Sunday, May 16, 2010

Savor the Moment

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings.

As for romance, Laurel believes in it—in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick-silver moods get the better of her—leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del—she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…
--Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts, Copyright ©2010 by Nora Roberts, published by Berkeley/The Penguin Group.

My Review

I finished this book four or five days ago (sorry, my new job keeps me pretty busy).

If you’re looking for a light-hearted, happy romantic story (and you’ve read the first two books in this series!), then you’ll enjoy Savor the Moment.

The first two books, Vision in White and Bed of Roses hinted (with the force of a sledgehammer) at the coming romance between Laurel, the resident baker at Vows and Del, the company’s lawyer. The two had known each other since they were children and Laurel developed a powerful crush on her best friend’s brother, a crush he was completely oblivious to. Now that they’re adults, Laurel should have no trouble acting on her feelings, right?


Del, in the meanwhile, has always treated Mac, Laurel and Emma as sisters, watching out for them and taking care of their problems. Thinking of Laurel as a woman instead of a sister takes some getting used to, but he manages to make the transition just fine after Laurel plants a hot, sizzling, curl-your-toes kiss on him when he was least expecting it.

Del is forced to rethink his feelings for Laurel, but it really isn’t that hard for him to do. The two tumble into love (and into bed, of course), but their road is not entirely smooth. When Del inadvertently jabs at Laurel’s pride, they both (mostly she) have a little work to do. But in the true romance-novel style, they work through their issues and the story culminates much as expected.

Nora Roberts’ return to traditional romance is welcome by her long-time readers. This third book in the Bridal Quartet series is well done, drawing on the foundation built in the first two stories and hints at the final installment. A wonderful story, worthy of a lazy, summer afternoon read in the back yard or on the beach.

I give this story THREE and a HALF STARS.

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