The Perfect Hope
by Nora Roberts
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…
The Perfect Hope is the 3rd and final installment of the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy by Nora Roberts. What a sweet and great story to end this series.
Hope Beaumont is really enjoying her small town experience. After having her heart broken by her boss’s son she’s left it all and joined her friends in BoonsBoro, Maryland. Getting a job as the innkeeper in the newly renovated Inn is a perfect fit. Actually, just about everything is perfect. She finally lives closer to her friends. One is getting married and one is pregnant with twins. She loves being a part of it all. The Inn is owned by a wonderful woman and her 3 sons. They not only took a chance on her, but they have accepted her like family. Well, almost all of them.
Ryder Montgomery and his brothers have been working hard on project after project. It seems that as soon as they get renovation done their mother finds another one. He’s the hands on brother. He’s the one to jump right in and work in the field. He’s the tough as nails, get it done brother. He’s also, someone you can count on in a pinch. He’s loyal to his family and a good, loving son. It annoys him that the Inn’s ghost starts to interfere in his personal life. It seems that she is trying to push him and the innkeeper together. He won’t have anyone or anything forcing him into a position he doesn’t want to be in. Hope is starting to get under his skin. He’s always seen her as too perfect, but the more he is around her the more he is looking past his misconceptions and seeing her as the beautiful woman she is.
I have such a soft spot for Ryder. His surly, sarcastic wit has cracked me up in the other books and I wasn’t disappointed in this one. When I picture him, I see someone that is the one you can count on and I love that. He’s not mushy and fake. He’s real, but he’s solid. He sticks! Hope took a few slaps in her personal and professional life and is understandably on edge. I love that she is aware of the things she may have done wrong in her past, but she doesn’t wallow in it or have a pity party.
I will definitely miss the Montgomery brothers and the rest of the family.
3 out of 5
3 out of 5