I'm hooked on Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet. Bed of Roses is the second book in the series, one that focuses on four childhood friends who run a wedding business called Vows. The books are predictable romances, but if you're looking for a fun romantic story with enjoyable sex scenes, you can't go wrong with Nora Roberts.
In the first book in the series, Vision in White, Mac (Mackenzie), the photographer in the business, fell in love, and found the man she's planning to marry. Mac is now engaged, and Bed of Roses turns attention to Emma (Emmaline) Grant, the florist. Emma is the romantic of the group, dreaming of a man who'll sweep her off her feet, and love her as her father loves her mother. Jack Cooke, an architect she's known for years, is just the opposite. The child of divorce, he's dated around, and he's afraid of commitment.
It's obvious to all of Emma's friends that she's in love with Jack. But, she's afraid their romance could complicate the work he does for Vows, and their friendship. As one of her assistants says, it's awkward "Moving from friends to friends with benefits." And, as in most romances, the couple falls in love, events tear them apart, and then there's a happy ending. It's easy to see how this romance is going to turn out. The story is just how Emma and Jack get there.
Parker Brown and Laurel McBane still have stories to come in the Bride Quartet. Those romances are already foreshadowed in this one when Parker meets someone, and Laurel has a run-in with the man she's always loved. Laurel is the pastry chef at Vows, so her romance, due out in May, will be called Savor the Moment. The romantic relationships are as obvious as the titles. But, when you're in the mood for a good romance, who really cares? Roberts delivers attractive, interesting women in sexy relationships. Bed of Roses was another quick, romantic story from an expert.
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Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts. Berkley Books, ©2009. ISBN 9780425230077 (paperback), 358p.
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