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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read, nothing to get too excited about, unfortunately..., 14 Sep 2010
This review is from: Vision In White: Number 1 in series (Bride Quartet) (Paperback)
Another Nora Roberts saga to get addicted to- or at least I'd hoped so initially. Book one of the `Bride Quartet' sounded promising and the elegant cover hinted of a real love story, but for me it wasn't as interesting or even as romantic as some of her other stories I've enjoyed recently; a bit of a shame admittedly, though I don't think its put me off trying the rest of them- I'm hoping its just a series finding its feet and will get stronger as it goes along.

Childhood friends Mac, Parker, Laurel and Emma run their own wedding-planning business, each with their own forte that makes it such a success (and what makes this story just a teensy bit cheesy as well--everything is just TOO perfect). Photographer Mackensie has a few problems of her own though- her mother is a serial romancer, and with a father she rarely sees, she's decided that despite her profession, romance just isn't for her. That is of course until Carter Maguire literally crashes into her life. Cute but geeky Carter had a huge childhood crush on her and wouldn't usually be her type, but Mac just can't help falling for him, much as she tries to hide it...

I'm a bit of a sucker for geeky, shy men, so Dr Carter Maguire sounded just too adorable for words with all his clumsiness and bumbling around. Mac however, I just couldn't warm to unfortunately- despite how feisty and confident she came across in her every day life, I found it a bit irritating that she couldn't even stand up to her pushy mother. The other female characters too, I have mixed feelings about- you don't really get to know them that well in this book, so I'm looking forward to seeing where NR is taking their own stories and getting to know them a bit better. There were hints that two men who make a brief appearance in book one could possibly be future romantic interests, which could make books 2-4 a bit more promising, because they sounded quite delectable!

All in all, an ok read but nothing to get too excited about- quite possibly because I've read books with a similar premise in the past (Katie Fforde's `The Wedding Season' springs immediately to mind). I think I prefer Roberts' `suspense' novels to these- they have a bit more substance to them as well as romance, which makes them generally a much more interesting read. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a decent new romance series and are a NR fan, it wouldn't hurt to give this a try. 3 stars, but I'm hoping the next book is pushing for 4.
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