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The historic hotel in Boonsboro 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. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his 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 waitThe historic hotel in Boonsboro 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. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his 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.After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett’s happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next . . ....

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The Next Always Reviews

  • Jilly
    2019-03-21 22:32

    I might as well just admit that I have become a Nora Roberts junkie. I can't seem to make myself stop. It's like crack - or in my case - chocolate.I guess there are worse addictions. Look at how stupid the bird guy looks!To like this book, you have to really really like remodeling/renovation shows. And, be willing to read all about it, instead of seeing it. It takes vision to read all about the furniture, flooring, fixtures, and paint colors of a room that is being built. And, maybe a little patience. Luckily, for me, I enjoy all things home-improvementy.I don't recommend this drinking game with this book. Your liver thanks me for helping you dodge that bullet.But, even with me enjoying that kind of thing, I admit that there were some slow parts because of the endless descriptions of the building process - which is why I only gave it three-stars.The guy in this book is Beckett, an architect and all around handy guy. He and his family have purchased an old hotel that they are renovating to be the coolest inn ever. Each room is named after a famous couple like Elizabeth and Darcy, Rochester and Jane, etc.... and , even cooler for Nora Roberts fans: there is an Eve and Roarke room!! Sure, it may seem gratuitous, but for those of us who read her books it is the best thing ever.*Super Ovaries Activate!!*Dammit. I just ovulated. I need to read some Kristen Ashley alpha-holes now to shrivel them back up.The girl in our book is named Clare, and she is a widowed mother of three boys under the age of 10. Now, Clare is nice, Beckett is awesome, but these boys freaking steal the show. They are the most adorable things ever! It had me remembering my own adventures in raising little boys with their super-hero costumes and craziness. Everyone is always telling me how chill of a person I am (maybe not so much here - this is my venting place), and I think it's from raising boys. After a while, there is literally NOTHING that can shock you. Nothing.I knew the price I would pay for trying to use the bathroom without an audience.One of the funniest, and best parts of the story is where Beckett is reaching out to Clare's boys and he goes back to tell his own two brothers (grown men) about how one of them said that he wanted little coffins to bury his dead action figures in after the superhero battle/war. The brothers get so into the idea, that he ends up bringing them personalized coffins with headstones that he hand-made out of wood. Of course, he's now a hero in their eyes. And, I have to say, that would have been a huge winner with my boys too. The hubs was always making them fake wooden swords, but they would have loved little coffins.Although.. they would have probably buried stuff in them that wasn't meant to be buried, like the car keys, my driver's license, the hamster...It was probably for the best.Still, the interaction between a man and children always get us ladies in the feels.Oh my gosh, the baby! That is so freaking cute!By the end of this book, the inn is still not completely completed, so we will see if they finish it in the next one, where I guess another brother will fall in love.

  • AliciaJ
    2019-03-31 03:42

    I have never been so disappointed in a Nora Roberts book. It felt like she basically phoned this one in. There was no romance, no plot, no storyline basically. It was a bland account of how to build an inn in a small town, with a few interactions between a man and a woman with three kids. Blah. Oh, and then there was the supposed bad guy tossed in the mix, I guess to try and create some tension in the story? I'm not sure what the point was, really. This is definitely one of those books I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading.

  • Talya
    2019-04-06 00:55

    I absolutely loved this book!I will admit, I'm biased. My review is slanted to my love of beautiful packaging and this book is beautifully presented in this pretty cover. I'm also biased because I'm from MD and I have had the opportunity to visit Boonsboro, and the Inn this book is based on.To the book, I absolutely enjoyed the story of Beckett and Clare rediscovering each other as more than friends and finding love. The banter between grown brothers Beckett, Owen and Ryder was also such a cute and clever parallel to the banter of Clare's little boys Harry, Liam and Murphy. Many wonderful supporting characters, one really bad guy, and a surprise paranormal twist go into this rich and cozy setting as well.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-26 05:50

    After her last series, The Bride Quartet, I had high hopes that Nora Roberts had found her voice again. However, with the first book in her new The Inn BoonsBoro trilogy, I can sadly say that is not that the case.I found the three Montgomery boys to be typical Nora Roberts male leads and the three females also seemed to fit the typical mold for a Roberts trilogy. Now, don't get me wrong, as a long-time romance novel reader, I understand that there are really only a handful of character types that the readers will enjoy. But when you are as formulaic as Roberts has become, it just seems worse.My least favorite aspect was The Inn BoonsBoro parts. The place sounds lovely, but the fact that it is a real location and that Roberts took copy from the website to describe the rooms just made it seem like an ad for the place. This totally turned me off.All-in-all, I was just underwhelmed by the story and am now not very interested in the next two books. So, read it if you'd like, but I'd wait to borrow it from the library rather than paying for it yourself!

  • Cristina•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥●•
    2019-03-19 03:44

    3.5 stars ⭐️“Fairy tales, she mused. She’d always been a sucker for them. And for a happy ending where everything wrapped up as pretty as a bow in a little girl’s hair.”(Clare)* * *“It’s nice. Being close to you without pretending I’m not trying to be close to you.”- Beckett Montgomery* * *“People or dogs, I’d say it’s more about how you’re raised than bloodlines.”- Beckett Montgomery

