The Perfect Hope
by Nora Roberts
Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley trade
Publication date: November 6, 2012
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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The Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother are breathing new life into the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, by restoring its historic hotel. And they’re finding their own lives revamped by love. This is Ryder’s story... 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. And though 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...
Nora Roberts has been one of my favorite contemporary
authors for romance and the occasional paranormal woo-woo for almost twenty
years. Her plots are always engaging and
her characters melt my heart. I
pre-ordered The Perfect Hope
my eagerness had to wait for the weekend to start it, and start it I did. I
opened the book around eleven pm on Friday evening and finished it at 4 am.
Thank goodness it was the weekend. My hubby wondered why I slept in till almost
10 am. *IDK*
This is the third and final book of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy.
While all of the books can be read as a standalone, there is a plot thread about
a ghost haunting the inn that is delightful and best if read from the
beginning. In this tale we get the last Montgomery brother's romance, and boy
howdy they saved the best for last. Ryder is handsome, rugged and a little
anti-social. Since day one he hasn’t really liked the innkeeper, Hope Beaumont.
She smells like city and wears those pencil thin heels. Or maybe he protests a
little too much ….
It was so good to come back to BoonsBoro and I was excited
to finally get Ryder and Hope’s story. Ryder just oozes smexy. He swaggers in
his tool belt *swoons* He is talented with his hands, a real looker but not
good with socializing or tears. Hope is
finally realizing she is happy, but she is also lonely. She thinks of the kiss
she shared with Ryder at New Years and despite how good it was insists it was
just a fluke. Lizzy the inn ghost has
other ideas and the romance that unfolds was warm, intense, and funny. I enjoyed every minute of it. We see all of the key characters from the previous
two novels. I loved all the updates and their interaction with this couple add
to the humor and enjoyment of the tale.
I loved the small town setting and especially the Inn. The
Montgomery family is wonderful and I adored all of the brothers and their
antics. While each is stubborn in their own right, together they are a force to
be reckoned with. The banter between
Hope and Ryder was priceless and this book made me laugh, giggle out loud and
even cry. I really enjoyed the paranormal thread in all the books about Lizzy
the ghost. Her history and the role she played in the three Montgomery brother’s
romances was so much fun. Who doesn't love a mischievous ghost with good
intentions playing cupid? The inn’s history and Lizzy’s tale captivated me
almost as much as the romance. I loved how Hope peeled back the layers of Ryder’s
tough exterior. The romance felt genuine and developed slowly, making each advance
that much sweeter. In the end I was
happy but sad to see this trilogy come to an end.
I recommend The
Perfect Hope and the entire Inn Boonsboro trilogy to fans of small town
romance. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors and delivers books from
mystery to paranormal with a healthy dose of romance. I do not think I've ever
read a book of hers I did not enjoy.
I gave this novel 4 cups of coffee out of 5
Labels: adult-fiction, contemporary romance, Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Montgomery, Nora Roberts, Penguin Publishing