And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Slim and sultry, she brings color into every room she enters, just like the arrangements she creates. 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. But 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 - things start to get complicated at Vows.
Jack has never been big on commitment, though, while Emma yearns for a lifelong love affair. If the two are to find common ground, they must trust in their history - and in their hearts.
©2009 Nora Roberts; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a great book about friendship and love
Emma is strong and a romantic.
When Emma has her showdown with Jack.
Listening to this book in one sitting would be great
I love this series
Bed of Roses is the second book in the Bride Quartet series by Nora Roberts. I listened to this book in audio and found it enjoyable. The narrator, Angela Dawe, does a good job narrating this story. Some voices strike me off, but overall she does a really good job and the book is a very nice listen.
Emma Grant is always looking for love. As the florist in Vows, her wedding planning business with her 3 best friends, she is all about the romantic. She is never at a loss for a date, but even she has to admit that they never make her tingle. I love how Emma never gives up on what she wants and deserves. So many women would just settle after so many dates, but not her. She knows she deserves to be loved and loved right. Jack comes along and makes her tingle. But, this is so not in her plans. Jack is a member of their inner circle. He’s like a brother and it scares her to take the leap from friend to lover. If it doesn’t work out it could ruin everything.
Jack Cooke has been the adopted brother of the women of Vows ever since his best friend, Del brought him home when they were in college. He knows things will not go over well when he can no longer hold back on his attraction to Emma. He’s always been the love em’ and leave em’ type and he knows Del is not going to like the idea of this at all. I thought Del’s reaction was a bit extreme, personally, but I’m glad it doesn’t ruin the group. Poor Jack is finally ready to take the leap to love, the same leap that he’s always avoided like the plague and all of a sudden he has to fight for it. I really enjoyed how he bumbled around a bit, but once he found his footing and knew what he wanted he fought for it. Having to deal with the group, as a whole and not just Emma would have sent a lot of men running for the hills, but Jack focused on what was important and went after it with all he had.
This really was a sweet story of taking a leap of faith. I think going from friendship to lovers has to be huge. Jack is strong, sexy and all man. It’s really hard to resist that. But, when it came to Emma he really did give everything he had it in him to give.
There were some lulls in the book where I just wanted the story to get a move on, but I think that kind of mimic’s life, right? I’m not sure if this book would have been different in print, rather than listening, but I would recommend it. It’s not some whirlwind romance, though. You’re going to get a nice, slow slide into love with the side of supportive, loving and sometimes meddling friends.
It is just comforting when you get to the end of the first book to know that you still had three more to go before the story ends.
NO; not what I expected from Ms Roberts. Not up to her usual heights. I actually had to make myself finish; kept waiting for the drama.
No; and I have always been a Nora Roberts fan. I read the 1st book in this series and hoped this one would be better; it was, marginally.
Uninspiring; and slightly annoying.
I started to read the followup (book 3) hoping for a change up - I didn't get it. Unfortunately I purchased books 1 - 3... I won't be purchasing #4.
Disappointed in Ms Roberts after her previous trilogies and novels. I kept waiting for the drama, the suspense, excitement, etc, etc....
Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read for entertainment. Mystery, suspense and romance are my picks.
I listened to this book as the second in a series of four books. As with the first, it wasn't bad but just didn't have much substance. Bed of Roses certainly doesn't have Nora Roberts usual flair and exciting plot. The characters were likable but there was no meat to the story and when it ended I was left feeling like I wasn't finished. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors but this quartet of books just hasn't impressed me.
Similar to the first book, Bed Of Roses is not the best of its genre. It's pretty simple and predictable but it works as an easy listen while driving. Yet I could not connect to the main characters, Emma and Jack. Only one thing was better than Visions In White: The narration.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book series and I fell in love with the characters and the story! Great book!
Loved it. Always do. I love series. I liked getting to know the characters over several books. The narration was excellent as well.
Jack - because he was a romantic guy.
I like the first book better :)
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