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ABC Challenge – B

I absolutely love the idea behind this challenge and I can’t remember where I saw this and don’t know who started this. If anyone knows can they pass the information on to me, please? Each week I’ll be posting another letter of the alphabet. So, be prepared for lots of posts in this series!

Memorable reads beginning with B:

Looking at my good reads under the letter B I have 25 books that begin with this letter, so I decided to narrow it down some. Now the problem with narrowing down this list into memorable reads is I’m now left with four books by the same author. Nora Roberts

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)

Emmaline Grant has always loved romance, so it’s really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. And she gets to work with her best friends Mackensie, Parker and Laurel – she couldn’t ask for a better job. Yet while men swarm around her, she still hasn’t found Mr Right.
 

I read this series not long after I got engaged to my now husband. I instantly started imagining how I could make my wedding like the ones in the book. The series is about four girls who run a wedding company where one is a florist, photographer, baker and as I can’t find another word for it a brides PA. It was nice to read about how each of the girls who plan and organise other weddings find love themselves and this is a series I wouldn’t mind reading again. 

Only one thing I wasn’t keen on with this book, and this was the fact that every time I picked it up I had the Bon Jovi song in my head. 

Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, #1)

Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, #1)

Recently widowed Stella Rothschild has found a new love in Logan Kitridge. But there is someone who isn’t happy about Stella’s growing feelings for Logan: the Harper Bride, an unidentified woman whose grief and rage have kept her spirit alive long past the death of her body.
 
I’m not going to lie this one was a little weird. I get that it was a romance novel, I get that she was a widow and I loved the friendships (for lack of a better word presently) bloom (I’m so sorry) but what I didn’t get was how a ghost played a part in the romance. 
 
So Stella moves closer to her family after she is widowed and left with her two sons. She gets a job at a nursery and ends up living in the same place as her boss. She falls in love with the landscape gardener. So far all very normal.
 
Then there is the ghost. She makes the women’s knit together more tightly if anything and is very protective of women but years down the line I really don’t get why the ghost was added. 
 
This book is the first in the ‘In the Garden’ series followed by Black Rose (Roz’s story) and Red Lily (Hayley’s Story). 
 

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

Reena Hale grew up with an intimate knowledge of the destructive power of fire. When she was a child, her family’s restaurant was burned to the ground, and the man responsible was sent to jail. The Hale family banded together to rebuild, and Reena found her life’s calling. She trained as a firefighter, then as a cop.
 

I was loaned this book by a friend in college when I was 16. This was my first ever book by Nora Roberts and I fell in love with the writing. 

Due to me basically going straight from books covered by the school curriculum to adult romance I think this might be why I’m now currently obsessed with YA books. 

I am still happy to go back to this book and reread it 16 years later, I’d much prefer a reread over reading Nora Roberts newer work as in my honest opinion some of them seem a bit samey to her previous books. 

Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, #1)

Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, #1)

Passions are about to flare for the Concannon sisters. . .
 
Maggie and Brianna Concannon are two very different sisters. The calm and gentle Bri seems able to weather any storm, even the constant criticism that rains down on them both from their mother, but Maggie is a passionate and fiery artist whose temper is as bold as her art. Their mother’s bitterness is a mystery to Bri and Maggie, until secrets from the past challenge everything they’ve come to believe. It’s Maggie’s skill as a glass blower that brings Rogan Sweeney, the international gallery owner, to her small cottage in County Clare. His interest in her is purely professional, until their personalities clash and sparks begin to fly . . .
As her career takes off, how will Maggie cope with the heat of the spotlight and feelings for Rogan that she would rather ignore? 
 
The reason why this book is in this list is because of this A-Z thingy I have remembered I lent this book out to the friend from college who lent me Blue Smoke (I ended up buying my own copy of Blue Smoke) and I haven’t got it back as she moved away from the area. 
 
Maggie is truly a hot head in this who is a daddy’s girl. Her mother is not exactly close with Maggie so Maggie has put her time effort and emotion into her artwork. I have read all of the books in the series and for a change when I was reading this I wasn’t expecting the little twist when I started reading this one but once I found out the names off all the books I knew what I was in for and understood the hatred that was emanating from Maggie and Bri’s mum.  

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