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Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  48,766 Ratings  ·  2,023 Reviews
Love blooms in the second novel in Nora Roberts's celebrated Bride Quartet series.
As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe [I do[ moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman's dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious dess
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Jove Books (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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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
Oct 23, 2009 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
Nov 09, 2009 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
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
May 06, 2009 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
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was amazing it made me cry
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
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2016
Mais um romance fofo da Nora..não gostei tanto deste casal como estava à espera mas por outro lado viu-se mais a amizade e companheirismo entre as quatro amigas.

Vou já saltar para o 3º da série!
O segundo livro - Um Mar de Rosas - tem uma aura totalmente diferente do primeiro livro, principalmente porque a Emma é uma romântica inveterada em que o seu maior sonho é dançar à luz da lua com o amor da sua vida. Foi um livro um pouco mais romântico e do qual não gostei tanto devido ao facto de a p
Apr 09, 2011 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
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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Nov 14, 2015 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
Mar 12, 2009 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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 09, 2012 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
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.
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
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-owned
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Dec 13, 2009 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
Love Fool
Nov 03, 2015 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
Chitra *CJ*
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Bed of Roses" is the story of Jack and Emma.
Emma is the romantic out of her group of four- she's always been searching for her perfect man and HEA and wants the love story like her parents. She's kissed her fair share of frogs, but ultimately finds her one true love in Jake, Parkers' brother Del's friend.
Jake has always been around Emma, but one day the chemistry becomes too hard to ignore and they decide to give these sparks a chance, at the same time falling for one another.
To say I struggled
"But you can't have forever unless you take the moment."

I needed a light read with minimal angst and this seemed to fit the bill. It's a cute, friends to lovers romance. Emma and Jackson are adorable. I enjoyed this one much more than the first, and my only complaint was the ending seemed a little rushed. I excited to read the next installment.
Mar 08, 2016 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.

Jacob Proffitt
Jun 07, 2012 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
Dec 31, 2009 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
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 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 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally read many years ago. Re-read now and completely changed my mind.

WTF happened at Jack's house? Emma acted like a total drama queen and a brat. And her friends (supposedly Jack's friends as well) all acted like it was his freaking fault. Ridiculous scene that ruined the whole book for me.

Why should he give her keys if he's not comfortable doing it? Why is it humiliating for her to have to ask for permission or keys to his house? They have just started dating, for Pete's sake. Emma come
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