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The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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"Roberts writes a great story with likeable characters so warm and real--nobody does it better."--"New York Journal of Books"
"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"
"Roberts opens her heart and invites the die-hard romantics to stick around and snuggle with this poignant tale about trust, commitment, and optimism."--"USA Today"
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Enjoyable but not as good as book 1. I love how Nora Roberts builds her characters. They become so real, even Lizzy. I'm intrigued to find out what the rest of Lizzy's story is. Read morePublished 23 days ago by 4863L
I loved this book because of the human emotions and relationships between the characters. It was great to see how friendships grew and evolved into something greater.Published 29 days ago by Sue
Very easy read . I liked book 1 and this book #2 was even better and now on to book #3 can't wait to start it.Published 1 month ago by Paula B