Published by Penguin on April 28th 2009
Genres: Contemporary Romance
NEW DELUXE GIFT EDITION!Nora Roberts presents a novel of love, friendship, and family—and the unpredictable moments that turn a pretty picture into a true work of art.#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.After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories…
Mackenzie “Mac” is a wedding photographer, part of a quartet of a wedding business, “Vows”. Mac is the kind of woman that even though she is part of a wedding business, doesn’t believe in a happily ever after. Then Mac meets up with the brother of one of their clients, a school teacher Carter Maguire, whose kisses are more of a rake and wildman than a gentle english teacher. Carter ever since high school has had a secret crush on Mac, and after sharing a blinding passionate kiss that left them bothh senseless, he knows that she will always have a secret place within his heart. As Carter and Mac go about getting to know each other, a sensual desire builds up between them. Mac knows that Carter is the type of man that she has dreamed of, but she doesn’t know if she can trust her heart. She has seen marriage after marriage fail after a certain period of time, but after meeting Carter and his wonderful family, she starts to realize the ever afters do come true. But will Mac come to her senses in time?
This is the first of the “Bride Quartet” and having heard so many good things about this one, I definitely was thrilled to start reading this one. I love weddings and I just have fallen in love with this series. I couldn’t put this one down, Nora Roberts is a good author. Although I have never been so enthralled into a story as I was in this one. I loved how even though Mac and Carter are so different, they also have lots of common ground as well. Another thing that I truly loved how this series is a quartet of four best friends that grew up together, and had a common interest :Weddings. Their passion and love! It was great to see these four women interact, and this story definitely amused and delighted me for the whole story. This is one of my favorite Contemporary romances ever written, it has such a classic love that is built up between these two charming characters. Its definitely one of those romances that will steal into your heart and soul, and make your day a bit brighter!