Laurel MacBane’s life as a dessert chef is wonderful. Not only does she work with her closest three childhood friends, Mac, Emma and Parker, she gets to live on the beautiful Brown estate where she works as well. Their wedding business Vows goes from strength to strength and she is happy. The only thing she still secretly wants is the love of Delaney Brown, Parker’s brother.
Del and Laurel’s relationship as friends get questioned one night when he annoys her, and she kisses him to prove she isn’t a sister he is supposed to take care of. He steals her shoes to get her to confront him again, but she is adamant that she isn’t going to. When Parker learns of the new development in her brother and best friend’s relationship, she is excited for them, but it takes some time before Laurel confides in her as she would about any other man.
Laurel and Del make a pact to first be certain that their relationship is going somewhere before they take it to the bedroom. As they start dating she realize that Del may indeed be the man for her, forever.
The only thing Laurel is insecure about is Del’s standing in the community. Though by no means a loser or cast-out, she still feels marked by her parents’ scandals. Compared to her, Del and his Brown legacy is almost royalty in Greenwich. They tackle their problems as they arise, and there is only one incident that she hides from him – her confrontation with Mac’s horrendous mother Linda. Laurel catches Linda trying to sneak into Mac’s home, and when the confrontation doesn’t go as Linda planned, she attacks Laurel and tells her that Laurel’s father slept with her, and that she will never be good enough for a Brown. Laurel tries to shake it off, but ultimately she believes what Linda said – that she isn’t good enough. When Laurel and the entire group head towards Del and Parker’s new beach house, the cracks start to show in their relationship. Can Del truly understand where Laurel is coming from, and will he be able to meet her halfway?
Of all the books in the Bridal Quartet series, this is my favorite one. Laurel MacBane is the character I can relate to the most. She is cranky, dedicated, obsessed with her work and just a little bitchy. She and Del seemed like a couple that could actually happen – two people who love each other already, and have a firm base of friendship to work from. I liked Del – successful, sexy and good to the bone, he manages to appear more real than Jack did. I liked how no one needed to push him into admitting his feelings, or taking the final leap.
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