  • Catherine
    2019-03-21 01:38

    Ah, it was nice to drop back into a world created by Nora Roberts. She has a gift with character creation and storytelling, and this book was no exception. Usually in Romance we find that it’s the heroine that has had a secret crush on the hero for quite a while. The author decided to flip the standard here and cast the hero as the one with the secret crush. Beckett has been in love with Clare since high school. He’s a self assured guy who has never had a problem with the ladies—unless that lady is Clare. He is absolutely hopeless at being smooth with her. He hid his crush and never acted on it because she never really saw him. They weren’t even close friends. They were friendly, sure, but she was friendly with all of his brothers. Unfortunately for him, Clare was in love with someone else in high school and went on to marry him and move away. Fast forward quite a few years and a widowed Clare, with three kids, has moved back to her home town and opened a business. Beckett still never acts on his crush, but he hasn’t forgotten it. He has to remind himself daily that it doesn’t matter.I found it absolutely adorable that Beckett was the one with the crush. He was such a sweetie! His brothers loved to razz him about it, but he took it in the good natured spirit it was meant and never became too sensitive about it. I felt a little sorry for him since everyone could see it but Clare, but he was able to eventually get it together enough to make a move. Beckett was quite a likable hero. I can’t say that he’s one of my favorite NR heroes—boy, can she write some delicious ones—but he certainly wasn’t hard to read about. ;) I really liked his friendly attitude toward Clare and her kids. Who can resist a guy that falls for the kids as well as the mom? I thought it was very clever of Roberts to write a book centered on the construction of her real life business. One, there’s no need to spend extra time researching—she’s already an expert. Two, it is a great way to stir interest in the Inn. I, for one, couldn’t resist googling for more information when Beckett called a family meeting in the “Eve and Roarke” room. FYI, there really is one! Each room is modeled after a romantic couple in literature who got their HEA. How fitting that Eve and Roarke are in there. :) At times the time spent on the rehab slowed the book down, but I enjoyed the details for the most part. Plus, it provided a realistic way of Beckett’s family being able to hang around so much. And I wouldn’t have traded Beckett’s scenes with his brothers for the world. They were so funny! "Told you not to tell her.""That's not how I work things. That's not how you build a relationship.""Build a relationship." Ryder snorted as he sent the drill whirling again. "You've been reading again.""Blow me."At times Clare could be a little frustrating, but I was able to understand and sympathize with her for the most part. I especially empathized with her difficulty leaning on Beckett after spending so much time running things in her marriage. I don’t know how well that reasoning will be received by someone who hasn’t spent any time close up with the military, but it struck a chord with me. I’ve known a lot of wives who have been changed in that exact way by the frequent deployments their husbands had to go on. I’m not usually a fan of kids in my Romance, but Clare’s kids won me over. Maybe it’s because I saw so much of my own kids in them. The fighting, the superhero plates, the singing while they pee…it all hit close to home. I liked that they weren’t perfect little kids who existed in the story only to be precocious or wise beyond their years. They didn’t conveniently exit the stage when they weren’t being cute, either. Clare was a mom through and through and they were an integral part of the story and her burgeoning relationship with Beckett. A (Semi) Brief Moment of Rambling:I know that some people complain about Nora Roberts being formulaic, but that has never bothered me. I guess if the formula sucked it would be different, but it doesn’t so I don’t mind. Sure, I felt things were a little fresher with her older books, but I’ve been reading her since high school, so that’s to be expected. The fact that I still always look forward to seeing what unique spin Roberts will put on the characters and situations in the current book tells me that this author hasn’t gone stale for me.With that said, I have struggled for years to figure out what felt different about Roberts’s present style. I still enjoy her books, but there has been some subtle change to it that has kept me from loving them the way I used to. Some people say it’s the formula, but I disagree. I think I’ve finally figured it out after reading this book. The characters and the way they think and act are still as awesome as ever, the dialogue is still dead on for the contemporary world (and funny to boot!), the setting is detailed and rich like usual, and the writing style is still the same. So what is it? Well, I think that things have gotten a little too close to real life. The characters have become more and more reasonable and adult. If there’s a fight, it’s usually quickly resolved through well reasoned inner contemplation. The drama is close to nil because the characters are logical and they’re willing to try to work things out. And that’s great—to a point. Somehow, it has become so lifelike that it has edged out the magic and the intensity of the romance. That’s honestly the biggest complaint I have about this book and most of her other more recent offerings. The spark is gone and it’s because everything has become too reasonable and well balanced. The characters are steeped in their families and their work and the romance is no longer focused on as in depth as I prefer. It may be realistic—and kudos to the author for managing to do that—but it has lost some of the punch that I depended upon. P.S. I almost forgot to mention that there’s a ghost in here. If you’ve read a lot of NR then you’re probably not surprised by this, but if you haven’t, heads up. :)Favorite Quote:Ryder sent Beckett a slow smile. “So, you’re hitting on Clare the Fair.”“I’m not hitting on her. I’m exploring the possibility of seeing her on social terms.”“He’s hitting on her,” Owen said around a mouthful of chips. “You’ve still got that thing you had for her back in high school. Are you still writing bad song lyrics about heartbreak?”“Suck me. And they weren’t that bad.”“Yeah, they were,” Ryder disagreed. “But at least now we don’t have to listen to you playing your keyboard and howling them down the hall.” Review originally posted on Fiction Vixen.*For a sneak peek, check out my Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen*

  • Mafi
    2019-03-30 00:44

    Infelizmente só dou 3 estrelas porque achei que era mais do mesmo dentro do estilo dos livros da Nora. É previsível e achei que o casal não funcionou bem para mim. E a Nora continua com a mania de pôr toda a gente noiva quando o espaço temporal do livro são de poucas semanas ou poucos meses e as relações têm tão pouco tempo. É um pouco irreal.(...)O Beckett não se revelou uma personagem tão fácil de gostar como eu achava. Sinceramente até achei-o muito pãozinho sem sal, não senti aquela chama que senti com outras personagens da Nora, como por exemplo os irmãos Quinn! Acho que a autora também não desenvolveu muito esta personagem, foi sem dúvida uma das personagens mais fracas de toda a trama, Melhor fez com a Clare, a personagem feminina do livro. Temos muito mais conhecimento sobre o passado dela e de como ela é do que com o Beckett. Foi também interessante de ver uma personagem que não era só viúva como mãe de três crianças O núcleo infantil foi uma óptima adição a todas as personagens secundárias e até gostei das cenas deles com o Beckett.(...)Nora Roberts tem aqui um bom livro e um bom inicio de trilogia mas ficou aquém das minhas expectativas, contudo tenciono ler os próximos livros.http://algodaodoceparaocerebro.blogsp...

