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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 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 wedding 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.


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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 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 wedding 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.

30 review for Vision in White

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    Pure boring. This audio book should come with a warning “Don’t listen to while operating moving vehicles, may cause severe drowsiness.” I now know WAAAAAY more about wedding planning and passive/aggressive relationships than I ever cared to know. Where was the entertainment, the spark between hero/heroine, and the romance in all that page filler? It started out pretty good, but degraded as it went on. It became just one stupid self-imposed conflict after another, sandwiched between way too many Pure boring. This audio book should come with a warning “Don’t listen to while operating moving vehicles, may cause severe drowsiness.” I now know WAAAAAY more about wedding planning and passive/aggressive relationships than I ever cared to know. Where was the entertainment, the spark between hero/heroine, and the romance in all that page filler? It started out pretty good, but degraded as it went on. It became just one stupid self-imposed conflict after another, sandwiched between way too many inane conversations about wedding planning. Mac (the heroine) had a mother who drove me up the wall. She should have had a much lesser role as she was just pure annoying. The romance was flat and predictable, but I did like Carter. He was too good for Mac though. As the book continued I found myself liking Mac less and less. She was a twit with little common sense. By the end I was hoping Carter would meet someone else. I doubt I will continue with series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Nora Roberts almost never lets me down. Her "In Death" series is one of my favorites, and a few of her mystery/romances have given me book boyfriends. Not as good as Roarke, of course. Never as good as Roarke. Aww, that's so sweet! In this book we have four female friends who own a wedding planning company. They each have a specific part of it, and our heroine, Mac, is the photographer. It's just a good thing that one of the other girls likes to bake wedding cakes, another is a florist, and the fo Nora Roberts almost never lets me down. Her "In Death" series is one of my favorites, and a few of her mystery/romances have given me book boyfriends. Not as good as Roarke, of course. Never as good as Roarke. Aww, that's so sweet! In this book we have four female friends who own a wedding planning company. They each have a specific part of it, and our heroine, Mac, is the photographer. It's just a good thing that one of the other girls likes to bake wedding cakes, another is a florist, and the fourth has a mansion that they use as a venue along with her awesome planning skills. So, yeah, that was.......fortuitous. Mac has a meet-cute with Carter, but he actually remembers her from high school. So, it's a re-meet-cute. He had a huge crush on her back then, but he was the geeky boy that she never noticed. Luckily, he's grown up and now is a geeky man. Yeah, his character, I wasn't so sure about. He's clumsy. Like, Bella in Twilight clumsy. He literally falls and bumps into things. He's insecure. Like, teenage boy in a classroom with an unexpected erection kind of thing. The guy literally can't figure out how to take a girl on a date, and he is hyperventilating when he does. It took awkward to a whole new level. Oh, but not! When he kisses her, he's all smoothness and hot. He suddenly turns into Trojan - for her pleasure. But, seriously? If the guy can't even find his way into an open door without banging into the side and hurting himself, what are the odds? So, let's take a look at Mac, the girl. She's a typical Nora Roberts heroine - tall, thin, short hair, bitchy, and commitment-phobic. The problem I had with her, other than the bitchiness, was the constant descriptions of her hair. I know that's weird, but it hung me up because they called her hair "orange" and it was always sticking out everywhere. I don't know, a mean girl with short orange hair that sticks out everywhere makes me think of this: Just walk away slowly. In other words, I didn't get what the nerdy man saw in her. Of course, maybe just the fact that she let him touch a booby was enough. Whatever. I am actually more interested in the next books with the other, less clown-like girls. And, I did like the writing and the friendship between the women.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    3 1/2 stars Nobody writes friendship like NR and I really enjoyed watching the interactions between Mac and her friends. Carter's slightly crazy friend Bob, with his "helpful" lists, was also fun to be with. In fact, everyone - besides the accidental stressed B, G, MOB, FOB, MOG, FOG, MOH, BM, FG and any other acronym the wedding business can come up with - was nice and fun. That lead to a lack of real conflict in the story, hence my lukewarm rating. I liked this book and its characters, since it 3 1/2 stars Nobody writes friendship like NR and I really enjoyed watching the interactions between Mac and her friends. Carter's slightly crazy friend Bob, with his "helpful" lists, was also fun to be with. In fact, everyone - besides the accidental stressed B, G, MOB, FOB, MOG, FOG, MOH, BM, FG and any other acronym the wedding business can come up with - was nice and fun. That lead to a lack of real conflict in the story, hence my lukewarm rating. I liked this book and its characters, since it was impossible to hate such nice people, and the story was very easy to read, but I can't say I loved it. Will I be reading the rest of the series? Of course! I'm curious about Carter and Mac's friends and I'm pretty sure their stories will be at least as nice as this one. P.S.: After rereading my review, I couldn't help noticing how many times I used the adjective "nice". Well, what can I say? This was a nice story, LOL.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    Contemporary romance fans, rejoice! Nora Roberts latest release "Vision in White" is a light and fun read that leaves you with a big grin on your face. It's the first in a four-book series about a group of women who've been friends since childhood and grow up to run a bridal business together. The manager, the baker, the flower lady, and the photographer--each with different backgrounds and different outlooks on life and love. This first story is about the photographer, Mackensie. Mac's home life Contemporary romance fans, rejoice! Nora Roberts latest release "Vision in White" is a light and fun read that leaves you with a big grin on your face. It's the first in a four-book series about a group of women who've been friends since childhood and grow up to run a bridal business together. The manager, the baker, the flower lady, and the photographer--each with different backgrounds and different outlooks on life and love. This first story is about the photographer, Mackensie. Mac's home life taught her a lot about love and weddings--mainly that neither were permanent or could be counted on. With the exception of her childhood girlfriends, Mac's never really known much stability in her life. So when she meets the 'Mary Poppins' (i.e., perfect) man, one who makes her feel special and cared for and important--she freaks out...majorly. Carter had a crush on Mackensie back in school. And now that he's a man...well, he still has a crush on her! But it seems that every time he makes headway in their relationship, Mac gets scared and backs off. Good thing Carter is a patient man. Carter is my new best ever Beta hero. He's a professor and quite the nerd, but he's also sweet, protective, and even a bit clumsy. The more you read about him, the more you just want to take him home with you...and then do unspeakably fun things with him (with or without the glasses)! And Mac? Well, she has some pretty serious issues to deal with and her self-worth is right there at the top of the list. She's stubborn, but she does grow on you and pretty soon I was cheering every forward step she made. Nora Roberts is a genius writer. She somehow taps into the subconscious of women (and men) everywhere. Her books have a happy ending yes, but her characters also have to work for that happy ending. She does her trademark work and brings her cast of characters to life with such vividness that I felt if I just went to their city, I would recognize these people, want to spend time with them, commiserate with them, and celebrate with them. For me, that's the brilliance of La Roberts' stories. "Vision in White" isn't a melodramatic, emotion-wrenching read. Instead, it reminds me very much of some of her earlier works, the ones that are just darn good romances. No special gimmicks, no mysteries, no death or destruction--just two people living their lives and then discovering that love does exist and it's worth the work to cherish it. Pure romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)

