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The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

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The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in 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 bee ...more
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Published November 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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 fi
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
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

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
Megan Conte
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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
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
Sandy M
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
Mandi Schreiner
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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

In Nora Robert’s first book in her new series, Inns Boonsboro, THE NEXT ALWAYS, the writing phenomenon continues to fill reader’s hearts with lasting romances that will bring a smile to your face as you read this story.

THE NEXT ALWAYS follows Beckett Montgomery, one of the three brothers who is renovating a well-loved, old historical hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland. With the help of his brothers, Ryder and Owen and their mother, they seem to be doing a fantastic job with t
Jacob Proffitt
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
Candace Salima
Mar 03, 2013 Candace Salima rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 18 and Up
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…

From that description, one would assume this latest offering by Nora Roberts was nothin
Yorumun orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Epsilon, yazarın düğün serisini bitirdikten sonra yakın zamanda yazmaya başladığı üçlemenin ilk kitabını bizlere sundu. Her zamanki gibi yine çok güzel bir kurgu ve detay yaratan yazar beni yine kendine hayran bıraktı.

Seri, üç erkek kardeşin hikayesini anlatıyor. Bunlardan ilki olan Beckett, gençliği boyunca Clare'i sevmiştir ama Clare başkasına aşıktır ve onunla evlenip kasabayı terk etmiştir. Ama kocası savaşta ölünce iki küçük oğlu ve karnındaki bebe
Laura V.
No me gustó mucho :/

Fue mayoritariamente aburrido, la relación de ellos no tiene ni una chispa, los personajes son tan poco atractivos, totalmente planos. Rescato a los secundarios, todos menos la pareja principal.
El "villano" fue una tomada de pelo. Todo a último minuto, prácticamente me sonó a un intento de rescatar la trama.
Este libro es quizás muy introductorio, es mucho el tiempo que la autora le dedica a todo lo referente a la construcción y diseño del hotel. Tanto, que resulta denso.
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts but it's been a while since I've read her newer stuff so I was really excited to read The Next Always. The fact that it was a second-chance-at-love (the hero has had a crush on the heroine since they were in high school) was a plus.

The Next Always wasn't what I initially expected. First of all, I didn't know that the heroine, Clare, was a young widow until I read the synopsis on the back of the ARC. I usually stay from widowed heroines, especially ones with childre
Taryn Elliott
I love the start of a new trilogy from laNora. Some people feel like they're just a set up to the series, but somehow it just never is to me. I get to meet a whole slew of new people to fall in love with.

She does it to me EVERY single time.
It's just disgusting. LOL

I look forward to it every year. This one does not disappoint in my eyes. The romance was a little sweeter, the children definitely put a different spin on things. And normally I'm not really a book-has-kids kind of reader, but I
I've gotten in a bit of a rut lately, so I decided to read from an author I haven't picked up in a while. This book was a nice break, and I'm glad that, for a change, I've actually picked up the first book in a new series (as opposed to discovering I have to go back to the bookstore and start from the beginning!)

What I liked about this book: Although there are elements of suspense, especially towards the conclusion, the story is primarily about building community and how people fall in love. It
Debbie W
Reread 3/10/14

I am a Nora Roberts diehard fan so I knew that I would enjoy this trilogy. This was actually a reread for me, and I still feel the same as I did when I read it back in early 2012. I love her Nora weaves all of her characters into the story. You can’t help but love each one of them. This is the first book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. All three Montgomery brothers are hot, but this story is primary about Beckett who has been in love with Claire since middle school. Clair left immedi
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)
  • The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)
Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1) Born in Fire (Born In Trilogy, #1) Blue Dahlia (In The Garden, #1) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island, #1) Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish Trilogy, #1)

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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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