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Incredibly Slow Moving,
This review is from: The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2) (Roughcut)
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. Not too much meat to the romance angle here.
There is a TON of recycled feeling to this one right down to the worthless unloving Mother who is so much like the worthless unloving Mother from the Bride's series that it is kind of irritating. Nora Roberts has now published over 200 novels and she certainly doesn't need input from me on how to get it done. But this one, where nearly every business owned is a stand-in for a business owned by Nora Roberts or her family (And now we've brought in the Fitness Center too!), just feels extremely self-serving and off to me - way too little book and just too much travel brochure and self-congratulation here for me to say "Go Read This!"
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars but I just can't bring myself to put 2 stars on a Nora Roberts book. I was > < that close though so be warned.