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-04-03 01:36

    3.5 Stars :DListened to the audio version of this story. It had a male narrator, which I LOVED and I believe the whole trilogy is like that, so I'm really excited. Clare is a widow with three boys, owner of the local bookstore and the secret (or not so secret) crush of Beckett Montgomery since they were in high school. It was adorable, the way that Beckett just silently loved Clare from afar. He was insecure only when it came to her; in all other ways, he was a tough, no nonsense architect with enough confidence to overshadow his small fumblings around his lifetime love. The sex is pretty low key. Sometimes Nora Roberts gets to whimsical and ethereal in her sex scenes for my taste, but it's her thing so I can't complain. One thing that I really liked about the romance here is that it was very easy, low angst, and immediately believable. No big questions, really...it was all very easy and enjoyable. As always, Roberts imbued this story with a close knit family feelings that reached out to the entire town, giving a strong sense of community and camaraderie. There is a small paranormal aspect, another thing that is reminiscent of some of the Nora trilogies from a decade ago, most notably the In the Garden Trilogy. Only this ghostly presence is friendly. A bit of suspense that she doesn't even try to hide jumps out toward the end of the book and helps to close up any loose ends. I'm really looking forward to Hope and Ryland's (sp?) story.

  • Bookwormgirl
    2019-04-15 23:40

    Okay, I love Nora Roberts. I usually buy her new stuff right away. This one I held off on for a long time. Mainly because the Inn she is writing about she owns.The positives in this story:I like the brothers. They are funny, snarky and pretty much just like all of the brothers she writes about.The growing relationship between the two MC was sweet and believable.The kids. Those three kids were adorable.The growing relationship between the kids and Beckett was also sweet.The negatives:It read like a brochure to the Inn, the town and Turn the Page bookstore.The ghost.The stalker sub plot. It was weak and could have either been really effective and made the story more of a suspense or could have been written out completely. In this case, it was used as the sledge hammer to resolve the relationship "conflict". Which they were resolving already by *gasp* talking to each other and being adults.Why I give this two stars:Based on what goodreads says about two stars "it was ok", that is was I feel about this novel. It was OK. For the expectations I have for a book by Nora Roberts, it was disappointing. The problem is, I liked those brothers, so I will read book two. But for the first time for a Roberts book, I will borrow it from the library and not buy it.

  • Shelly
    2019-04-05 04:37

    Reviewed 05/11/12: So, I just got the latest in the series The Last Boyfriend in the mail the other day. I was about to jump right in and thought I'd re-read my review from this book to sorta catch myself up, and saw it was a very brief and sorely lacking of detail. Of course, I had just got it on audio as well, and decided to listen to it this time and not only write a slightly better review, but also refresh myself with the characters.I kinda wish I had just re-read the book. This audio version is not the worst I've heard, as it was okay in parts, but this narrator is terrible at women's voices and even worse at the kids. I think I could have gotten past the slightly mannish voice for all the female characters, but throw it in with the nasally and whiny kids' voices, I just wanted to cringe every time the kids talk, and they talk a lot in this book! The narrator has a decent enough voice, but it's all wrong for anything fiction. I think he did the male voices just great, but half the book is Clare, with a huge chunk of her kids, plus Avery and Hope, Clare's friends. It sorta ruined it for me the second time, but I'll not let that color my review, as reading it the first time, I loved it.Speaking of kids, I'm not usually so crazy about kids being so prevalent in my romance books, but if the author does them well, I have no problem. This is the case here. Clare's three boys, Harry, Liam and Murphy are all boys, from the action figures, video games, wanting a dog, the arguing and stickiness, it was fun to watch Clare tame them, and keep them together somehow. It made me tired just thinking about all the stuff she did to keep day to day life going, and it made me like her a lot. She had the work/life/kids balance down, even if it was hard to struggle, she did it. Life wasn't all about work, or all about her kids, or all about herself, it was great to see that balance, something that's usually lacking in most books. Family is usually a big deal in most NR books, and I appreciate that, she doesn't kill them all off to make it convenient, and have the characters obsessed with their job, no time for a social life.Beckett was pretty good too, and I like that Clare having three sons, and Beckett was one of three sons makes them a good fit. Most guys would probably be intimidated taking on that but since he knows all about being a boy, it was a breeze for him, and he actually liked it. Speaking of brothers, the interaction between them was great too and hilarious! Owen is so organized it makes me drool, in a good way! And of course, Ryder is the one whose book I can't wait for, him and Hope are going to have sparks flying, already do! The interaction between all characters was pretty good, and realistic.I read in someone else's review, I think Willaful (hi Willa!) that most of the conflict in NR's later books is usually external. This is the case in this book, but it's not something I mind. I think there was a little internal conflict with Clare who at first couldn't handle Beckett wanting to help with everything when she was so use to taking care of things herself. This could have been a major conflict if she wasn't so incredibly reasonable and worked it out in a few days. I can see where's coming from, as I've been in that situation, albeit without three boys to take care of. My hubby is ex-military, and when they are gone, and you're in a foreign town, it's just you and your wits. You can cry and complain all you want, but it's still got to get done, and unless you have tons of money (which military doesn't provide) you have to do it yourself. I remember having a few such fights with my husband when he's get back from deployment, I was still doing everything and he wanted to help. It's an adjustment, one that even though he's been out for 6+ years, I still have to mentally make. I wish Clare would have struggled with this a bit more, but I don't think it would have made a very good conflict, as maybe not a lot of people get this viewpoint, or would have found it irritating and come as too independent. It's really not just independence, it's just a way of thinking you get use to if you're gonna be able to hang as a military spouse.As I mentioned in my earlier tiny review, I do like the bit of paranormal thrown in. Not too much, not to little, but just right. You could have the story without the ghost, but it's a nice element, and I much prefer the ghost in it.Obviously, if you've read NR before, especially the later ones, you know what you're getting. No big surprises, but it still works. It's nice to get into a NR book, if you like them. I appreciate the way she describes the setting, and I don't feel bogged down in details, but I can picture everything in my head. The pacing and style is comfortable to me, and I think it's pretty darn tight, no big gaps or info dumps, the flow is easy but the story is still good. It may be formulaic, but I still find her books incredibly entertaining, along with a few million others too!Review from first reading of Nook version, 2/6 - 2/11/12Another new series from NR, and even though every time I pick up one of her books, I think, she can't keep this up, and yet she does. I wouldn't say it's the most fabulous, but I definitely like it, a lot. I can already see the trouble brewing between Ryder and 'the innkeeper' - and of course it'll be the last book. One of the reasons I love NR - she does romance with a little bit of the mystical thrown in, and it's just enough for me, interesting but not the whole focus of the book or the characters lives. In this one we have a resident ghost living at the inn. I can't wait for the rest of the series, I wish they'd print them sooner - we all know NR is about a dozen books ahead, lol.

