The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
- ISBN-13: 9780425246047
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
- Publication date: 11/6/2012
- Pages: 336
- Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy , #3
- Source: From Publisher for Review
A new novel of starting over and star-crossed love.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.
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 tool belt, 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…
I was so excited for the conclusion to the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy to come out that when it arrived in my mailbox I started it right away and could not put it down until I knew what happened to the last of the Montgomery brothers. I knew moving into The Perfect Hope that the story would be about Ryder, the last of the Montgomery boys, and Hope the Inn’s innkeeper who came to Boonsboro to start again after finding out her boyfriend and son of the owner of the Inn she was running had been keeping her on the side after announcing his engagement. It was really a rough end to the relationship but found home in at Boonsboro and the friends she had to turn to. Life has changed for Hope but Ryder just rubs her the wrong way and they just do not see eye to eye, the worst is that he cannot even call her by her name. Sparks seems to fly between them after they shared a kiss on New Year Eve but never thinks the other can stand the other. Things change when the ex shows up at the Inn trying to convince Hope to return to her old job and being his woman on the side. Ryder just happens to be walking by and Hope lays one hot kiss on him and he goes with it. The ex stalks off but Ryder cannot leave it alone and drives into D.C. to make sure that Hope is left alone. The sparks just keep flying.
I really loved the story of Ryder and Hope and it was my favorite book in this series. There was a lot of loose ends to wrap up in The Perfect Hope and the biggest of these things is the ghost in the inn, Lizzy. They where still trying to figure out who Lizzy’s beau was and what happened to him to hopefully put her to rest. Hope being the innkeeper seemed to have the most interaction with Lizzy and it is her ancestor. I was thrilled with the outcome. But I am not going to share any hints. We also revisit the other couples and find out what is going on in their lives. Always a lot of fun. These three couple have great interactions and friendships. What makes this series for me is all of the businesses they all run and how well they all work together.
As always, Nora Roberts brings a consistent series where each book flows smoothly into the the next and the balance between story line and romance is done perfectly. I have always enjoyed her writing style but feel that her last four book have had a renewed feel to them. For a while, it felt that every book was just the same and I knew exactly what was going to happen at every turn of the page. I am very happy to have found a new love for Nora Robert’s writing. I enjoyed the last few series but not nearly as much as this one.