Book Review: Happy Ever After (Nora Roberts)


Book: 50/100

Parker Brown took an event that would have taken most people under and turned it into something beautiful. After the tragic death of both her parents she and her best friends took their respective expertise and started Vows, a wedding venue in Greenwich, Connecticut. Parker is the wedding coordinator, with Mac leading the photography, Emma the flowers and Laurel the desserts. Parker is excited to be planning her three friends’ respective weddings: Mac to Carter, Emma to Jack, and Laurel to Parker’s Brother Delaney. She ignores her own loneliness and chooses to focus on the things she excels at: planning, clothes, shoes and planning.

Malcolm Kavanagh, a friend of Delaney, has the ability to fluster Parker – something that is rarely done. He is cocky by nature and never gets repelled by her “Brown frost”. After he helps her repair her car tires after a small accident, their relationship goes into an interesting direction. He takes her home on his Harley, and Delaney tells Malcolm that he won’t be able to ever get Parker back on the bike. Malcolm takes the bet, tells Parker that he did, wins her trust, and sees her playful side when she orders him to give her Del’s share of the bet.

Parker and Mal gets to know each other better, and Mal heads off trouble when he immediately prevents male drama by telling Del he is interested – cleverly preventing not getting punched like Jack did for hooking up with Emma before he told her honorary brother. Parker gets along wonderfully with Mal’s mother, which charmingly disconcerts him.

As their relationship grows, Parker realizes that there are deep and dark areas in Mal’s life which he doesn’t want to share. Most of it relates to his abusive childhood and an accident that happened when he worked in Hollywood as a stunt double. For Parker, who trusts those she loves unconditionally, it is quite a learning curve to accommodate Malcolm’s trust issues. They have a fight when he witnesses a car accident and is unable to relay what happened, and gets irritated with her for not understanding. As an apology, he buys her fabulous shoes, becoming a fan with all the girls. She accepts it, and him, back into her life. But will they continue to butt heads or find a way to love each other?

Rating: 6/10

Even though I don’t find Parker and Malcolm the most realistic of couples, I do think that the book was well done. It was enjoyable, it wasn’t stretched out, and it finished off the Quartet series nicely. Parker is my favorite character after Laurel – she is intelligent, organized and a fitness freak. She accepts her brother’s protective attitude, acknowledging that it is something that he needs to do. Her compassion and kindness endeared her to me from book one, as well as her sneaky ways to find out information when she wants to.

Read my reviews on the other three books in the series below:

Vision in White

Bed of Roses

Savor the Moment

PS: Happy 50 books!

Book Review: Bed of Roses (Nora Roberts)

Bed Of Roses

Book: 48/100

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?

Rating: 6/10

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.

Book Review: Vision in White (Nora Roberts)

Book: 47/100


Friends Mackensie Elliot, Emmaline Grant, Laurel MacBane and Parker Brown loved playing Wedding Day as children. Now, as adults, they managed to take their favorite game and turn it into a thriving business – wedding planning company Vows.

Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, the four ladies work and live on the same estate – Brown Manor. After the car accident that killed Parker’s parents, they revamped the Mansion and its surrounding buildings to serve as a wedding venue. They divided the work to suit each partner’s skills – Mackensie as wedding photographer, Emma as florist, Laurel as Baker and Parker as wedding coordinator.

Vision in white, the first of the series’ four books, focuses on the life on Mackensie (Mac) Elliot. Her work as photographer and partner in Vows keeps her happy and content. She has managed to mostly shake off her dysfunctional childhood – her mother Linda’s constant affairs and marriages, and her father Geoffrey’s uncaring attitude. She manages to ignore her father’s incapability to act like one because he is never around, but she struggles with Linda. Her mother is always causing her distress, nagging for money and being very selfish. Even though she has her friends to help her cope, she struggles to maintain positive when Linda once again manages to take three grand from her.

She meets Carter McGuire when he arrives at Vows to help his sister with wedding arrangements. Their meeting is funny, with him bumping his head after she changes a shirt after an incident with a cardinal. After the meeting, he finds her drinking away her sorrows (Linda called) and they kiss afterwards. Carter feels like slime for kissing her while she was down, and he tries to apologize, but they end up agreeing to go on a few dates.

 Their relationship develops quickly, and Carter knows that she is the woman for him. His ex, Corrine, pushes herself into the equation, and when Mac finds her at his flat, she doesn’t listen to his explanation and storms off. Carter eventually manage to properly apologize, telling her that he sent
Corrine away and told her very clearly not to return, ever, Mac accepts his apology and takes him back into her life. She knows he loves her and wants a life with her, but will she be able to overcome her trust issues and insecurity about the infidelity that is a chronic disease in her family?

Rating: 6/10

I read the entire series again because I was in a wedding mood (I have no idea why), and it is a good series, especially with the attention given to wedding details.

Nora Roberts has dipped her writing skills into many genres, and this book is categorized most certainly as romance. Even though the villains are well done and relevant to the storyline, they are mostly superficial and do not pose as a true threat.

Mac is an interesting and enjoyable character, even though she annoyed me with her trust issues. What I most adore about this series is the strong friendship bond the four ladies have with each other. Nasty females are a much more published occurrence than true, kind friends who would do anything for each other.

If you have wedding fever, or love romance novels, or just plainly love Nora Roberts, I would definitely recommend this series books to you.