    ★★★ 3 Rom-Com stars.★★★ Vision in White starts of by introducing a group of besties that run a very successful Event planning agency dedicated mostly to a bride's most defining moment,Her Wedding. How I ended up picking this book: Vision in White was basically my first Nora Roberts.So its safe to say I didn't really go in with super high expectations or such.Heard a lot about this author from my besties here on GR and thought to just give this one a go,out of pure curiosity.*shrug* My thoughts on ★★★ 3 Rom-Com stars.★★★ Vision in White starts of by introducing a group of besties that run a very successful Event planning agency dedicated mostly to a bride's most defining moment,Her Wedding. How I ended up picking this book: Vision in White was basically my first Nora Roberts.So its safe to say I didn't really go in with super high expectations or such.Heard a lot about this author from my besties here on GR and thought to just give this one a go,out of pure curiosity.*shrug* My thoughts on the plot: The book started predictably enough.We have the heroine,Mackensie "Mac" Elliot , who puts in her weight at the agency as the event's official wedding photographer.She makes it her mission in life is to always be on the look out for that perfect moment that defines her client's special day. “Moments came and went, she thought. It was love that bound them together into a life.” I found Mac a little hard to love to be honest.Given her personal (family) issues,its not hard to understand why she tends to run away from love so much.But Damn ! It made the plot line so repetitive & boring ! :P She runs toward love (or in this case our male lead Carter.)And then she runs away from him..Then she runs towards him..And then she pulls away...And then she wants him..And then she yade yade ya. You get the gist of it right ? My only saving grace was Carter Maguire.Damn! I want to marry that man so bad! He's so sweet, compassionate, understanding, kind, loving, sweet, extraordinary, loving, amazing, shy, endearing.Basically perfect ! And a god in bed ! ;) “Love's scary, and sometimes it's transient. But it's worth the risks and the nerves. It's even worth the pain.” *Sign!* Ladies ! This must be love :D Final Thoughts: Didn't really find the plot-line original from any angle at all to be honest.Every character sounded like someone pulled out straight from a Rom-com..Neither was the back story nor the ending that original or unpredictable to keep me engaged.So this one's going to have to stay a 3 star for me. Will I be continuing the series ? Liked the secondary characters but not enough to continue the series :/ Would recommend to all Rom-Com fans out there !

