The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, Book 2
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A fat winter moon poured light over the old stone and brick of the inn on The Square. In its beams, the new porches and pickets glowed, and the bright-penny copper of the roof glinted. The old and new merged there—the past and the now—in a strong and happy marriage. Its windows stayed dark on this December night, prizing its secrets in shadows. But in a matter of weeks they would shine like others along Boonsboro’s Main Street. As he sat in his truck at the light on The Square, Owen Montgomery looked up Main at the shops and apartments draped in their holiday cheer. Lights winked and danced. To his right, a pretty tree graced the big front window of the second-floor apartment. Their future innkeeper’s temporary residence reflected her style. Precise elegance. Next Christmas, he thought, they’d have Inn BoonsBoro covered with white lights and greenery. And Hope Beaumont would center her pretty little tree in the window of the innkeeper’s apartment on the third floor.
He glanced to his left where Avery MacTavish, owner of Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant, had the restaurant’s front porch decked out in lights.
Her apartment above—formerly his brother Beckett’s—also showed a tree in the window. Otherwise the windows were as dark as the inn’s. She’d be working tonight, he thought, noting the movement in the restaurant. He shifted, but couldn’t see her behind the work counter.
When the light changed, he turned right onto St. Paul Street, then left into the parking lot behind the inn. Then sat in his truck a moment, considering. He could walk over to Vesta, he thought, have a slice and a beer, hang out until closing. Afterward he could do his walk-through of the inn.
He didn’t actually need to walk through, he reminded himself. But he hadn’t been on-site all day as he’d been busy with other meetings, other details on other Montgomery Family Contractors’ business. He didn’t want to wait until morning to see what his brothers and the crew had accomplished that day.
Besides, Vesta looked busy, and had barely thirty minutes till closing. Not that Avery would kick him out at closing—probably. More than likely, she’d sit down and have a beer with him. Tempting, he thought, but he really should do that quick walkthrough and get home. He needed to be on-site, with his tools, by seven.
He climbed out of the truck and into the frigid air, already pulling out his keys. Tall like his brothers, with a build leaning toward rangy, he hunched in his jacket as he walked around the stone courtyard wall toward the doors of The Lobby.
His keys were color-coded, something his brothers called anal, and he deemed efficient. In seconds he was out of the cold and into the building. He hit the lights, then just stood there, grinning like a moron.
The decorative tile rug highlighted the span of the floor and added another note of charm to the softly painted walls with their custom, creamy wainscoting. Beckett had been right on target about leaving the side wall exposed brick. And their mother had been dead-on about the chandelier.
Not fancy, not traditional, but somehow organic with its bronzy branches and narrow, flowing globes centered over that tile rug. He glanced right, noted The Lobby restrooms with their fancy tiles and green-veined stone sinks had been painted.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Nora Robert
The Last Boyfriend is the impossible-to-put-down second novel in the delightful Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy. And it proves, once again, that Nora Roberts, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Next Always, is in a class of her own!
The dynamic Montgomery brothers and their loveably eccentric mother are breathing new life into the small town of BoonsBoro, Maryland, by restoring its charming historic hotel. And they’re finding their own lives revamped by love…
Owen, the designated organizer of the raucus Montgomery clan, has long been running the family’s highly successful construction business with an iron fist. And though his brothers tease him mercilessly about his inflexible spreadsheets and compulsive list making, Owen has Inn BoonsBoro set to open right on schedule. The only thing he didn’t plan for was gorgeous but cautious Avery McTavish, owner of Avery’s, a popular pizza place right across the street from the inn. Since they were young kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But he has to convince the workaholic restaurateur to let down her guard—and realize that her once-upon-a-time first boyfriend is going to be her last….
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corp ( May 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-392155
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.79inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
fantastic like all of nora Roberts books but could have used a little more oompf to the plot
Loved it. I love Nora Roberts. I can reread most of her books.
Reviewer: Tina C
Reviewer: Mary R
I just finished The Last Boyfriend and It was great as always. The ghost brings on a mystery to it, cant wait to see where that leads. Starting the last book imediately!! Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb is my all time favorite author.
Reviewer: crystal b