Genre: contemporary romance
Cover: I don’t really like that weddingcake.
Childhood friends Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline have formed a very successful wedding-planning business together but, despite helping thousands of happy couples organise the biggest day of their lives, all four women have been unlucky in love.
Chef Laurel McBane has worked hard all her life to secure her dream - to be an award winning baker. Now, her wedding cakes are as close as anyone can get to edible perfection, stunning creations that complement Mac's beautiful photographs and Emmaline's floral bouquets.
Because Laurel has worked so hard to overcome her tough upbringing, she is wary about letting anything, or anyone, get in the way of her work. But a slowly simmering chemistry with Parker's brother Del has suddenly become too hot to ignore ...
Although this third book was not as emotionally loaded as the first two books in my opinion, I really enjoyed reading it, and kept on reading until I was finished.
Laurel is the third of the friends to fall in love, or rather, she has been in love with Del for as long as she can remember, and he just keeps treating her as one of the girls he looks after, like his sister. And she just can’t take it anymore, she wants more. Sure, she has tried falling in love with other men, has done her share of dating and is certainly not a virgin, but somehow they never can compare with Del. And when he comes into her kitchen, insulting her, something snaps and she kisses him to make her point. She is not a little girl anymore, someone he has to take care of, she can take care of herself. (That was a fun scene!).
Del is completely overwhelmed, what just happened? Why did she get so angry with him, and what was with that hot kiss? But he has been fighting how he looks at her lately, he does find her attractive, so can they really make a go of this? Of course, lawyer that he is, he comes up with a proposition and a set of rules. After he dares her to come and get the shoes back he has shoenapped the other night … If this does not work out between them, they will still have to be able to be friends, especially as they are such a close-knit group, and he is kind of a silent partner in their businesses. Laurel agrees, and the other girls are very happy for them, even Parker, who doesn’t care that Del is her brother, she wants details!
And so Del and Laurel start dating whenever their busy schedules allow them some time. Sharing their memories, and revisiting shared ones. But not everyone is happy for them, there is a lot of gossip, after all, Delaney is a Brown and Laurel is a nobody. Her father became notorious for getting caught by the IRS, and for having a string of mistresses. Still, her parents never divorced, they stayed together to make each other (and Laurel) miserably. If not for her friends and Emma and Parkers great parents who helped raise her, she would not have been the woman she is today. There are people who think she is after his money, other people who think he is just playing with her, it is nothing serious. After all, Del sure is a lady’s man besides a great lawyer. Laurel especially has a hard time when Linda shows up, Mackensie’s mother. Laurel prevents her from going into Mac’s house, as she is not welcome, and Mac and her fiancée are not home. And Linda knows just what to say to hurt someone the most. But Laurel manages to get her of the estate, and then Emmaline is there to comfort her and cheer her up again, as that is what good girlfriends do.
The first book has Mac, who had a hard time falling in love and committing to it, thanks to her rough childhood. The second book was Emmaline, who had a great childhood with amazing parents who wanted romance and love for always, and would not settle for less. And now we have Laurel, who also had crappy parents, and has had to make her own way in the world. She has succeeded, but she has always been in love with Del, there is no one else for her. And finally she takes that first step to make him notice her in a different way. I loved that she took the initiative.
Again, the friendship between the four women is awesome to read about, they know each other inside and out, and are there for each other. In the second book, Parker found the perfect wedding dress for Mac, and now she has found Emmaline’s dream dress.
I also love reading about all the small and big details that are involved with organizing a wedding, and I just know that I will never, ever, go through all that trouble and expense for just one day. Lol. Even if my boyfriend would want to get married, which he has vowed never to do again.
There is just an energy involved in those books that makes me love them, and fall in love with the characters and how they go after their own HEA. Of course I have been a long time fan of Nora Roberts, and so far, I still love her books. I heartily recommend this series to all lovers of romance, or if you want ideas for your own future wedding.
© 2013 Reviews by Aurian