  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    2019-03-25 02:55

    I loved this!!!! Beckett and Clare were as sweet as apple pie. A good read! Can't wait to read the next.

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-23 02:44

    I would feel bad about this if I wasn't prepared for this exact outcome. I was initially going to read this trilogy along with a friend who bought all three books. She's also the friend who always prods me to keep reading the In Death series that Roberts writes under JD Robb as well. I was worried this book would not work for me (it didn't) but since I do love reading HGTV Magazine and other magazines dealing with decorating I didn't think it would be too bad. I was wrong.I had to stop reading at the 20 percent point when I realized that the majority of this book was just a plug for real life businesses that Roberts own. She owns an inn at Boonsboro and it also sounds like the pizza place and bookstore are also owned by her as well. Which just makes the book a weird brochure to stay at this inn and go to this town to eat at this place and also buy books there. I honestly think this could have worked if Roberts had included pictures of the inn and the pizza shop and bookstore in this book. Or did something like have a character designing a website and talking about setting it up for the inn and then readers could click on it and it would take you to the site. I did like the first page which showed a diagram of the town and the locations of the other places (pizza shop and book store) so I think something like that could have made the book more fun. I guess I am just used to looking at graphic novels and comics on my Kindle Fire now that I am in love with anything that has illustrations these days.The hero and heroine in this one (Beckett Montgomery and Clare Brewster) were dull as dishwasher. I don't even know why Beckett was attracted to Clare since there didn't seem to be anything about her that stood out to me. Roberts depicts Clare as a widow with three young boys and honestly the first thing that stood out for me is that she made her a younger version of the character in Black Rose (In the Garden #2) Rosalind Harper. Rosalind was also a widow with three sons. I also saw mixes of Zoe McCourt from Key of Valor (Key Trilogy #3) as well. I maybe rolled my eyes at Clare being widowed after her husband was killed by a sniper in Iraq. I honestly had to stop reading some of Macomber's books for a while since every heroine was a widow and her husband died while working for special forces in Afghanistan. My friend who got further than I did let me know that some random dude appears and starts to stalk Clare so I guess that was what Roberts threw in between the long descriptions of rooms, decorations, and how people smelled. Most of the men in these books fit one of three archetypes (nerdy guy who is deep down a very sexual being though you wouldn't know it, the guy who is uptight who also may be afraid to commit/is ready to commit, and the bad boy). Sometimes the male characters are all three at once, but not usually. I guess that Beckett (the name alone people) is going to fit archetype #1. I honestly thought he was interested in the owner of the pizza shop first since he had more to say to her and noticed her changing the color of her hair. But when Clare was introduced, I had to go back and double-check she wasn't the pizza shop owner.There really wasn't enough that I read for me to comment on other characters. Beckett is one of three boys so his other brothers Owen and Ryder. Based on the names alone, who do you think is what archetype? Owen seemed humorless to me and Ryder was a smartass. That's all I got. The writing was just one big love letter to the inn. Once the ghost entered the picture I was out. Once again, I saw shades of In the Garden and felt too annoyed to go on after that piece. The flow was hampered too since we would just randomly have one character talking about furniture or decorations and my eyes would glaze over. I have to say though, that starting this book and DNFing it made me think about the In the Garden trilogy which honestly was the last trilogy I really enjoyed. I think I am going to go and re-read that soon.

  • Donna
    2019-04-12 00:01

    This was terrific...It has the same feel as her Bride Quartet with this trilogy focusing on a family of men.I loved the humor and the interactions between Beckett and his brothers. I liked Clare as a strong, independent woman who doesn't really NEED a man! The inn sounds wonderful and I'm really enjoying watching it unfold. The ghost was certainly interesting, Ms. Roberts has added varying levels of the supernatural in many of her trilogies. I'm completely ok with the scent of honeysuckle and the doors slamming, I'm not so sure how I feel about the mirror message. I also wonder a little bit about Beckett waiting so long to approach Clare if he's always been crazy about her. That doesn't really seem to fit with his personality, he certainly doesn't come across as shy or insecure! I'm looking forward to Owen and Ryder's stories...with maybe a romance for their mother...with Avery's father?

