There are some books that we read to laugh, some to relax and some to relieve our stress. Nora Roberts Bride Quartets Series falls in the last category. Four friends working together in a wedding business, a sprawling estate to live in, girls night, pizza and wine, women bonding, women bitching about – men, lack of men, lack of sex and you know, basic bitching. Even after adding all these cliches, I would yet want to go back and read, either of these four books because they are such a comfort.
Vision in White
Vision in white is first book in these series. This is the story of Mac, the wedding photographer at Vows. A versatile photographer, Mac is independent, creative and fun but is very fragile where her mother is concerned. Virtually abandoned by both her parents who married multiple times after their divorce, Mac has a commitment phobia. Her mother, Linda is forever dependent on her successful daughter to shell money for spas and holiday retreats to mend her broken heart.
Mac’s only support are her friends – Parker, Emma and Laurel who are also her business partners in Vows. Mac meets Carter, a client’s brother and is quite intrigued when he kisses her passionately. I loved the way they meet in the book. It was quite romantic 🙂 As a mild mannered professor who read Shakespeare, Carter is complete foil to Mac. I loved the slow progression of love in their story and the mental adjustments that Mac makes to get out of her mother’s thumb. The ending was nice and beautiful.
Bed of Roses
This is the story of Emma, the hot florist of Vows. She is beautiful, charming and romantic by nature. Her story takes right into the life of a florist and I learned more names of flowers from this book, than any botany lesson that I remember. Emma is very outgoing and has no dearth of prospective boyfriends, yet she yearns for a romance that would rock her life. Little does she realize that the romance of her life is living right under virtually under her thumb. Jack, is an architect and Del’s friend (Parker’s brother and Vows lawyer). They have known each other for years now but an inadvertent kiss changes their equation. Emma is confused but Jack has no second thoughts about where they were headed. This is a classic story of falling in love, fighting and make up sex. The ending was predictable but Emma gets her wish for a romantic proposal.
Savour the Moment
If ‘Bed of Roses’ was all about flowers, this book will have your mouth watering with cakes, frostings, fondants and flavours. Laurel is the baker and the pastry chef of Vows. It is her job to wow the clients with the ‘perfect wedding cake’. Laurel in the first two books, comes across as an independent and a bit of a brash girl. She is also a cynic, where romance is concerned and that’s because she has nursed a love for Del, Parker’s brother for a very long time. Del is Parker’s brother but in more ways than one, he acts like a honorary brother for all four of them. And this irritates Laurel to the core. In a moment of anger, she demonstrates to him that he is ‘not’ her brother. And so starts their love story. I liked the plot and the way Laurel and Del negotiate their relationship is very romantic.
Happy Ever After
The last in the quartet is Parker Brown. The perfect wedding planner who aims to give the bride their ‘perfect day’. Parker is hard working, meticulous and very organized. She is also sophisticated, charming and warm. All through the three books, we see Parker busy with weddings, with the details, spreadsheets, colour coordinated clothing, organized closet and cool beauty. Nora brings in a hero who is an exact foil for her cool sophistication. Malcolm is Del’s friend. A mechanic by profession, Mal is passionate about bikes and cars and about Parker’s legs. Rough on the edges with a cool attitude Mal, literally sweeps Parker off her feet. I love the way, he waits patiently for her to finish second guessing, the way he surprises her with his unexpected moves and boy is their romance hot or what?
Plus Points: Love the plot, characters and the romance
Minus Points: Felt that Bed of Roses could have had a better conflict.
Verdict: A perfect romance read for the weekend