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)
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.
Enjoyed the way the story teller made the characters come to life. The image of the inn come alive. A place I would love to spend time at. Really enjoyed spending a few evening at the Inn.
I could not bring myself to finish this book. I'm am so upset that a man was picked to narrate this story. ESPECIALLY considering the audience this book is ever so clearly aimed towards. It was embarrassing to listen to him pretending to be a woman. I truly believe this book was have been so much better with a woman narrator. Either way, the story was pretty weak. But the guy.... really pissed me off!
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.
This is a great Second book in the series. I can't wait to read the third book. I highly recommend these.
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.
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