The Next Always
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 . . .
The history of the Inn and the war is a big reel in for a reader. The knowledge of construction and design really speaks to those who enjoy it. The small town feel of having neighbor businesses working together makes the story desirable. Beckett Montgomery is the architect and the relationship he has with his brothers really is strong and solid. I enjoy the elements of banter, joking around, and the brotherly fights that these brothers share. Beckett is mostly all work but the fact that he makes it a priority to visit Turn The Page bookstore to check on his friend and childhood crush, Claire is subtle yet endearing.
Claire is a single mother of three boys and the owner and runner of Turn The Page bookstore. Taking both jobs seriously, she leans on her parents and her best friend Avery for companionship. Friends with the brothers, she is curious to see what is going on under the tarp of the Inn. An eye sore turning into something vital in town, she wants to look closer. The crush she has on Beckett is also endearing.
What I enjoyed about this story was that Claire and Beckett each have strengths and strong family and friend ties. I enjoy her friendship with Avery. I also enjoy the connection she has with the Inn ghost. I enjoyed this book very much. It has a lot of laughs, enjoyable times with the children, and hard times to be overcome.
Roberts has a skill of creating complex characters and stories. Her ability to individualize each character and keep the story from becoming overwhelming is to be admired.
The Last Boyfriend
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 give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish….
Owen Montgomery plays by the rules, sticks to schedules, and has a long life plan. He’s friends with everyone in Boonsboro and has connections with all the business owners. This includes Vesta Pizzeria’s owner Avery MacTavish who is anything but organized. Her rules are easily molded around how hard she works and tries. A more in depth look at the relationship between the brothers and their mother, Justine is what I enjoyed most about this book. Justine has a vision of what Boonsboro Square has to offer.
Working with her sons, she’s on a mission to complete the Inn and has room for other projects to be added on later. Her visions can annoy and irritate her sons , but in the end, they know she’s right.
I enjoyed watching Owen struggle with his feelings over Avery. As much as I enjoyed watching Avery overcome some really deep and dark past fears and struggles. Another Roberts skill is creating complex life stories. Her women are always hard workers, they don’t let their pasts define them, and always seem to be able to come out on top. They struggle visibly, but they don’t need a man to overcome them. They just need a little support.
The ghost is such a major role in this series and there are a few really funny scenes between the brothers that had me rolling in my seat.
The Perfect Hope
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out – with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a toolbelt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…
As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be – except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.
While the inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome – and embarrassing – appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…
This was my favorite book in the trilogy for a number of reasons. First, since the beginning Ryder has been short tempered and annoyed with Hope, the Innkeeper. It went unnoticed as he’s tough on the outside most of the time. I really enjoyed watching the toughest Montgomery brother show other sides of himself. I feel Roberts is incredibly skilled at writing men. They are complex, have deeper feelings and emotions than what they show, and they are all around full fleshed out characters.
Hope was the former manager of a D.C. hotel much higher end than the Inn, but after some sketchy behavior by the owners, she’s ready for a new start. Running the Inn fulfills her and the connection she has with Claire and Avery is something to be admired. Old College friends, she easily slides into Boonsboro and they become more like sisters.
I really enjoyed watching Ryder and Hope fall for each other much to their dismay. Each time they feel something for the other, they seem to get annoyed. Sparks are too much to keep them apart and it is so funny and sweet to watch them fight against for what is meant to be.
The entire trilogy was tied together beautifully from start to finish. Relationships between friends, brothers, family, and community. I have to say this is one of my favorite Roberts trilogy. I’ve read the trilogy more than once. If you enjoy community, friendship, love, and a little paranormal and war history, this is the trilogy for you.