Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Book Review -- "Bed of Roses" by Nora Roberts


"Bed of Roses" is the second of four books in the "Bride Quartet" by Nora Roberts.  After reading the first, "Vision in White,"  I couldn't wait to begin reading the second book.  While the first book focused on Mac, the second was the love story of Emma, the florist at Vows.

Emma grew up and always dreamed of romance.  She was the little girl who always dreamed of dancing in the moonlight with the man that she loved.  Being a beautiful woman, a mix of her Mexican mother and American father, she had no problem attracting men.  While she had no trouble attracting them, she did have a problem finding one that gave her that romanticized feeling of "love" that she had dreamed of having for so long.

Jack Cooke had been a good friend to the girls at Vows for over a decade.  Having been a college buddy of Parker Brown's older brother, he had become more like a brother to all of the girls.  While he found himself attracted to Emma, he thought that he could never have anything with her because of the prior friendship.  Whenever the thought of her crossed his mind, he simply brushed it off.

However, after sharing a kiss in a back stairwell during a Wedding that the Vows team was orchestrating, Jack and Emma began to explore their feelings for each other.  With bumps along the way, and dealing with left over feelings stemming from the divorce of Jack's parents, in the end, Emma finds her man to dance with in the moonlight.

This book was just as good as the first. I stated in my review of "Vision in White" that Nora Roberts did an amazing job of describing a love scene, and this book affirmed that belief.  There is more passion and more "lust" in this book than the first, but overall, it was great!  I love that this book dealt with the conflict of being in love with someone who you shared a friendship with previously.  Can friends really become lovers?

Simply put, this is a good book... I've already started on the third!

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