Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Book 28 - Savor the Moment
I'd heard that before, but it was once again re-enforced after finishing Savor the Moment, the third book in Nora Roberts' bride quartet series. If anyone understands the importance of relationships, it's Nora.
I'm proud of the vast and eclectic selection of books I've read during this 100 books in 2010 challenge. There's been a few misses - and plenty of hits.
For me, Nora is almost always a hit. I can get lost in supernaturals, find beauty in literary brilliance, race through a heart-pounding thriller, and even trudge through a western. But Nora? I savour every word.
At least when it comes to her straight-up romances. Which is what Savor the Moment is.
Few authors have the ability to make me tear up in the first chapter. Nora does - and did. She introduces Laurel effectively, creating immediate sympathy, and a quick hook. Truthfully, I couldn't have stopped reading if I'd wanted to.
Laurel is the cake decorator for Vows, a wedding planning company comprised of four long-standing friends. The relationship between partners is wonderful - the concept inspiring. Having dabbled in photography and interior design, planned my own wedding, dreamed of a large flower garden and now begun *creating* desserts, Nora makes it easy for me to relate to all levels of the company. And yeah, I'm green with envy.
I loved Mac in the first book, enjoyed Emma in the second, and adored Laurel in the third. Like the rest of her partners, she's a smart, sassy, and fun career girl. I love how they interact, the depth of their relationships is amazing. Nora does an excellent job of establishing Laurel's competency in the kitchen. I could absolutely visualize the designs, taste the flavours, smell the aromas. I wanted to be in Laurel's workspace and suck up her teachings.
I think, on some level, I even picked up some hints for my new hobby. Er...baking. (No, I am not becoming domestic. I just enjoy learning new things...)
I always expect to fall for Nora's heroes, the way I absolutely fell for Roarke in the "In Death" series. But I'm actually hard pressed to remember any of the men from her romances, and it's likely I'll forget Del as soon as I start a new book.
That isn't to say I didn't feel the chemistry. As I've said, Nora is amazing at relationship building. I have little doubt Del and Laurel will get married, just as Emma and Carter or Jack and Mac will (yikes, I hope I've paired them properly...) live happily ever after. I totally bought into their romance, and for 325 pages, I liked Del. A lot.
But I admit, I am most looking forward to Parker and Malcolm's story. Mal is a mechanic. And rides a motorcycle. He seems a little rougher around the edges. Much more my type.
Damn bad boys.
The Book In My Bag Today: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson