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Armen vol rozen (Bride Quartet #2)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  44,029 Ratings  ·  1,860 Reviews
Toen Mackensie, Emma, Laurel en Parker nog kleine meisjes waren (en de allerbeste vriendinnen van de hele wereld) deden ze niets liever dan bruiloftje spelen. Nu doen ze dat eigenlijk nog steeds, maar dan voor hun werk: samen runnen ze het exclusieve bruidshuis Vows, dat ernaar streeft om van elke trouwdag iets écht bijzonders te maken...

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Paperback, 398 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Harlequin Holland (first published 2009)
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Jeanne Harrell I enjoyed her Parker character the most. She was complicated and tough with a veneer that would be hard for a schmoozer to get past. All four books…moreI enjoyed her Parker character the most. She was complicated and tough with a veneer that would be hard for a schmoozer to get past. All four books were fun reads.(less)
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Apr 24, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars

After finding Vision in White a good but slightly disappointing read, I "knew" - as far as anyone can know such thing - that I'd enjoy Bed of Roses better. Something to do with this 2nd book being better received by most readers and my having lower expectations, I guess. No matter why, I did find Bed of Roses highly entertaining.

Emma was the main reason this book worked for me, with her utterly romantic nature. She was also the reason this book lost 1/2 star in the end, when she attac
This book's rating went down to 2 stars in the last 50 pages because of the heroine’s childish behavior.

Here's a perfect example of what NOT to do if you want to have a lasting relationship with a man. No matter what Nora Roberts says, no man worth his salt would have a woman acting like this heroine and then believe it was his fault. He would instead thank his lucky stars he got rid of a maniac and move on.

The bigger issue with this book was that there was no conflict. For hundreds of pages ev
Nov 14, 2009 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 5-keepers
This is a WONDERFUL NR romance! I'm not even a fan of her's, yet this is straight-forward, simple, romantic and LOL ensemble writing at it's best! I don't know about that first book that received such crappy reviews . . . but this one is DEFINITELY worth reading! I fell in love with Emma and Jack and CERTAINLY all the "Vows" wedding planner group of friends (all of which will have a book of course). I did this one on audiobook, and after 100+ audio listens . . . this particular reader was just A ...more
♥ Melody
ETA: Rating 2.5 stars

I would have given this a higher rating if it wasn't for the last 2 chapters of this book. But besides the crappy shit that happens near the end there were some other red flags that bugged me.

First I wasn't enthralled with this as I was with Mac's story. Everything about Mac and Carter came off natural and organic even with their ups and downs. Here everything seemed incredibly forced and overdone. It took me a good 100 pages to even get into the story. Jack and Emma share
Dec 01, 2009 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the friends-turned-lovers theme
Gosh did I ever enjoy this story! If you're a fan of the friends-turned-lovers theme, then this is the book for you. :)

It's a real shame the author didn't write Bed of Roses as the first book in her Bride Quartet series. There is more insight into the characters. The emotions are stronger. The dialogue is so much better. This story is straight romance with sprinkles of light humor and funny banter. No suspense or mystery involved.

The relationship between the four friends is the cornerstone of th
Short Review: Bed of Roses, is the second book in Nora Roberts Bride Quartet series. However, those of you who have not read the first book, Vision in White, can read the second book with out missing a step. It’s a solid book with well developed characters and if you always buy every book that Nora Roberts writes I’m not writing this review for you. If however, you’re a romance reader, or just a reader looking for a book to read, perhaps this review is for you. I liked this book. Am I glad I rea ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Lora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nora Roberts

Ever felt left out? I felt that way when I tried reading Vision in White back in May of this year, and I felt that way again trying to read its successor, Bed of Roses. I attempted to read this about two months ago after having finished and disliked the first book in this series. Normally I would drop a series after disliking the first installment to the degree that I did with Vision in White, but since I own the first, second, and fourth installments in this series I thought I'd give it another
4 stars; from just sheer enjoyment, I would have given this 4 1/2, but I deducted half a star for two reasons: (a) the heroine is the personality twin of the heroine in Convincing Alex of the Stanislaskis series; and (b) TOO MUCH WEDDING DETAIL!!!! I know it's a book about wedding planners, but come on! there was more wedding information than scenes written from the hero's POV.

I'm not going to do a full synopsis, but I have to say this one was definitely better than Vision in White, and while th
Jan 04, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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Nov 14, 2015 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was also OK but I did like it a bit better than the first of the series. You see more personalities and different characters and you kind of figuring out who Will end up together in the later series. It has a little bit more humor too.
As I said in my review for Vision in White, Nora Roberts never fails to entertain me. What, does she have a special gene or something? Is she a writing mutant? What’s with her novels that always deliver where I’m concerned?

Because with Bed of Roses she once again succeeded. This series is more than a contemporary romance, there’s a little of chick-lit in it as well, but especially it’s an ode to female friendship. One of those strong, resilient friendships that last a lifetime. Mac, Emma, Laurel
Miss Kim
Nov 18, 2009 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, contemporary
I think Bed of Roses should have been the first book in the Bride Quartet series. I felt like the players were much fleshed out then in the first, Vision in White. I got to know them and what their feelings and wants are. I felt that lacked in VIW. In BOR, we get Emma and Jack’s story. I loved every minute of it! They’ve been like siblings since they were twelve, and in the past few years and have started noticing each other in a different way.

Emma is the florist in her quarter of Vows, the wedd
I loved so much about the friendship of the four women (and Mrs. Grady!) in this book. I always feel a little reluctant to claim that one of my favorite things about Nora Roberts's books is the strong friendships between strong women, because these books are clearly romance (not to mention clearly romantic). But I can't deny that my very favorite scene in this book was when the five women were discussing prior kisses (or prior lacks of kisses) from Jack.

