I rarely read/review an entire series in order, but just like last week, it’s all about BoonsBoro in prep for my trip. The Last Boyfriend is book two about the little town in MD by Nora Roberts and book two was even better than the last! Note: In my review of book two there MAY be spoilers for book one. You have been warned. [goodreads review]
Owen is another Montgomery man helping to revitalize Inn BoonsBoro in his small town and Avery, the local pizza joint owner is just as invested. Friends since they were toddling, Avery and Owner were each other's first boyfriend and girlfriend, but when a pesky resident Ghost in the Inn helps move their relationship from friends and into lovers, these two planners must decide if spontaneity is right for them.
The second book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy follows Avery, the owner of Vesta’s Pizza across the square form the Inn. Avery is a fiery woman with dedication to her family, motivation for her business, and loyalty to those who deserve it. When one kiss sparks feelings for Owen that she hadn’t felt in many years their love story really takes off. Unlike book one, Avery and Owen’s story is truly focused on them. There is no side plot of a crazy town stalker, doesn't have three kids running around for comic relief (though they make appearances, don’t worry), and has a fantastic characters arc for both of them. Avery overcomes her past and learns to trust herself and as she does we watch Owen struggle with his own insecurities and personal quirks.
The Inn is finished in book two and the descriptions were breathtaking. With each room themed after a literary couple (just like the real Inn) it added a nice easter egg for the reader. As with the first book the process of building the Inn and the subsequent PR and running of the Inn was included which lightened the mood and made it a more interesting read.
Then there was the ghost, Lizzy. In book one Lizzy was a minimal part of the plot. She was a figure only one or two of the characters could interact with, but as the series progresses she seems to be getting stronger and so does her role in the books.