This book, this series actually, I’ve read a handful of times and it continues to stay in the favorites list for me. However, instead of actually reading the book this time I decided to listen to the audible version and I must say, I was not all that pleased with it.
First off, it was read by a male, which I don’t have anything against a male reading a romance such as this one, however, his voice didn’t really fit the vision of what I have when I read the book. The women voices had too much “male” in them when their parts came up in the story and the males, well, they weren’t exactly how I thought they would sound. Of course, when it comes to books and them being read aloud by someone not everyone is going to be happy about it because when you read a book yourself, how you see and hear the characters is all up to you really so there’s always going to be a change, sometimes a drastic difference, to what you believe they should sound like compared to how the writer actually wanted them to sound like. I much prefer to read the actual book myself in most cases because of this so that I can envision them how I want them to look and sound. Now, this won’t put me off on listening to any other books on audible, but they are few and far between times such as when I really want to read a book but can’t due to having to work, or I’m on a long car ride and I’m not in the mood to listen to music at the time, I’ll usually give listening to a book a chance.
Now, when it comes to the actual story, it’s one that I believe everyone should read, at least once, as it’s fun, funny, and a bit of love thrown in. Oh, and let’s not forget about the ghost, Lizzy, who roams the halls of the Inn! You can’t help to fall in love with the Montgomery brothers, even the bad-tempered Ryder. He, of course, is actually my favorite of the three. However, even though all three brothers show their faces in each book, as well as Avery and Hope, this story mainly focuses on that of Beckett and Clare; and let’s not forget about those rambunctious three boys of hers.
Clare has come back to her hometown with her three boys in tow after she lost her husband to war, making her living running a bookstore (dreams!) and soon finds herself slowly falling head-over-heals for Beckett. He has never really stopped being attracted to Clare, has been ever since they were in school together, and he couldn’t be happier that she’s back. He may not have seen himself turning into a family man so soon in his life, but he couldn’t seem to stop himself, or even wanting to stop himself, from tumbling into love with them all.
One reason why I love this series is for that slow-burning romance, and then there’s Elizabeth, a.k.a Lizzy, the ghost that likes to take up residence in the Inn the brothers are rehabbing. They have decided to name her after the room that she likes to frequent, Elizabeth and Darcy. Her moods tend to go up and down, causing crazy things to happen at the inn as a result, such as flickering the lights, locking the inn keeper out, anything to get the attention of those around; and this comes in quite handy when Clare finds herself in the hands of someone who doesn’t want her to be with anyone but him. Not even her boys. Lizzy helps bring in some of the suspense and fun to the story, making you want to find out exactly who she is and what she’s doing there at the inn.
This series isn’t one of the top series for me by Nora Roberts but it is one that I like to go back and reread on occasion when I need something lite, fun, and steamy.
About The Next Always
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 . . .
A list of Nora Robert’s books can be found here – Book List – She even has a printable list that can be found here – Printable List – and a list of series/connected books can be found here – Series/Connected Book List