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The Perfect Hope

The Perfect Hope

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by MacLeod Andrews


The Perfect Hope

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by MacLeod Andrews

ratings:
4.5/5 (77 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Nov 6, 2012
ISBN:
9781455807062
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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…

Released:
Nov 6, 2012
ISBN:
9781455807062
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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  • (4/5)
    A good, solid ending to the series. Over all it lacked the oomph of some of her others, but I still really enjoyed it.
  • (4/5)
    This has been one of my favorite trilogies. I really like the Montgomery brothers and I'm sad to see the trilogy end. Yes, it's a simple love story, not much in the way of twists and turns but sometimes it's nice to read a love story that easily unfolds with no drama, or at least with a little. I liked that the story of Lizzy was wrapped up and I really liked how the story of Billy turned out. I was hooked into this trilogy from the first page of the first book. Thanks Nora for an enjoyable day of reading as I couldn't put this down and read this on a late night and a quiet Saturday.
  • (5/5)
    Each book in this trilogy got better and better.
  • (4/5)
    Same complaint about the graphic sex: the book is a perfect YA book, spoiled by descriptively detailed sex. No, it isn't porn by any means, but it takes it out of the suitability realm for non-sexually active young teens. Yet, the story line is perfect for them!I found this third book a bit predictable, though I was surprised by a couple of plot twists. No spoiler alerts here! One of my predictions came true, another did not. A couple of unexpected things happened. Enough for an extra half star.
  • (5/5)
    After listening to the first book about Beckett and Claire, I couldn't wait to see gruff brother Ryder get his turn! It was everything I wanted it to be, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Man Night is still hilarious!
  • (5/5)
    I loved every book in this series though this book I had the hardest time putting down. I enjoyed seeing a different and somewhat romantic side to Rhyder. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance with a guy's point of view tossed in. Nora Roberts is an amazing writer and my only complaint is not being able to read more books in this series.
  • (5/5)
    This is a wonderful series. I enjoyed it very much.
  • (5/5)
    I have to be honest -- of the three books in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, this was the one I thought I would like the least. Because Hope and Ryder had already been introduced through the first two books, there wasn't the same kind of lead up to the romance that there had been for the first two couples. And although I was drawn in just as I tend to be with most of the Nora Roberts books, I wasn't quite invested in the pairing. That changed about a third of the way through when (SPOILER ALERT), Hope's ex's current showed up and went to town, thoroughly angering Ryder. Ryder is a pretty standard character for a Roberts book (well, for any romance, really) -- the somewhat surly and closed up stunningly gorgeous yet flawed hero. For the first time ever, I think, it worked for me completely. Not that I haven't had a soft spot for these characters (if I didn't, why else would I be reading all of these romances, right?), but somewhere along the way I usually have to put my objections to the side and just go with it. In the case of Ryder, he was all those things, but he wore it all on his sleeve. He wasn't apologetic, nor did I think he ever crossed the line. Plus, the ending was an absolute perfect blend of the two characters' personalities -- both of them getting exactly what they want without either having to sacrifice a big piece of themselves. What put this up by half a star was the unexpected secondary romance that I won't spoil here. It brought a surprising richness to the story and left me practically sobbing at the end. (In a good way.)I will also add that Lizzie brought about some laugh out loud moments in this book. I don't often enjoy stories with ghosts in them -- to be honest, they freak me out -- but I'd welcome Lizzie any time. I got this one out from the library, but it's definitely going on my to-buy-as-soon-as-possible list. The whole series is highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    The third book of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy seemed a bit long to me, as Ryder and Hope's story was drawn out as the characters also tried to solve the mystery of their resident ghost, Lizzie. That story was brought to a nice conclusion as well, bits of historical detail included.
  • (5/5)
    This was my favorite of all the Inn Boonsboro series!!! Loved the characters (Hope and Ryder are amazing). I could really relate, as have been an innkeeper for many large luxury historic inns, as well as have been consulting for bed and breakfast inns, and boutique hotels for over 25 yrs. I currently handle online marketing, SEO, and social media for an historic inn with 17 accommodations in West Palm Beach---each and every guest brings new and exciting stories and character.

