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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
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The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book Review: Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride's vision. She just can't see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcolm Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.

My thoughts:  This series was good but wasn't one of my favorites of Nora Robert's.  It was strictly romance with no suspense or supernatural elements.  The fourth and last book in the series, Happy Ever After, was sweet and entertaining if not a bit predictable.  I think from the second book, we knew that Parker would be paired up with Malcolm so no surprise there.  No major conflicts or turmoil to add a little spice to it but just sweet romance.  I really enjoyed Malcolm's character and loved his mom! 

Some of the events were a little unbelievable.  These four women run a wedding business and each, with the exception of Parker, are getting married.  However, they all let Parker pick out the wedding dress.  There is no playing dress up with beautiful princess dresses in front of friends and family.  Parker just found the "perfect" dress and it magically was the one each girl wanted with no questions or doubts.  Really...what girl doesn't want to go and try on a million dresses just for the fun of it?  That's the best part of the wedding planning!

Also, some of the dialogue was a little out there.  Who says things like "I want you in my bed but this isn't the time" or "I'm sleeping with your sister so get over it"?  I thought some of the characters were a little too forward and blunt.

All in all, it was a nice little romance novel that reads quickly and easily.  I didn't get bored during it at all.  I just personally prefer her series like the Circle Trilogy or the Key Trilogy.

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