The Next Always by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From Goodreads: 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 . .
This was just what I needed to kick off spring. Fun, romantic, easy read. Roberts knows how to write a first kiss scene. Swoon!
I liked Clare a lot. She was a strong independant woman. Married young and left with 3 boys to wrangle, she finds something special without even looking.
Beckett is a man with good values that works hard and is patient. The two of them together was so sweet. The way he loved her boys made me sigh every time.
Without meaning to, he was a great father figure to them, and for a woman with 3 kids, he was perfect for Clare.
Sam's character really bothered me, however that means he was written well. The guy who gets anything he wants, and if it doesn't come willingly he just takes it. I hated Sam with fire and daggers.
I'm not sure how I feel about the ghost portion of the story. I think it the story was fine without it. This didn't seem like the sort of book that needed something suernatural to be on the sidelines. I imagine the next two books will dive deeper into this part. You can see already who is going to end up with who in the trilogy: 3 friends, 3 brothers.
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