Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bride Quartet - Nora Roberts

Vision in White:
Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

Bed of Roses:
Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose.

But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's so close to the women of Vows that he's practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion-kiss for blistering kiss-they must trust in their history...and in their hearts

Savor the Moment:
Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she's too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker's older brother Delaney, on whom she's had a mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel's quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del-she'll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever...

Happily Ever After:
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...

I decided to do one lump review for this series, cause I could write about it all day.  I put off reading the first book cause I haven't really ever been a Nora Roberts fan, to me, some of her stuff just seems to go on and on and seem to be a bit overly wordy for no reason.  So when this first book came up for my online bookclub, Romance and Oreos, I decided to buy it but didn't have time to read it in time for the bookclub discussion.  I was in between romantic suspense books and decided to give it a try, by the time I had read the whole first book, I had already downloaded the other three.  

I absolutely loved this series.  The relationship that the girls have is one, I think, every girl wants.  Friends that are with you through thick and thin.  In the first book, you pretty much can figure out who is paired with whom in their own books, but it was wonderful to see it happen in slow motion too.  Each of the 4 girls is so different in personality, and looks, sometimes I wondered how they got along all the time, but it just worked.  The men they were paired with were totally swoon worthy.  I have a sweet spot for Jack and Emma, who will remain my favorite couple....reading his story and watching him fall, was my absolute favorite.  There are definite villains too, Mac's mother for instance.  I actually wanted to cause bodily harm to that woman.  The books were also filled with great info about the wedding business, and you just felt like you were having fun right along with the girls.  If I had one negative thing to say, it would be, these girls drink ALOT.  They are always having champagne or wine.  That seemed to be a bit of overkill in my opinion.

I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone who loves a great contemporary romance. 

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