As for the romance itself, I was sailing a
Jan 11, 2015 Tracie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 17, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned
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Ok, I would have given this a 4 because of the emotion I felt between Emma and Jack, BUT all the damn wedding and flower talk bumped it down for me. Way too much of that going on. Loved Jack and Emma though...great couple.
Mar 09, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have all four of this series on my Kobo from the library and I'm going to finish them but I'm feeling suffocated in fondant and flower petals.

There's zero suspense. Zero. I knew from book two who all four would end up with (over what, a period of a year?) To get the smexing in, they hook up pretty soon in the book, then of course there's a misunderstanding...I'm just about to start book three but I imagine it'll be the same.

This book. Oh boy. Lost all respect for Emma when she had a major melt
Love Fool
Nov 03, 2015 Love Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
n Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. And the last place she’s looking is right under her nose.

Okay, this was a little cheesier than I would have liked but that is Emma Grant and frankly I ate up the cheese as if it was brie. I love the friendships and their business... and I am enjoying reading how each find love. Mayb
Dec 13, 2009 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series of four friends who run an upscale wedding business. Emma comes from a happy home and is the nicest of the four girls. She's the florist and she is in love with family friend, Jack Cooke. He's an architect and best friend of the brother of one of the other women in the quartet.

Friends who fall in love. Girl from a happy home falls for the guarded bachelor type guy. Boundaries, rules, and misunderstanding. Lots of romance and lust as well.

The details about wedding fl
Just - The romance reader
Another fantastic novel in the Bride Quartet series. Now I can't wait for the third book! Upon starting Bed of Roses I found myself wanting to go back and read Visions In White again. It was a fabulous book, and I remember that I loved it, but I just don't remember enough of the details. So many things in Bed of Roses reference details and events in Visions In White that I think if I remembered more details I would have loved this book even more, if that's possible, or atleast felt like I was mo ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I'm only going to review 1 of Nora Roberts' books. Mostly because I've read almost everything she's ever written. And no, I'm not quite proud of that. I have a problem. I admit it.

Anyway, I love Nora Roberts. I love that every time one of her characters wears something formal, it has a sweetheart neckline. I love that she almost never reuses a character name, and if she does, it's secondary, or even tertiary, character. I love that every single book is the exact same story, but I'll read
Jan 02, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, read-in-2010
The first book in this series, Vision in White, was the only romance to make it onto my "best books I read in 2009" list, so I was very excited to get this sequel. (It had a very long queue at the library, of course.) I loved it, although it wasn't quite as absorbing as the first - mainly, I think, because the romantic hero in the first was an English teacher, so it got extra points for that. But anyway, the couple in this one were Emma, a florist, and Jack, an architect. This series revolves ar ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Widala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rant may contain spoilers.

Well, I'm sorry, but this book was a disappointment.

First, too heavy on the wedding and the flower stuff. Stuff that if you're crazy about wedding, flowers and gardening would be interesting, but I'm not.

Second, Jack. I didn't see much of a personality. I mean, who is this guy? A nice man who's afraid of commitment. Why? Because his parents were divorced. I'm not making it light but he didn't have traumatizing experience like Mac with her horrible mother.

Rosas sin espinas no me ha gustado tanto como esperaba. Tenía muchísimas ganas de leer la historia de Jack y de Emma, porque ya en Album de boda se vio algo entre los dos. Sin embargo, el principio me aburrió un poco y el final... No lo entiendo. Creo que la que tiene la culpa de la mayoría es Emma, porque lo que hace Jack es llegar a su casa tras haber pasado un día malo sintiéndose mal y ella le empieza a echar mierda sin que el pobre lo pueda procesar. Jack hace algunas cosas mal, también, pe ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
My friend Jules was spot on when she said this book was a bit boring. The characters were flat and the conflict-that-really-wasn't was poorly conceived, I thought. Emma is the least interesting of the four friends, and truly the most annoying. Her saccharine sweetness and over-blown ideas of romance and love would have most people ready to push her off a cliff. (Which Emma would probably be okay with, as long as you picked the right flowers for the occasion. ;D)
Feb 16, 2010 willaful rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This certainly wasn't a bad book; the worst thing you could say about it is that the snappy dialogue reuses some of the same jokes a few times. But somehow it almost continually rubbed me the wrong way.

The initial conflict is one I hate, which makes it especially irritating that another potential conflict was completely disregarded: heroine Emma wants love and romance with a capital R, yet hero Jack is surprised to have discovered himself with the same woman for almost two whole months?! They'v
Jun 30, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A family friend for so many years left Jack Cooke feeling more like a brother than anything else to himself and to the ladies that made up Vows. After a chance encounter at a party and an accidental meeting on the side of the road, Jack realized he had more than brotherly feeling for the cheerful florist of the group. Always optimistic, but in this case Emma Grant was not sure she could make the transition from friend to lover without someone getting hurt in the long run, probably herself. Ever ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 11, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audible, steamy
This book does, indeed, feature another partner in the Vows partnership. Emma does flowers. She loves them even when they don't love her back and she ends up using Neosporin like hand cream. I really wasn't expecting the emotional payoff at the end of this book and found myself crying in the middle of the night as I finished it. The good kind of crying...

Besides flowers, Emma is also the heart of Vows. She truly cares about everybody and often plays the role of peacemaker among her friends. It w
Katie Fitzgerald
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Oct 31, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Reading this book made me remember why I love to read romances, and Nora Robert's especially. She always creates independent, strong, and feisty characters with interesting jobs and this book is no exception! This is book #2 in her bride quartet and it features florist Emma and architect Jack. Their attraction is complicated by their friendship of many years and Jack's aversion to commitment. There is never any doubt what the ending will be, but boy is it fun getting there.
Nora Roberts is still
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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