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The Last Boyfriend: Book Two of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Nora Roberts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,063 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A new novel of a shared past, a fresh start, and a lifetime of love.
 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.
 
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 bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish...
 
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…


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"America's favorite writer."
(The New Yorker)

“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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"America's favorite writer."
(The New Yorker )

“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 )

Product Details

  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VTHQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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281 of 307 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I think I've outgrown your books, Nora May 7, 2012
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Dear Nora,
Over the years, you have certainly been one of my goto writers for witty dialogue and character development. I've loved the family meals; the restorations of various shops and hotels; the glasses of wine with girlfriends, the bromances - but...
The Last Boyfriend is - boring. The dialogue feels stale because I've read about these characters before. Oh, they had different names and circumstances but the sparks that fly are no longer fresh or interesting as they were ten -twenty years ago. I also couldn't quite see how these two people who have been like brother and sister suddenly decide they are in lust/love with each other. You did that same scenerio over in your wedding trilogy so perhaps it was just a little too overused of late to bring it into better focus in your Boonsboro series. Then again, maybe you are currently fascinated with old friends becoming lovers. I don't know. All I know is it didn't work for me here.
It is very possible that I have simply out grown your tried and true method bestseller. I'm sure that you are well aware that the formula you use works for a certain audience and that may be fine for you. You have a stable of interesting characters and pull them out, dust them off, update them - give them some drama and off you go. The characters are practially caricatures of your own...characters.
Ghosts? been there, done that. Renovating a hotel? How many is that now? Owning a restaurant? Uptight guy falls for spitfire? Uptight girl falls for wild and free man? oops - that the next book, isn't it?
I guess I would love to see what would happen if you stopped being so prolific and focused all of the amazing talent into something new. Something that challenged you to build a novel unlike anything else you had ever written.
I'll keep an eye out.
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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Slow Moving May 7, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Country Living Magazine and reading this book felt a bit like reading that magazine - except there were no pretty pictures and no information about where I could buy all the beautiful pictures, knick knacks and all the other stuff and it takes a LOT longer to slug through this book than a magazine. I think at one point the book actually uses the phrase "bits and bobs" to talk about the knick knacky crap they were carrying around... I suspect she literally ran out of ways to describe her decorating obsession. At one point Justine (who really seems to be a Nora Roberts stand-in) is congratulated for inventing putting brown and a shade of blue together in one room. It was then that my eyes rolled back so far they almost stuck there. Is poor Hope going to be responsible for dusting all that stuff as well as getting up every morning to cook breakfast for an Inn full of people? If so, that woman needs a raise!!! I'm guessing all this Inn stuff was a good 30% of the book.

Another 15 to 20% of the book is the ghost. People run up to her area to talk to her. She pouts and slams doors. She seems to carry a Honeysuckle air diffuser and can blast people with it at will. She gives clues to her identity and sends people off to try and solve her puzzles. Now, I realize I'm sounding like a grumpy old ninny here but if the ghost can communicate her name and draw hearts on a mirror and even attend Bridal Showers then why can't she just write "Find me Billy (whatever his name is). He used to live (wherever) and I need to talk with him before I move out of your Inn."

So after all that there is a bit of a story here about a guy and a girl who have always liked each other, they take it to a deeper level, and they need to communicate better.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
By Jess
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Avery and Owen have known each other their whole lives and Owen was Avery's first boyfriend at the age of five. Fast forward years later and Owen's working with his brothers, buying, renovating and running multiple businesses and buildings. Their latest project, the Inn BoonsBoro, is close to opening and everyone's pitching in to put the final touches on the Inn. Hope, the innkeeper has moved in, the ghost is still floating around and appearing to various people and Avery is keeping busy running Vesta across the street, her pizzeria that has her working a lot but she still has dreams of opening another restaurant and lounge and she hopes the Montgomery's will get on board with her.

The angst level in this book is very low. There is no suspense plot, there's a little bit of relationship angst between Owen and Avery, all due to zero communication that's quickly worked out, which I liked. Avery also deals with some family drama that's really just a bump in the road to her life moving forward with Owen. This story revolves around Owen and Avery's relationship, the opening of the Inn and a storyline for the ghost that will move into book 3.

I thought the relationship between Owen and Avery was sweet, well-paced and it felt natural. These two people have loved each other for so long, been close friends and seeing them fall in love was a nice progression. Owen is such a great guy, he already had me in his corner with his organized, planning self. He likes order and he likes to be prepared and along comes Avery, tossing some spontaneity into his life. But she wasn't so much of an opposite that it made no sense - she's just as driven as Owen is, even if she doesn't schedule her life down to the minute. They're a great match, and I enjoyed seeing their story unfold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Storyline
This was a nice surprise! I had never heard of this trilogy before and enjoyed the developed story and character. Would read other stories with developed minor characters
Published 1 day ago by Judith Steyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Second of the Trilogy
Very light reading. I could more or less see where the story was heading.
Trilogy ! featured one brother's romance with one of the three best friends. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jean Guydish
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Series
This is a fun book and I'm enjoying the whole trilogy. Nora Roberts did a good job developing the characters even if they are reminiscent of characters in her other books. Read more
Published 1 day ago by caryn
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great story!!!
It amazes me to see how the author can take very real circumstances in everyday life and create this wonderful story. Thank you
Published 2 days ago by Connie francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
It was so good I couldn't put it down
It kept you on the edge of your seat
I will read it again
Published 3 days ago by Donna Zacharias
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining.
I would recommend this series to anyone looking for relaxation and fun. Super read didn't want to put them down until I was done with all three. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Unknown
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rest of the Story...
In the charming town of Boonsboro, lives unfold in an all-American way, that will make you feel like you have a personal invitation to join them. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Texas Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The last boyfriend
The last. Boyfriend is a beautiful story. One of the authors early works. Full of good humorous as well as a thorough description of building terms as they restore a very old Inn... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ida Marie Pera
4.0 out of 5 stars In Love With Boonsboro
By now I feel right at home with the Montgomery family and all the characters in Boonsboro. Can't wait to read the 3rd book in the trilogy. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nancy J. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I feel like I was right there with the characters. This is a great book and I look forward to reading the next in this trilogy. You cannot go wrong buying this book
Published 6 days ago by JoyfulDJ
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