Saturday, 14 May 2011

Book Review: Happy Ever After

Parker Brown turned the quartet's childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she's the face of Vows—the one who meets every bride's demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma's romantic flowers, Laurel's delicious treats, and Mac's stunning photgraphy together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true... 

Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her mile-long legs—is no exception. But as a good friend to Parker's brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step. 

 Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime... with her heart.


I read the first three novels in Nora Roberts' series "The Bride Quartet" about a year ago, and decided to finally give the fourth book a try when I saw it at the library last week. I'm not sure if my reading tastes have changed a lot over the past year, or if the first three novels in the series were just better written than this last one, but I actually found Happy Ever After a struggle to get through. 

The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was that the characters and overall plot just seemed really false and almost staged to me. The conversations in the novel also really aggrevated me! The constant meetings between the girls to discuss cakes, flower arrangements, and photography became really tedious and annoying at times. While this should be expected considering the fact that the title of the series is "Bride Quartet," I think that this focus on the wedding organization of the novel  was even more pronouced in this last novel than the first three. Ultimatly, it felt to me like Parker's job as a wedding planner overshadowed the romance of the novel.

Indeed, not only did I find the writing style of the novel difficult to become absorbed in, but also what was supposed to be the romantic connection between Parker and Malcolm.  Unlike the first couple of novels in this series, I thought that the chemistry between Parker and Malcolm  kind of fell flat. Perhaps this was because the romance between them was already initiated  in the third book, as the tension leading up to their relationship in Happy Ever After  seemed non existent.

Overall, would I recommend reading this book? For those of you familiar with the Bride Quartet series, perhaps you will enjoy Happy Ever After more than I did, otherwise I would suggest skipping over this book entirely!

Rating: 2 Stars

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