Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. Read more...
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Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she's too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker's older brother Delaney, on whom she's had a mega-crush since childhood.
But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel's quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del-she'll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 34.
- Review Date: 2010-03-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Happily-ever-afters continue to bloom in book three of Roberts's sugary Bride Quartet (after Bed of Roses) as the spotlight shines on pastry chef extraordinaire Laurel McBane. Vows, the Greenwich, Conn., wedding business run by the four BFFs, is also a hotbed for romance, as two of the friends have already found true love and dream of their upcoming nuptials. Laurel, meanwhile, sets her sights on Del, the older brother of Vows partner Parker, a handsome lawyer she's secretly loved since they were teens. Passion erupts, but will they be able to make it last? Laurel's tart fairy tale romance offers few surprises, but it's impossible to deny Roberts's flair for sketching likable couples. (May)
Heating things up
With summer’s approach, it’s time for books destined to fill those long hours of daylight or the warmth of a flower-scented night with steamy stories. From regency to contemporary romances, this month’s selections really turn up the heat. Enjoy!
Readers will delight in returning to Serenity, South Carolina, and the friends, neighbors and lovers there in Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sherryl Woods. Sarah Price has returned home with her two young children after the disintegration of her marriage. Her job in the local diner puts her in the direct path of handsome stranger Travis McDonald. He flirts as naturally as he breathes, so Sarah can’t take him seriously—or can she? When he offers her a job, it only intensifies the conflict she feels. Ex-baseball star Travis wants to put down roots and he wants Sarah too, though he’s stymied about how best to convince the relationship-shy woman to take him on. Other characters from the series weave in and out, offering new insights to the couple and sometimes further complications. A great read for warm afternoons and for those who enjoy watching likeable characters grow and change.
A regency romp
Regency heiress Sophie Stanton has finally caught the attention of the man she loves in Sex and the Single Earl by Vanessa Kelly. Interested in Sophie’s lands, Simon St. James has decided he will marry her. Unfortunately, trouble trails Sophie, and the gossip that ensues once the two are set to marry might blow up Simon’s careful plans to expand his holdings and keep Sophie out of trouble. But their attraction is explosive too, and while Sophie is unsure of Simon’s motives, she can’t turn from what she finds in his arms. However, when she discovers how cold-blooded he’s been in courting her, can he convince the girl he’s always watched over that she’s the woman he wants beside him for the rest of his life? Sexy and charming, this fast-paced romance will have readers rooting for Sophie and Simon to survive impending scandal and find their happy-ever-after.
What could be better than a wedding . . . except wedding cake? Baking such scrumptious delights is the specialty of Laurel McBane, the heroine in book three of Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet, Savor the Moment. Laurel is content with her place in the wedding planning company she runs with her three pals, but her personal life is not so successful. Though all her life she’s been attracted to her best friend’s brother, Ivy League lawyer Delaney Brown, she’s sure he’ll never see her that way—until the day she plants a killer kiss on him. What follows is the pleasure of watching two people negotiate a new kind of relationship and fall deeply in love. With weddings as the atmosphere surrounding the story, this is romance with a capital R, as well as a lovely look into the dynamics of close female friendship. Readers will close it with a heartfelt sigh.