Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Savor the Moment

Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet - Book 3) by Nora Roberts

Publication Date: April 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-13: 9780425233689

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Excerpt from Savor the Moment
Book Trailer: This is a fan-made trailer for the entire Bride Quartet series.

Synopsis (Barnes & Noble):

New love takes the cake in the third novel in Nora Roberts's new Bride Quartet - in a stunning french flap edition 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 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...


I'll have to say that I've read a few books by Nora Roberts along the way that I liked and some... not so much. The Bride Quartet series, however is by far my favorite. The third book in the series, Savor the Moment is filled with the hustle and bustle of rehearsals and weddings, flowers and cakes, that we've come to expect in this series. Nora Roberts proves once again why she is one of the best romance authors out there!

This book is Laurel's story. Laurel McBane is the cake decorator for Vows wedding planning company. Laurel works with her best friends, Parker the overall wedding planner, Emma the florist and Mac the photographer to pull off some of the most beautiful weddings around. Laurel is so wrapped up in helping other people have the happiest day of their lives, she has little time to think of romance and love for herself. She tries to keep it at the back of her mind, but Parker's older brother Delaney seems to remind her every once in awhile. Laurel has been in love with Del practically all her life. Can she put aside the differences she thinks they have and take the next step from friendship to love?

I really liked this one. Laurel has been a character in the series that has been steadily in the background, a good supporting character, but in this one she really shines as the star. She's perky and seems content and happy most of the time, but in those moments when her guard is down, you can see that she wants to find love for herself. She doesn't think she is cut out for Delaney because he comes from money and shes worked hard for everything she has. It's interesting to watch her come to terms with her issues and let down her walls.

I have liked Del's character since the very first book. He's handsome and suave and just what you'd expect from an Ivy League lawyer, but he has this nurturing quality. He wants to take care of everyone and protect everyone, especially his girls. He is so protective of Laurel that he wouldn't let himself think of her in any other way, until he made her so mad she kissed him like he'd never thought possible. It was amusing to see how he reacted to this and really delightful to see how he let Laurel into his heart.

This is such a great love story. But, one of the things that I really liked about the entire series was how the author portrays the deep friendship between the women. She shows what it takes to keep your friends close and how to help each other, but still let you be your own person. Their friendship is strong and they'll take up for each other and fight for each other if need be, but it's not all inclusive. They still let the men in their lives play a big part in their friendships. These are the kinds of friendships I want to have. I really identify with the characters especially since I've decorated a few wedding cakes in my time and been around the hustle and bustle of wedding... it's a great atmosphere for a novel.

Savor the Moment is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!


Mystica said...

Always a nice theme in a book - deep friendship.