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Savor the Moment (The Bride Quartet, Book 3) Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 27, 2010
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“It’s impossible to deny Roberts’s flair for sketching likable couples.”—Publishers Weekly
"The evolution of a longstanding friendship into passion-ate love is delightfully explored in this warmly romantic tale. Roberts never disappoints and this book is the perfect cure for whatever ails you!"—RT Book Reviews
“It’s the ultimate feel-good wish-fulfillment fantasy, and Nora Roberts is a true pro at delivering on those.”—Errant Dreams
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 339 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425233685
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425233689
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 0.89 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; 1st Edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #294,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps it is because I read these books back to back (as opposed to those who read them when they first came out & had to wait until the next title was published), but by the time this story began, I was starting to feel that the story itself was somewhat predictable. Even so, it was still a great book and a fun read. Laurel and Del have known each other since childhood, but Laurel believes that Del only views her as an honorary sister, not a possible love interest. Ironically, Del is starting to have some of the same feelings for Laurel, but is not sure how to deal with them. Each is afraid to tell the other how they truly feel, and when they decide to give a romantic relationship a try, they do so only with some rather set conditions. But, as Shakespeare said so long ago, "The course of true love never did run smooth". When the relationship hits its inevitable rough patch, there is little doubt in the reader's mind that the couple will be able to work out their differences, but how Ms. Roberts goes about getting to that happy ending must be played out step by step.
The larger story arcs that connect the series are present in this book, adding to the depth of characters for each member of the group. As their stories unfold, we learn more about not only Laurel and Delaney, but also the rest of the Quartet and their significant others (or potential significant others, as the case may be). I am looking forward to completing the series, not only to find out what happens with Parker (the last of the Quartet), but also to see how the rest of the story arcs are concluded.
* Storyline - Easy to follow, involving realistic conflict between characters
* Characters - Well written and well developed. Each book in the series includes more in-depth info about each of the Quartet.
* Romance/Sex Scenes - Still present, although somewhat more subtle than in the second book. Nothing overly graphic.
* Audience - High school and up
The third book in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet series - out of four, which will conclude at the end of the year - focuses on wedding cake baker, Laurel McBane, and Delaney Brown. Del is the older brother of Laurel's business partner and best friend (one of them), Parker.
As explained before, Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel were childhood friends of varying backgrounds who grew up and established Vows, a wedding service. Book #1 focused on Mac. Book #2 focused on Emma. Now comes Book #3, featuring Laurel and Del.
Laurel has harbored a crush on Del since they were teens. To her frustration and annoyance, however, Del looks upon Mac, Emma, AND Laurel as quasi sisters, much like with Parker, and seems clueless as to Laurel's non-sisterly feelings. That is, until Laurel gets tired of Del's high handed brother act and kisses him during an argument.
What follows is Del trying to reconcile his first notion as a big brother caretaker versus his slow realization that he wants Laurel as a woman and not some little sister.
As some reviews here have said, there's not much conflict except for Del's past at looking at Laurel through a sibling like filter...and Laurel's worrying about the differences in their socioeconomic backgrounds and not feeling like she measures up.
The sex scenes and romance altogether are written well, and I did like Laurel/Del. But, while I did like them, the chemistry seems a bit "off" versus the first two books, to me. For me, I cannot pinpoint the issue, as I did ultimately enjoy them, but I do feel that Mac and Emma's stories had more oomph to them. Still, this is perfect for a beach read or just passing some long summer days with.
As with the prior books, the reader also gets glimpses into what is to come, and Parker/Malcolm (Mal) are no exception. So it will be interesting to see if they live up to the potential that is superficially explored within Del and Laurel's story within their own story, coming in November.
So while this book is not my favorite of the series, neither is it not enjoyable. And chemistry being subjective, others may see more fire than I did. Again, though, it is enjoyable. For romance novels, that is what counts.
Top reviews from other countries
It will definitely go in my favourites and I will enjoy reading it again.