The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (Inns BoonsBoro #2)


Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Michelle

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…

If you’ve ever read a romantic trilogy by Nora Roberts, then you already know what her recipe for success is.  Her books have intelligent, beautiful females paired with strong, capable, sexy males.  Add in a quaint setting, witty dialogue and a mystery/drama outside of the relationships and you have the basic description for most of her romances.  Some will argue that this makes the author too predictable and refuse to buy into her mainstream success.  I say why fix something that ain’t broke?

The Inn Boonsboro trilogy revolves around the Montgomery brothers and their project restoring the inn.  The Last Boyfriend is Owen’s story.  Owen is the details man.  His life revolves around lists, schedules and spreadsheets, making him the organizational wizard behind the business.  He has just enough macho and attitude – and wears a tool belt with the best of them – to offset that fussiness.   He is rugged and handsome, enough to make Avery MacTavish’s heart flutter.  Avery has known Owen and his family all her life.  She’s also had a crush on him all her life. She doesn’t quite know how to handle it, though, when her little girl crush transformed into a grown woman crush.  She’d always liked Owen (and maybe secretly lusted after him?), but she never truly imagined herself with him.  She’s hectic and unorganized and full of energy – basically the exact opposite of calm, dependable Owen.

I liked Owen and Avery a lot.  The type-A in me could appreciate his making lists of lists persona, while also swoon just a little when he goes all macho and alpha.  It takes a lot for him to lose his cool, but Avery clearly pushes his buttons.  He goes from wanting to wring her neck to wanting to tear her clothes off.  I liked that he didn’t struggle overmuch with the fact that he now WANTS wants Avery.  Avery was more complex.  She is warm-hearted and generous and would give anyone the clothes off her back, but finding it in herself to open her heart to Owen was a different story.  She carries a secret hurt inside her that she’s never going to be enough for someone, which stems from her mother leaving when Avery was twelve. She always has that little part of her that doubts her self-worth.  It took Owen’s steadfast love to open her eyes to the fact that she was MORE than enough for him.

The Last Boyfriend was like a cup of hot chocolate.  There’s nothing surprising in it, but it’s warm and rich and fulfilling.  Nora Roberts basically invites you to Boonsboro and the Inn.  She draws you in and makes you feel a part of the project.  There is so much attention to detail that the reader could practically draw the blueprints for both the Inn and the town itself.  You get a lot of Clare and Beckett (from The Next Always) and hints of Hope and Ryder, which will be the next story.  The subplot with Lizzy is done very well and the fact that a ghost resides at the Inn doesn’t detract from the story (or create a huge paranormal element).  You could read this book as a stand alone and enjoy it, but I feel that instead of three separate books/stories, each of these is a continuation of the whole and you’d be missing out on a lot by skipping one.  There is romance (a requirement for me!) and even some heat (but it’s Nora Roberts, so not too much), but what makes this so fulfilling is the bigger picture.

I give The Last Boyfriend 4.5 stars!


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