Title: The Last Boyfriend
Author: Nora Roberts
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy #2
Main Characters: Avery and Owen
Release Date: May 2012
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Sexual Intensity: mild
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 bought these books when they first came out and put them in my TBR pile. Then earlier this year, I planned a trip to the Boonsboro Inn with a group of my reader Chicks, so I've been saving them. This weekend I am in MD at the Inn, so I thought it was appropriate to post my reviews over the weekend I am gone.
This book is a true friends to lovers romance. I loved that especially as the book started when there were no romantic feelings between the two at all, so you got to watch the emotions develop and morph into this gorgeous relationship that it eventually becomes. The other thing that is so great about Owen and Avery together is that they are such opposites. Owen is positively anal about everything being organized a certain way. Avery gave me the impression of a free-spirit, modern hippy. I loved how they balance each other out.
And as you got to watch feelings between Avery and Owen develop, you also get to see more of the town of Boonsboro develop. The Inn gets finished in this book and there is a new proposal on the table...from Avery. She wants to open an additional restaurant and taproom. The problem with this...Owen is the one who doesn't quite believe in her ability to handle another project...NOT good. They both work crazy hours and it affects their time together and causes further stress between them. It was a good source of conflict for their story esp. knowing how long they've been good friends. That worked for me because it's hard to maintain a romance, friendship, AND a business relationship all at the same time without conflict there somewhere.
And as always, this book was chock-full of the charm of the Inn Boonsboro, as well as this wonderful family and group of friends. These are just fun books to read. To know that the places they are referring to are real is awesome and I can't wait to see the town AND Inn in person.