Review: Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

Savor the MomentSavor the Moment
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley
Age Group: Adult
Source: Library
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac — the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings. As for romance, Laurel believes in it — in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood. But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick- silver 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…


3.5 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

So, this is the third book in Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet, and I’ve pretty much been reading them back to back.  I’m don’t think that was the best idea, reading them one after the other.  I liked Savor the Moment, but I think I would have liked it more if I hadn’t been reading this series  consequently.

Laurel is the protagonist in this book.  She’s the baker, and cake-maker for Vows.  I found Laurel really intersting, largely because she isn’t really like me.  She can be kind of bitchy (not that I can’t be bitchy upon occasion), but she is also so loyal.  And she loved her friends and the family she created with them.  And she’s also been in love with her best friend’s brother, Del, since forever.  But of course there are complications because Del has always thought of the girls as his sisters (even the three who aren’t his biological sisters).

So Del is uber-responsible and strives to do the right thing.  He calls himself a fixer, and that’s a perfect description.  I definitely liked Del, and I liked Del and Laurel together.  I have to admit, though, that I never really felt that CONNECTION.  You know, that connection to a character (or characters) where you are so invested in that person(s).  Where you feel like that person is real, and all the emotions they are feeling, you are also feeling.  That connection.  But I didn’t feel that connected to Laurel and Del.  I mean, I wanted things to work out for them, but I wasn’t completely invested.

But here is something I’ve really been enjoying about Nora Roberts’ books.  They feel so real.  I don’t mean realistic, although they certainly are that.  I just mean real.  It’s not full of tons of drama and traumatic events.  And that’s nice, right?  Because I think the majority of our lives aren’t filled with extreme events.  Well, I don’t think so anyway.  So I’ve really enjoyed the realness of these books.

Savor the Moment is exactly what you would expect from a Nora Roberts’ book.  It features a strong, intelligent, career-driven woman, a lovable guy, and a wonderful supporting cast.  I will definitely be reading the final book in this quarter, Happy Ever After, but after a little Nora Roberts break.

Life Tidbits

  • I worked 4 pm – midnight last night (Thursday) to help with the Teen Lock-In.  It’s such a fun time, and the kids love it.  But I am totally tuckered out right now.  But also wide awake.  Luckily, I don’t have to work today.
  • I’m just stating Part Two of Code Name Verity (on audiobook) and HOLY COW!!!!  I can’t take this and I am totally freaking out.  But I also just want to sit in my car and listen, listen, listen to the story.
  • I wish I had some ice cream.  It’s 1 am, and all I can think about is ice cream.  In my defense, it’s obscenely hot here in Syracuse, and also ice cream is the best desert ever.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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8 Responses to Review: Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

  1. Daphne says:

    i looked forward to this book the most because i LOVE a unrequited crush story, but it didn’t live up to my expectations, I was a little let down. I liked it, but i think like you, there wasn’t a big connection. 😦 i hope you like the last book.

  2. gabbylex says:

    I was quite disappointed with this book especially after how much I loved Bed of Roses. Laurel and Del’s relationship wasn’t as deep and I wasn’t as invested, same as you. But the Nora redeems herself in the fourth book, it’s great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

    • Quinn says:

      Yeah, so far this one was my least favorite of the series. But I keep hearing that Parker’s story is wonderful. I really like Parker. She’s so put together most of the time.

  3. Ah! I have heard code name was awesome..need to read it!

    • Quinn says:

      It’s amazing! I am loving the audiobook. It’s intense though, and I had to take a break from it yesterday. I think you would love it, Alisa.

  4. This was my least favorite book in the quartet. I loved book 1 and 2 the best but book 4 was pretty decent. Laurel was my least favorite heroine and Del was sort of low on the hero totem pole. I’m re-reading the Inn Boonsboro series right now and loving book one so much. Happy reading!

    • Quinn says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you love the Inn Boonsboro books. I picked up the first two books lat week. I’ve heard book 4 of the Bride Quartet is pretty good, and I do like Parker a lot. I love how together she is. But I want to read at least one more book before I read Happy Ever After. I want a little break from Nora Roberts.

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