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review: Bed of Roses

by Nora Roberts


“I don’t think you tell someone you love them because you expect something. I think you tell them because you have something to give.”

As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe “I do” moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman’s dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet shares each woman’s emotionally magical journey to romance.
In Bed of Roses, florist 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.
Reading books by Nora the first time is like breathing, you need the next one right away. But as you get further and further from that first read, you notice that every set follows a loose pattern. Loose because not every single one is different, which is the cunning part of this plan, you don’t notice this right away and you keep buying the books. Generally there’s three girls, the first falls for someone whom she’s had feelings for before, the second, someone whose been their all along and the third is usually the newby badboy, (generally my favourite) This series has 4 girls and this is book 2, so it’s the ‘old friend’ pattern.
Don’t get me wrong, it most certainly works, but binge reading these guys can get a little annoying. Perhaps this is because last time I read this I had been watching a multitude of things about gender roles and stereotypes and this book hit a few of those.
Generally, as a rule, the ‘old friend’ one is the one I like the least, you’ve been friends for so long why haven’t you noticed? But then they do say that love is friendship on fire. And perhaps they finally loved each other long enough to tip over into IN love.

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