  6. 4 out of 5

    peachygirl

    This was my first Nora Roberts's book and I'm very disappointed. After all the things I've heard about her writing, this was hardly what I expected. Mackensie Elliot aka Mac runs a Wedding Planning business with her childhood friends and is a successful photographer. Absentee father and selfish mother with a penchant for drama have wrecked her childhood and left her a cynical, commitment phobic. Enter the hero, a gorgeous nerd who emits goodness and has been crushing on Mac for more than a decad This was my first Nora Roberts's book and I'm very disappointed. After all the things I've heard about her writing, this was hardly what I expected. Mackensie Elliot aka Mac runs a Wedding Planning business with her childhood friends and is a successful photographer. Absentee father and selfish mother with a penchant for drama have wrecked her childhood and left her a cynical, commitment phobic. Enter the hero, a gorgeous nerd who emits goodness and has been crushing on Mac for more than a decade. Chemistry does its thing and both of them start dating. Amidst a flurry of brides, mothers of brides, heroine's mother's petulant tantrums and a series of talk-of-the-town weddings, these two make a way towards their own wedding. There's a bit of girl friends' bonding and a rather lame seduction attempt by a cheating ex- girlfriend thrown into the mix. Now, if I could find the person who suggested this book to me! -_- Agreed, Carter was cute and I do have a thing for shy guys but where was the awesomeness I was promised??? The unforgettable romance? The Nora Roberts' magic? All I got was a bunch of girls trying to run the show with sporadic claims of what great friends they are and an extremely annoying, attention grubbing mother. Half way through the book, it became so drab that I had to force myself to continue reading. I don't think this is my cup of tea. I suppose 2.5 stars would have to suffice.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    I have literally hundreds of books I’ve never read staring at me from my shelves or screaming at me from my Kindle, and what am I doing? Rereading a Nora Roberts quartet for literally the 7th time. I regret nothing. Have I mentioned to anyone that I love me some Nora, that she’s chicken soup for my soul and a bubble bath for my brain? That her books cheer me up when I’m sad and comfort me when I’m sick? Well, she is and they do. Which I why I keep going back to her greatest hits time and again in I have literally hundreds of books I’ve never read staring at me from my shelves or screaming at me from my Kindle, and what am I doing? Rereading a Nora Roberts quartet for literally the 7th time. I regret nothing. Have I mentioned to anyone that I love me some Nora, that she’s chicken soup for my soul and a bubble bath for my brain? That her books cheer me up when I’m sad and comfort me when I’m sick? Well, she is and they do. Which I why I keep going back to her greatest hits time and again instead of reading some of the new and undoubtedly wonderful novels that await on my heavy-ladened shelves. And this series, y’all; it’s definitely one of her greatest hits. *incredibly contented sigh* Four women, best friends since childhood, open an all-inclusive wedding service. One is a photographer, another a florist, the third a baker, and the final friend is the coordinator who holds everything together. All four women are beautiful in different ways (obviously, because this is a romance series), all four are funny and brimming with character, and their relationship with one another is just as important as the romantic relationships that spawn over the course of the four novels. Vows, the business they started together, is just such a lovely creation. The weddings held at their headquarters, the Brown Estate, are always lovely and unique and just exactly right for the bride and groom. I love stories where childhood friends nurture their relationships as adults and find a way to bring their separate passions into a mutual and successful business venture. That’s the dream, and it’s what Mackenzie, Emmaline, Laurel, and Parker have built for themselves. Okay, so while I love the entire quartet, this first installment is my favorite. Mac is a crazy person, funny and focused and messier than she cares to admit. She’s a quintessential redhead with the pale skin and temper to prove it, and she’s an amazing and passionate photographer. And I really enjoy watching her develop. But the main reason I love this book so much is Carter Maguire; he’s one of the absolute cutest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Carter is an English Literature professor, formerly from Yale but now happily teaching at the private high school that is his alma mater. His PhD might intimidate Mac just the teensiest bit, but that doesn’t stop her from finding his tweed jackets and wire-rimmed glasses and blushing ears adorable. I feel ya, girl; I think he’s totally adorable, too. I have such a soft spot for nerdy guys (which is funny considering the fact that I married me a hunk of manly man), and Carter is a king of the nerds. He’s soft-spoken, thoughtful, nervous, and sweet, and all of those qualities are wrapped in a dreamy-eyed package. Not gonna lie: I would’ve been totally hot for teacher if he had taught my English classes. *fans self* All of that to say, I love this series. And I love this book in particular. It’s sweet and funny, not to mention hot. This series is perfect for curling up with on a cold night or a sick day or a long, rainy weekend. It’s my prescription for when you’re feeling down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    Vision in White Roberts Nora I can always count on Nora Roberts to keep me entertained. Be it with a romantic suspense contribution (the recently read Night Tales series) or a straight contemporary (the book I'm reviewing at the moment). Because Vision in White delivered on the promise in the blurb and then some. I absolutely loved it, its "friendship" angle and its "romance" angle. And the characters, oh, the characters were simply amazing. I couldn't help but love the four girls, I can't wait Vision in White Roberts Nora I can always count on Nora Roberts to keep me entertained. Be it with a romantic suspense contribution (the recently read Night Tales series) or a straight contemporary (the book I'm reviewing at the moment). Because Vision in White delivered on the promise in the blurb and then some. I absolutely loved it, its "friendship" angle and its "romance" angle. And the characters, oh, the characters were simply amazing. I couldn't help but love the four girls, I can't wait for Jake and Del to have bigger roles, I'm impatiently waiting for the mechanic to step into the picture, loved the brides, hated the heroine's mother (who didn't?), and I fell for Dr. Maguire (the hero, FYI) the instant he smacked into a wall. I fell for his battleship-sized feet, his klutziness, his cute little quirks, his shyness, and a complete about-face from his everyday persona he showed in the bedroom (*lusty grin*). I know I shouldn't say this about a guy, but he was just so utterly adorable. There's no other word I could use for Carter. Adorable, that's him. This book didn't make run the whole gamut of emotions, but some (and appropriate facial expressions) were there. I cried a little at the sweet and tender descriptions of Mac's photos and weddings, I gritted my teeth and rolled my eyes each time Linda (and then Corrinda) stepped into the picture, I kept my fingers crossed whenever Carter and Mac were together, I wanted to yell at Mac for being so spineless (at the beginning) and so stubborn (throughout the rest of the book) to try and sabotage the vest thing that could've happened to her, I LOLed at the little zingers she shot around, at the banter between girlfriends, at the wedding biz acronyms, and at the one-liners. This wasn't a suspense romance, a police procedural or a murder mystery. Nope, this was a straightforward, lightweight (despite some minor issues due to the "patsy gene" the H/h exhibited), cute, sweet, sexy, sensual (I love how NR writes her sex scenes!), romantic, friendly, funny little contemporary romantic comedy. Definitely a keeper and highly recommended!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    5 stars – Contemporary Romance I’m really surprised by how much I enjoyed this, especially since it was a random read while I was awaiting some August releases and because other than the J.D. Robb In Death books I’ve read, Nora Roberts often tends to be a little too vanilla ice cream for me. But I just loved sweet, shy, nerdy, English professor Carter to bits! It was so adorable and funny how he got so embarrassed over his friend Bob’s dating advice. And the list? Priceless! He made me smile and 5 stars – Contemporary Romance I’m really surprised by how much I enjoyed this, especially since it was a random read while I was awaiting some August releases and because other than the J.D. Robb In Death books I’ve read, Nora Roberts often tends to be a little too vanilla ice cream for me. But I just loved sweet, shy, nerdy, English professor Carter to bits! It was so adorable and funny how he got so embarrassed over his friend Bob’s dating advice. And the list? Priceless! He made me smile and giggle so many times. I just wanted to pinch his cheeks and squeeze him tight! And it was sexy when he got all alpha animalistic in the bedroom. The excessive wedding details were a bit boring at times, but I just skimmed those parts. The friendship moments between Mac, Emma, Laurel, and Parker were very realistic and well done. I hated Mac’s narcissistic mother and was so glad when Parker told her off. It’s a feel good read that made me smile throughout. So a surprising 5 stars, and it’s mostly because of a cute geek hero named Carter!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Corrine

