Book two of the Bridal Quartet series from Nora Roberts starts shortly after the end of Vision in White, where Mac and Carter got engaged. Bed of Roses focuses on the love story of Emmaline Grant, the florist of the Vows wedding organisation.
The insanely beautiful Emma has always hoped to find love as great as her parents’. Her work in the wedding industry truly suits her to the ground, as she is very romantic and sweet.
After a party one night, her car breaks down and she is assisted by Jack Cooke, a close friend of the Quartet and best friend to Parker’s brother, Delaney. He helps her fix her car temporarily, and they have a moment under the car’s hood. She refuses to accept the attraction at first, because she is under the impression that Mac and Jack had a relationship early on in their friendship. The first of her three friends to notice the slight dynamic shift in Emma and Jack’s relationship is Laurel, but Emma swears her to secrecy. Emma and Jack kiss during a function, and she tells all her friends, including Mac who tells her she and Jack never had a relationship. Emma relaxes, and she and jack start to explore their new feelings. Del and Jack bump heads when Del learns of it, but they make amends when Del realises Jack actually has real feelings for Emma.
Jack and Emma’s relationship goes from strength to strength, but Jack’s typical relationship phobias and worries irk her. The little reactions he has to her personal belongings in his space hurts her, and even though she tries to ignore it she knows it is a real problem for them – how can they go forward if he can’t commit and commitment comes naturally to her? Their big fight happens one day when she makes him dinner at his place, and he arrives after a bad day and finds her there without permission. They have a huge fight, culminating in her storming home to her friends. After that, Parker bans him from the estate until Emma feels up to him, and tells him to go and think what he really wants from their relationship. Will Jack be able to overcome his trust and commitment issues and give Emma what she needs?
This book was as enjoyable to me as the first book. It follows the same speed as Vision in White, and there are some similarities as well. I like reading series’ because you know the characters already. Especially in Nora Roberts’ books, you suspect the love relationships in the previous books.
Emma and Jack are a too perfect for me – they are both very handsome and charming, and good people. Sometimes they seem so nice they should have halos circling their heads. No one is that nice.
All in all, if you steer past the predictability of it all, the book is a nice, easy read, perfect if you need some cheering up.