SusiB reviewed this book for the RITA® Reader Challenge. This novel finaled in the Contemporary Single Title Category.
Plot Summary: As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…
And here is SusiB’s review:
Happy Ever After is a finalist for Contemporary Single Title Romance, but I think that’s wrong. This is not a romance novel. Actually, I’m not quite sure it is any other kind of novel either. There probably is no officially approved definition of romance novels, but in my opinion, a romance novel has a plot that focuses on two people who fall in love and have to overcome some obstacles before they can live happily ever after. This book does not really focus on Parker’s and Malcolm’s relationship. There are no obstacles on their way to everlasting love, and the book doesn’t have a plot.
They are attracted to each other, but Parker hesitates to go out with Malcolm because…hm. Maybe just to make the book a few pages longer. He likes her legs and she thinks he’s hot; beyond that, they don’t have any kind of chemistry. He grabs her. They kiss. They go out. They have sex. They decide they love each other and have to get married. That’s all.
The book mainly consists of pages and pages and yet some more pages of descriptions of fancy weddings and their preparation. Between that, the friendship between Parker and her three lady friends, who happen to be the heroines of the previous books, is praised ad nauseam. Beyond that, there really is no plot.
The only thing that keeps Happy Ever After from being a wallbanger is the fact that Nora Roberts, having written about a gazillion books, does know what she’s doing. Her writing style is pleasant and makes even the many pages of wedding descriptions readable.