Book Review-Happy Ever After

Book Review-Happy Ever AfterHappy Ever After by Nora Roberts
Also in this series: Bed of Roses, Vision In White, Savor the Moment
Series: Bride Quartet #4
on November 2nd 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 333
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 1423368991
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's premier wedding planning companies.Parker Brown turned the quartet's childhood game of Wedding Day into their dream jobs. And now she's the face of Vows—the one who meets every bride's demands; keeps every event on schedule; and brings Emma's romantic flowers, Laurel's delicious treats, and Mac's stunning photgraphy together in one glorious package. She knows how to make dreams come true...Mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker Brown—with her mile-long legs—is no exception. But as a good friend to Parker's brother, Mal knows that moving from minor flirtation to major hookup is a serious step.No man has rattled Parker in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her of guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker's business risks have always paid off, but now she'll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.


 Parker Brown, is the last of the Bride Quartet, who is left that is not engaged. Parker is the wedding planner, and the organizer of the Vows. Parker is the one that makes the bride’s dreams come true when it comes to weddings. Malcolm Kavanaugh is a mechanic, and a very successful businessman, and is strongly attracted to Parker, and can’t forget the kiss she planted on him, but now he wants to chase after her with her long legs. So amidst all the planning and the weddings and events, Parker is dazzled by Mal’s kisses who just about singed every part of her body with sensation, and knows that she could very well fall madly in love with this man who has caught her off guard with every passionate embrace and into a whirlwind of romance and the road to love….

The Hero (Malcolm Kavanaugh)
Malcolm, or knows as Mal throughout this story, is a very complex man, even though on the outside seems simple enough to understand. Mal didn’t grow up with prestige and opportunity like Parker did. He lost his father years ago, and life wasn’t easy on him or his mother, and now has become successful. Mal has a hard time sharing his past with anyone, he would just as soon forget it and think more about the present and the future, but sooner rather than later he will have to learn to trust his past to the one person that he could trust it with…

The Heroine (Parker Brown)
Parker, although she may have grown up with wealth and every advantage, never having to work if she didn’t want to, has made a very successful business with her three friends, and something that gives her fulfillment and satisfaction from life. Parker has never found love like her friends have, and wonders if she will at times, until Mal comes into her life kissing her with such heat, that catch her off guard, and without realizing it she knows she could easily fall into the trap of love if she hangs around him for much longer….

My Thoughts 
Happily Ever After is the fourth in the Bride Quartet, and I am so glad I finally got my hands on this one. I was thrilled to start reading Parker’s story and Nora Roberts didn’t disappoint. This would be my favorite series that she has written so far. Malcolm is the kind of character that any woman couldn’t help but fall for, and I loved the ‘man in the caveman’ attitude he sometimes get, it made my heart skip a beat with sensation, making me wish I was Parker, instead of just the reader. There was such a delightful aspect to this story, with the way these two just fell for each other, that it was like falling in love all over again. Happy Ever After is a sensational read, with a fairy tale type romance contemporary style, a story woven with tender romance on every page, that will satisfy you until the end.

My Favorite Quote 
Sometime, he thought, you moved fast; sometimes you moved slow.
He moved fast, giving her a quick yank that had her body colliding with his. The way she said excuse me , like a veteran schoolteacher to an unruly student made him grin before he took her mouth with his. It was even better than pie. Soft, tasty, ripe, with just a hint of shock to cut the sweet.

About Nora Roberts

Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, she transferred to a local public school, where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, her future first husband.

In August 17, 1968, as soon as she had graduated from high school, Eleanor married, against her parents' wishes; the couple settled in Keedysville, Maryland. Her husband worked at his father's sheet-metal business before joining Nora's parents in their lighting company, while she worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn't spell; I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After their sons, Dan and Jason, were born, she stayed home. Calling this her "Earth Mother" years, she spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children's clothes. The couple ended up separating; they divorced in January 1985.

In February 1979, a blizzard forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three- and a six-year-old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of her stories. It was then that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981 under the authorship of Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.

Eleanor wrote, under another pseudonym (Jill March), a story titled "Melodies of Love" for a magazine.

Eleanor met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Bruce owns and operates a bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland called "Turn the Page Books". Since getting married, Eleanor and Bruce have expanded their home and traveled the world.

In 1992, she adopted another pseudonym so as to publish a futuristic-suspense novel series. She first decided to use the pseudonym D.J. MacGregor, but discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. In 1995, her first "In Death" serial novel was published under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. The initials "J.D." were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while "Robb" is a shortened form of Roberts.

Eleanor has also been known as Sara Hardesty, because when the "Born In" series was released in U.K. it carried that name instead of Nora Roberts. She has since changed publishers.

Eleanor has been plagiarized by another best-selling romance writer, Janet Dailey. The practice came to light after a reader read Nora Roberts' Sweet Revenge and Janet Dailey's Notorious back-to-back; the reader noticed several similarities and posted the comparable passages on the Internet. Calling the plagiarism "mind rape," Eleanor sued Janet Daily. In 1997, Janet admitted to repeatedly plagiarizing from Nora Roberts' work and that both Aspen Gold and Notorious lifted heavily from Roberts' work. Both of those novels were pulled from print after Janet's admission. She acknowledged the plagiarism and blamed it on a psychological disorder. In a settlement, Janet paid Eleanor an undisclosed sum, which Eleanor donated to the Literacy Volunteers of America.

A founding member of the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A.), Eleanor was the first inductee in the organization's Hall of Fame. She also is a member of several writers' groups and has won countless awards.

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