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Bed of Roses Emmaline Grant has always loved romance so it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist And she gets to work with her best friends Mackensie Parker and Laurel she couldn't ask for a better job Yet while men swarm around her she still hasn't found Mr Right Short Review Bed of Roses is the second book in Nora Roberts Bride uartet series However those of you who have not read the first book Vision in White can read the second book with out missing a step It’s a solid book with well developed characters and if you always buy every book that Nora Roberts writes I’m not writing this review for you If however you’re a romance reader or just a reader looking for a book to read perhaps this review is for you I liked this book Am I glad I read it Yes Would I re read it I don’t think so And just so you know re reading a book is the ‘gold standard’ for every book I read That’s just me – I’m passing the information on to youLong Review Nora Roberts can write That is so not in dispute She has legions of fans for a good reason Am I a fan You betcha Do I buy all of her books Pretty much Am I biased Not so much Unlike her alter ego JD Robb who writes the In Death series this series is like crack cocaine I can’t get enough and rush to buy every new book and have re read every single one the books she writes under Nora Roberts I always read on a case by case or book by book basis I know strange huh But let’s just say I’m of a coca cola gal then a diet coke gal and leave it at that So now you now where I’m coming from and you can read my review a bit enlightenedFor me Nora Roberts’ books always and I do mean always no euivocation have fully developed characters that you want to sit down and have dinner with Even her paranormal trilogies have characters you want as your best friends She is in a class many aspire to and few attain when it comes to fleshing out and developing characters and writing dialogue Bed of Roses is no exception This uartet of books features four different women best friends Parker Laurel Emma and Mac who own and run a ‘premier wedding planning company’ called Vows Each woman is responsible for a different aspect of the business All four women are people you want to get to know Ms Roberts is at her best here in regards to the tenor tone and timbre of these four women You either want to be them see a bit of yourself in them or want to befriend themThe same holds true for the men in this series Not that you want to be them unless of course you do because I’m thinking most of my readers are women – but I could be wrong but you certainly want to get to know them As per usual Ms Roberts is amazing at writing her male characters She gets it right every time She’s one of the best and I love her books for that alone; her ability to write the ‘male voice’Bed of Roses focuses on Emma Grant a talented florist who is responsible for that particular aspect of Vows She loves her work and making some one’s dreams come true when it comes to their wedding and all the hoopla that surrounds it gives her joy Emma is beautiful smart funny and dates — a lot Jack Cooke an architect has been friends with Emma and the woman of Vows for many years So yes this is a “friends to lovers” romance certainly one of my favorite scenarios Basically the book is about Emma and Jack and how they begin to see each other in a different light act upon their feelings and then deal with the conseuences Becoming lovers after being friends for a long time is not an easy feat; particularly when there are other friends involved The particular dynamic that lovers have invariably changes the dynamic for the whole group and of course if the couple breaks up there is the uestion of who gets custody of the friendsIn both Vision in White and Bed of Roses Roberts takes great care to give us a glimpse into the wedding planning business as seen through the eyes of these four friends The anecdotes and peripheral characters she introduces are fun The way each woman deals with her aspect of the business is drawn in loving detail The relationships between the women are crafted with exceptionally well written dialogue And however the tension that I so long for is a bit lacking here Bed of Roses is a sweet romance with strong characters and a simple plot After all my whining about how much angst I’ve been reading in my books lately you think I’d be happy with a plot that runs true to course A plot where there isn’t much angst but rather some normal and relatable internal struggles Truth be told I should be happy I enjoyed reading this one and I’m going to read the next book in the series I must find out what happens to Laurel Perhaps that is the understated beauty of this series It doesn’t hit you right between the eyes like a sledgehammer but rather gently warms your heartSo if you like a ‘friends to lovers’ romance with strong dialogue fully developed and relatable characters and you like it simple and sweet might I suggest Bed of Roses 5 SOLID STARSMy cheeks are still damp from my tears as I’m writing this review Oh my heart this was such a beautiful storyIt’s been a while since I read Nora Roberts’s contemporary romance novel and Bed of Roses didn’t disappoint I knew I would love this book and I was right Yes I did love it Everything about it This was exactly what I want from my readI loved NR’s excellent writingI loved this very simple yet well knit plotI loved both main and secondary