Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts

The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #1)

The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)

The Next Always Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley
The Last Boyfriend Published May 1st 2012 by Berkeley
The Perfect Hope Published November 6th 2012 by Berkeley
By Nora Roberts

About the books:
The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen...

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...
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

My Thoughts:
Nora Roberts is a master of romance and beautiful settings.  She welcomes you to Boonsboro, MD - a quaint little town with it's close-knit community.  Immediately I fell in love with this place - the descriptions and details made me wish I was there!  And to find out this is a real place (renovated and operated by Nora Roberts and family).  You can visit their website at Inn Boonsboro.

And 'hello' Montgomery boys!  Three brothers working together for their family-owned and operated company.  Each has their own purpose in the business, one major one is keeping their hilarious and wonderful mother happy.  This family is close and their love for each other is heart-warming.  Not to mention each brother is rough and sexy in their own special way.

In book one we meet Claire - the widowed mother of three young boys who runs the local bookstore, Turn the Page.  Having lost her husband while he was serving his country, Claire has rebuilt her life by returning to her hometown and opening her own business.  She's content with her life, raising her children with the love and support of family and friends.  But she never thought she'd find love again until Beckett Montgomery entered the picture.  He's carried a flame for Claire since high school that has never burnt out.  And the way he is with Claire's boys just melted my heart!  Sweet and funny - this book had all of the elements of a great romance, including some suspense to keep you on your toes.

In book two - we continue with the second brother, Owen.  He's been friends with Avery McTavish, the owner of the local pizzeria and family restaurant since they were kids (in fact - he was her first 'real' boyfriend at age 8).  When Avery's mother ran out on her and her father early in her life, the Montgomery's were there for support and friendship.  Now years later, Avery and Owen are finding they have feelings and a connection that go beyond friendship.  There was a chemistry between them that sizzled on the page and I loved that they decided to take a chance on each other. I understood Avery's reservations because she was still harboring abandonment issues from what her mother did and was scared of ruining the friendship she had with Owen. But thankfully, all of that anxst and drama was short-lived. The romance these two built up was awesome and I loved every minute.  My favorite book of the trilogy!
And in book three - enter Ryder Montgomery.   Ryder is a man of very few words and emotions. To-the-point and no nonsense - he gets around but has never been in love or set on one woman. Until the beautiful, obsessive-compulsive, Hope Beaumont, entered the town and took over as the Innkeeper. Once he saw her, he was smitten and no matter how hard he tried to stay away from her, they were drawn to each other.  I enjoyed the build up of their relationship - the process of how they slowly fell into love with each other and just 'clicked'.

Throughout the trilogy, we're also introduced to the ghost of the Inn - Lizzy.  The Montgomery's and clan embark on a mission to find out why Lizzy haunts the Inn and the importance of her past was an added bonus to the book.

Lots of romance and sizzle, along with humor and suspense - this is a wonderful trilogy you don't want to miss!  All of you Nora Roberts fans will not be disappointed!

4 Suns


  1. Ah, how fun! I haven't read enough Nora Roberts... these sound like nice books to cozy up with :)


  2. I was a little leery about reading this trilogy since it was based on actual property that Nora Roberts and her family own. Turn the Page bookstore is owned by her husband and Vesta Pizzeria is owned by her son and with the family owning Inn Boonsboro, my first thought was "Wow, even Nora Roberts is selling out and she is using her books to advertise the family businesses." Turns out, I was wrong. Yes, they own the locations, but the love stories drive the series. They didn't feel like advertising. Plus, with her intimate knowledge of the area, the local seemed to have more vivid descriptions. This turned out to be an awesome trilogy. My trust in Nora Roberts continues on.

  3. I didn't realize it was a real place owned by her until after I started the third book. I was pleasantly surprised! I would love to actually visit it some day!