdotes of the matrimonial couples seeking the services of Vows.
I felt the romance in this book was much sweeter and maybe more 'romantic'- in part because Mac, from the first book, was the more practical sort and had to overcome herself to fall in love. In this book, Emma is a bit of a social butterfly, dating around. In the meantime, an old friend works his way into her affections.
These books are simple and rely on the strong characters and their emotions. This book lacked a bit of the tension that was there in the first as there were no giant hurdles in Emma's romance developing. In a way, that's what is refreshing about these books- the plot is not contrived, just straightforward, simple and romantic. I like that the writing is good, solid, without getting in the way of the story- the voice is fluid which makes for an easy and enjoyable read.
These books are great if you want to unwind after a busy day or de-stress in your bubble bath. I downloaded to my Kindle before I went to bed last night, read a few chapters and then finished the book while my kids were at school today. If you enjoyed the first book, you will really enjoy this book- and if you haven't had a chance to read the first, this one will stand just fine on its own.
Emmaline Grant's job is all about creating the perfect wedding day. As a florist and partner of "Vows" she is living her dream. She believes in love and hopes to someday have the kind of relationship her parents share. But she still hasn't found the one man with whom she wants to dance in the moonlight.
When suddenly the relationship to commitment shy architect Jack Cooke changes and they realize that there is more between them then just being good friends, Emma is excited but also a little bit afraid. She doesn't want to loose Jack as a friend but can't say no to the new path their relationship is going. Because she soon realizes that Jack has some flaws (he's a man so that's to be excepted) but that he also might be just perfect for her.
Wonderful characters, a beautiful story that concentrates on love and friendship and Nora Robert's love for details makes this the perfect book to forget everyday life.
Emma is a great heroine even though in real life it's hard not to hate a woman like her. She's beautiful, outgoing, intelligent, loves her life and job, has the best friends you can imagine and her parents are the perfect couple. But because she is also very kind and funny you just have to love her (I guess some envy is ok). Through the detailed description of her work (it's like the bouquets and arrangements are right in front of you) the reader can share the enthusiasm and love for her work and get's a close connection to Emma.
Jack is a man of action who's sexy and very manly. He enjoys his life as much as possible and works as hard as he plays.Read more ›
One element that makes a romance book interesting is the introduction of conflict. Emma and Jack had chemistry in this book unlike Mac and Carter in Visions. But, the conflict seemed contrived. Emma and Jack realize after a lifetime of friendship that there is something more there. Emma comes from a happy family and Jack comes from a divorced set of parents. Jack is afraid of commitment and Emma wants it all. The reader can tell right from the beginning that Jack is going to get cold feet, break Emma's heart for a few weeks and then we have the happy ever after resolution.
(Possible spoiler) I felt the last scenes in the book were very contrived as every one decided to shut out Jack. Here is a group of people--men and women who have been friends for decades and they rally around Emma and shut Jack out in the cold? Give me a break. Yes Emma deserved some sympathy, but everyone knew Jack and knew his issues and no one stood for him? Although this isn't a very romantic statement, I think if I were Jack, I might want to find a more loyal group of friends instead of this crew who spurn him and figure he is wrong without even giving him a hearing!
This is an easy read, but lacks the power of some of Robert's other straight romances. Personally, I find the Donovans, the Calhouns, the Chesapeake series, the Key trilogy, and Garden triology books to be much better overall in presenting the romantic element.Read more ›
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I listened to this book, rented through my State Library Audio program. Narrator Angela Dawe did a fantastic job giving each of these characters their own voice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tessa
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This series was so amazing. I mean I read all four books in a matter of days. I couldn't put them down!Published 3 months ago by Eryn Chapman
Romantic, erotic, funny and just an overall good read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story.Published 3 months ago by Judith
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