    Sometime between the Quinn Bros. trilogy in 1999 and the Key trilogy in 2000, there was a big change in Nora's writing voice. One I really, really don't like. It seems, more and more, that she began channeling Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle). Almost everyone heroine since then has grated on my nerves, with the notable exception of the heroine of Angels Fall. This book is no different. Mac Elliot runs a wedding planning shop with her three friends, in which she is the photogra Sometime between the Quinn Bros. trilogy in 1999 and the Key trilogy in 2000, there was a big change in Nora's writing voice. One I really, really don't like. It seems, more and more, that she began channeling Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle). Almost everyone heroine since then has grated on my nerves, with the notable exception of the heroine of Angels Fall. This book is no different. Mac Elliot runs a wedding planning shop with her three friends, in which she is the photographer. She's commitment-phobic because of her parents' multiple marriages and an all-around crappy childhood, and she's a big enabler for her narcissistic mother. When she meets Carter again after being barely acquainted with him in high school, she recognizes that this could potentially be a serious relationship, and she basically sets out to sabatoge it in any way she can. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh, but sometimes I just wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake the crap out of her. Carter is the typical Beta hero that Nora has been falling back on since the Calhoun series: bumbling, soft-spoken, slow to anger teacher hero with simmering passion just below the surface for the heroine. We've seen this character before, and she didn't really make this one any different. At times, he was almost just as frustrating as Mac, because he was just too patient. One thing I did love, and that bumped my rating up, was the friendship between the four women. I can't wait for Parker's story, though that will probably be last, and I'm tentatively excited for Emma's story (and I think I know her HEA) because she seems so fun and cheerful. Because of this element, and because at the very end, Mac redeemed herself by pulling her head out of her @$$, I give this a B-. ETA: Changed rating and grade to C after much deliberation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    Let me just start by saying that I am a huge fan of Robert's In Death series, which she writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. I've only read the first four, but I'm a complete addict when it comes to that series. However, there's a good reason why I've never tried anything from Nora Roberts outside of that series. I guess I've always had this supposition that Robert's books are basically contemporary, chaste bodice rippers (oxymoron, I know) with an extra helping of fluff - based solely on Visio Let me just start by saying that I am a huge fan of Robert's In Death series, which she writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. I've only read the first four, but I'm a complete addict when it comes to that series. However, there's a good reason why I've never tried anything from Nora Roberts outside of that series. I guess I've always had this supposition that Robert's books are basically contemporary, chaste bodice rippers (oxymoron, I know) with an extra helping of fluff - based solely on Vision in White, I wasn't far off. Vision in White started off really good. The prologue is cute - but not in a root canal way - it sucked me in and made me think I'd like this. You know how they say don't judge a book by its cover? Well, I guess that applies to prologues, also. Most everything past the prologue was a disappointment. Vision in White begins with Mackensie "Mac" Elliot and her three BFFs - Emma, Laurel, and Parker - prepping for another "wedding". Now, at this time, they're only in grade school, but, just like any child, they love to play make-believe, and their favorite game is Wedding Day. One of them dresses up like the bride, the groom, and the rest act as bridesmaids. Around this time, Mac also gets a gift from her grandfather - a camera. Now, at the tender age of eight, it seems a rather inapt gift. But what Mac doesn't know is that she'll one day be a photographer - and her and her friends will own Vows, a highly successful wedding planning company. Talk about fate. My feelings toward Mac seemed to fluctuate rapidly while reading this. Mac's character started out vapid and uninteresting to me; then slowly she became semi-likable; then she did something really stupid that made me dislike her again; and by the end of the novel I settled on annoying. Carter's an English teacher in his early thirties who's had a crush on Mac since high school. Carter seemed cute in some instances, and in others his character seemed overdone when it comes to the whole geeky role. As the male lead, he was just OK for me. Mac's mother, Linda, is easily one of the most vexing characters I've ever read about. Normally, I wouldn't count not liking a character that you're intended to not like toward my overall enjoyment, but she pissed me off too much for me to ignore it. Linda is emotionally manipulative when it comes to her daughter and I found myself wanting to do the impossible and strangle her character. And she's not the only one! Carter's ex girlfriend, Corrine, is just as strangle-worthy. Mac's mother and Carter's ex should start a club: The Bitches Who Live to Screw Up Everything club. What follows is the scene where everything went downhill for me (bear in mind, this scene is between only Carter and Mac, and the "me" part is obviously just my inner thoughts as the reader. Also, this isn't a direct quote from the novel, only my satire summarization): Mac: Ahhh! Carter, you geeky stud puppy! If I would've known you were this good in bed, I would've paid more attention to you in high school! Carter: *mentally recites Shakespeare* [Me: If you've read one sex scene, you've read them all. *boredom*] Mac: Mmm. Carter, I'm so happy right now. Here, with you. *thinks to self: Wait! Happy? I can't be happy! I'm Mackensie Elliot, happy is horrible! I must ruin this moment!* [Me: I see where this is going, and I don't like it.] Carter: Oh, Mac! I've waited for this moment since I was a geek-in-training! I'm so happy! Mac: *mumbles* There's that bloody word again! Carter: What did you say, honey? Mac: *jumps out of bed, heads for the exit* "Thanks for the fabulous dinner and multiple orgasms! 'Kay, bye!" Carter: *sigh* Well, it was nice while it lasted. [Me: What the fuck?] That's my summarization of that scene, but her actual departing sentence was "Gotta run. Thanks for everything. I'll call you." - Yeah. Not much better IMO. See, I have this little List of No-Noes, and running off after sex - whether it be the male or female doing the running - is on that list. So while things were indeed beginning to pick up for me, that scene proved to annihilate my enjoyment pretty fast. If it were Carter that had done the running, I don't think Mac would've been nearly as forgiving. In fact, Carter doesn't even mention the incident. The whole thing just gets swept under the rug. Mac describes their first time together to her friends as "the most amazing, world-bending, melt-you-brain-cells sex in the history of the planet." (That is a direct quote, BTW) To which my reaction was, Oh, come on, Mackensie! It's not as if you've just had sex with Roarke! Sorry, that's a bad reference if you've not read the In Death series. Anyway, I thought that was just a tad on the ridiculous sounding side. Now, let me be clear - despite my myriad complaints - I really did like a fair amount of this. It's just that the parts I didn't like eclipsed the parts I did, making the whole thing exasperating and disappointing. One thing I will say, though: The side characters - Emma, Laurel, etc. - seemed more interesting and likable to me. Since I've already bought books 2 and 4, I'll probably end up reading the rest of this series - depending on how the next installment, Bed of Roses, turns out. I'm crossing my fingers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☆☽Erica☾☆

