Sunday, February 07, 2010

BED OF ROSES by Nora Roberts

Bed of Roses
(Book Two in the Bride Quartet)
Publisher: Berkley
Published: 2009 (Roughcut Edition)
ISBN-13: 9780425230077
368 pages

First paragraph (Prologue): Romance, in Emmaline's opinion, made being a woman special. Romance made every woman beautiful, and every man a prince. A woman with romance in her life lived as grandly as a queen, because her heart is treasured.

Once again, meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac: Founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's well known wedding planning companies. The first book is about Mackensie "Mac" Elliot who is a photographer and her love interest, Carter Maguire Ph.D., an English professor. In Bed of Roses, we are taken into the world of Emmaline "Emma" Grant who is a florist and Jack Cooke, an architect and family friend for ages.

Emma is a firm believer in romance and her own love life is great. Although that's the case, she still has not found her Mr. Right. That's until she discovers that she does have feelings for Jack and it is mutual. They have their reservations because it is weird; Jack is Parker's brother's best friend for years and that makes him like a family member. This is actually a big deal because the girls have been best of friends for so long, and so are the men in their lives save for the English professor (Carter). Having said that, Carter is now also considered one of their buddies.

Emma and Jack have a few romantic episodes, and things are really heating up between them. The problem is Jack is a commitment phobic while Emma yearns for lifelong love. So will they be able to work out their differences, lust and romance into love?

This particular passage caught my attention when Jack is observing the love between Mac and Carter with whom she is deeply in love with.

While they discussed details, choices of materials, he wondered what it was like to feel the connection with and that certainty about another person.

No doubt their minds, he mused, that this was the one. The one to make home with, build a future with, maybe have kids with. Share a cat with.

How did they know? Or at least believe enough to risk it?

It was, for him, one of life's great mysteries.

It's wonderful to have such a connection and certainty about a person, and to risk falling in love with him or her. Jack also said something on page 333 that is so beautiful, tears welled up in my eyes. Love is so beautiful. This series will make you believe in the magic of marriage and love.

The characterization is good and I love the dialogues. If you want a good romantic story, this is a good place to start but be sure to do so with Vision in White first. Friendship and love are the themes of this series. I have enjoyed the second book more than the first; Jack and Emma really sizzles!

Note: Bed of Roses is a joint-reading with Julia. I love our joint-readings! Thank you, Julia, for getting this book for me as a Christmas present and it's funny how I got the same book for you as well. I am looking forward to the next instalment, Savor the Moment, scheduled to be released in April this year, and wants to continue reading the series with you.

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  1. Teaser Tuesday
  2. Vision in White
  3. Savor the Moment