Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out – with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a toolbelt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…
As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be – except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.
While the inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome – and embarrassing – appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…
This was probably my favorite book of this trilogy. I really loved Hope and I loved Ryder too. He seemed like a more fleshed-out character compared to his brothers. But I still thought he was a bit lacking in the sense of learning about him. He, like his brothers, is a well-adjusted adult that comes from a really nice family. I really loved the whole family aspect of this series. The Montgomery family and the whole town was just so wholesome.
Hope, however, has got issues. She’s getting over a serious betrayal by her ex and his whole family. I really liked finally getting to know all the details about what happened because it’s talked about in the previous books but not in detail. I also liked getting to see Hope moving forward from that part of her life. She’s sort of the outsider of the town, but she never really feels or is treated that way. I loved seeing her come into the town and just become a part of the family. I loved her friendship with Clare and Avery.
Finally, the ghost. I really loved the mystery and romance of Eliza. She’s pushing the couples together. She’s a romantic that just wants to find her lost love. I loved them coming together and working toward helping Eliza. I also really loved the connections we find out about Eliza and the rest of the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed this series. I liked watching the Inn being built and then opening. I loved the characters and their relationships. It was just a really fun series to reread.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist – and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish….
Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation — and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.
As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of BoonsBoro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected — and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last.
In the second book of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, we follow Avery and Owen. They’re life long friends and we get my favorite trope of friends to lovers. Part of my feels like this had second book syndrome and another part of me really enjoyed it. It was a totally character-driven story with minimal plot. It felt like not much happened, but there was growth for all the characters, especially Owen and Avery. They grew together while figuring out how to be with one another as more.
I really liked Avery. She’s got mommy issues which I can’t relate to. But she also is stubborn and determined. She works hard at anything she sets her mind to and doesn’t take no for an answer. She’s thoughtful and kind, but doesn’t take anyone’s crap and stands up for what she thinks is right.
Owen felt like we didn’t really get to go deeper than the surface. We get that he’s a really neat and organized guy (maybe overly so). He loves his family, his mother, and his brothers. I love the family man aspect but I didn’t feel like we really got to know him. His fears and hopes and dreams.
Overall, I had fun reading this but it didn’t blow me away. I adore all of the scenes with the Inn and its ghost, Lizzy. I really love the small-town setting and the tight-knit community.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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.
I really liked Clare. Her story of being a widow because her husband was in the military totally hit me in the feels (as I am married to a military member). But she really made me want to be a super mom. If she can manage to wrangle those three wild and fun boys, then I can do the same with my one little one.
I also really liked Beckett. I liked the small-town community feels (like Gilmore Girls) and the just togetherness of being a part of that community. I loved Beckett’s relationship with his brothers and they’ve made a career together with their talents.
I love this small town (and I live in the same state as the real one) so I’m definitely planning to visit it once my best friend is back on the same coast like me.
I loved all of the bits about the Inn. It’s somewhere I’d really like to visit someday and just gives me all the feels. I read this series for the first time back in high school and I’m happy to be reading them again. The Inn and town and bookstore all sound like the place I’d love to live.
Overall the book sped by and was over before I knew it. It felt a little slow in the beginning and then things just started getting faster toward the end. I say faster and not rushed because it wasn’t rushed I just wanted more and was surprised when the book was over. Nora will forever be a favorite author. Pick this up and you’ll love her too.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.