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The Next Always

(Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  76,780 ratings  ·  3,984 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
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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 pat
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
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
Either I don't know how to pick them or my friends have grossly exaggerated about how awesome Nora Roberts is!
This entire book was meh. The characters were boring and one dimensional. The writing was so-so. Does anyone want to suggest me some decent books by this author before I write her off?? I'd be extremely grateful.
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
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2018
Say what you will about Nora Roberts, she sure knows how to paint a picture with words and pull you in. As I read The Next Always I could picture the town of Boonsboro and felt like I had been to that small town. Nora Roberts novels aren't High Art. That's not the type of author she is and she's not trying to be that author. I saw an interview she did in which she explained why she writes her books, she said she writes books for busy women who have too much to do and not enough Me time. She want ...more
Nov 03, 2011 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
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.”

* * *
“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
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed to the end. Not much to say about it really. It was nice enough. She threw in a bit of a ghost story ... not really up my street. Saying that, I still want to visit BoonsBoro and the Inn and the bookstore. Some day ....

There is an Eve and Roarke room there ... all we need is to have Roarke there, in person.
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 23, 2012 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
 Readaholic Jenn
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Not as good as some of her other books but it's still an amazing trilogy. I love the characters (well, all except for Sam) and I can't wait to read the next one. ...more
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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. ...more
Feb 11, 2012 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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely story and I'm going to read the next book in the serie.
And I really hope that the ghost will have a part in that story.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this is my second attempt at reading this book. I tried back in 2017 and just gave up at that point. I think it was all of the information provided about the renovations and decorating. Sorry, I just didn't care. And this was before my whole house needed to be renovated in 2018 and even then I have to say I doubt I would have cared this much still about decorative details. For readers who don't know. the Inn BoonsBoro is a real live place that Roberts owns and operates. And yes the inn does ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Next Always by bestselling author Nora Roberts is the first novel in a brand new trilogy. I have been reading Roberts’s books since I was a teen and have come to love her characters, romances and writing style. This enchanting tale has romance, suspense and a ghost.

Roberts, takes us to the small town of BoonsBoro, Maryland. Beckett Montgomery and his two brothers, along with their mother are restoring the BoonsBoro Inn to its former glory. Beckett is the architect in this handsome group of s
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of those books I've wanted to get to for a very long time. I kind of got away from this kind of story for awhile but have been on a Nora kick so I figured this was a good time for it.

I'm a little disappointed.

I was mostly bored. Not with the Inn BoonsBoro, but with the romance. I was into the construction and decor and the town for sure.

It's not easy, the dead spouse and three kids. But that wasn't even it. Mostly I feel like Beckett settled. That's probably not the right descriptor
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 a
Jan 21, 2012 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
C.H. Armstrong
Nov 27, 2011 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
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
Nov 25, 2011 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
Mar 20, 2014 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...
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Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jennifer Estep
Dec 17, 2011 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
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her book ...more

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“I’m not hitting on her. I’m exploring the possibility of seeing her on social terms.”

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