Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

January 24, 2011 Adult Book Reviews 7 ★★★★

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora RobertsTitle: Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Series: Bride Quartet #1
Published by: Berkley Romance on April 28, 2009
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 325
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four-stars

Wedding photographer Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac's type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

Since this is a Quartet style book series and since I read them all one after the other, I decided to do a review of them together. Even though each book can stand out from the rest of the series, I thought it would be nice to compare and contrast each of them and then discuss my opinions of the series as a whole.

The first book basically set the mood and style for how the rest of the series would go and after reading this book and meeting all the characters, it was clear to see who would end up with who in the end. In Vision in White, Mac is definitely a character I love, and one that many people can relate to. She has a crazy mother, a scared past, and a fear for true love. I especially adore her love interest, Carter, a sweet guy who is smitten with Mac right from the start. I love how their story unfolds and how they overcome quite a few obstacles, learning about each other and love, and deciding if they really do belong together. The changes you see in Mac are definitely more noticeable than any of the others throughout the series, which was another reason why I liked this book so much. Also, throughout the series, Nora Roberts definitely knows how to tease you with very tasteful and romantic, yet HOT, love scenes that had me eagerly tearing through each book for those sexy moments.

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora RobertsTitle: Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
Series: Bride Quartet #2
Published by: Berkley Romance on October 27, 2009
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 335
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four-stars

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.

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora RobertsTitle: Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
Series: Bride Quartet #3
Published by: Berkley Romance on April 27, 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 339
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four-stars

With the support of her friends, Laurel McBane’s dream of attending culinary school came true. Now, she’s repaying their kindness by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings.
As for romance, the low-key Laurel has had a mega crush on Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, since childhood. But she’s convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her—leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del—she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…

Bed of Roses and Savor the Moment were good books too, not the best in the series, in my opinion, but I did adore each character individually. Each of their takes on love and life were so refreshing and unique and I loved their friendship and business. They each had an essential role to play and they did it well. I did enjoy how Emma and Jack’s relationship unfolded, as my image of Jack was of a very handsome and dreamy man that any girl would want to snatch up. I would have to say that their passionate moments were the steamiest of all the characters and even the playful, teasing moments were so sweet and funny that I couldn’t help but love them. Laurel and Del’s relationship was nice too, nothing really that interesting in this book, or anything that pops out to me. It is a good read and I have to admit I highly enjoyed the ending, but otherwise, it was just another addition to the series.

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora RobertsTitle: Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
Series: Bride Quartet #4
Published by: Berkley Romance on November 2, 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 333
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four-stars

Dreams are realized in the eagerly-awaited fourth novel in Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart...

In the last book, Happy Ever After, it was a great bookend to the series and I loved the way it ended. You get an amazing, heartfelt wedding and Parker’s story unfolds. She was actually my favorite character, as I related to her the most. Very organized, proper, efficient and one who loved and supported her friends like no other. In this book, it’s very cute to see how she falls for Malcolm, a guy she never thought she’d go for, even if it was a bit predictable. I love Malcolm’s aggressiveness and his ability to sweep Parker off her feet. Even their first encounter was a cute one and I loved all his for her. He is a nice, sweet, and successful man, with a troubled past that you discover through this book and see how he and Parker deal with it all. What I also loved was, throughout the whole series, and especially in the end, you see just how much these women love each other and the power of love and friendship. It makes you cherish the relationships you have.

All in all, the series did not disappoint, as most of Nora Roberts’ books don’t. If you’re a hopeless romantic and love a good read about friendship and the joys and pains of life, then you definitely want to grab these books.

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7 Responses to “Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts”

  1. Ruby

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  2. Nomie O

    I might have to read those!! :o)

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    Nomie

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