This time out, we're digging into the May romance releases, with the first in a new series from Nora Roberts: Vision in White (Berkley). Mackenzie Elliot and her three best friends have been arranging weddings since they were little girls--for themselves and any boys or pets who happen to be around--only now they do it for other people and get paid to do it, each expert at a different aspect of the whole production. Mac is best at the photography, as she discovered many years ago during one of their imaginary weddings when she refused to be the bridesmaid again and instead used the camera her absent father had given her, and she enjoys her work even while she knows a wedding isn't going to be in her future. Her parents didn't set a very good example; when her father left, he remarried and her mother went from man to man, and in between required Mac's full attention, as she continues to do. Carter Maguire is an old school acquaintance, and when they bump into one another again, almost literally, Carter's old crush on Mac returns with a vengeance, only now he can act on it if she'll let him. But Carter is definitely not Mac's type; he fairly screams 'settling down-type', and Mac knows that's not for her. But their attraction can't be resisted, despite her reservations. But a casual fling seems doable, even for Mac, though she has to wonder how it can end well. Carter would prefer it didn't end, period, but he'll have some work to do persuading Mac. I went with friends to a signing for this book a few weeks ago, and we bought our books before it was time for the signing, then sat outside and started to read; before we'd finished the first ten pages, we were laughing out loud (and causing other people waiting for the signing to wonder what was wrong with us. Mac and her friends are a terrific group, the sort of girlfriends every woman wishes for and few actually have. Then there's Carter, who's very nearly the perfect hero. The two combined are awesome, and their story is a real keeper. My only disappointment is having to wait seven months for the next story in the series. This one's earned four and a half of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!