charactersI loved the romance between Jack and EmmaI loved the true friendship between these four womenI loved the drama and the grovelingI loved the ending very very beautifulWhat surprised me the most about this book was how wonderful Emma is As a character she won me over completely If I were a man I would undoubtedly marry this woman She’s beautiful inside and out so loving thoughtful caring kind reasonable open hearted hard working clever and reliable She comes from a warm and loving family She used to be a co captain of girls’ soccer team She is also a good cook What can a man ask forBed of Roses is the second installment in Bride uartet series You can read it as a standalone but it would be better to read the books in order they were writtenAll in all this was a very beautiful heartwarming and breathtakingly romantic story which you will definitely enjoy A great read indeedLoved it “The little things Emma The gestures the moments And the big I let him see my heart I gave it to him even when I believed he couldn’t or wouldn’t take it I gave it anyway—a gift Even if he broke it I was very brave Love is very brave” “I’m dancing with you” He brought the hand he held to his lips “In the garden in the moonlight”Her heart shuddered swelled And all the cracks filled ETA Rating 25 stars I would have given this a higher rating if it wasn't for the last 2 chapters of this book But besides the crappy shit that happens near the end there were some other red flags that bugged me First I wasn't enthralled with this as I was with Mac's story Everything about Mac and Carter came off natural and organic even with their ups and downs Here everything seemed incredibly forced and overdone It took me a good 100 pages to even get into the story Jack and Emma share 2 sporadic kisses before jumping into bed I just wasn't feeling it The chemistry came off forced and rushed in first half of the book with ZERO build up Before jumping into bed these two spend very little time together in fact the only scenes they share are the 2 aforementioned kisses nothing else And you seriously expect me to believe these two have sizzling explosive chemistry Roberts Try again Their moments are few and far in between with all the wedding business taking up a whole lot of real estate in the book The amount of page time spent on Emma's flower preparations flower names of which I was not familiar with and sounded like a foreign language to me so I struggled even picturing them countless business meetings wedding preparations and endless code names MOB MOG BMO RB etc got really tedious to read through and annoying at some points It just all became a big uninteresting blur and I was very tempted to skip those parts Also same thing I noticed in some of Roberts other work managed to sneak it's way into here and became distracting because it was so overdone overly perfect cliche characters Emma is endlessly propped cooed fawned over for being a perfect gorgeous amazing woman with a perfect family perfect job perfect sex life which her friends are in awe of her ability to have men flocking to her in hoards Seriously RME sigh Is there anything Emma can't do or doesn't have I found it annoying rather than charming because it was heaped on and emphasized way too much We get it She's perfect But I will say I found Emma's parents' love story really sweet and romantic it had me wishing Lucia and Phillip had their own book I really loved their story I also found Parker know it all Brown's super woman abilities to be too much Can't stand this annoying vapid character She's the mother hen of the 4 friends Granted the uartet ladies have known each other since childhood they are close as sisters but Parker seems to know sense pick up on anything going on with the other ladies before they even say a word She must be telepathic Her constant 'I know you so tell me what's wrong' got very exhausting And of course she has a cure a fix for all their dilemmas with just the snap of her fingers Let's not forget the fact that she happened to find Mac's wedding dress on sight without Mac being there and bought it for her knowing it would be perfect for Mac of course it was Seriously WHO THE HELL DOES THAT I'm sorry but my ass would not be happy or thankful if my best friend went out and bought my wedding dress for me without my knowledge or consent Get fucking real lady And can I just say kissing guys on the lips who you either used to be involved with or happen to be your best friend's fiance is extremely inappropriate Likewho the fuck are you Emma kissing Carter on the lips while Mac watched I found really annoying and unrealistic I had to re read that scene a few times because it kept throwing me off and didn't make sense I don't care how close you are to your friends lips OFF the fiance I don't care how close and lovey dovey you are with your BFFs and it's considered a plutonic friendly gesture RESPECT BOUNDARIES dammit She does the same thing again with a former boyfriend who is married with a baby and Jack sees it yet she acts like it was no big deal Umyes it is especially if you are dating someone I mean who kisses their married ex on the lips in greeting Del Parker's brother does the same thing he greets her friends by giving them overly affectionate smacking kisses on the lips Justno Such silly nonsense I found it kinda weird and distracting considering he sees them as his own sisters and plays the brotherly protective role You kiss women who you are involved with like