- Release Date
- April 2010
- Book 3 of The Bride Quartet
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 that 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...
Book Review by Silver (reviewer)
Mar 01, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
210 people found the following review helpful
Nora Roberts gives a realistic touch to this friends to lovers story by showing us how such a shift in the relationship affected the main characters, as well as the people around them. But at its heart, it is still a love story, one that is romantic and definitely worth a few big sighs (the good ones).
Laurel McBane grew up on the other side of the wealthy, well connected Browns, but she's been friends with Parker Brown, and by extension the latter's brother Delaney, all her life. Though she dated, her relationships ended in dismal failure because the men couldn't measure up to the one man she's been in love with all her life--Delaney Brown. She was content to drift along, as Delaney never saw her anything other than as an honorary sister, until one night when her temper was provoked and she kissed him, and their relationship shifted into new ground...
Laurel, normally strong and tough, has some insecurities to deal with. I like what she said, that the insecurities/thoughts are stupid and she knows they're not true, but they're there, and she's vulnerable to them, especially in light of her relationship to Del. I like how real and human that made her. Fortunately, that's what girlfriends are for, and I really envy the friendship these four women has, the way they're loyal to each other through thick and thin over the years. They not only support each other, but they're also there to give the other a kick in the ass if someone deserves it, even if it's one of the four. Some of their scenes will leave your throat clogged and yet others will make you laugh. I can't believe they took out a bet on Laurel's and Del's willpower not to give in before the month is up.
And Del, oh Del, my, what a kind and generous man! He's all the more irresistible because he came across as real, a man that you could meet in your life, he's maybe your brother's best friend or the neighbor next door. Though he's wealthy, he's also about giving back and sharing. I like what Malcolm said about him, that when Del and Parker bought the beach house, they could've said, see you guys in a couple of weeks and took off for their vacation. But no, that didn't occur to them. Instead, they opened up the house and invited their friends. From the time he looked on Parker's friends as his honorary sisters, they weren't his sisters in name only. He let them into his heart and they became his family. For real. And with Laurel, she blindsided him, but he'd always found her attractive, though he always managed to push it aside for years.
I also like the delicate way the author managed Laurel's and Del's relationship. It was realistically depicted, and I especially like Del's growing realization of just how different their friendship had become. There was a tendency to take the other for granted, given the years they've known each other, yet Del woke up to the realization that that shouldn't happen, that he should take care to appreciate Laurel, that he should pay attention to where their relationship is going. I also like the way he saw/discover something new about Laurel each time they get together.
I love a friends to lovers theme and this is especially well done, a book to treasure and read again. SAVOR THE MOMENT left a warm glow in my heart long after I closed the book.
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