    I especially loved the tie in with the Montgomery brothers, renovations, historic romance, design, ghosts, book stores, restaurants, and quaint towns---this series is unique especially since Nora Roberts actually owns this inn. I so look forward to visiting the town and the setting as each of the characters were so real (and Montgomery men so yummy)! Look forward to hearing more from these characters and their talented mother, Justine - in this quaint town. Outstanding series!
  • (3/5)
    I liked this book better than the 1st and 2nd part of the series - it seemed to be less of a sales brochure. Still way below NR's usual standard, but at least it gives me hope the next series will be better.
    3-3,5 stars
  • (4/5)
    Third of the series and definitely my favorite. I enjoy "difficult" heroes (at least in my reading life, not so much my real life). Nora didn't have Ryder grow/mature so much, but she allowed us to see more depth, the "real" Ryder as opposed to the shallow external views given to us by his brothers' books.

    I liked MacLeod Andrews' narration. Again this was the best of the three. My issues with Mr. Andrews' narration was his issues with children's voices and the voices of older women. The children were not as omnipresent in this volume and he had smoothed out the craggy voices he used for the older women.

    This is Nora in her niche, family stories centered around a well-researched theme, in this case construction/remodeling of first an inn and then it seems the whole adorable little town. Add a ghost with a little mystery, some fun writing and you have yourself some Roberts.
  • (3/5)
    Another trilogy done.

    As with the others you can tell who the 3 couples will be at the end but I still enjoy reading / hearing about them.

    I felt the ending of this was a little rushed. I would of liked Avery's not to be opening at the end, or not hearing about the wedding of Hope and Ryder.
    If each book is about a couple I think the couple should start and get married in their book and the next book be about the second comple with sprinkles of the first and third couples being thrown in.

