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Friday, May 03, 2013

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

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 is my first Nora Roberts book, I know, hard to believe. It's possible I'm the last person on Earth that hasn't read one, and I guess I can't really say it's truly my first since I have listened to the first In Death book written under J. D. Robb. It is my first of her contemporary romance novels though. I loved it, pure and simple. It was just what I needed when I needed it, a sweet, fairly light palette-cleansing romance, after the intensity of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, with just a smidge of paranormal. The characters are easy to love and identify with and I loved the interactions between them all, especially Beckett and Clare's three boys. Man Night cracked me up. There is also some suspense to offset the sweetness of the romance, and the paranormal touch, while not central, is important. I definitely look forward to the rest of the trilogy and seeing Beckett's gruff brother Ryder fall in love!

Being one of the most prolific writers ever it seems, I'm sure you all would be able to find Nora, but just in case, here's her website. ;)

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