Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Now that the inn is up and running, Hope, as the innkeeper, is constantly on call. That doesn't mean she doesn't have time for her two best friends. Clare Montgomery, owner of Turn The Page bookstore, is now married to Beckett, the youngest brother of the Montgomery Family Contractors. Avery MacTavish, the owner of a pizzeria, and the restaurant and tap room the Montgomerys are finishing, is engaged to the middle brother, Owen. And, it isn't long before Hope's friends can tell she has a thing for Ryder.
Ryder certainly has dated enough women, but he finds Hope too snooty for his taste. But, when she asks for a kiss so the ghost will let them out of the room she has mysteriously locked, he's more than willing. And, he doesn't mind when she asks him to go along with her when she kisses him in the parking lot to get back at her slimy ex-lover, Wickham. They both want a relationship on their own terms - not what they want to call a relationship. It might take a second nasty Wickham, some family members, and a tragic ghost story to bring the two together.
My favorite Nora Roberts' books are her trilogies. She has time to develop relationships, storylines, and people you're eager to get back to reading about. The Inn Boonsboro series also had the added element of that extraordinary inn where rooms were based on romantic couples who had happy endings. The books are charming romances with fun characters. And, Roberts' inclusion of family, ghosts,, and small town gossip and news only adds to the enchantment of this series.
I couldn't do justice to this series, though, without saying you need to start from the beginning. Go back and pick up The Next Always, and then The Last Boyfriend. Only then will you be able to appreciate the satisfying conclusion, the story of Hope and Ryder in Nora Roberts' The Perfect Hope.
Nora Roberts' website is www.noraroberts.com
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts. Berkley Books. 2012. ISBN 9780425246047 (paperback), 324p.
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