    Awwww so sweet and romantic!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Now, I will be honest here. Even though I have been reading romance novels for a long time from various romance novelists, I had never read any of Nora Roberts’ works before and her work is everywhere in the reading sphere! So, when I stumbled upon this book by Nora Roberts called “Vision in White,” I just knew that this was the book that was going to introduce me to Nora Roberts’ works in a good way! Mackensie “Mac” Elliot had dreamed for all her life about taking pictures at a wedding and she f Now, I will be honest here. Even though I have been reading romance novels for a long time from various romance novelists, I had never read any of Nora Roberts’ works before and her work is everywhere in the reading sphere! So, when I stumbled upon this book by Nora Roberts called “Vision in White,” I just knew that this was the book that was going to introduce me to Nora Roberts’ works in a good way! Mackensie “Mac” Elliot had dreamed for all her life about taking pictures at a wedding and she finally has her dreams come true when she and her best friends, Parker, Emma and Laurel all came together to create Connecticut’s wedding planning business called “Vow.” With Mac being a well-renowned photographer, she is able to capture the most beautiful moments at the weddings with a click of her camera. But, unfortunately Mac has no desire to get married despite working at a wedding planning business due to her trust issues that started with her father leaving her and her mother when she was a child and her mother Linda constantly asking Mac for more money, despite the fact that this act is emotionally hurting Mac. Then one fateful day, Mac runs into a shy yet sexy teacher named Carter Maguire, who she has known since high school and it turns out that Carter has been infatuated with Mac ever since they were in high school. Now, Mac must conquer her fears of falling in love with Carter if she has to make her own happy ending. Wow! I have to say that as the first book I had read from Nora Roberts, it was simply amazing and heartwarming! I loved the fact that Nora Roberts made friendship and the importance of true love a central theme in this book as I enjoyed seeing how Mac starts developing as a character as she slowly learns to start trusting people despite her tragic past with her parents and the fact that her mother Linda keeps trying to take money from her. I also enjoyed the scenes where Mac confides in her friends Parker, Emma and Laurel about her romantic woes and her issues with her mother as it shows that Mac’s circle of friends are extremely supportive of Mac through her life and it shows that they are truly good friends towards Mac and it makes me want to have such friends in real life! Nora Roberts also did a great job at developing the relationships between Mac, her friends and Carter as not only does Mac have great friends who support her through her issues, but she also has a love interest in Carter who showed her what it is like to trust and love someone again. I loved almost all of the characters in this novel (well, except for the antagonists, of course) as they all felt so genuine and are supportive of each other through tough times. I especially loved the characters of Mac and Carter themselves as they were the stars of the show with their unique romance and support of each other. I loved the fact that Mac is a successful photographer as it shows that she is a strong and determined young woman who is trying to get her personal life together and it was great seeing her character develop throughout the story as she is trying to learn how to trust and love someone again. Carter was absolutely fantastic as he is truly supportive of Mac and knows how to comfort Mac when she really needs it and who says that high school teachers cannot be HOT and SEXY!? For readers who do not like strong language and sex scenes, this book does contain some strong language such as the usage of the “s” word and some sex scenes, so some readers might want to skim over these scenes if they find them to be a bit too much. Overall, “Vision in White” is a truly fantastic book about the importance of true friendship and love and I am sure that anyone who loves a good winter romance will enjoy this book! Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janina

