Series: Bride Quartet
Author: Nora Roberts
Read copy: Paperback
Published: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
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...
And yet another Nora Roberts winner in this amazing series. And this time, though it still revolved around the friendship between Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker, the story was mostly about the romance between life-long friends. Yes, you’d think it was pretty much the same as in Bed of Roses, between Emma and Jack, but the thing is, Laurel and Del, Parker’s older brother have known (and been friends) each other for her entire life. So the switch held much more danger and possible obstacles. For them both, but mostly inside their little “tribe”.
So the same fears and worries as with Emma and Jack were there, but much more augmented, because of that long(er) friendship.
But it was beautifully done, if you ask me, much better than in Bed of Roses, especially since the hero (Del) had no obvious and well-known commitment issues Jack had. He was much more laid back and relaxed when it came to his “thing” with Laurel and he had no compunction in stating his love for her, since everybody knew he loved her. Pity, that, since the words held no “special meaning” being said so many times before, no wonder she was skeptical and a little skittish.
And that is the biggest problem I had with Laurel. It didn’t overly bother me, since I understood her reservations, but still, sometimes she came off as a bit too impulsive in her judgment. And too stubborn to listen...or talk about what bothered her. But, her love for Del was there, and I forgave her. ;)
Now, onto the less-friendship-more-romance thingy. Well, it’s true. Sure, the girls were still tight as ever, they talked, they laughed, they cried, they ribbed each other, but there was that much appreciated lack of “friendly intervention” at the end, that was present in both previous novels, and an especial “burden” in Bed of Roses. First, it was because Laurel was more reserved by nature, preferring to solve her problems on her own and second, there was no big rift between her and Del to demand an intervention in the first place. Sure, she made a mess with her stubbornness and refusal to listen, but it was quickly resolved.
And who resolved it? Del, of course. Who’s become my favorite hero in this series a few pages into this story. Who wouldn’t want a guy like Del? Who wouldn’t love a guy like Del? He was (over)protective, self-assured, caring, loving, tender, funny, sexy (my mouth watered reading the pond scene), and romantic (the awwwwww-factor in the ending was all him).
I love my girls (the Quartet) and I love Carter and Jack, but Del is by far my favorite.
I’m sure he’ll fall into second place today, as I start reading Happy Ever After, because there’s just something about Malcolm Kavanaugh that “inspires” me. I cannot wait to read about him and Parker. If the sparkage these two produced in Savor the Moment is any indication, the fireworks will go through the roof when it’s their turn. Can’t wait! *happy squeal*
Well, this series is shaping to be my favorite (short) series I’ve read in my life. Romantic, funny, sexy, sensual, light-weight, emotion-engaging...A truly awesome read.