Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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…

And of course we come to Ryder and Hope. From the beginning I knew this would more than likely be my favorite of the series and while it is very (very) reminiscent of Happy Ever After, it still works for me. Ryder is the kind-of bad boy and Hope the seemingly perfect woman so when the two come together you get a classic Roberts war of attitudes. They spar and work around each other, circling in until a couple kisses finally have them ready to start something new :).

I'd have to say that again this story is held together by the romance - which I guess is as it should be, but when you have the whole Lizzy ghost thing as the tie during the whole series I expect it to be more important to the HEA in the final book. I'm not one to balk at ghostly storylines but I don't think that even in this final installment it ever became necessary to the whole. I'm probably never going to lose my love for feisty heroines or the men who make them happy but ....I'm still glad I bought The Bride Quartet and not this.

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) The Next Always 2) The Last Boyfriend 3) The Perfect Hope