Thursday, January 3, 2013
Not Quite YA today. (An Adult Contemporary Romance book review) The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
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…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Never fails, does it? It’s always the last in the series that’s got the most interesting story… if not the funniest. I like how aware they both are of how different they stand… yet it’s despite their differences (or is it because of their differences?) that has the two so perfectly matched up. There were some surprises though. The main one being how strongly felt the presence of Lizzy was in this one, or how her story line no longer was just the interesting addition, cute addition even of the romantic ghost pushing so and so together. She becomes a more solid part of the story, more central I suppose… and I was a bit surprised by that, but by the end, things meet up neatly… and it was all lovely.
There’s more to love in this one, too:
1. One the whole family things and knowing where you come from and what you contribute; lovely set up right there, I first thought.
2. The not letting things slide and knowing limits and lines and when those are breached, not once does any of them let another get away with it. So there’s that knowing of who’s being dealt with as well as knowing of the when and how or why for others. Bottom line? All of them are aware of the others so that that there’s not much need for the talking, instead there’s a hell whole lot doing all the while knowing what’s wanted and what’s needed. And that’s there’s the lovely set up again.
3. I enjoyed the whole opposites attract going on in this one, too. They’d summed things up, how each their love connections were different from the first one. Because with Beckett and Clare things were all torches being carried and seeing where people have landed; then for Avery and Owen’s, it’s all friends becoming more than friends and seeing things fit just right. And finally Hope and Ryder’s own story that read so much more in most every aspect! More the passion, more the funny, and more the bringing in their own thing and having the other adjust to it. I enjoyed the two together… because there’s little changing and wanting of change to happen... they’re simply perfect as is and as soon discovered: absolutely perfect for each other. Lovely story, lovely couple… lovely, lovely, lovely all around.
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