The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Some of Ms. Roberts' series have what I call "bridge" books, and unfortunately, to me, that's what this book was.
Avery MacTavish is the owner of Vesta pizzeria in Boonsboro, MD. Since their families were so close, she's always palled around with the Montgomery boys, and while she at one time had a crush on Owen, who played along and even "proposed" to her with a gumball machine ring when she was like 6, and as they've gotten older, they've realized that maybe there's something more there.
Tensions are high on both sides as the inn is about to open, and they're looking deeper into what they're feeling for each other. Lizzy, the inn's resident ghost makes an appearance again, and is giving a helping hand in her thoughts on the romance. Will Avery and Owen be able to figure out what they really feel for each other, or will their childhood romance be nothing more than a fond memory?
I liked this book for it's Nora Roberts romance that all her books have in it, but as I said before, this book kind of just feels like a bridge. Not a whole lot happens to move the plot of Lizzy the ghost forward, nor the story as a whole other than Avery and Owen exploring their romance.
There is a very late plot dealing with Avery's long-gone mother, but it doesn't happen until late in the book, and doesn't really do much to advance the story as a whole. I can see where not having this book would make the trilogy/story as a whole incomplete, but at the same time, it's kind of forgettable.
However, if you have a love of contemporary romance, this book will hit the spot for you, and will also keep you satisfied until you move on to The Perfect Hope.