Every reader has their own opinion about what should be read to celebrate this day devoted to love. Many people like poetry. I favor standing in a Hallmark store reading card after card. But then I also love a good book filled with the tension that comes with new love.
I’ve always been a Nora Roberts fan and her latest Bride’s Quartet has been right up my alley. I’ve already told you about the first three in this series. (See links below.) I just finished the fourth. It’s the one I’ve been looking forward to. Here’s the short summary:
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart… (Summary from Nora Roberts Website)
Happy Ever After was just as good as the previous three books. The character of Parker has been in all of the other books so I already knew a bit about her. She’s the one who wears sophisticated business suits, high heels and a BlackBerry. She’s the one who super organizes every single detail. She works all the time. Her saving grace is that she loves weddings and romance. I knew somewhere in there she had room to let her heart expand to include love.
The character of Malcolm was just right for Parker. He’s a former Hollywood Stunt Man who loves his Harley — just the opposite of Parker. Now, however, Malcolm is back home in Connecticut and he’s opened his own business, wants to help one of his employees learn to read, and he can’t help but be attracted to Parker. And so we have the perfect love tangle.
As you can see, I loved this one. Nora Roberts never writes characters in some easy, pat, I-saw-it-coming kind of style. It’s always new and fresh, even after everything she’s written. I also liked the behind-the-scenes look at the wedding business. I know what makes an event come off flawlessly but it was interesting to see how they did it. Ms. Roberts obviously did a ton of research. I like that.
Recommend? Yes. I know that romance novels are not for everyone, but this one makes for a good Valentine-Read as well as any time you want a light, warm, feel-good story.
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