The Next Always

Roberts, Nora

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Next Always
The historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, 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. As the architect of the family, Beckett's 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..

Publisher: New York :, Jove,, 2014
Edition: Jove mass-market edition
ISBN: 0515151491
Branch Call Number: PBK ROMANCE
Characteristics: 322 pages : map ; 17 cm


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Jun 22, 2014
  • CSil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

loved this book! liked the character development, the details about the inn and the town. read it without realizing it is the first of a trilogy. immediately put the other two books on hold. can't wait to get them!

Apr 20, 2014
  • Irene99 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was searching for a romance without too much serious drama, and this book was recommended. I like the idea of something about restoring an old building, and the haunting is interesting too. But I couldn't get past the coarse language, which fell gratuitously from fairly early on until it became very unpleasant for me. I also found myself bored by the detailed descriptions of the reno details and family business. Didn't get through it and will be cautious about other work by this author.

Feb 15, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a nice touch was the Eve & Roarke Penthouse suite

Jul 17, 2013

1st book of trilogy

Jun 06, 2013
  • marilynnebooks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable read, likeable characters, interesting story. Always enjoy a Nora Roberts book, looking forward to next in series.

Apr 23, 2013
  • bookbug87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent beginning to a new series! Nora rarely lets me down. I love Beckett! The relationship between the brothers is just so fresh and believable. It was a rare moment that one of them didn't have me laughing. Definitely a read-again!

Mar 27, 2013
  • lilyofthevalley3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very enjoyable read from Nora Roberts. I loved the camaraderie between the various characters and their families. The ghost storyline is intriguing as well.

Nov 02, 2012
  • gramaval rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

another great story, can't wait to continue with the rest of the trilogy!!

Sep 26, 2012

Excellent trilogy. I love how Nora does these. Am presently listening to the 2nd & have placed a hold on the last, Perfect Hope. Can't wait to see how this will work out. Enjoy the continuation of the characters. For fans of her R.D. Nobb, there is a little surprize in this that only these fans were understand. Want to know? Read the book!

Jun 08, 2012
  • lovemypups81 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good easy read, perfect for summer reading. looking forward to the next book.

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Apr 20, 2014
  • Irene99 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Jan 23, 2012
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A note to most men and other enthusiastic avoiders of the romance genre: You may as well tune out now. I'm going all Nora Roberts on you, and if you don't know what that means, you probably don't want to.<br />

Alright, are we all clear? Perfect. Good news, romance fans! Nora Roberts has started a new trilogy, and it falls in line with her most-loved, vintage work. *The Next Always* is the first book in her Inn Boonsboro trilogy. It follows Roberts' classic trilogy formula – three strong, sassy friends in a small, atmospheric town come together around a charming project. The project provides the setting for the three friends to further bond, and – eventually - fall in love with gruff, dreamy manly-men. <br />

Clare is a young, beautiful widow of a soldier with three boys under 10. When her husband died, she returned home to Boonsboro to be near her parents and best friend Avery (who owns an Italian restaurant across the street), and opened a bookstore. She loves her boys and her work, has done her grieving, and finds her days are quite full and happy – in other words, she's a true-to-form, Nora Roberts-style independent woman. She's looking forward to the jump in business that'll come when the Montgomery brothers finish restoring a historic inn nearby. Small towns being what they are, Clare gets tours of the Inn as it transforms, and eventually winds up working with the brothers writing copy for their ad material. One of the brothers, Beckett, is a handsome architect and contractor who's had a crush on Clare since high school. As work on the inn progresses, he and Clare grow closer. <br />

But, this being Nora Roberts, there has to be a mysterious twist: Local spoiled brat millionaire Sam Freemont's crush on Clare has taken a sinister turn. As Clare's relationship with Beckett deepens, Sam grows angrier and decides to take action.<br />

All Roberts' signature elements are here: Strong bonds between friends; sarcasm without cattiness; a strong sense of place and community; and hunky men doing manly things in sensitive ways. The Inn itself takes shape as a character as the story progresses, with Roberts giving lots of charming details for the design enthusiasts out there to latch onto. And, qua Roberts, there are even some supernatural elements and a nod to Celtic culture in the character of Avery (I'm sure that'll be fleshed out in her installment, *The Last Boyfriend*, coming May 2012). Sensitive readers be warned - the Montgomery brothers' dialogue is as blue as their collars, and there are some pretty spicy scenes. However, all in all, *The Next Always* offers no surprises to seasoned Roberts readers – just a cozy, atmospheric, light read with likeable characters, great for dreary winter afternoons.


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