I haven't listened to this type of novel narrated by a male narrator who got the female roles right yet. I had a hard time telling who was talking. That doesn't happen with female narrators. I love Nora Roberts but the male narrator ruined it for me.
I loved this book for the humor as much as the romance. I liked the pace for the most part that Owen and Avery took their relationship - making sure to not mess up their friendship in the process. I absolutely loved when Owen went to his mom's for breakfast. Hysterical!!! You begin to understand Lizzy and her character better as well. She starts to become more 3 dimensional (if that is possible for a ghost) and really adds to the story. Even the misunderstandings between Owen and Avery are realistic. I have truly enjoyed this series as much as the Bride/Vow series that Roberts just finished. Vows left me hungry for more and this one has done a really good job of filling that gap. I loved being able to go online and see the real Inn Boonsboro while listening to get a complete picture of the descriptions of the book. That story is an interesting read too.
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I think it ranks very good. I would put in the top 80%.
I still like Clair. Her kids are so funny. Avery is good to.
I didn't have a problem with the narrato. I think he is best with men and children.
I think I laughed and almost cried. The part that almost made me cry was when Avrey's mom came back. I know how she feels.
I loved the book. I can't wait for the third one. I'm going to buy this book for my aunt.
A different narrator - a woman preferably.
Love the characters in this series
A woman!!! Seriously, really hated the narration. Pretty much ruined the whole story for me. Gonna have to go find the hard copy to get it straight. Yuck.
Please don't use the same narrator for Book #3!
I didn't read the print version, so I really couldn't say ~ I love reading, so I'm going to say they are just different experiences. I started listening to audio books because of lack of read time ~ and while I love them and enjoy the narration, I still love nothing better than to snuggle up w/ a good book!
When Avery breaks down and tells Owen about her mother coming to visit her ~ and how much she fears she's like her. It's a very emotional scene, and turns a corner in their romance
He did a great job w/ the narration ~ I loved how he did all the brothers voices, and Clare and Becketts kids.
It made me laugh out loud SO many times ~ it was a fun book to listen to. Avery and Owen are both cute and sweet and so up front about what they think w/ everyone but each other it was great. And I LOVED how Owen and his brothers react to their Mother Justine ~ makes me laugh every time. They're grown men, yet w/ a look or work their Mom can bring them to heel. I LOVED it! And I loved that we got to spend the holidays w/ the whole group of them ~ it was fun.
I didn't NOT like book 1 in this series, but I very much felt like it was more about the Inn and Clare and Beckett's story was just a little side line. It was enjoyable to find the all that stuff out about Boonesboro, as I've ALWAYS wanted to go to TTP and The INN, but didn't really want to get THAT much info overload in my romance. I would have rated the 1st book a solid 3 ~ THIS book? Total 5. It was full of laughter, and not just an awesome romance between two great friends who become lovers, but relationships ~ Justine w/ her boys, Avery w/ her Dad, Avery w/ Clare and Hope, Owen and his brothers...it was about the PEOPLE. I should mention the ghost IS still around ~ I like her and think she adds to the story, and in this book they get closer to finding out why she's still there at the INN.
Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who just loves a good small town romance, a friends to lovers romance, or a Nora ~ it's perfection on all three levels!
If they were looking for something light and entertaining I would, it's an easy listen and entertaining.
I've read many from Nora Roberts and will read more in the future.
I thought he did a good job, have no idea what all the complaints are about, he has a nice relaxed voice and does male characters especially well, not so great on female but not enought to distract you from the story.
Sometimes you just want something light and entertaining and this book is just that, the characters are likeable and the story flows well. No its not a literary masterpiece but a light romantic story that takes you away for a while.
This was not a bad book. It is sweet and frothy. I don't feel that I wasted my credit. However, there just wasn't very much plot. A novel needs some source of tension for the protagonist to interact with. In the first book in the series, there was the romance thread and the stalker thread. This novel has the romance thread, but it doesn't have a second thread with any substance. There is a second thread, but I don't want to provide spoilers to the Very limited tension this creates. I have a somewhat analogous problem in my past, and I don't feel like Roberts dealt with it in a very realistic way. I can't go into it more deeply without spoilers, so I'll just have to leave it at that.
So anyway, the upshot of this lack of a real problem in the plot is that Roberts has to find other ways to fill the word count. She fills it with lots of girly stuff: trying on wedding dresses, decorating the hotel, putting on makeup, etc. etc. etc. Like I said, I mildly enjoyed this book because I'm a girl. I cannot in any way imagine a man finishing this book without someone offering him a BIG bribe to do so.
We know that Roberts can still write a book which is not dominated by alcohol consumption because "The Witness" just came out recently and I didn't think there was more boozing in that book than most people would find ordinary. But I guess when the plot is thin and Roberts is searching for something to fill up the blank pages, her mind just goes automatically to booze. "It's starting to snow! How exciting! Let's have a drink while we watch!" "I'm really tired and I had a bad day. I'm going to have a beer." "We finished the carpentry on the hotel; let's celebrate with champagne." "We finished moving the furniture into the hotel; let's celebrate with champagne." "We just had the hotel's grand opening; let's have champagne." Her entire Bride quartet was full of this over-abundance of booze, and others of her more recent books are the same. She needs to get a good alpha reader to help her root this distraction out of her stories. All it does for me is leave me feeling pity for her apparent struggle with alcoholism.
Yes not only is it a good read but the characters have depth
The way the author describes the feelings of old friends.
No I haven't but enjoyed listening to a mans voice. From the female characters to Ryder with his deep gruff voice.
Ryder, I think he has hidden depths under the Mach fascade.
The narrator was very good at making you think you were listening to different characters. The flow of the story was engaging.
I really enjoy trilogies. It picked up nicely from the first book in this series and makes me look forward to the last book in the series.
I think I liked the concept of one of the main characters empathsizing with the ghost of Lizzie. She is truly the center of the whole story and I enjoyed that she was treated as a person rather than an entity.
Since I enjoy nearly all of Nora Roberts books, I usually have reactions throughtout the book. I was happy that the misssing "mother" didn't get a pass when she re-entered the picture. Many books seem to think that if a person shows back up after years away, then those that have been left behind should be forgiving and so desperate for the connection that they will fall for whatever excuse is given to them for the crappy behavior. I was extemely amused with the son who walked in on his mature mother and her close "friend" and was shocked that she was still a human with needs of her own outside of being a mother.
There are not many (if any) of Nora Roberts books that I haven't enjoyed repeatedly. I particularly enjoy the trilogies with a splash of paranormal . Only one series so far has had vampires (I'm not a big fan of the vampire mystique) but I would and have willingiy listened to most of the books over and over and still look forward to the ending. I like that she has friends, relatives... that have a strong bond with each other.
I love this book just like I did the first one. I do disagree with everyone on the narrator though I though he did a decent job. I found him enjoyable.