Book not as good as first one. But I am finishing listening to trilogy anyhow. 3rd book a little bit better. Could have done without Ghost.
The book lacks tension, aside from the ghost which is not mentioned in the blurb. I avoid ghost books and I enjoy romance novels that have something that drives the plot. This tells the slow boring story of old friends who start dating and run into zero bumps or hurdles. Multiply this by the incredibly slow narration, and you've got for one boring book. In fact, I fell asleep twice while listening to this book.
I'm really disappointed because I usually really like Nora Roberts, and in theory, I enjoyed the characters, but that's not enough to make me ever listen to this story again.
I enjoyed this story very much. I laughed out loud at the boy's response to their mother's secret, and sniffled at the romance.
I loved revisiting the BoonsBoro crew. The conflict in this story was less dramatic than the one in The Next Always, the first book, but it was a perfect conflict for Owen and Avery. There were some great laugh out loud moments, mostly due to the great narration by MacLeod Andrews. I can't wait to listen to the conclusion of this series!
Avery is my favorite character of all the books in the triology. She is the same sassy, out-spoken, honest friend in every book. She is strong willed and vulnerable at the same time.
This book literally made me laugh out loud and it had a lot to do with the narrator. Such as Owen being the neat, tidy, control-freak brother finding his mother in a lip-lock with Avery's dad (both single) and his reaction to it. His shocked, can't form a coherent thought reaction and his mother's calm, 'this is no big deal' demeanor was hilarious.
A great continuation of the BoonsBoro triology. Although there wasn't much interaction, in a romantic way, between Avery and Owen in the first book "The Next Always' you could tell there was an under current of some kind. Especially, in one scene where she tries to protect Claire and instead of calling out Beckett's name, who Claire is involved in, she calls out Owen's name. I love the joke of Owen being Avery's first boyfriend when it was a game and how their friendship keeps them close, so they can become the couple they do in this story.
I wasn't sure I was going to like the narration, but I did.... and loved this book. Love the romance and the family. It ended perfectly.