Audio Review: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: The Perfect Hope by Nora RobertsThe Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Series: Inn Boonsboro #3
Published by Berkley Trade on November 6th 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Macleod Andrews
Source: Audible

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…

Awhile ago I read the first two books in the Inn Boonsboro series, but never got around to reading the final book. I’m try to tackle my TBR (to an extent!) and decided to listen to The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts, which turned out to my favorite of the whole series.

What’s the Story:

The Montgomery family (Ryder, his two brothers, and his mother) have been working on restoring the Inn Boonsboro over the previous two books. It’s open now, and has a fabulous innkeeper named Hope. Ryder and Hope tend to butt heads a bit, but of course, they do like each other. When Hope’s ex-boyfriend stops at the Inn, Hope panics a bit, and tells him she’s with Ryder, and then things really heat up.

What I Liked:

  • Hope is amazing! I knew I liked her from the previous books, but I fell more in love with her here. She’s so intelligent, and she takes her job very seriously (a typical NR heroine trait). She knows what she’s doing, and she isn’t at all embarrassed by her confidence.
  • But Hope was deeply shaken with how her previous relationship ended, and I could really relate to her emotions (although not the actual circumstances).
  • Ryder is a little gruff, and from the previous books I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t like him. But I did. I sooooo loved Ryder. He’s a carpenter, and I love a man who works with his hands. He is definitely gruff, but underneath he is a nice and caring man. And I love how he steps up to help Hope, no questions asked.
  • Nora Roberts has a way of creating characters and romances that just feel mostly grounded in reality, and I love that. It feels like something similar could happen to me.
  • I love how close Hope, Claire and Avery are. I never get sick of seeing women have close and rewarding friendships.
  • I LOVED learning about the ghost, Lizzie. As some of you may know, I adore ghost stories, and couldn’t resist the ghost aspect of this. Lizzie was such an awesome ghost, often manipulating Ryder and Hope so they would get together. So freaking adorable.
  • While I’m usually not a huge fan of romances narrated by men, I thought MacLeod Andrews did a wonderful job. He never made the women seem to whiny, which I’ve found male narrators often do.

What I Struggled With:

  • The Perfect Hope got a bit sappy, particularly as the group discovered what happened with Lizzie.

Final Thoughts

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts was fantastic. I enjoyed it more than I have of any of Nora Roberts’ more recent novels. The characters were great, the romance was swoony, but also realistic. If you are a Nora Roberts fan, you’ll enjoy this one.


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14 Responses to “Audio Review: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts”

  1. Nick

    I love the sound of the characters in this book, especially the hero. I love the gruff but nice heroes. I’m with you on close female friendships. I never tire of them either. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Quinn! Macleod Andrews is one of Nereyda’s favorite narrators. I think he does quite a bit of YA audiobooks as well if I’m not mistaken.

  2. Rowena

    This was my favorite book of the series too. Ryder was my favorite and so was Hope. Man, it’s been ages since I read this book but reading your review makes me want to revisit it.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I remember the Lizzie thing being a little hokey now that you mention it but I remember almost nothing about this trilogy other than the whole haunted hotel thing. I made a list last year of Nora Roberts books I want to reread and this trilogy is pretty high on it. I’m glad to see you really enjoyed it!

      • Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

        Tough question! I’m rereading her Key series right now and enjoying it – Key of Knowledge (the heroine is a librarian) is my favorite. I also really liked the In the Garden trilogy (Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, Red Lily) and the Gallaghers siblings (Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon and one other). I love Three Fates and there are tons of stand alones that I loved when I read them but really want to reread because I’m super sketchy on the details. I know there was one about a magician and one about an antique store owner I think. I can’t remember what they were called but they were late 1990s I think.

  4. Kristin @ AddictedtoHEA

    I haven’t read Nora Roberts’ “normal” books but I love her writing b/c I’ve read her JD Robb books and they’re awesome. I can imagine her romance with a touch of supernatural are adorable but I can see where the ghost thing could have gotten sappy. Great review!!!

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