that not friends especially ones you think of as sisters The whole dynamic between these characters I find bizarre and again unrealistic Anyways back to Jack and Emma Their romance picks up steam in the middle of the story and we do get sweet romantic sexy moments between them But of course everything comes to a screeching halt when the couple have their one and only fight Emma has her demonic WTH moment when she flips out over Jack not giving her the keys to his place She catches him on a bad day which he warns her repeatedly but it seems to sail right over her head she ambushes him by pouring her heart out telling him she loves him and wants everything in return when she doesn't get the response or reaction she wants she shuts him out and runs off Naturally Jack being a typical guy is too stunned and tries to process what she's telling him and instead of giving him the chance to actually TALK she takes his stunned reaction and runs with it like a woman scorned She draws the conclusion that he doesn't love her and never will Oh Good lord She gave Mac's psychotic narcissistic mother Linda a run for her money in the melodramatic drama ueen department She runs straight to the uartet ladies for comfort with shaking hands and endless sobs included How could he do this to meeee I was really hoping here was when her friends would step in and talk some sense into her especially Parker the most level headed out of all But what do they do instead They coddle her with 'there there hush hush' and act horrified and crucify Jack for what he did and didn't say How daaaaare he The jackass How can he be so cruel Umare you kidding me Parker had me rolling my eyes the most with her overprotective smothering routine Her exceedingly patronizing speech to Jack when he comes by to check up on Emma was ridiculous and unnecessary 'We all love you Jack I'll give you this I'll forgive youin time' Oh please Give it a damn rest The man had a RIGHT to be stunned these ladies acted like he left Emma at the altar or cheated on her I seriously felt like I was missing something here with their soap opera reactions Just because he pockets the keys in front of her and doesn't have words he's deemed the biggest asshole I call bullshit May I point out they were only DATING FOR 3 MONTHS Not even But no he broke poor sweet hearted perfect Emma's heart so he deserves to be drawn and uartered and banished from the Brown mansion He's not allowed to see or talk to or even explain to Emma until she's fully healed and once Parker thinks it's 'okay' Seriously What kind of elementary fuckery is this RME Over dramatic much RobertsNone of this is normal behavior and it's this kind of trash nonsense that gives women and CR chic lit a bad rep #YesISaidItWhat was even eye roll inducing was Emma holing herself up in a dark room the very next day drapes drawn unable to move or get out of bed or eat ala Carrie when Big leaves her at the altar in Sex and the City She needs time to heal after her emotional upheaval her words not mine Mama bear Parker is there to fuss and coo over her like the heartbroken child she is cue the violins Emma can't bring herself to face the world or even think of Jack This was cringe worthy and embarrassing to sit through Overblown to the extreme What was even ridiculous was her contemplating moving to Jamaica and starting over because she can't bear to face Jack ever again it hurts too much Girl stop it This all could have been avoided if you gave him the opportunity to actually speak instead of running off because you didn't hear what you wanted Jack of course has to beg and crawl to even be permitted to see Emma again and apologize profusely than necessary IMO over what a jerk he was He romances her and asks her to marry him all with Mama Bear Parker's stamp of approval Yup Tell me again how this is romantic As someone who wants love and the whole package too I was with Emma empathized with her until she took a veering turn into MoronVille Her whole meltdown after the fight was just silly unnecessary extremely overblown and childish Having the poor guy crawl and beg because he made a careless mistake is ridiculous and extreme in this case While his words were sweet and sincere during his ILY declaration it lost all poignancy for me considering the lengths he had to go through and how he was skinned alive over something so small It ruined the HEA moment completely and lost all flavor for me as the reader It came off like a parent supplicating a 2 year old after throwing a tantrum and giving them what they want in the end Not very flattering and just silly Guys have their stupid moments just like us ladies do too No one was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and somewhere in all this juvenile overblown mess I was hoping one of the girls would point out to Emma 'don't you think you are overreacting Cut the guy some slack' but no Poor Jack Oh no instead poor sainted perfect Emma had her heart ripped to shreds because she didn't hear what she wanted so Jack is the bad evil jackass Shame on him Give me a fucking break I really hope Laurel's book isn't filled with silliness like this Nora Roberts is definitely hitting the ball inside of the park in this seriesIt's just so mehMaybe I just have to keep reading to find the hero and heroine that I like better Yeah that's what I'll doNo No It's just a flesh wound It will get betterI have a good feeling about the next book Really

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