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 give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish....
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….
©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“No one writes relationships as well as Ms. Roberts, with the subtleties and quirkiness of the give-and-take of friendship and romance.” (Fresh Fiction)
I really enjoyed this story. The narration was driving me INSANE - he speaks so slowly and deliberately. Then I found the setting to speed up the audiobook playback to faster. WHAT a relief, I am actually enjoying the story now. His female voices are still poor, in fact all the characters sound very similar except Ryder. Too bad this is Owen's story. I like the family, I like the locale, and I like the pets; seems like you often have dogs in a Nora story! As are most of her trilogies, these are romances so the relationships are the main focus of the story. It is interesting because there are some story arcs that span all three books and others that complete within each volume.
The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy is also very unusual, in that Boonsboro is a real town and the businesses named really exist and are actually owned by Nora Roberts and/or her family. They rehabbed the historic inn, had a terrible fire while it was under construction and had to start over. You can actually go and stay in the rooms, which are all named after famous fictional couples, although I suspect the ghost in the Elizabeth & Darcy room is a literary device! I also thought it was great fun that they have an Eve & Roarke room, the husband and wife team that is featured in 40+ Eve Dallas stories by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb (my all-time FAVORITE series, with fantastic narration by Susan Erickson; what a joy they are to listen to!)
Turn the Page Bookstore is owned by the Roberts and it is where all her book signings take place, in fact it is the only bookstore to offered books signed by the Nora. Vesta Pizza is real and really offers room service to the Inn, and Gifts Inn Boonsboro is real too. If you go to Nora's website there is a link to the bookstore and Inn.
I think it is fun that she used her actual experiences of going through the rehab, setting her fictional characters against a true setting. But I think I would like it better if Nora was open about her connection to these businesses. Without the open acknowledgement, it smacks a bit of a sneaky marketing ploy. I wouldn't mind if she was up front about the connection. Perhaps there will be an acknowledgement at the end of the third book when it comes out.
Still, I am enjoying the series very much and will probably listen again, now that I found out how to set my audiobook playback to FASTER! Sure wish we did not have to wait so long for the final installment!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This is a sugary sweet romance story with a little too much real life for me. There were some funny moments, some interesting characters (Ryder) and a ghost for a little mystery. However, I found the everyday life of "building" the Inn boring. Too much focus on remodeling, shelves, mirrors and light fixtures. At times I felt like I was listening to "This Old House" (BORING)
I liked the narrator (personal preference) and didn't feel as though he took away from the story.
I will listen to the next book in this trilogy because it's Ryder's story and I really found him to be the most interesting character. Let's just hope it's less about light fixtures and crown molding.
The narration of this book is awful. The first book of this trilogy was narrated by the same individual and it received many reviews indicating poor narration. I had really hoped that there would be a change in narrator. The female characters all sound alike and are so nasal sounding that it is extremely hard to listen to. It is really unfair to the author to have her book represented in such a poor manner.
Get a new narrator.
Yes!!! I've already listened to it twice, in spite of the narrator. It's nice to hear a man speak the male part.
He's not the best at female or children's voices.
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 love losing myself in books of any kind
Those who have insomnia and need help sleeping... this is for you.
There was NO story, I am not sure. No plot, not mystery (Unless you count the ghost). I think it was supose to be a romance but it was just blah. BORING
I actually did not mind the narrator but he really did not have much work with so not much to mess up
I loved this book. I can't wait for book #3! It was fun, romantic, believeable, with a touch of drama...but not too heavy. It is a story that could be played out all over this country.
The Montgomery brothers
Voice..I am dyslexic and it is hard for me to sit down and read for a long period of time
I tried....had to work!
Love it....real life story!
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
As complete opposites, the relationship between Avery and Owen provides an interesting plot line as we learn more about Avery's past and why she's so driven. The narrator improved slightly, losing the grating child voices and picking up the pace, so overall it was a very nice "read".
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.
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.
"Opening the Inn"
As the Inn is prepared to open, Owen falls for Avery. Personally, I found Avery to be a bit of a "nippy sweetie" as we say; and I would have liked Owen to fall for someone else! Ha! However, the story continues, leaving way for the final segment and brother to find a mate.
"Another amazing audible journey"
Another brilliant story from Nora Roberts and superbly narrated by Macleod Andrews - he is fast becoming my favourite narrator of all time. Where most people listen to music on their commute to work - I have listened to Owen MacGomery fall in love with Avery and the inns and outs of the MacGomery family as they complete the Inn in Boonsboro. I feel I know them all! Have already bought and started on Book 3.
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