Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3)by Nora Roberts, Angela Dawe Published 27 Apr 2010
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Childhood friends Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline have formed a very successful wedding-planning business together but, despite helping thousands of happy couples organise the biggest day of their lives, all four women are unlucky in love. Chef Laurel McBane has worked hard all her life to secure her dream to be an award-winning baker. Now, her wedding cakes are as close as anyone can get to edible perfection - stunning creations that complement Mac's beautiful photographs and Emmaline's floral bouquets. Because Laurel has worked so hard to overcome her tough upbringing, she is wary about letting anything, or anyone, get in the way of her work. But a slowly simmering chemistry with Parker's brother Del has suddenly become too hot to ignore...
"Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3)" Reviews
Let's face it, Addie's intervention didn't work and there is no stopping me now from finishing this crappy series. I need to hit rock-bottom before I will admit that I truly have a problem. Besides, it can still get better, right? There's still one more book after this one. You never know. There's hope. I can have hope and not be a raging bad-series-finishing-aholic!
Ooo, this place looks fun! Let's go!
Plus, this book wasn't quite as bad as the first two. The female was good. I liked her. Plus, she makes cakes and desserts - I like cakes and desserts.
Birthdays and interventions. I've had too many of both to count. That has nothing to do with me being drunk, either, so shut up!
So, like I said, Laurel, our girl is the cake maker for the wedding business that this series is about. She has been in love with her best friend's brother since they were kids, but he sees her as a little sister. She decides to show him that she isn't sisterly at all by kissing him and then he comes back to her with a well thought out plan for them to start dating. They did, and that was that.
There was about as much heat between these two as there is between two lizards.
you know, cuz they're cold blooded?
Anyway, there is something else going on in this series that I NEED to ask any of my east coast friends about:
Do y'all actually use the phrase, "Oh boy" when you are excited about something? I've never heard anyone use it in my life, but Nora Roberts always has her characters say it. So does Janet Evanovich. Is this a regional thing or an old person thing? Because, when I read it, I am thinking that only a really old person would say that.
Yeah, that old.
So, let me know if you happen to have read my review, made it this far down without dying of boredom, and actually give a crap about satisfying the curiosity of some crackpot in Texas. Thanks!
Anyway, it only sucked a bit. The next one is SURE to be better. Right?
2.5* This book is difficult to rate because I both liked it and didn't. It was an okay story overall, and I liked the characters, although I did get tired of Laurel at times. Mostly, though, I got stuck on the "snappy dialog" that made everyone sound like characters out of a TV sit com or Rom Com movie. Not only did everyone in the book respond with one or two word phrases, but everyone sounded identical. Even the older Mrs. Grady spoke mainly in predicates. Some of the dialog was funny and clever, but it all sounded completely scripted, like the actors on a Disney channel tween show. So no matter how cute the story was, I was always completely distracted by dialog and the fact that no one talks that way in real life. (I know we don't talk in complete sentences all the time, but take a look at the book. Everyone answers in weird sentence fragments.) And, after 3 books, I'm over the "heart-warming groups of loyal best girlfriends." I started to feel a little gaggy at times. Everyone is so perfect and makes all these perfectly wonderful decisions.
I also got tired of the repeated descriptions of the characters workouts. I can maybe see describing the cakes, or flowers, but Parker's exercise routine? (and Laurel's, and Mac's, and Mal's, for goodness sakes!)
This is probably my least favorite installment into this series and my least favorite couple, and I still really enjoy both the book and the couple. Doesn’t that speak volumes of my love for the series?
Laurel is an amazing pastry chef. The wedding cakes she designs for her clients are beautiful enough to make angels weep, and are always lovingly personalized to each couple. Parker has been her best friend for as long as she can remember, and she’s been in love with Parker’s older brother for almost as long. Delaney has always viewed Laurel as another sister; or at least, he did, until she completely destroyed that viewpoint by kissing the sisterly affection right out of him. The relationship they build from the ashes of that familial fondness is sweet and funny.
Laurel is incredibly sarcastic, and not the most optimistic of women. Her surliness is at odds with her sunny blonde hair and cornflower blue eyes. She’s super entertaining, but I just don’t connect quite as much with her as I do with the other three women that form the Quartet. Same goes for Del. He’s a slick lawyer with a propensity for micromanaging the lives of those he loves, which drives Laurel insane. But he’s also incredibly kind and chivalrous, so it’s hard to hold that against him. But again, I just don’t connect as much to him as I do to the other three men who fall in love with various members of the Quartet.
All of that being said, I still devoured this book (cake pun intended). When the weakest volume of a series is still 4 stars, you know it’s a favorite.
And yet another Nora Roberts winner in this amazing series. And this time, though it still revolved around the friendship between Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker, the story was mostly about the romance between life-long friends. Yes, you’d think it was pretty much the same as in Bed of Roses, between Emma and Jack, but the thing is, Laurel and Del, Parker’s older brother have known (and been friends) each other for her entire life. So the switch held much more danger and possible obstacles. For them both, but mostly inside their little “tribe”.
So the same fears and worries as with Emma and Jack were there, but much more augmented, because of that long(er) friendship.
But it was beautifully done, if you ask me, much better than in Bed of Roses, especially since the hero (Del) had no obvious and well-known commitment issues Jack had. He was much more laid back and relaxed when it came to his “thing” with Laurel and he had no compunction in stating his love for her, since everybody knew he loved her. Pity, that, since the words held no “special meaning” being said so many times before, no wonder she was skeptical and a little skittish.
And that is the biggest problem I had with Laurel. It didn’t overly bother me, since I understood her reservations, but still, sometimes she came off as a bit too impulsive in her judgment. And too stubborn to listen...or talk about what bothered her. But, her love for Del was there, and I forgave her. ;)
Now, onto the less-friendship-more-romance thingy. Well, it’s true. Sure, the girls were still tight as ever, they talked, they laughed, they cried, they ribbed each other, but there was that much appreciated lack of “friendly intervention” at the end, that was present in both previous novels, and an especial “burden” in Bed of Roses. First, it was because Laurel was more reserved by nature, preferring to solve her problems on her own and second, there was no big rift between her and Del to demand an intervention in the first place. Sure, she made a mess with her stubbornness and refusal to listen, but it was quickly resolved.
And who resolved it? Del, of course. Who’s become my favorite hero in this series a few pages into this story. Who wouldn’t want a guy like Del? Who wouldn’t love a guy like Del? He was (over)protective, self-assured, caring, loving, tender, funny, sexy (my mouth watered reading the pond scene), and romantic (the awwwwww-factor in the ending was all him).
I love my girls (the Quartet) and I love Carter and Jack, but Del is by far my favorite.
I’m sure he’ll fall into second place today, as I start reading Happy Ever After, because there’s just something about Malcolm Kavanaugh that “inspires” me. I cannot wait to read about him and Parker. If the sparkage these two produced in Savor the Moment is any indication, the fireworks will go through the roof when it’s their turn. Can’t wait! *happy squeal*
Well, this series is shaping to be my favorite (short) series I’ve read in my life. Romantic, funny, sexy, sensual, light-weight, emotion-engaging...A truly awesome read.
Re read 12/25/16
This book was neat I can't wait to listen to the last book