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The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2 | [Nora Roberts]

The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

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 firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.
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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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Lynne Phelps Georgia, USA 05-04-12
    Lynne Phelps Georgia, USA 05-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Speed up your MP3 Player!"

    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!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 10-23-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Oh so sugar sweet romance....not for everyone"

    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.



    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Shamong, NJ, United States 05-02-12
    Nancy Shamong, NJ, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Narration - AGAIN"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a new narrator.


    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-06-12
    Kelli Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great continuation of series."
    Would you listen to The Last Boyfriend again? Why?

    Yes!!! I've already listened to it twice, in spite of the narrator. It's nice to hear a man speak the male part.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's not the best at female or children's voices.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dobel Omaha, ne United States 01-21-13
    Sarah Dobel Omaha, ne United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "So Slow...Lack of Plot and Dragging Narration."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-19-13
    Kelli Lawrenceville, GA, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I love losing myself in books of any kind

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    "If you have trouble sleeping... GO FOR THIS"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who have insomnia and need help sleeping... this is for you.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    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


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

    I actually did not mind the narrator but he really did not have much work with so not much to mess up


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Exhaustion


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    suzy SHERMAN, TX, United States 06-11-12
    suzy SHERMAN, TX, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, romantic, a bit of drama"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Boyfriend the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Montgomery brothers


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice..I am dyslexic and it is hard for me to sit down and read for a long period of time


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried....had to work!


    Any additional comments?

    Love it....real life story!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-17-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweet, funny and beautiful"

    The story of Owen and Avery overall is a beautiful story of self discovery, acceptance and at the end of the day love. It had a few places that were slow and you wanted to say come on but the heart of the story was strong enough to pull you on through. The unsuspected moments of laughter were timely and absolutely on the mark. As the middle book in the trilogy I thought at times I might not make it to the last book. But I did and not to give the wrong impression; I guess I will offer this as a way of trying to explain. This is a glass of wine, slow rain, lazy couch book reading day. Comfort reading.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 01-26-13
    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "Owen and Avery a great pair"

    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".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christiane United States 12-23-12
    Christiane United States 12-23-12
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    "The last Boyfriend"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    so so


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    O.K.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s voice?

    he's good


    Do you think The Last Boyfriend needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    'kind of


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tina
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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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