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Bed of Roses

(Bride Quartet #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58,315 ratings  ·  2,368 reviews
Emmaline Grant has always loved romance, so it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. And she gets to work with her best friends Mackensie, Parker and Laurel - she couldn't ask for a better job. Yet while men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr Right. ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Berkley Books (first published October 26th 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 we…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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Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

My cheeks are still damp from my tears as I’m writing this review. Oh my heart, this was such a beautiful story!

It’s been a while since I read Nora Roberts’s contemporary romance novel, and Bed of Roses didn’t disappoint. I knew I would love this book, and I was right. Yes, I did love it! Everything about it. This was exactly what I want from my read!

I loved NR’s excellent writing.
I loved this very simple yet well-knit plot.
I loved both main and secondary characters.
I loved the rom
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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance

Nora Roberts is definitely hitting the ball inside of the park in this series.

It's just so meh.

Maybe I just have to keep reading to find the hero and heroine that I like better. Yeah, that's what I'll do.

No. No. It's just a flesh wound. It will get better.

I have a good feeling about the next book. Really.
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
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tbr-2017
Wow, I totally forgot how much I disliked the heroine in book #2 until my re-read. Oh Emma, so perfect but a total jerk (I thought) Emma. Who even though she keeps telling her love interest (Jack) things are fine, throws a fit when he doesn't treat her like his girlfriend. And I ended up loathing the other characters in this book who decided that well they couldn't be friends with Jack anymore since Emma was so hurt. What are you? Teenagers? Who does mess like this? I actually booed when the HEA ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While the first installment of this series will always be my favorite, the second book is just as sweet. Emmaline is a crazy-talented florist, crafting bouquets and centerpieces that are works of art for Vows, the wedding business she runs with her three best friends. She’s had the hots for Jack, her best friend’s brother’s best friend, for 10 years now, but has never made a move because she didn’t want to make their friendship awkward. Turns out, the feeling and the fear that accompanies it are ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it was amazing it made me cry
This was so dumb and cheesy. The only saving grace were the snippets we'd get from the perspective of other characters. ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
After Mac’s book, I think Emma was the person I was most excited for.

I really liked Emma. She’s kind and loving and has such a big heart. Jack is a little set in his ways, stand-off ish, and really a giant marshmallow (even if he doesn’t know it.) I loved reading their relationship blossom.

Plot wise, it was nearly all fluff and I was living for it. I will say that the reason this is a 4 instead of a 5 star review is that I was slightly irritated at how the conflict played out and was resolved
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Miss Kim
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, 2009
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
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Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is not as good as the first one of the series. But, I have enjoyed the love story of Emma and Jack.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful story. And I can't wait to read the third book in the serie. ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this so, so much but then the last couple of chapters sort of melted into a big puddle of drama, and I couldn't really stomach half of that. Because while I of course didn't agree with Jack, I also thought Emma and the entire gang overreacted. Jack was right in saying that he didn't cheat on her or slap her around or God knows what, but they were all acting like he'd literally stabbed her or something. Parker telling Jack "She's ready to talk to you, so I'm ready to let you talk to her." ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook, 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
Mireille Duval
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2016
I think I wanted about a hundred more pages for Jack to really agree to committing. Of course all romances need to end with an engagement, apparently, but I think his concerns about not wanting to be so involved were worthy, too, and I wish they had tackled the subject slowly, getting him more and more comfortable with Emma having a presence in his life, until he realizes that yes, they are basically married already. (view spoiler) ...more
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
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.
Rebecca M
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so lovely! So many things that I loved, tied up in a bow.

Firstly, complete competency pawn. I love a heroine, who is confident in herself, is completely in love with what she does, her job, and we see a window into the joy, as she does it. I have learnt so much about being a florist, for an events company, through her eyes. I am in awe with Emma.

Then there is Jack, an architect, and I loved being reminded of his world, as I was once a designer in my old world before babies. A reminder o
Briar's Reviews
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts is one of my favourite romances!

I love wedding themed works - movies, books, art, pictures, clothing, dresses, make-up, hair, etc! I love all of it and I am totally obsessed with the beauty! At the time of reading this book, I was OBSESSED with wedding dress shows, so it was only fitting that I binged all four book in this fantabulous series!

Nora writes a beautiful contemporary romance novel that fits well within the series. It moves as a steady pace and is full of
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