Summary from GoodReads:
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.
In my quest to read really easy-going books this summer, a reaction to some seriously stressful months at work, I’m working my way through Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet. Bed of Roses is the second in the series, and I can say that I liked it. It’s not a favorite or anything, but it was a good read for the summer.
I definitely liked Emma, the protagonist, as a character, more than I liked Mac from Vision in White. Emma loves romance, and wants to find that special someone to live happily ever after. She also is one kick-ass florist, and will make your wedding day perfect. I could really relate a lot to Emma’s love of romance, although what she found romantic (dances in the moonlight, fancy dinners) aren’t my preferred romantic plans.
Jack, Emma’s love interest, is pretty dreamy. He’s an architect, and very suave. He’s also been Parker’s (one of Emma’s BFFs) brother’s best friend for years, and actually a friend to the quartet (Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker). So when Emma and Jack develop an attraction to each other, they have some concerns. They do not want to ruin their friendship, or cause tension between their best buddies, but, seriously, they’ve got the hots for each other.
Anyway, again, I feel like Roberts did a wonderful job creating two people who really work together as a couple. Here’s something else I’m really liking about Roberts’ books. They’re just so normal. There’s no traumatic events, not big secrets. It’s pretty drama-rama free. I mean, sometimes I like those books that are filled with drama and secrets and all that, but sometimes something more low-key is just what I need.
As with Vision in White, I really loved the best friend aspect. I really want a group of friends like this. It’s incredibly awesome to read about four women who are best friends and who know each other so well. They respect each other for who they are, and don’t try to change each other. It’s totally awesomepants.
Bed of Roses was a perfect breezy, feel-good summer read. Fans of romance, or those just looking for something carefree should check this series.