Original Title: The Last Boyfriend
Year Published: 2012
Published by: The Berkley Publishing Group
Number of Pages: 319
First Sentence: “A fat winter moon poured light over the old stone and brick of the inn on The Square”.
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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…
I liked this book much more than the first one. It was much easier to get into and flowed differently. I think it was because you already knew all the characters and the town of Boonsboro so there weren’t as many introductions in this one as in the first.
This time around it’s Owen and Avery’s turn to be hit by Cupid’s arrows. They’ve known each other since childhood and have taken turns crushing on each other. However, romantic feelings have never appeared before. Just like all Robert’s novels you know the ending before you’ve even started. However, she makes the journey there worth it. All the characters from the first book are present in this one and I love the fact that Robert’s doesn’t just center the book on Owen and Avery. Instead you get to see things from Hope, the Innkeepers, view, Ryder, the eldest brother, and several of the other charcters as well. The risk with writing like that is that it can be confusing but Robert’s pulls it off. What is annoying though is that she can switch p.o.v. in the middle of a paragraph. That means that you are reading Owen’s p.o.v. and suddenly you switch to Avery’s, It caused slight confusion for me, especially when she switched like that between the female characters.
I said that I’d fallen in love with the Inn in the first book. The love intensifies in this book. They are nearing the final stretch on renovations in the first half of the book and by the end the Inn is open for business. The descriptions of all the rooms and the overall feeling of the Inn makes it hard not to love. However, I found out today that the town of Boonsboro is real, and that all the places described in the book exist in real life. So I had to google the Inn and see if it was as beautiful as it is described. The outside lives up to expectations but not the inside. Therefore I will just stick with the images I had in my head.
Do I recommend it?
If you read the first one and liked it, then yes you should read this one. Do read the first one first though. Here is my review on the fist book : click