The Next Always - MacLeod Andrews, Nora Roberts What I wasn't a fan of: The paranormal element, the half-written villan, the single mom thing (just not a fan of kids in my romance novels), the overly long passages of renovation descriptions. I appreciate Roberts researching details of her characters' vocations, but she also seems determined to really show that she did the work.

What I liked: Beckett's humor and warmth, Avery, Hope, the small-town life.

Not her best, but certainly not her worst. I'm giving this the "first book in a series" exception and will see if she finds her footing with the second book.