Review: The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always by Nora Roberts: Book CoverThe Next Always by Nora Roberts 

  • Pub. Date: November 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback , 352pp
The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, 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. As the architect of the family, Beckett’s 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…
My Thoughts:
I have been looking forward for the release of this book since I first hear about it.  I have been a Nora Roberts fan for many years as well as a huge bed a breakfast fan so the idea of a book revolving about the bed and breakfast in BoonsBoro, MD, which Nora Roberts actually owns, was super exciting.  I will say that the book did not disappoint.  I had very high expectations and was very happy with the outcome of this book.
While yes, the story is a typical Nora Roberts book it was a pleasant balance of two people starting a relationship even though they have a lot of history not only together but in their lives, as well, and the building of this beautiful bed and breakfast restoring an old hotel with a ton of history.  The descriptions of the hotel and how it comes along with all of the wonderful details was like you are really participating in the building process.  While for most people, I think the love story will be the draw to the story for me it was just the opposite, the story of the bed and breakfast is what pulled me in an kept me interested.   
As in most of her trilogies, it was easy to identify the three woman who will play the main characters in each of these books.  In this book it is Clare and Beckett.  Beckett has had a crush on Clare since they were 15 years old but never made it known because she was dating a good friend of his and they ended up getting married.  But now Clare is a widow and have moved back to town with er her three young boys.  She run a very successful bookstore across the street from the Inn .  This also bring an interesting facet to the story for a book lover. Beckett and Clare see each other on a regular basis and it become obvious to both of them that there is an attraction.  It was great to see the relationship grow not just between Beckett and Clare but Clare’s boys as well.  As in most stories with a strong female, there is problems when Beckett tries to help her with things and Clare feels that she can take care of herself but they work through these issues.  Things become when the ghost come into the picture.  I am really looking for the next story hoping to get more glimpses into their life together.  While I know that the next book will be based on a different main woman, I am hoping that I will get to see more of these two and the boys.
My Rating: 
For me this was a 5 penguin story
I enjoyed all of the facets of the story
Especially the B&B


Review: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Chasing Fire

Overview – 

Chasing Fire



Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 472pp
  • Sales Rank: 63


Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.
But there’s also little else as thrilling — at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home — even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.
Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is among the strongest ever — and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas “Iron Man” Tripp, yet he’s instantly more fascinated by his hero’s daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn’t make a good case to be an exception to the rule.
Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull — any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

My thoughts

It is a pretty tough thing to write about an romance author as big as Nora Roberts, who has constantly products books that do extremely well!  I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years and I am pretty sure I have read every book she has written.  For her last few series, I felt like I had the book figured out before I got to the end just because her style can be so similar.  Now while this can be frustrating, it is also kind of nice to be able to know that when you pick up a book it is going to be constant and great quality.  That being said, Chasing Fire surprised me because I didn’t have it figured out as a matter of fact I didn’t have any clue how the book was going to end.  

I enjoyed the romance end of this book a lot!  There wasn’t just one romance but two.  I love this different dynamic to the book.  It was very unlike the The Bride Quartet because this was Rowan, a fire jumper and girl who firmly believes that she should never get involved with another fire jumper and her father, Lucas, the very famous Iron Man Tripp, known for his fire jumping, and locally for raising his daughter alone after her mother up and left.  Needless, to say that Rowan meets Gull, a rookie fire jumper from California, who is not going to let her rule about not dating another fire jumper get in his way.  Lucas, now retired from fire jumping, owns his own skydiving company and meets the love of his life, Ella, after her son buys her a tandem jump as a gift.  It was interesting to watch these two stories unroll and the challenges that both father and daughter face as they do.

As for the fire jumping, WOW!  I learned so much about wild fires and how they are combated.  This was my very favorite part of this book.  I love to learn something new from a book and Nora Roberts did a wonderful job and introducing me to a very new topic but did it in a way that was very easy to understand.  Fire is some very scary stuff and this book really explain how dangerous forest fires really are.  I high recommend this book for this part of the story along, but the added murder mystery and love stories make it a very well rounded story.

My Rating

I rate this book 4.5 stars.  Simply because I felt the book ended before it should have.  I know at over 450 pages it had to end just I just wanted more.
Source:  This book was a gift from another blogger.

Book Review: Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

  • Pub. Date: November 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback , 355pp


Dreams are realized in the eagerly-awaited fourth novel in Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…

My take:

I was hoping that I would enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first 3 in this series.  I am happy to say that I think that I enjoyed this book even more than the first three.  I love the charter development that continues through each of these books.  Parker was calm and collected through the first three books while we got to know her and how dedicated she is to her friends, who she considers her family, we never really saw the soft side of her.  I was pleased to find that she was not as collected as we all thought.  Mal has been the same bold character thought since we were introduced to him.  I love that we get to know Mal’s mother and the history between her and Mrs. G.  I love that we get to continue to explore the other three brides to be while getting the real focus on how Mal and Parker move into their relationship.  I think my favorite part of this story is how Mrs, G finds Parker’s mother’s wedding dress out for her at the end of this book.  All in all, I wish there was a follow up series about these weddings and how they go off.  I love reading Nora Roberts she just has a way of telling a story.

For me this was a 5 star book.