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Praise for Nora Roberts and" The Last Boyfriend"

"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"


--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the "New York Times" Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inn BoonsBoro (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; 1st edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594135355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594135354
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,668 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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