  • VeroRinconin
    2019-04-12 06:00

    *3'5*Me ha gustado bastante, se lee en un plis y deja con ganas de seguir leyendo para conocer las historias de las otras parejas y para saber más sobre "el misterio del hotel"

  • Mina
    2019-03-24 02:37

    Maybe more like a 2.5 rating. Nice solid "Meh."So this was my first Nora Roberts book. I've avoided her in general because I'd gotten the impression that she was a romance writer as in verging-on-erotica-romance. So why this book? It was the cover. Seriously. I feel very lame admitting that, but the cover looked like somewhere I wanted to go. Yeah, yeah ... don't judge a book by that. I know.Well, it was not as bad as I'd thought, content-wise. I've read much smuttier sex scenes in non-romance novels. Roberts seems to be more along the lines of a female Nicholas Sparks. I've already established that I don't really care for his books that much. I've tried very hard to like them, and I just can't. Even reading this one novel, I could feel the formula that Roberts must follow. The romance that's meant to be ... the obstacles, heartache, tragedy, which really don't seem to be horribly difficult to overcome. I didn't mind the characters, but they weren't anything spectacular, and I did not become attached to any. There was some foul language, which tends to turn me off anyway, but this felt sprinkled in kind of randomly, like she had to put it in to make her male characters seem masculine. And I guess I get it, because they "sounded" like men being written by a woman.This is the first in a trilogy. It ended with the one brother (of three) becoming engaged to the one girlfriend (of three). With the build-up in this and with reading the 1st chapter of the second book included at the end and the title of the third, it's clear that in book two brother #2 will end up with girlfriend #2 and that in the third book brother #3 will end up with girlfriend #3. Very tidy.I don't know if I'll pick up the others or not as they come out. Maybe. If I need a mindless beach-read. But I may forget.

  • Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
    2019-03-31 04:40

    This is another book where I really, really wish we had half stars. I don't want to give it a three, but it doesn't reach four either. Sigh.Overall, this was a cute story. I liked all of the characters a lot. Even the kids, though they were written like real children, unlike most romance novels where they're like fantasy children and unbelievably sweet and unobtrusive. They didn't just magically disappear and they whined, but they were also cute. In my review of the last Nora Roberts book I read I complained about how most of her male characters in the last few years have been alike. It's good to finally see Roberts go back to writing a different kind of man. Beckett was warm, loving, and fun with the children. Kind of terse, but then so are pretty much all of her characters. It goes to show you can have a "manly" man who can be sweet and caring. One who doesn't make it seem like he's debasing himself by caring for a woman. I'm torn on the supernatural element in the story. I liked it and Lizzy, but I liked it more as background to the story rather than how front and center and real it became. It didn't ruin the story at all, but it did get to be a bit much and quite predictable in the end.The villain seemed like he was included as a way to make the story more compelling and wrap it up. So she threw in this simple plot to take care of that and to give purpose to the supernatural element. Which brings me to my biggest complaint about the story: it sort of felt like one big advertisement. Now, that's only by virtue of the fact that I was informed that in this real town is the real Inn owned by Nora Roberts. So when the story would go into long drawn out details about the process of rehabilitating the Inn and designing and outfitting the rooms (a cute idea to be sure, though I find the naming of one of the rooms for the couple from the In Death series to be somewhat tacky) it was like a neon sign saying YOU WANT TO PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO STAY HERE, RIGHT? RIGHT?! While looking up the town of Boonsboro to figure out where in Maryland it is, I found the website for the Inn, and it is gorgeous and if I had the money I'd be staying in the Titania and Oberon room this week, but I just didn't like the feeling that the book was a vehicle for promotion.The thing is, she's Nora Roberts. She knows how to write books. So advertisement or not, flimsy villain or not, it's a solid and enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading the next two in the series, and, yes, wishing I could find a damn job so I could afford to drive up and stay in the pretty Inn.What? Like you're not susceptible to advertising? Don't you judge me.

  • C.H. Armstrong
    2019-04-12 01:34

    I read this book because I'd hoped to review it for my local library's blog; but I guess I feel like I have to "recommend" books on that blog, and this isn't a book I'd recommend, even to the avid Nora Roberts fan.The premise of this book starts out as pretty typical Nora Roberts. Woman returns home as a widow with three boys in tow. She gets reacquainted with an old high school friend who has had a romantic interest with her for many years but wasn't able to show it because he was friends with her husband who had been a high school classmate.From there it goes pretty much down hill. Blah-blah-blah. Man and woman kindle a romance, some nasty guy gets in the way, a ghost gets involved...blah! This entire book was a serious disappointment and I had a nearly impossible time finishing it. I'd chosen a Nora Roberts because I was looking for a romantic novel to recommend to library readers and really felt that I couldn't go wrong with Nora Roberts. I guess that's not the case any more. The last several books she's put out have all been serious "snoozes" as well.If this is on your list, skip it. There are way too many books out there that are much better use of your reading time.

  • Sonia Cristina
    2019-03-29 03:54

    Sinceramente, quando acabei não sabia bem que dizer. Dou as 4 estrelas por lembrar-me dos filhos de Clare, gostei muito das cenas com eles, eram um mimo; há uma certa noite de homens em que Beckett entrou também que fica na memória e, bolas, merece as 4 estrelas, sim senhor! LOLDe resto, gostei, mas não delirei; os personagens não foram assim tão impressionantes como já aconteceu com muitos e muitos livros de Nora Roberts. Os irmão Montgomery são bons, sim, gostei da interação fácil e descontraída entre os 3. A Clare também não esteve muito mal, como viúva, mãe de 3 crianças fofas e dona de uma livraria que me deixou cheia de inveja. Mas o relacionamento de Clare e Beckett não foi nada de extraordinário, foi até algo muito morno, muito "meh". O próximo casal não me parece que vá revelar-se melhor, quando percebi que seriam eles até estranhei porque vendo-os neste primeiro volume, não havia ali nada entre eles que chamasse a atenção. Não estou com grandes expetativas para eles. Já o último casal, sim, daí é que poderá vir algo mais interessante.A fantasma é um elemento que encaixa bem no enredo do hotel, gostava que tivesse tido desenvolvimentos para se saber quem é e se há algum objetivo em permanecer naquele quarto.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-03-22 06:41

    ★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) This was well narrated by MacLeod Andrews. Some people might not like his falsetto voice for the female characters, but I got used to him. This first one in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy putters along at a leisurely pace, but that was fine with me. Still, it ends with a bit of an adrenalin-rush. Getting to know the residents of this small Maryland town was pleasant and the romance between Beckett and Clare was sweet. I’ll definitely listen to the next one, if only to find out what happens with the ghost.The second in the series is due May 1, 2012.

