I was very excited to find Avery and Owen as the lead characters in The Last Boyfriend. Even in Happily Ever After I was drawn to Owen and his matter...more I was very excited to find Avery and Owen as the lead characters in The Last Boyfriend. Even in Happily Ever After I was drawn to Owen and his matter of fact way of getting business done. I kind of figure that he would be drawn to Avery. Their personalities and quirks seems to be a decent match. What I enjoyed even more was the growth and opening of the Inn. I have always wanted to run a Bed and Breakfast so this behind the scenes peek at what it might take was probably a bigger draw for me than most readers but I find it all fascinating. The ideas that grow in the characters of this story are amazing and as always there are a few surprises along the way that I never saw coming and since they are not mentioned in the blurb for the story, I am not going to share them either. That being said, the background that we get in this story is amazing and explains so much. Owen was Avery's first boyfriend way back when they were just little kids, little did they know that down the road they would find themselves together again. Owen, for sure, has his work cut out for him when he realizes that he has fallen for Avery because she has other things on her mind and since Owen's family holds the key to all her dreams, she can't bring herself to just fall for him.
Nora Roberts does an outstanding job with balancing the love story and the plot that ties the three books together. In The Last Boyfriend, we get to see what is going on with Clare and Beckett and the boys from The Next Always as they come up on their wedding date, building a home for them all to live in and the opening of the Inn. It is always nice to catch up with old friends and find out what is going on. That is one of my favorite things about Nora Roberts trilogies. Not only is she an outstanding story teller but she is great at keeping us in the loop.
My absolute favorite scene in The Last Boyfriend is that of the night before the Inn opens to the public when everyone stays at the Inn. The joy and sense of accomplishment is grand and there are some surprises along the way, including a visit from the friendly Inn ghost. While this is a smaller story line that in some of the previous Nora Roberts book, I enjoy it. (less)
Celebrity In Death is much less emotional than New York to Dallas was. Eve is beginning to deal with what happened though she is having very lucid dre...moreCelebrity In Death is much less emotional than New York to Dallas was. Eve is beginning to deal with what happened though she is having very lucid dreams and Roarke is also starting to cope with the aftermath. They are both being careful with one another so while there is interaction that is solely Roarke and Eve, it is not the main focus of this story. For me this book got back to the nitty girtty of solving the crime, much more about the process. There is a lot of interview time with witnesses where both Eve and Peabody’s skills are demonstrated and just solid detective work.
The big question always is who got murdered and who is Eve going to get justice for. Nadine has sold her book rights for The Icove Agenda and they are filming right in New York City. Roarke and Eve, Peabody and McNab, Dr. Mira and her Husband, Mavis and her husband and Nadine are attending a dinner with the cast of the movie. Eve is trying to just enjoy herself when she has words with K.T. Harris, the woman who is playing Peabody in the film. Little is though of this as the hostess pulls her aside and the night moves on to a gag reel showing. After the viewing, K.T. is found dead in the rooftop pool. Eve quickly realizes that K.T. is not liked by anyone on the cast but everyone seems to have an alibi. Solid interview and just plain digging reveal just how much K.T. was disliked and why. When a P.I., that K.T hired to investigate two of the other cast members and their relationship in order for K.T. to be able to blackmail them turns up murdered as well, Eve and Peabody are at a loss as to who the murderer is until Eve discovers something outrageous. Seven deaths of people close to one of the suspects have turned up and that just seems too convenient.
I was glad to have a break from the emotional stress of New York to Dallas. I understand why it needed to happen but it was a rough story. I really enjoy the evolution of relationship that the In Death Series has. Eve and Roarke have hit a new level of their relationship with all of Eve’s past out in the open, yet things are still the same. Roarke continues to gift Eve with things even though it makes her crazy and Eve harassed Roarke about his business. Peabody and McNab really hit a new level when the idea of marriage is discussed. There is not much of Mavis in this book but I hope more in the future.
All in all, this was another solid entry in the In Death series. It is amazing that this is book #34 and I am not feeling that the series is dragging out. There is always something new and fresh. It keeps me coming back.