I read this book whilst recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed - it was the perfect distraction! It was sweet and sugary and had me sighing and crying too many times to count - and that's not the pain meds talking.
Carter is not MacKensie's typical guy...and he's not my typical hero either! He's extraordinarily smart, very shy and ultra clumsy. He's like a super-cute geek and he's really not too sure of himself...so many times I just wanted to dive into bookworld and give him a big hug! There are so many dorky scenes I could list that endeared him to me as a reader - like when he writes Mac a letter to apologise for kissing her, how he rehearses cooking dinner for her or how he starts talking about a paper he's writing deliberately to put her to sleep. He is pretty much the sweetest hero I've ever read - it's impossible not to love him. I promise!
However before you despair and think that dorky does not equal sexy, let me just tell you that one area Carter doesn't need any encouragement in is the bedroom. Just like a Clark Kent transformation, Carter can change from supergeek to superstud in a nano-second. Mac actually describes their sex as 'life-changing'. I'm a reader who can easily become bored by sex scenes that drag on for pages...I didn't skip a scene in this book! Nora Roberts gives you just the right amount of detail and the sex always means something emotionally to the characters. She writes classy love scenes.
Although I didn't personally identify with MacKensie's struggle to fall in love or her tumultuous relationship with her mother; I still found it easy to slip into her skin. To see the world through the eyes of a wedding photographer was such a treat. She is a person who is capable of capturing the joy, the beauty, the magnificence of a single moment through the frame of a lens. So many times I was moved to tears by her descriptions of the moments a couple and a family share when two people are married. It truly made me want to (a) get married and (b) become a wedding photographer.
I can't review this book and not mention the great dynamic between Mac and her three friends she runs Vows (wedding business) with. Nora Roberts gives you just enough detail about each of these women that you simply can't wait to read their stories and find out who they fall in love with. They all have such different personalities!
This is a story about love, friendship, weddings and letting go of your past. If you're the kind of girl who loves a mushy chick-flick than you'd be hard pressed to find a better read then this book. Read Visions of White and rediscover why Nora Roberts is the reigning Queen of Romance.
Especially recommended for any dental surgery patients. Toothache? What toothache?
Sneak peak of Book 2, Bed of Roses, due for release 27 October 2009:
Florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose...
But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's so close to the women of Vows that he's practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion-kiss for blistering kiss-they must trust in their history...and in their hearts.
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