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The Last Boyfriend - nice relationship, but enough with the ghost!,
This review is from: The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2) (Roughcut)
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.
The family dynamic is front and center in not only this book, but the whole series. The Montgomery's stay the centerpiece of the series, with the three brothers and their mom Justine playing large roles. Avery's mom walked out on her and her dad when she was a young girl, so they were brought into the Montgomery family and made to feel a part. Avery and her dad have such a tight bond, it just added to Avery's character seeing her with her dad and around Justine, who always thought of Avery as her own. Clare's little boys run through the story here and there, they were a bright spot in book 1 and I still enjoy hearing their take on whatever it is that's currently going on. The last Montgomery brother, Ryder, is up next and while he plays a supporting role in this book he seems like nice enough guy, but he has moments of being cranky, sometimes an ass, and is especially prickly towards Hope - and yes, I'm interested. I like a cranky hero that falls hard in love and Ryder's getting set up to do just that.
A couple things that didn't really work for me and the reason for my rating - there is a lot of page time devoted to the Inn. I understand what a central focus the Inn is to this series, and especially this book, but the amount of time given to describing each and every room, down to the type of mirrors being hung in the bathroom, it's just overdone. I wanted more time on page between Avery and Owen and less on the Inn and decorating. And the ghost; I'm not a fan of the ghost, but I found it easy enough to, for lack of a better word, ignore in book 1 (The Next Always). But, one can't really do that in this book as a lot of time and a specific storyline is devoted to the ghost and figuring out who she is and why she muttered the name "Billy." The storyline didn't wrap up and we find out that Hope has connections to the ghost so I expect there to be quite a bit of emphasis on that storyline as well in book 3 (The Perfect Hope, Nov 2012).
My overall rating is 3 stars. This was a nice read, but it didn't blow me away. I liked the characters (minus the Inn and ghost) and I thought the romance between Owen and Avery was incredibly sweet - watching these two go from friends to lovers. Unfortunately, I keep comparing it to Nora Robert's Bridal Quartet series, which I completely loved. This series has all the parts there, but it's just not pulling me in all the way. That said, even though my interest in anything related to the Inn is wearing very thin, Ryder makes me want to at least give the last book a chance, to see what's going to happen with him, and to find out why he's so on edge all the time around Hope.