  • Ana
    2019-03-26 00:56

    No primeiro livro da trilogia “Hotel das Recordações”, vamos acompanhar a reconstrução de um hotel de charme, na localidade de Boonsboro, propriedade da família Montgomery.Beckett é o arquitecto da família que idealizou toda a reconstrução do imóvel. Solteiro convicto nunca colocou a hipótese de um relacionamento mais sério, até ao momento em que Clare, regressa à vila com os seus três filhos e abre uma livraria mesmo em frente ao hotel.O hotel tem um papel principal na história assim como o quotidiano da pacata vila e dos seus habitantes, pessoas que tentam conjugar as suas obrigações profissionais com o tempo de convívio e partilha com a família e amigos.

  • Carla Faleiro
    2019-04-12 06:51

    Estilo NR.É uma leitura engraçada e fiquei curiosa para saber a estória de Lizzy.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-04-07 03:56

    Η Nora Roberts είναι μία από τις πλέον γνωστές συγγραφείς ανά τον κόσμο, έχοντας μάλιστα ιδιαίτερη απήχηση και στο ελληνικό κοινό, αφού πληθώρα βιβλίων της έχουν κυκλοφορήσει και στη δική μας αγορά τα τελευταία χρόνια, με την μορφή άρλεκιν. Βέβαια, για ορισμένους, ίσως η λέξη "άρλεκιν" να εμπεριέχει έναν κάποιο αρνητισμό, αλλά προσωπικά δεν έχω καμία πρόθεση να τα υποβιβάσω. Άλλωστε, όταν θεωρείται άρλεκιν από αρκετούς το "Τα πουλιά πεθαίνουν τραγουδώντας", καταλαβαίνεις πως οι ταμπέλες δεν βοηθάνε στο να βγουν ασφαλή συμπεράσματα. Όπως και να 'χει, οι εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, εκμεταλλευόμενες προφανώς την ροπή του αναγνωστικού κοινού προς την romance λογοτεχνία, ειδικά τα τελευταία τρία χρόνια, αποφάσισαν να εκδώσουν μία από τις πλέον γνωστές τριλογίες της Roberts, εκείνη των αδερφών Μοντγκόμερι.Η Κλερ είναι χήρα, μητέρα τριών αγοριών, που δουλεύει σκληρά στο βιβλιοπωλείο της, έχοντας πάρει απόφαση πως μετά τον χαμό του άντρα της δεν πρόκειται ποτέ ξανά να ερωτευτεί ή να αγαπήσει. Ο Μπέκετ από την άλλη, από τα σχολικά του κιόλας χρόνια, είναι κρυφά ερωτευμένος με την Κλερ, όμως το μόνο που έκανε μια ζωή ήταν να την αγαπάει από μακριά, σιωπηλά κι ευλαβικά. Όταν εκείνος και τα αδέρφια του θα αναλάβουν την ανακαίνιση ενός ιστορικού πανδοχείου στην αμερικάνικη κωµόπολη Μπούνσµπορο, ο δρόμος ο δικός του και της Κλερ μοιραία θα διασταυρωθούν με τους δυο να αντιλαμβάνονται σταδιακά πως τα πάντα μπορούν να συμβούν, αρκεί να το θέλουμε και να προσπαθούμε να το πετύχουμε, και πως ο καθένας μας έχει μια δεύτερη ευκαιρία, τόσο στη ζωή όσο και στο όνειρο.Δεδομένου ότι δεν έχω διαβάσει κάποιο άλλο βιβλίο της Nora Roberts, δεν μπορώ να εκφράσω άποψη για το κατά πόσο, το συγκεκριμένο, είναι καλύτερο ή χειρότερο της. Οι απόψεις των φανατικών της αναγνωστριών, ωστόσο, θα έλεγα πως υπήρξαν αρκετά διχασμένες, εξού και δυσκολεύτηκα να το πάρω απόφαση να ξεκινήσω την εν λόγω σειρά. Κατά την ταπεινή μου άποψη, η αλήθεια βρίσκεται μάλλον κάπου στη μέση. Σαφέστατα και δεν πρόκειται για ένα εντυπωσιακό βιβλίο -για το είδος του πάντα-, αλλά ούτε είναι τόσο κακό που να μην αξίζει να του δώσει μία ευκαιρία ένας τακτικός αναγνώστης της κατηγορίας αυτής. Αν μη τι άλλο, είναι αρκετά τρυφερό, ιδιαίτερα ρομαντικό -ίσως και παραπάνω απ' όσο αρέσει σε μένα-, και πληρεί όλες τις προϋποθέσεις που οφείλει να έχει ένα σύγχρονο παραμύθι που θα σε κάνει να χαμογελάσεις και να περάσεις όμορφα την ώρα σου.Οι Κλερ και Μπέκετ είναι χαρακτήρες που θα μπορούσαμε να συναντήσουμε στην διπλανή μας πόρτα. Εκείνη μια αφοσιωμένη μητέρα που πιστεύει πως ο έρωτας δεν έχει πια θέση στη ζωή της, κι εκείνος ένας άντρας που αν και είναι καθόλα δυναμικός, όταν τα γεγονότα φτάνουν στην Κλερ, βάζει την ουρά στα σκέλια και σιωπά. Επί της ουσίας, ο καθένας τους, έχει μια δυναμική και μια αδύναμη πλευρά, που έρχεται σε σύγκρουση με την αντίστροφη του άλλου κάθε φορά. Εκεί η Κλερ είναι συγκαταβατική, ο Μπέκετ τα δίνει όλα, και εκεί που ο Μπέκετ δειλιάζει, η Κλερ έχει τις απαραίτητες δυνάμεις για να στηρίξει την άμυνά της. Βέβαια, κάθε τείχος μπορεί να πέσει, αρκεί να δημιουργηθούν οι κατάλληλες συνθήκες και στην προκειμένη περίπτωση, αυτό ακριβώς συμβαίνει, με την Roberts να έχει χτίσει την εξελικτική πορεία της αφήγησής της με τρόπο που εκείνη ρέει εύκολα, φυσικά και αβίαστα.Συνοψίζοντας, το "Δεύτερη ευκαιρία" δεν είναι ένα ιδιαίτερο βιβλίο, αλλά δεν παύει να είναι ένα ευχάριστο βιβλίο που διαβάζεται εύκολα, γρήγορα και ξεκούραστα, χωρίς να σε προβληματίζει ιδιαίτερα, αν και δεν νομίζω πως η συγγραφέας είχε εξ' αρχής καμία πρόθεση να πετύχει κάτι τέτοιο. Σίγουρα, σε έναν έμπειρο και τακτικό αναγνώστη της ρομαντικής λογοτεχνίας, μπορεί να μην μιλήσει απευθείας στην καρδιά του, ωστόσο, με το χιούμορ, την τρυφερότητα και τον ρεαλισμό της ιστορίας -μέσα στο παραμυθένιο πλαίσιο που αυτή τοποθετείται-, θα τον κάνει να χαμογελάσει και να μην μετανιώσει που αφιέρωσα χρήμα και χρόνο. Βέβαια, οφείλω να αναφέρω πως θα περίμενα λίγο καλύτερη μετάφραση -αφού στα πλαίσια της παγκοσμιοποίησης έχουμε καταλήξει να δημιουργήσουμε νέους διεθνής, δικούς μας όρους που όμως έχουν αντίστοιχες λέξεις στα ελληνικά-, μια συνηθισμένη πλέον τακτική, που όμως δεν συμπαθώ ιδιαίτερα στα σύγχρονα κείμενα.

