Monday, 28 July 2014

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope (2013) (Piatkus)
Nora Roberts
Grade: B+
Genre: contemporary romance
Sex scenes: mild
Source: library
Inn Boonsboro: (1) The Next Always, (2) The Last Boyfriend, (3) The Perfect Hope

Hope Beaumont is the innkeeper of the new Inn at Boonsboro, having escaped the city-life that she had believed was perfect. Manager at a big city-hotel chain and in what she believed was a long-term, committed relationship with the son and heir of the company, Hope’s life crumbled when she discovered that Jonathan was actually engaged to someone else all along, and that the whole family had been in on the secret. Hope relocates to Boonsboro on the advice of Avery Montgomery, a friend from college, and falls right into small-town life.

The Montgomery brothers are renowned for their first-class construction work and the new inn is their pride and joy. The oldest building in town, it became derelict before Justine Montgomery, matriarch of the clan, hatched plans with her three sons to restore the inn to its former glory. Business is booming and two of Justine’s sons have already found love. Last is Ryder Montgomery, proud bachelor, who has been resistant to Hope all along. Ryder doesn’t like the idea of an outsider running the family business, but he can’t deny that she’s fantastic at her job. Hope and Ryder also can’t deny the electric sparks that fly between them …

The Perfect Hope was always going to be my favourite book of the Inn Boonsboro series; any book where the hero and heroine initially hate each other is an automatic win in my book, and The Perfect Hope was no exception. Ryder has been forced to accept Hope on a number of different levels all throughout the series, from her efficiency, suitableness for the role and finally his attraction to her. It’s absolutely wonderful.

Ryder’s your classic romance hero: happy in life with his job and dog, and convinced that he’s going to remain a bachelor forever. He has no plans to fall in love, get married and have children, and certainly not with the perfect Hope Beaumont. He’s avoided her like the plague ever since she arrived in Boonsboro and almost goes out of his way to be curt and abrasive so that she’ll stay away from him too. When it comes down to it, she gets into his head and he can’t get rid of her – and doesn’t want to either. Really, what more could you want in a romance hero? Ryder and Hope are complete opposites but complement each other perfectly. Of the three heroines, I identified most with Hope and to be honest, I did expect it to be that way. She’s methodical in her approach to her work, a perfectionist in all things and after her bad experiences with love, she’s determined to put any thoughts of love on the back burner.

This was a pretty good end to the series. Loose ends are tied up and the Inn is like another character in itself. You get the benefit of seeing previous protagonists live out their happy ever after without their addition being forced and the kids are the cutest. A great story from NR, as always.

Image courtesy of Fantastic Fiction.

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