    I actually don't have any time to read at the moment, but yeah ... you know how it is. I took a break from studying in between (my brain felt fried anyway and I wouldn't have been able to stuff in anything more - yes, I am looking for excuses ...), and finished Vision in White in a few hours. I don't know, I'm usually not that much into Nora Roberts or cheesy chicklit in general - although I had this phase when I was about 15 ;) - but this one just suited my mood at that moment and I enjoyed it I actually don't have any time to read at the moment, but yeah ... you know how it is. I took a break from studying in between (my brain felt fried anyway and I wouldn't have been able to stuff in anything more - yes, I am looking for excuses ...), and finished Vision in White in a few hours. I don't know, I'm usually not that much into Nora Roberts or cheesy chicklit in general - although I had this phase when I was about 15 ;) - but this one just suited my mood at that moment and I enjoyed it immensely. It definitely does have a standard Roberts plot and most certainly isn't anything breathtakingly new and special, but I knew that up front and didn't expect it to be. It's just the right book if you're looking for a comfort read to take your mind off other things (and if you're in the mood for some light romance). I also enjoyed reading about the whole wedding planner business - although I can see it getting old after a few instalments (there are a total of four books in this series). Nevertheless, I ordered the second book directly after finishing this one - luckily it was available for swapping :).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    4.5/5 This is one of Nora Roberts' wonderful love stories. I found many beautiful things in this book: friendships between friends, the warmth of family, unconditional love, and true love from the hero. Nora Roberts has always created such adorable beta heroes. In this book, Carter Maguire was an extremely nerdy guy, but oh, he was so sweet! I always have my soft spot for nerdy heroes. The heroine, Mac, she was strong, smart, and a bit stubborn. She had some kind of commitment issues because of her 4.5/5 This is one of Nora Roberts' wonderful love stories. I found many beautiful things in this book: friendships between friends, the warmth of family, unconditional love, and true love from the hero. Nora Roberts has always created such adorable beta heroes. In this book, Carter Maguire was an extremely nerdy guy, but oh, he was so sweet! I always have my soft spot for nerdy heroes. The heroine, Mac, she was strong, smart, and a bit stubborn. She had some kind of commitment issues because of her parents' failed marriage, so it made me understand why she ran away from her own overwhelming feelings for Carter. She just needed some space and time to figure things out and clear her confused mind. Carter did the right and lovely thing by offering it to her. I loved the chemistry between Carter and Mac. It seemed so simple, natural, but beautiful. This was my feeling after finishing the book... เป็นอีกเล่มของนอร่า โรเบิร์ตที่เราชอบ บางคนบอกว่าใส่รายละเอียดเกี่ยวกับการจัดงานแต่งงานเยอะไป แต่เรามองว่าเยอะดีกว่าขาด ถ้าเราไม่สนใจสิ่งที่นักเขียนใส่มาเราก็แค่ข้ามไป แต่ถ้ามันขาดเนี่ยอ่านแล้วหงุดหงิดเพราะไม่มีคำตอบให้ตัวเองเวลาที่สงสัยในระหว่างอ่านนะ เรื่องนี้พระเอกรับความดีความชอบไปเต็มๆ เป็นพระเอกที่เนิร์ดเต็มขั้น เนิร์ดสุดๆ แล้วมั๊งตั้งแต่อ่านหนังสือของนอร่ามา แต่ว่าก็น่ารักมากๆ ด้วย พระเอกหลงรักนางเอกตั้งแต่ไฮสคูล น่ารักจัง

  16. 4 out of 5

    Love Fool

    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. Not going to lie, I thought I was going to hate this book because of the theme and because of the author. I thought Nora Roberts was writing stupid chick-lit books but it turns out I have been wrong for years. Nora Roberts is a funny writer with real a ta 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. Not going to lie, I thought I was going to hate this book because of the theme and because of the author. I thought Nora Roberts was writing stupid chick-lit books but it turns out I have been wrong for years. Nora Roberts is a funny writer with real a talent for storytelling. Because of this book, I'm interested in reading more of her books and the sequels to this one. Mac was funny and sure, the book got a little unrealistic at times and became more dramatic than I like, it was still good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Els