  • Megan Conte
    2019-04-19 02:53

    I am normally a huge fan of Nora Robert's work. I admit that I was sincerely disappointed with this book. My feelings of ambivalence started with the Bride quarter and are now confirmed with this book. Every business reference in this novel is in fact owned by Nora or her family. They're real businesses in the town of Boonsboro, they all have web sites and are all exactly as portrayed in the book. I felt like the character's were people we've already seen in several previous novels. Even some of the scenes and dialogue were recycled. The conversation between Beckett and Harry about Clare is very, very similar to the conversation between Brad and Simon about Zoe in the Key series. More time is spent describing the lovely fixtures and decorations of the inn than is spent developing the characters and plot lines. You barely get a glimpse that Avery and Owen might be the slightest bit interested in each other and yet they're the two main subjects of the next novel. Honestly, I was very disappointed because Nora Robert's is almost always my go to author and this book felt like recycled characters, plots, dialogue and nothing more than one big advertisement for her businesses. Between the Bride Quartet which also suffered from recycled characters and plot lines and now this I worry and fear that Nora is losing her voice and consequently will lost her audience.

  • Norma
    2019-04-10 01:41

    3 to 3.5 *I can't quite decide if I've read too much NR, or if NR has started to lose her touch. While I certainly enjoyed this book, I can't help but be disappointed at that same time. The characters and even some of the story line were so obviously recycled from previous stories. The characters were carbon copies of some from her In the Garden series and her Brides series. I think even some of the conversations were taken directly from those books. This is something no NR fan would miss either.However, since I enjoyed both of those series, I did enjoy this as well. It just lacked originality. Hearing about the Inn was fun, but did slow the story down. Similar to how hearing endless stories about flowers and weddings slowed down the previously-mentioned series'.All in all, I'd say if you are a NR fan and can get this from your library, you should read it. It's a light, fun read with easy to like characters. But if you're looking for something new and original, keep looking.

  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    2019-04-12 04:33

    Quick review:Cover: Pretty Rating:NC-17 Steaminess:HOT Thumbs Up:4Overall: Well crafted love storyCharacters: Well writtenPlot: For so long you’ve loved afar and now its up close & personalPage Turner: Yes Series Cont.? Yes Recommend:YesBook Boyfriend: BeckettSUMMARY (50 words or less)Let’s face it, Nora Roberts knows how to write a super believable hot guy and a story built around romance that isn’t contrived. She is hands down the master. This story is fantastic. If you’ve never read a Nora Roberts book, you’re missing it. Go grab one and enjoy.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at:http://mybookboyfriend.blogspot.com/2... Audio ReviewMacLeod Andrews did a wonderful job with the narration. He used very different voices for each character which he carried through the series.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-02 04:32

    Es el primer libro que me animo a leer de Nora Roberts y definitivamente no va a ser el último. Es justo lo que iba buscando. Los personajes me han gustado mucho y los hijos de Clare *ah* que monosos son, sobre todo Murphy adadsfsf *-* Estoy muy curiosa sobre los siguientes y sobre las historias de Owen y Ry. Me ha gustado la dinámica que hay entre los tres. Creo que me animaré, a partir de ahora, a leer más libros como este. ¡Sin duda! Si es que al final me van a gustar los libros que lee mi madre y de los que me reía por su portada...

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-16 04:57

    3.5 STARSI enjoyed this one and it would have easily been 4 STARS, but the ending felt too rushed. The boys were so adorable, and I love how the town was incorporated into the story. I can't wait to read Ryder's book either; he really intrigued me.

  • Vaso
    2019-03-31 06:36

    It was the very first book I read from Nora Roberts, and I liked it a lot!!!A nice sweet romance...

