Series: Inn Boonsboro #3
Published by Berkley Trade on November 6th 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Macleod Andrews
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.
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.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: