Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Last Boyfriend

The Last Boyfriend                  

Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #2

By Nora Roberts

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…

My Thoughts

You can never, ever go wrong with a Nora Roberts story, and her trilogies and quartets are, somehow, even better. Nora has taken us into the town of BoonsBoro, into the lives of the Montgomery brothers, their business, and the unique women that these brothers are destined to fall in love with, whether it be by luck, chance, or fate.

The Last Boyfriend takes us further into the stories of Owen and Avery. Although main characters from book one, they were not featured. This time around we get to jump into their minds. Owen, more than a bit anal about his organization skills, rarely spontaneous, always even –tempered and dependable. He has been a fixture in Avery’s life forever, and is suddenly altering the dynamic of their friendship.

Avery McTavish is the local girl who grew up loving where she was knowing that there was more for her yet in her home town. She proved herself when she created and opened the local pizza parlor right on the town square. A community hot spot, it has also offered her the prime viewing spot for the renovations that the Montgomery Brothers Construction had been making on the aged Inn. Avery is quirky. Free spirited. Spontaneous. Charmingly disorganized at home, but never in her kitchens. She is everything that our straight-laced Owen is not.

We are able to enjoy the changes that Owen and Avery make together. We see their relationship, a life –long relationship, bloom, struggle, and succeed.  Of course there are obstacles that come at them; it would not be a great story without them. <grin>

Mrs. Roberts continues to out do herself! This is another one of her cant –put –down books that I know you’ll enjoy. Remember, this the second in a trilogy, and it is read best after The Next Always.  The worst part? Having to wait until November to watch Ryder fall in love, too.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425246030
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 9
  • Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #2
  • Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iBooks
  • Available formats: Paperback, Audio book, eBook

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Witness                           
By Nora Roberts


Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems—and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

My thoughts

Mrs. Roberts is an expert in drawing her readers into the lives that she creates with rich characters that you immediately believe in. A master craftswoman of the written word who not only introduces characters that you know, but she builds the stories with such finesse that they are tangible, living things. The Witness is no exception.

Elizabeth is a character I recognized from both my days as an awkward teen, as well as today as I see this same unhappy dynamic played out every day in my classroom and on my campus. As Elizabeth struggles to find her own identity in her house with her “perfect” mother, rebellion is guaranteed. She veers so far away from the conformity that her mother has imposed, that the consequences are prolonged and far reaching. She soon finds herself in the unimaginable position of knowing that even law enforcement is untrustworthy. Faced with an uncertain future, she begins to run for – and from- her life.

Brooks is a likeable hero. A hometown police chief who finds himself intrigued  by the reclusive and young Abigail Lowery. Certain that things are not as they seem, he finds himself time and again interrupting her seclusion, immersing himself in her life as his feelings develop from mere fascination into love; if only she would trust him with her secrets. As their “relationship” blossoms, Abigail finds herself trusting Brooks more and more, eventually revealing the truth of herself and what she is running from.

I’m not going to tell you any more because I really do not want to spoil this for you, but I can tell you that this is one story you will not be able to put down.

If you have never read a Nora Roberts story before, this one will make you an addict! Set aside a day to do nothing but enter her latest world, and loose yourself in this story of crime, families, passion, and truth.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399159121
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 22
  • Available in harback, and ebook formats from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iBooks