Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Last Boyfriend (Book 2 of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy) by Nora Roberts

From Goodreads: A new novel of a shared past, a fresh start, and a lifetime of love. — #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers -- Beckett, Ryder, and Owen -- as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown. — Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist -- and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish...

Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation -- and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.

As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected -- and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last…

My thoughts:
I had meant to save this book to read at the beach, but one night when I went to bed I found that all the books I am currently reading were either downstairs, in my purse or out in the car and this one was on the nightstand so I started it.  Once I started reading I just wanted to keep going with it.  I read The Next Always in January and knew I wanted to see what happened with the brothers, friends, Inn and the ghost.  It has elements from other series and stories, but is still it's own story.  In book one Clare and Beckett fell in love and got engaged overcoming obstacles like widowhood, children and a crazy stalker.  This time around organized and meticulous Owen starts to realize that his first childhood girlfriend, when they were 6 and 8, is still as alluring as she was then but both he and Avery worry that going somewhere as a couple might have repercussions in their friend and working relationships.  Avery is renting the space for her restaurant as well as her apartment from Owen's family company and she sees him all the time socially and professionally. 

Along with the relationship element of the story, more is revealed about the Inn's ghost and what she wants and who she is.  Owen and Hope spearhead the research into her past to identify her.  Lizzy has some surprising connections to the present day group.  As a backdrop to their story is the completion of the Inn and the parties, showers and weddings that are held there.  Everything seems to come together perfectly for the Inn and there are some new businesses in the works that I hope to see more of in the third book in the trilogy which is due out in November.

Product Details:
ISBN-13: 9780425246030
ISBN-10: 0425246035
Publication Date: 5/1/2012
Pages: 352

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes it's just easier to read what's on hand. :) This sounds like a good book to escape reality with for a while.