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The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  60,588 Ratings  ·  3,230 Reviews
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 wait ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged - Library Ed, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2011)
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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 ...more
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
Dec 12, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 tha
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
Aug 19, 2016 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2016
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 qu
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars :D

Listened 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
Mar 29, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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 versio
Mar 23, 2012 Bookwormgirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
I loved this!!!! Beckett and Clare were as sweet as apple pie. A good read! Can't wait to read the next.
Nov 05, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2012 Mina rated it it was ok
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 n
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
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
C.H. Armstrong
Nov 27, 2011 C.H. Armstrong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Lisa Kay
(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 ou
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
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 βοηθ ...more
Megan Conte
Nov 15, 2011 Megan Conte rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Norma rated it liked it
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Feb 13, 2013 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Pretty
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Well crafted love story
Characters: Well written
Plot: For so long you’ve loved afar and now its up close & personal
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Beckett

SUMMARY (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 re
Apr 24, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
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 ma ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the very first book I read from Nora Roberts, and I liked it a lot!!!
A nice sweet romance...
Sandy M
Nov 07, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jennifer Estep
Sep 12, 2013 Jennifer Estep rated it liked it
The Next Always by Nora Roberts is the first book in her Inn BoonsBoro contemporary romance trilogy.

Architect Beckett Montgomery is busy restoring a historic Maryland inn, along with the help of his brothers and mother. Like everyone else in town, bookstore owner Clare Brewster is intrigued by the work on the inn and becomes interested in Beckett as well. Clare is cautious about dating again, since she is widowed with three boys to raise, but Beckett soon wins her and her boys over. However, not
Mar 09, 2012 willaful rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of luxury inns
I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars and will go with the higher rating because I did enjoy this reading -- the narration and male voices are very attractive, though the female and kid voices weren't the best.

I've been bugged by the over-perfection of the lives of Roberts' characters in recent books and in this one, the fact that the book spent so much time focusing on an inn -- which of course is actually the very inn Roberts owns -- just put it over the top. As if brochure-like descriptions of all
Dec 26, 2015 L8blmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book to read during the last of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season because I knew it would fit the pattern of a typical Nora Roberts trilogy/quartet. I feel as though I have said this many times where her books are concerned, but it was a sweet romance with fun characters and a guaranteed HEA ending. The "conflict," an over-the-top jealous stalker, was so-so, but made a nice rescue scene possible. The supernatural element was a little weak and cliched, but still, I am a s ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-paperback
Nora Roberts is an auto buy for me. She creates and describes wonderful, real characters. The dialogue is quick, witty, smart and very pop culture. The hero is adorable because he is so smitten with his girl. The heroine is a strong mature woman (widow with three young kids) That is a large undertaking for a romance but NR pulled it off. She kept it real even with a ghost in the story.The love story is sweet, tender and mature. Cant wait for the next one. You will not be disappointed.
Dec 16, 2014 Natalia815 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Primer libro que leo de Nora y no será el último. He disfrutado muchísimo de la historia. Los personajes y el hotel de Boonsboro tienen un encanto especial.

Esta misma noche empiezo con el segundo. Quiero saber que se cuentan los otros dos hermanos Montgomery.
Jan 19, 2017 Yukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2017
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Jacob Proffitt
Jun 04, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, owned, audible, steamy
I had a hard time putting this book down and stayed up way too late two nights running listening to it. It didn't hurt that I more than half fell in love with Beckett, myself.

Beckett is a hard-working architect working on a family pet project—restoring a historic inn in his small hometown. He and his two brothers put in a lot of hands-on project management as well as throwing in on the grunt work when required, so he's busy. He's leased an apartment nearby so he can stay close to the project, bu
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 28, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Beckett Montgomery along with his brothers Ryder and Owen all work together at their family owned business, Montgomery Family Contractors. Along with their mother, they have purchased a dilapidated inn in western Maryland and have been putting 100% effort into making it an amazing bed and breakfast. But it still needs a lot of work. Beckett is the architect of the group, and is very busy with all the plans.

Clare Brewster owns a cute little bookstore, right across from the Inn. She is a widow, ha
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Recommended Read

I have to admit it's been awhile since I've read Nora Roberts, I LOVE her books so I am not sure why. Maybe it was an attempt to cure my Nora Roberts addiction, if it was I have now relapsed. Ms. Roberts creates worlds that feel real, like you are visiting with friends in a small town and if I think back, many moons ago, she is one of the authors who made me fall love with trilogies and series.

Clare left Boonsboro a starry eyed, in love new
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“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.”
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