Bed of Roses – Nora Roberts

Title: Bed of Roses
Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN: 978425230077
Pages: 368
Release Date: October 27, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Emmaline Grant is an exceptionally beautiful and happy woman, with the best job anyone could ask for.  She works with her three best friends at the wedding planning company Vows, which they started on their own.  Emma is the florist, and she simply loves her job.

The only thing that Emma doesn’t have is a boyfriend, though she gets asked on more dates than the other three girls combined.  She’s too nice to say no most of the time.  But when Jack Cooke, a guy who’s been like a brother to the four girls of Vows, begins to show interest, Emma is thrown off balance.  What are her feelings for Jack exactly, and will they get in the way of their friendship?

Review:

I have to admit – while I hardly ever read romance, I’m a complete sucker for Nora Roberts.  I haven’t read a lot of her novels, but what I love about them is how well they are put together.  There is a very good reason that Roberts is such a prolific and well selling author.

While I admit I didn’t love the first book in this quartet, Vision in White, I really like the premise of this series: four books, four friends.  I’m glad to say that Bed of Roses was an enjoyable novel that really lived up to the series’ potential.

Emma was a great character who was very easy to sympathize with.  Sometimes it’s irritating when a heroine in a novel is breathtakingly beautiful – it makes it harder to sympathize with her.  However, Emma is so sweet that you can’t help but love her.  When men are interested in her, she does her best to be incredibly nice even when she doesn’t like them.  She’s great at matchmaking, which means she’s very perceptive and takes notice of the people around her.  She’s not self-involved and only wants the best for people.  She’s incredibly easy to like and seems like the type of person you would want to have as a friend.

I really appreciated Nora Roberts’ creativity in crafting this story.  There is such a cliché in women’s fiction novels that center around romance these days.  A man and woman are introduced at the beginning of the novel and they are immediately attracted to one another, yet (sometimes crazily unbelievable) circumstances keep them apart until the very end.  Bed of Roses doesn’t do that.  Of course there is tension and Emma and Jack have issues.  But this novel is much more about their relationship; the reader doesn’t have to wait for them to get together.

Bed of Roses was an enjoyable novel that is wonderful if you’re looking for an escape.  It’s nice to know that there are two more novels left in the series!

Comments

  1. I liked reading Vision In white. Now I can’t wait to read this book.Thanks for the review. Her stories might be very common but the treatment to the plot is wonderful

  2. I liked reading Vision In white. Now I can’t wait to read this book.Thanks for the review. Her stories might be very common but the treatment to the plot is wonderful

  3. I think I might really like these books, especially when I need something light. I agree that the concept of 4 friends and 4 books is good one!

  4. I think I might really like these books, especially when I need something light. I agree that the concept of 4 friends and 4 books is good one!

  5. I have never read Nora, hope I can fit them in my list when i want some romance reading going for me.

  6. I have never read Nora, hope I can fit them in my list when i want some romance reading going for me.

  7. I’ve been waiting on this one to come in at the library! I’m glad to hear you liked Bed of Roses more than Vision in White. Vision in White was my first Nora Roberts read, and I liked it, but I was underwhelmed. I, too, love the idea of four books and four friends. There was a four-book YA series I loved when I was younger, and each book from a different sister’s point of view.

  8. I’ve been waiting on this one to come in at the library! I’m glad to hear you liked Bed of Roses more than Vision in White. Vision in White was my first Nora Roberts read, and I liked it, but I was underwhelmed. I, too, love the idea of four books and four friends. There was a four-book YA series I loved when I was younger, and each book from a different sister’s point of view.

  9. I’m not a big romance reader, but I too like the concept of 4 women, 4 books…. I wonder if the library has them.

  10. I’m not a big romance reader, but I too like the concept of 4 women, 4 books…. I wonder if the library has them.

  11. Roberts is the perfect escape book. Nothing too easy or hard, just enjoyment. Glad you like dit.

  12. Roberts is the perfect escape book. Nothing too easy or hard, just enjoyment. Glad you like dit.

  13. Nora Roberts is hit or miss for me. I’ve loved a few of her books, but not all of them. It’s nice to see this one has great characters.

  14. Nora Roberts is hit or miss for me. I’ve loved a few of her books, but not all of them. It’s nice to see this one has great characters.

  15. I gave up reading romances years ago and never did read Nora Roberts (or modern setting romances), but this has actually caught my attention. I think the next time I’m out I’ll take a look a the two titles already out. Thanks (I don’t think I would have considered ut until I saw your review!)

  16. I gave up reading romances years ago and never did read Nora Roberts (or modern setting romances), but this has actually caught my attention. I think the next time I’m out I’ll take a look a the two titles already out. Thanks (I don’t think I would have considered ut until I saw your review!)

  17. I haven’t ever read Nora Roberts. I know several fans. But I sure would love to give it a shot. Many years ago I swore off “certain books”, but now over the last few years I am open to a good story and this series sounds just awesome. I love flexing my reading muscle in all genres these days. I also like books in a series…this is also a new thing to me.. 🙂 Great review. The cover is so very lovely on this one.

  18. I haven’t ever read Nora Roberts. I know several fans. But I sure would love to give it a shot. Many years ago I swore off “certain books”, but now over the last few years I am open to a good story and this series sounds just awesome. I love flexing my reading muscle in all genres these days. I also like books in a series…this is also a new thing to me.. 🙂 Great review. The cover is so very lovely on this one.

  19. I’m not big on romance novels either but I do enjoy Nora Roberts. I’ve been wondering about this one but I guess it would be a good idea to read the first one before this one. lol. Great review!

  20. I’m not big on romance novels either but I do enjoy Nora Roberts. I’ve been wondering about this one but I guess it would be a good idea to read the first one before this one. lol. Great review!

  21. I loved the first one – so can hardly wait for my SIL to finish this one (we trade often)

  22. I loved the first one – so can hardly wait for my SIL to finish this one (we trade often)

  23. I adore Nora Roberts – the only romance writer I read anymore – and I’ve read almost every book she has written. I didn’t enjoy Vision in White much either, but I’m glad to hear the second one is better. Thanks for the review!

  24. I adore Nora Roberts – the only romance writer I read anymore – and I’ve read almost every book she has written. I didn’t enjoy Vision in White much either, but I’m glad to hear the second one is better. Thanks for the review!

  25. I’m not reading this review mainly because I have the book on my shelf to read and don’t want to be spoiled. I enjoyed the first in the series (though it wasn’t the best I’d read) I think this one sounds to be a bit more fun. 🙂

  26. I’m not reading this review mainly because I have the book on my shelf to read and don’t want to be spoiled. I enjoyed the first in the series (though it wasn’t the best I’d read) I think this one sounds to be a bit more fun. 🙂

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