“I don’t think you tell someone you love them because you expect something. I think you tell them because you have something to give.”Nora Roberts, Bed of Roses, p 285
Much like Emmaline “Emma” Grant, I love romance and this book is full of it. Emma is the florist of the business that she and her three friends, Parker, Mac, and Laurel have created so, in my opinion, has the best job of the four of them. I mean, how can you make a wedding romantic without the presence and scent of flowers surrounding you? I really loved how, once again, this series continues on from the first as if there was no end to Vision in White. It continues on with the story of Emma this time, but it doesn’t leave out the others either. You don’t focus as much on Mac of course, but she and the others are still very much part of the story. I like to know how the lives of the previous characters are going even when the focus of the story shifts to someone else. When a book is part of a sequence but ignores that of the previous characters’ existence, it feels as if there is no connection between them as there should be in some way. Thankfully I have yet to experience that with any of Nora Roberts’ books.
One of the elements that I love about this series is the bond that the four of them have with each other. They are there for each other, good and bad. It’s a connection that anyone wishes to have with their friends.
Out of the lives of Mac, Emma, Laurel, and Parker, I felt that I could connect the best with Emma. I not only enjoy flowers as much as she does, but I also seem to go to one relationship to another with having yet to find the one. However, in Emma’s case, the man that has always been meant for her seems to have been under her nose most of her life with architect Jack Cooke. She also seems to always be going nonstop with work. She makes me think of the Energizer Bunny, but at the same time, she still knows how to have fun.
Some of that fun part of her comes out when it comes to being with Jack. She has always seen him as part of the family that all of them have come to be since they were little, adding Jack in when he started rooming with Delaney back in college. Because of this she never really thought she could have deeper feelings for him than she already had for him in that family sense, but that seemed to change once they started exchanging one firey kiss after another. Of course at first Jack didn’t want to pursue Emma no matter how much he wanted to be the one by her side instead of the date of the month that she always seemed to have, but he didn’t know exactly how the others would react, especially since Delaney considered Emma to be an honorary sister. And like most brothers, he would, of course, protect Emma from any trouble. It once again comes back to the bond of the friendship. However, once he decided to take the chance and follow the feelings that he has come to have for Emma, it brought out that giddiness that I always tend to get when I get excited for two people that I’ve come to enjoy reading about, hoping that they finally get past all their thoughts as of why they shouldn’t be together and finally follow their hearts to each other.
About Bed of Roses
Wedding florist Emma Grant gets to play with flowers every day and work with her three best friends in the process. She couldn’t ask for a better job. And her love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.
But that’s just where Jack Cooke is. He’s so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family. Now though, the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. And when Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss, they must trust in their history—and in their hearts…
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List