Berkley Books, 2010
My Rating: A
Laurel McBane is the pastry chef at Vows, the wedding planning company she co-owns with her three best friends. The four friends have been close since childhood. In fact, one of their favorite childhood games was playing Wedding Day. Now, as adults, they manage to execute perfect weddings for a growing group of clients.
Laurel has a passion for food. She’s responsible for the lavish wedding cakes and other pastries at each of the weddings, anniversaries, and other exclusive events. Here’s Laurel’s take on food:
Laurel understood the need to feed, the desire –even the passion– to put food in front of someone and urge them to eat. It was life and comfort, authority and satisfaction. And if you’d prepared that food with your own hands, your own skills, it was, in a very real way, love.
Her contribution to the business was as important as all the other parts. Laurel does it well and her career is soaring.
The only touchy part of Laurel’s life is the modern dating ritual. It’s left Laurel disenchanted and she’s declared a moratorium on dating and sex for herself.
For most of Laurel’s life she’s been secretly in love with the brother of one of her partners but she’s never done anything about it. He treats her like one of his sisters. But after a couple of confrontations, they agree to date for thirty days. Only dating. No sex. You’ll have to read the book to see if they make it.
I’m loving this series. I’ve always loved the author for the characters she creates. With four books in a series it’s given Ms. Roberts plenty of room to explore and expand on all of the characters. Each one of the characters has flaws and each one is unique. All four women, all four men as well as other assorted characters appear in all four books.
There are other things I like about a Nora Roberts’ story. Her dialogue can’t be beat, but more than that, I love how her stories go deep. In this book we see how friendship is so multi-layered. The friends literally form a family. This is a romance novel but it’s not fluffy or silly. It’s solid.
If you are a lover of modern romances, this is a series not to be missed. The fourth book will be published in November. I am so looking forward to that one.
Check your local library or you can also find them at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)
Book 1: Vision in White
Book 2: Bed of Roses
Book 3: Savor the Moment