After Mac and Carter's story in Vision In White, here is Emma and Jack's story.
Here I was in the mood to read some friends to lovers romance, so I decided to pick this one up.
I love Nora Roberts writing style. Yes, sometimes some of her characters feel like a re-enactment of previous ones (although I can't remember a character as annoying as Emma), but the characterization is so good, and the way the author writes a story so appealing, that I keep buying, reading and basically hoarding most of her books.
Well, let's say that when it comes to actual romances, Roberts has done it better.
There's quite a lot of trilogies that I could name here, trilogies that left me eagerly anticipating the next book in a series.
Trilogies such as: Irish trilogy, Born trilogy, Dream trilogy (well the second and the third volumes of the same), Three Sisters Island... most of them had beautiful romances.
Unfortunately her latest books haven't been as good as those first ones.
This one... honestly, I didn't feel the romance in it.
Emma is this super hyper Mary Sue, who is always perfect, in everything, and honestly... she got on my nerves!
Jack, on the other hand was just too bland. We only got a little of his backstory towards the end.
Apparently these two have been lusting after one another for ages, but mix-ups and friendship have kept them apart.
The thing is, this only works if there had been some sense of growing tension or attraction between them. And I honestly don't remember anything of the sort in the previous book. So... one day they were friends, the next one they were thinking about sleeping together... after one, two kisses?
Of course they were Amazing kisses (lol)...
Emma is characterized as this upper, super, romantic girl....she wants dances under moonlight, and candles, and flowers, and... blah, blah, blah...
She likes her props... says the cynical one.
Jack has a phobia of commitment, of which Emma is aware... but after three months of dating she decides she wants the whole package: marriage, kids, HEA.
So what does she do?
Well, she basically ambushes the guy... in his kitchen, in his house, for which he hadn't given her a key.
She throws a fit, because he's not in the same wave as she is... and what happens next, basically dealt the killing blow to this romance for me.
It was ridiculous, it was childish, and if Jack had an ounce of intelligence he would have just run as fast as he could.
Only recommended to Roberts' hardcore fans... really hardcore fans... because I'm normally a hardcore fan...
Buy Bed Of Roses