Review: Vision in White by Nora Roberts

vision in whiteVision in White
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Berkley
Age Group: Adult
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends-and business partners-to see her way to her own happy ending.

Rating

3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5

My Thoughts

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump.  June was a killer month for me at work, and I would come home from work just completely mentally exhausted.  So reading anything even remotely complicated has been completely unappetizing.  Hence you might have noticed I’ve been reviewing mostly YA contemporary romances lately.  But I wanted to try something a little different, but still easy-going.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they really enjoyed Roberts’ Bride Quartet, so I snapped them up from the library.  Whew, that was a long why-I-decided-to-read-this explanation.

Anyhoo, I thought Vision in White was good.  It’s really not anything that will stick with me, or something that I will want to read again.  But it was easy going, which has been all I’ve been able to handle for the last couple months.

As always, characters first.  It took me a really long time to warm up to Mac, the main character.  Sometimes I really liked her.  But for the first half of the book I found her mostly annoying, and even thought she was acting a bit childish at times.  Although I could understand how Mac’s mother would effect the way she felt about relationships, I don’t know if it completely justified her fears.  However, by the second half of the book, I did like her, and was routing for her to find happiness.

Carter, Mac’s love interest, was seriously awesomepants.  I mean, I LOVED Carter.  He was the most adorable guy.  Being nerdy never looked so good.  He’s a literature professor at a private high school, and a bit clumsy.  In fact,t he first time we meet Carter he nearly knocks himself unconscious by walking into a wall.  But he’s so cute while being klutzy.  He’s not normally the kind of guy I think is cute, but man, if I met a Carter I would be totally crushing.

Since this is romance-y, I should talk about how Mac and Carter are as a couple.  I could definitely see why these two would be a good together.  Their personalities really complemented each other.

Romance aside, probably one of my favorite parts  was the strong friendship between Mac, Parker, Laurel and Emma.  I get so ANGRY when I see the whole “girls are catty and can’t be friends with each other” line in books (or anywhere), and this book features the opposite.  That women are just women, each one unique with their own good things and bad things, but they can form strong bonds.  I just loved that.  You go Nora Roberts, and squash that ridiculous stereotype!

Roberts has an interesting way of writing.  There’s lots of 3-6 descriptive-word sentences.  And you can really see how much value Roberts places on careers, whatever those careers may be.  All her characters are dedicated to their jobs, and are not afraid to work hard.  And their occupations really reflect their personalities.  I think I would be able to pick out her writing if I had too.

I did find this book a little longer than it needed to be, but only a tiny bit too long.  There are definitely some cheesy parts throughout.  But cheesiness isn’t always a bad thing, and they were pretty low key in this book.

One last thing.  Since this is romance-y, you are probably wondering about the sexytimes.    Yeah, people totally have sex in this book.  But it’s not very detailed, and I liked that.  I’ve read a few other books (some New Adult titles come to mind) that were way more descriptive during the sexytime scenes than this one.

Vision in White is what you would expect.  It’s a fairly quick read, and practically stress free.  I quite liked it.  I’m definitely curious to see who the other women will end up with.  I’m thinking Emma and Jack will get together for sure.  And Del (Parker’s brother) has to end up with someone, so I’m thinking Laurel.  I’m not sure who Parker will end up with.  I’m definitely curious enough to read the rest of the quartet.

4 Responses to “Review: Vision in White by Nora Roberts”

  1. Daphne

    i’m glad you liked this book. this is the series that made me a fan of Nora Roberts, I had never read anything else by her. I loved Carter, too, he was awesomepants, as you said. 🙂 I love the way NR writes, she’s very detailed and descriptive, really does her research. my favorite are the last two books, Laurel & Parker. I hope you read & like the others, too.

    • Quinn

      Carter is just adorable! I’ve already read Bed of Roses, and I’ll definitely be reading the last two. I’m excited for Laurel’s story because I love when the girl secretly is in love with the best friend’s brother. And seriously, Parker! I love her.

      • Daphne

        I love the whole unrequited love thing, too! that was the book I was most looking forward to. And Parker was awesome, even though I didn’t really connect with her in the other books. After you finish this series, you need to read her Inn Boonesboro series.

        • Quinn

          I’m add the Inn Boonesboro books to my list right now! Can’t wait. And they seem just perfect for summer. Thanks for the recommendations.

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