    Wonderful book to dream away with. I hope the other books from the serie are equally good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I like the idea of this trilogy with four friends running a wedding planning business I think it's really cool concept but didn't like this first entry, didn't like the two main characters and that the love interest he was too nerdy and a pushover to really like. I'll give that it was a realistic kind of love then most books I read. Well this type of book anyways it'scandy reading but not a great one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    With her photos on the bridal magazine covers Mackensie (Mac) Elliot is most at home behind the camera ready to capture the happy moments she knows are often so fleeting. A childhood filled with uncertainty as her mother moved from man to man and Mac’s farther barely remembered her, Mac has very little faith in the idea of happy ever after, but she does believe in there being happy moments, and gains great delight in capturing them. When she meets Carter Maguire – who as a geeky teenager had a m With her photos on the bridal magazine covers Mackensie (Mac) Elliot is most at home behind the camera ready to capture the happy moments she knows are often so fleeting. A childhood filled with uncertainty as her mother moved from man to man and Mac’s farther barely remembered her, Mac has very little faith in the idea of happy ever after, but she does believe in there being happy moments, and gains great delight in capturing them. When she meets Carter Maguire – who as a geeky teenager had a massive crush on Mac. Carter as a character in this re-read I didn’t love – I’ve read books with smart, geeky-ish heroes before and adored them, but here I don’t know Carter was a tad meh. I wanted some fire, even if it was a light flame. For Mac, there’s something about Crater that leads her to think he would be a perfect distraction from screaming bridezillas and avoiding her childish mother, but soon she’s in over her head and the casual fling she was looking for turns into something more. Now she just needs to over come her fears before they destroy the potential future she could have with Carter. It’s been a long while since I’ve read any book in this series, but I liked this read, it’s not an enticing little morsel that had me riveted but there were moments where I find myself smiling and I really liked Mac. I know I’ll re-read this at some point, but not anytime soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sofija

    It’s the first book I’ve read by Nora Roberts. And I liked it. Not from the start though. I’ve read first three chapters and just didn’t feel like continuing. So I put it aside and started another book, which was even worse, so I gave a “Vision in White” another chance. And didn’t regret it. Maybe it was because the plot started moving faster or the characters started growing on me, but I found myself enjoying it. It’s a common story about a women, who is a photographer and have a wedding busines It’s the first book I’ve read by Nora Roberts. And I liked it. Not from the start though. I’ve read first three chapters and just didn’t feel like continuing. So I put it aside and started another book, which was even worse, so I gave a “Vision in White” another chance. And didn’t regret it. Maybe it was because the plot started moving faster or the characters started growing on me, but I found myself enjoying it. It’s a common story about a women, who is a photographer and have a wedding business with her three best friends. She has a really selfish and manipulative mother and because of it she also has commitment phobia. Then she meets a man and this is what the story is about. See, nothing unusual. But what was uncommon and there for interesting for me was the man himself. I am used to read about uber-alfa men, who radiate confidence and sexuality. Carter Maguire is definitely not like this. He is an English literature teacher in high school, wears tweed and glasses (though manage to look sexy in it), feels like criminal if he exceed speed limits and always opens the doors and helps a lady with the coat. If it is not enough, he has a three legs cat, which he saved after car accident and when he is embarrassed or just shy the tips of his ears blush. Aren't you already in love? He is the cutest man I’ve ever read about. Or as one heroine said about him - The Merry Poppins of men. We all have read stories about confident males courting shy women. There is your chance to read a book about the very sweet man trying to romance a beautiful, energetic, successful woman.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    I think that probably only Nora Roberts would be able to make me read a tale about wedding planners. And liking it!! O_O Any other writer would probably make me want to hit my head against a wall....quite a number of times!! All those....tiny little details....like matching colours and flowers...and dresses...and napkins... OH BOY!!! I confess that this is probably my favourite genre inside Nora Roberts "plots": The friends that come together to create a business. I just like the way the relationsh I think that probably only Nora Roberts would be able to make me read a tale about wedding planners. And liking it!! O_O Any other writer would probably make me want to hit my head against a wall....quite a number of times!! All those....tiny little details....like matching colours and flowers...and dresses...and napkins... OH BOY!!! I confess that this is probably my favourite genre inside Nora Roberts "plots": The friends that come together to create a business. I just like the way the relationships are dealt in it.. There's nothing new about it. I remember the dream trilogy for instance that has the same premise. But every time, the author is able to catch me, like a...."gullible"...fish!! But moving on, honestly what i liked more about this story, was the male character. Honestly, i've had enough of alpha males. And Carter was just the opposite. He's sweet, caring, responsible and..clumsy!! But on him...it looks good...except of course when he hits his head against the walls. He reminds me a little of Mac Booke in Heaven and Earth with his clumsiness. I also liked Mac as the main character. I just hope that in the next books there won't be so many....ah, details about wedding planning. Yeah, i know that this is called "The bride quartet"....but even so....

  22. 5 out of 5

    LibraryLass

    I loved this one. This is a fun light read. Absolutely fell totally in love with Carter! This book made my day, I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time I read it. Great internal and external dialogue with both Carter and Mac. I thought Mac's character at times was brilliant. Having faced an extremely similar problem with my own mother, I completely related to the passive-agressive stance Mac took at times. I thoroughly cheered when she finally took her stand and I totally related to her hu I loved this one. This is a fun light read. Absolutely fell totally in love with Carter! This book made my day, I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time I read it. Great internal and external dialogue with both Carter and Mac. I thought Mac's character at times was brilliant. Having faced an extremely similar problem with my own mother, I completely related to the passive-agressive stance Mac took at times. I thoroughly cheered when she finally took her stand and I totally related to her hurt feelings. It is NEVER easy to confront someone you love with your own boundaries. To KNOW that your feelings matter. I just loved this whole storyline. I also totally enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between the 4 friends at Vows. What I wouldn't have given for that support at times. This is a great fast read. Not one of NR's in depth or intense books but a great read all the same. Am soooo looking forward to the next in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara Kate