  • Sandy M
    2019-04-06 04:45

    I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in forever. I used to read her all the time, I have every book on her backlist tucked away. Then I added a few more - and then quite a bit than a few more - authors to my ever-growing list, and then I started reviewing books, so a few of my favorites got pushed to the background. So I was doubly excited when I received The Next Always to review. Nora Roberts is the perfect comfort read. Reading her stories is like coming home after being gone a very long time. It’s so nice to be home.Also, Ms. Roberts writes brothers better than anyone. My first books of hers were the Quinn brothers of the Chesapeake Blue series. They’re still my favorites, but the Montgomery brothers in this new series are giving the Quinns a serious run for their money. Beckett, Ryder, and Owen Montgomery are the heroes of these books, diligently working to restore a very old and dilapidated building into the Inn BoonsBoro. They have the typical sibling relationship, but written by Ms. Roberts just makes that more special in my eyes. Not only are the brothers, and their heroines of course, the center of this story, the inn itself as well as the town are just as front and center. You get that feel from the first page, and as that inn more and more comes into its own, you could swear it’s living and breathing just like the other characters chapter after chapter.What also makes this book so intriguing and fun - something I didn’t know before I read it - is the fact that these events are right out of Ms. Roberts’ life. She and her family live in Boonsboro, Maryland; her husband owns Turn the Page, the local bookstore; her son owns Vestra, the pizzeria on The Square; and she and her husband bought the building we’re talking about and rebuilt it just as the Montgomery brothers have done and named it Inn BoonsBoro. Only the characters have changed in this walk through a portion of her life.Beckett has had a thing for Clare since high school, but she had eyes for only Clint Brewster. The high school sweethearts married and Clint’s military service took them away from home to travel the world at the Army’s behest. When her husband is killed in Iraq, Clare brings her children home to Boonsboro, where she opens a bookstore, Turn the Page - both the best decisions considering the circumstances. Beckett never thought the day would come he’d be sharing a kiss with Clare, but his dreams have finally come true with the lovely widow. Hoping for more, he asks her out and a new and exciting relationship is born.For Clare, she experiences the ability to feel when she’s in Beckett’s arms, a feeling she thought she might never have again. The more she gets to the know the man he’s become, the more she falls for Beckett, especially when she watches him with her sons. His patience and fun streak knows no bounds and her boys take to the man like ducks to water. Only her oldest son has vague recollections of Clint, so it warms her heart they could have the perfect role model in Beckett.This relationship between them is honest, fun, and heart-felt from the beginning. They each have to face the depth of their feelings on their own along the way, and with each issue that crops up, good or bad, those feelings are further cemented in their hearts. Some of those feelings did bring tears to my eyes several times, while others make me laugh out loud just as many times. Everyone flourishes in this community. They love the small-town feeling of BoonsBoro, where everyone knows everyone’s business, but also where that business is embraced like a loving family. Each thrives in that atmosphere, just as the inn does as more of it is revealed to both the reader and the townsfolk. I’m betting a lot of readers from Small Town America will see their towns, boroughs, or parishes in BoonsBoro. Being from a small agricultural community myself, I can just picture my little town in a lot of the scenes in this book.The Inn BoonsBoro is a beauty of a place. Ms. Roberts does a fantastic job of describing the reconstruction at different stages in the book, so that it’s like growing along with a character over time, one you love and want to see only good come to. There’s just the right amount of detail given in each meeting the brothers have, each tour they give, each scene that takes place in the inn. It’s never overwhelming or boring, like it could be considering this is a romance novel. There is a bit of paranormal associated with the inn, and it would be interesting to know if any such things also happened during the real reconstruction or if it’s all a product of Ms. Roberts’ imagination. Either way, those scenes are a nice addition, especially those with Beckett.One of my favorite secondary characters is Avery, one of Clare’s best friends. She owns the local Italian restaurant, Vestra, where a lot of scenes take place throughout the book. Avery is outspoken, never backs down, and is just a riot to read. Hope is the other best friend, and she comes to BoonsBoro to take over as innkeeper when the former has to bow out. There’s a bit of a spark between Hope and Ryder, so I’m looking forward to see how that relationship evolves. Of course, the other brothers in the series, Clare’s sons, are also a lot of fun and their scenes with Beckett are some of my faves. And the villain. There’s a slimeball of a villain, and I’m with the Montgomery boys wanting to beat the jerk to a pulp.I have to mention the cover of this book. It’s absolutely beautiful, and I found myself looking at it at different points while reading. It’s just enough to give you a hint of what this restored landmark might truly look like. Kudos to the artist.The next book, The Last Boyfriend, is still more than six months away. Much too long. But the anticipation is half the fun, and mine is already ramped up about 50 percent. I’ll definitely be in need of some more comfort by the time I crack that one open, and I know Ms. Roberts will deliver exactly that once again.See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

  • Bella Carstairs
    2019-04-15 06:33

    Primer libro de la trilogía Hotel Boonsboro de una de las grandes reinas del género de romance.Hace poco me lo regalaron y creo que estaba destinado a ser una de mis lecturas del verano.Terminado en un suspiro, este libro ha sido todo lo que esperaba: dulce, bonito, romántico y ligero. Una lectura 100% recomendable para las amantes del género.No te esperes la novela del siglo, simplemente, siéntate, ábrelo y disfruta.La trama es bonita, ver que tanto el hotel como la relación entre los protagonistas va cambiando, evolucionando, convirtiéndose en algo más...Con un pequeño puntito de tragedia y tensión que añade un toque más realista a la historia, y un pequeño toque paranormal que también le da un poquito de salsa a la novela. Y unos niños adorables y divertidísimos que me han enamorado.En fin, me ha gustado bastante.Ya tengo ganas de leer el siguiente y conocer la historia del siguiente de los hermanos Montgomery.