Nora Roberts pulls on all the right heartstrings again in The Last Boyfriend, the second book of The Inn Boonsboro trilogy. Anyone who reads it will want to make reservations at that enchanting inn with its rooms named for romantic couples, such as Elizabeth and Darcy. Roberts' own story couples have their own romances swirling around that Maryland inn.
As it gets closer to opening day for the inn, Owen Montgomery, the planner of the three brothers in Montgomery Family Construction, spends more and more time at Avery MacTavish's Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant. It's quiet in the morning, and Avery, who has been since childhood, will always let Owen sit with a cup of coffee and his laptop. Avery's place is Owen's shelter from the chaos of finishing and decorating the inn.
And Avery enjoys having Owen around. She gave him her heart when she was just five, and it's been a joke among everyone that she proposed to him then. Despite the fact that Avery's best friend is marrying one of the Montgomery brothers, Avery herself isn't interested in marriage. Although her father tried in his marriage, it fell apart because her mother cheated on him, and left them both when Avery was little. Avery is gun shy, afraid of commitment. She's independent and determined to be successful running her restaurant, with bigger dreams of a fancier place. And, Owen has never looked at her as a girlfriend anyways.
But, romance is in the air as Avery helps plan that Montgomery wedding. And, Owen only needs a push from the mysterious ghost at the inn, the ghost they all call Lizzy. It might be time to take another look at the girl who proposed to him when she was five.
Nora Roberts' romances always suck me in with their likable, realistic characters. It's hard to dislike the Montgomery men and their strong mother, a team that exemplifies family. Family is so important in Roberts' books. And, it doesn't always have to be family by blood. Sometimes, the people chosen as friends become family. No one could be closer than Avery, Cllare, and Hope, three best friends who are like sisters. And, Justine Montgomery, Owen's mother, stepped in as a mother for Avery when her mother deserted her.
Humor, romance, and a little mystery. The conversations between the characters, particularly the Montgomery men and Avery and her friends, are often funny. And, there is a wonderful scene when Owen walks in on his mother, and doesn't know how to handle it. Lizzy adds the touch of mystery, as Owen and Hope continue to search for answers. Who was she? As an added bonus, Roberts throws in the decorating details of the inn, ones that will make anyone want to visit.
Readers searching for romances between interesting characters, mixed with humor and suspense, should definitely try Nora Roberts. And, if you're looking for an enchanting setting, perfect for romance and weddings, check in for a little while with The Inn Boonsboro in Roberts' The Last Boyfriend.
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