    Ok so.... I know that it's just me but I didnt care for this and honestly had to skip through some chapters. It's not the writing itself but i didn't care for this story. I feel like my dark reads has ruined me for chic lit unless it's a funny chic lit. This was just too light for me and I did t care for all the wedding stuff. I'm jaded, I know :-)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bithi

    I have liked how the author has portrayed the characters of Mac and Carter. Mac needs a life partner who can understand her skepticism in true love and marriage. I have loved how Carter wins her trust with so much patience, showing her his love without pushing her to make a decision about getting married. I have really loved this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    valee

    Am I being totally girlish and superficial for having loved this book? probably, but that doesn't change the fact that I couldn't put the freaking book down, LOL. If being crazy about weddings makes me one of "those" type of girls...well, I guess I am one of those. Then again, what's not to love about a girl's most awaited moment? And I do get what others mean by saying it's only another day in your life, and even when they say a party won't define a marriage, or that it's a lot of money wasted Am I being totally girlish and superficial for having loved this book? probably, but that doesn't change the fact that I couldn't put the freaking book down, LOL. If being crazy about weddings makes me one of "those" type of girls...well, I guess I am one of those. Then again, what's not to love about a girl's most awaited moment? And I do get what others mean by saying it's only another day in your life, and even when they say a party won't define a marriage, or that it's a lot of money wasted in a very shallow thing. Also I do understand we are trained to think like this because since childhood we have been told that weddings are a thing a woman will always remember. Really, I do get all this, I may even share it, but then again I also don't agree with all that at all. Is that even possible? I just believe a wedding is a day to commemorate your love for that other person, a day to share with those you love the most, to be happy and to celebrate the beginning of a new life, one where things are not only about you anymore but about you both, as an item. Now not only the theme of the book was one I adore, but the characters were terrifically well created and described. We have this 4 almost 30-years-old friends who have been together since childhood. Not only that, but they now live and work together. The are the owners of 'Vows', one of the most important wedding companies of the city. They friendship link between them is something worthy to read about, and one of the things I loved the most. Then again, I have a thing with books about family and friendship. These are things I treasure above everything else and as a consequence I love to read about them. Now the romance... Oh, the romance... LOVED IT. I swear I hate beta heroes. I've never liked them and I though -I was so sure- I never would. Well I was extremely surprised after meeting Carter. Let's describe Carter: Tall, thin, sexy, clumsy and very geeky. Dark hair and totally hot blue eyes. With glasses. Now those are usually not things that attract me but I ADORED Carter. He always said things he never intended to say, he was very honest and kept bumping against things without meaning to do so, LOL. He was just too sweet to be true. He was never afraid to let the heroine know he worshiped everything about her and he just knew he could make her happy. **Sigh, I feel another favorite will come out of this series. I just know so. If the next books are as good as this one or even better, all are going straight to my favs shelf. Let's just hope they are.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kim

    3 stars I waited impatiently for the first installment of Nora’s latest series. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I do not know if my taste in reading has changed, or if Nora’s writing has changed. I found the heroine, Mac, to be a little grating. Everything she said seemed to be smart-assed, in order to hide her true feelings. The hero, Carter, was is a professor from the school of Extreme Beta Man. Most here know I am not a fan of the bumbling beta, but Carter did grow on me. The four 3 ½ stars I waited impatiently for the first installment of Nora’s latest series. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I do not know if my taste in reading has changed, or if Nora’s writing has changed. I found the heroine, Mac, to be a little grating. Everything she said seemed to be smart-assed, in order to hide her true feelings. The hero, Carter, was is a professor from the school of Extreme Beta Man. Most here know I am not a fan of the bumbling beta, but Carter did grow on me. The four friends in this series own a wedding planning business. Each woman has her own specialty. I thought most of the details and side stories about various client weddings were boring, and wanted to skip ahead, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I will continue with the second book 1- because it’s Nora and I want to give it a second shot, 2 - I like the heroine, Emma for this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    This is a pleasing story of four friends since childhood working together in a wedding management company called Vows. Mackensie Elliot is the photographer for the company and is the first of the friends focused on in this series. Her relationships with her parents have negatively shaped her views on love and marriage. Roberts does a fine job, as usual, in providing insight into the wedding planning and management industry as a backdrop to Mac's story. While there are some predictable elements, v This is a pleasing story of four friends since childhood working together in a wedding management company called Vows. Mackensie Elliot is the photographer for the company and is the first of the friends focused on in this series. Her relationships with her parents have negatively shaped her views on love and marriage. Roberts does a fine job, as usual, in providing insight into the wedding planning and management industry as a backdrop to Mac's story. While there are some predictable elements, very little time is wasted in the development of the romance and it progresses normally. Mac's commitment issues aren't overblown but at times oversimplified. All in all, the story is interesting and the characters likable to make the time spent reading this book worth the effort. I have found some of Roberts' other stories more interesting but I would still recommend this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    Cute. Cute dude. I had a bit of a problem with him being all clumsy (clumsy nerd are super cute!) but such a wicked lover that,you know,just pops bra clips in a sec. The heroine was a strong but neurotic modern age woman that I could and did like. But all in all,something was missing. It did not make me sight or swoon. It just was.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Mackensie is a wedding photographer who runs into someone whos had a crush on her since High School. Well things become a bit hot between them but something that was just supposed to be a fling becomes more but also other thing get into the mix.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Happy sigh. Carter is a sweetheart. Also, this is what Lauren Layne wishes her wedding series was. Seriously: Nora Roberts is great at details.

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