Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Not quite YA today. (Adult Contmeporary Romance book review) The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always
Good Reads Summary
The Next Always by Nora Roberts

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 waiting to kiss since he was fifteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett’s happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next . . .


My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nora Roberts is my go-to author for something to put a smile on my face. Never mind if every other book of hers is set in small town wherever somewhere in America, all towns  close knit enough to have every other person aware of what everyone else ‘s business is. Never mind too that without fail there’s either a set of siblings or a set of friends whose stories each emphasize their unique closeness. And never mind that each time they all happen to conveniently end up matchy –matchy with some other set of friends/siblings. It’s all good No really, truly it’s all good. You don’t see it right now, but I’m grinning like an idiot.

In this one it’s Becket and his see all, plan all, and be ready for all ways that’s got Clare the Fair’s heart going  pat pat pat….right along side with my own. Sweet story because there’s a torch been carried for quite some time… and then something’s finally done about it. So we see all these cute adjustments taking place plus the entertainment of other friends who living vicariously through the excitement of the others. Make it more interesting with talk of ghosts and brothers who rag on each other. Plus little boys and brother-puppies and my heart’s mush… and yes my cheeks may be hurting a little from the Aaw shucks moments in this one. But it’s just what I’ve been wanting.

Nothing too over the top in this one, just cuteness all around with the guy getting down to the level of the three main men in her lives… seriously this was some good stuff.  Of course what Nora Roberts novel would be a N R novel without some of the unexpected more than slightly creepy interest that’s unwanted going on in the sidelines. And did I mention a haunting… though a friendly haunting in this case?

Yes, NR is my go to author… after a string of too much of this and too little of that in the last bunch of reads I’ve had in my hands… I’m happy to report Robert’s has still got that little something that’s got me all smiles.





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