There’s a problem with putting off these reviews too long, particularly when they are the romance novels of a certain author that you only allow yourself as the fluffy brain cleansers between heavy works of fiction. You forget the details. All of the details. And then how do you review something that is out of the memory loops and which you have already returned to the library? Particularly when you’ve also let yourself get sucked into the next two books in the series and haven’t written those reviews yet either.
You do your darndest, that’s what you do.
So the fact that I finished Nora Roberts’ Bed of Roses within hours of finishing Ready Player One and then put the review off until I could get my brain around how to review Cline’s work has proven dumb. (I just didn’t want to post two romance novel reviews back to back). There is nothing wrong with Bed of Roses other than its boring title which is probably shared with a dozen other books (and a movie, and a television show in Australia). This one picks up where Vision in White left off, but in fine Roberts’ format we’ve moved on to another friend in the quartet – one Miss Emmaline, or Emma to her friends.
Emma is the florist of the Vows bunch and is the one who has had the most ‘luck’ with men in the past. She has a constant stream of male admirers and when we catch up with her at the beginning of the book she is looking to have a quiet night on her own. She is also a teensy bit jealous of her friend Mac’s budding relationship with Carter and wants what they have. She also has a strong love story to follow from her parents and we get to hang out with them a bit too at the big Cinco de Mayo party.
Emma is a great protagonist. She is innately self-aware if somewhat over emotional and Roberts’ really seems at home with this character. I’m an Emma fan through all of the books. Her counterpart – Jack, architect and best friend of one Delaney Brown the brother of Emma’s partner Parker and Emma’s surrogate big brother – is a likeable character as well, but there are some faults in there so that they can have a big ol’ fight right around page 300.
In this one we get to meet Emma’s family, the group dynamic is expanded, and its just a bit of spring fun to be had by all. So go ahead, have a read. Or don’t. No skin off my nose
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