    Always enjoy books with dogs have a part - I will miss DA.
  • (4/5)
    I liked it, but the Chesapeake Bay series is still my favorite. This one was a little too pat, without enough conflict. Nora is still the queen of the modern, readable romance, though!
  • (3/5)
    This trilogy was a bit boring because I find her contemporary romance "too contemporary." I understand the setting is based off the real bed-and-breakfast that she owns, but spare me the details. I didn't need a complete catalog of the retro sink fixtures and 500 thread-count Egyptian cotton bed sheets in the inn. I love Nora Roberts' writing style, but this book was interrupted by other books I wanted to read. This wasn't her best trilogy, but it wasn't her worst. (Flowers trilogy, cough cough) Anyway, I'm going to read her J.D. Robb for now and enjoy her nom de plume.
  • (4/5)
    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 him. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn Boonsboro (summary from ISBN 1101612231).Ryder and Hope's story features more sexual tension than the other two in the series since Ryder is so unsociable, making it all the more interesting. The ghost, Elizabeth, plays a bigger role in this entry in the series and the reader finally discovers her story and why she haunts the Inn. Perfect Hope is the perfect end to the series.
  • (5/5)
    Omg!!! I can’t!!! This was a great way to end!! Everyone found their love! Nora never disappoints!
  • (5/5)
    Ryder is the perfect surly hero needed in a romance novel with Hope being the perfect opposite for him with her style and organization. The sparks between these two have been flying for two books in the series already - so it was great to see it all come to heated conclusion. I loved how these two spar at times and try to figure out where the other's head is and in the end it's just plain inevitable that they would end up together. The perfect ending to this trilogy.
  • (5/5)
    Loved all three books but this th is my favorite as it still includes everyone but finally you get Hope & Ryder's stoey
  • (4/5)
    I love Nora Roberts' book because I can relate to the inner feelings of her characters. They help me realize that I felt a certain way for a certain reason. It's okay for me to process my feelings and be kinder to myself. I don't have to have all the answers and pretend. I thank God for the writings.
  • (5/5)
    “I love you. And I’m okay with it.” – Ryder MontgomeryI tend to always find immediately which male lead will be my TOP in a series - tend to, cause there are times I'm proven wrong. And while I do enjoy most stories, it's different when the characters speak to you in a very relatable and likeable level. Such was the case not only with Ryder, but Hope as well. Hope Beaumont was the innkeeper Justine Montgomery had hired for the inn her sons built in the series. She was the female version of Owen, the second son, and someone the eldest, Ryder, supposedly disliked at first glance. Pffft, yeah, right...Ryder and Hope were the most fitting couple of the series - not that I didn't expect them to be. Always fighting on small and trivial details, yet, when it came to the important stuff, they surprised even themselves with how well they complimented each other. He was her rock and she was the one refining his details. As the title suggests, PERFECT.I really adored the way they kept dancing around each other, and how natural it seemed when they finally got together. And while Ryder, as a typical male, had trouble understanding where to put his foot down and where to compromise, Hope was laid-back and methodical enough to gently coax him to the right direction - or be a little firmer when she needed to be. She was like his mother in a more OCD-kind-of-way, which was fine, because a man like Ryder would sure as hell be attracted to her type. (first-born sons usually do, it's the Oedipus Complex and all that...)And while, on one hand, we have Ryder and all his gruff manliness and sweet, out-of-the-blue moments, we have Hope on the other. A woman with a capital W. Hope wasn't girly. She was a grown-up female, who knew what she wanted in her life, knew her self-worth, and wasn't leading the guy on. She wasn't whiny. She wasn't bitchy. She was a dignified, proud, and self-assured woman, who didn't need constant compliments, didn't throw jealous fits, and didn't pressure the man into anything he didn't want. So, even though I swooned for Ryder - because that was totally expected, anyway - I think what made this book even better was Hope. Hands down one of the best female leads in contemporary romance, and seriously needed after certain failures of heroines from previous reading attempts.Now that I'm done with this series, I'm taking a small break from my beloved NR, though we all know I never stay away for too long...“I love you. And I’m okay with it, too.” – Hope Beaumont
  • (3/5)
    This trilogy wasn't up to Nora Roberts' usual quality. It was good, but not nearly as well done as other trilogies I've enjoyed. The first book was the best, but you could see where it was going. Many of the scenes and descriptions were repetitive. 
  • (4/5)
    So it turns out I like Ryder. Or, at least, I understand Ryder far better than I do the rest of the characters in the trilogy. He strikes me as an introvert, which I can wholly relate to, and a pragmatist - also a trait I connect with. There's a lack of conspicuous, ostentatious, displays of romance in The Perfect Hope; another reason this one is probably my favourite of the three. It occurs to me that I've always preferred alpha-male types in my books because I dislike romance in most of it's overt forms. Flowers? Sure, but for no reason at all please, not because you're trying to buy your way out of trouble. Candlelight? Only if the power fails. Poetry - never. Ryder seems to think flowers equate to a get-out-of-jail-free card, and he's rude as hell at times, so he's by no means perfect, but he quietly buys Hope's favourite shower gel and keeps her favourite wine on hand. Quiet, understated, everyday romance. Nice. Overall a story interesting enough to keep me reading and refreshing for the lack of tired plot devices used ad nauseum throughout genre romance. The only cliché that really stuck out for me here is the resolution of the ghost story, but I suppose the author had to wrap it up somehow. Still, I found it to be a bit trite. I'll definitely check out more of Nora Roberts' books when next I'm in the mood for something in the romance genre. I already have the next book of her Dark Witch trilogy on order, and I'm looking forward to it.
  • (4/5)
    What can I say about La Nora? She's a wonderful writer and one of my comfort reads. When I pick up a Nora Roberts book I know that I can get the kind of relationship and character driven stories I love, almost always with a touch of mystery or the paranormal. Honestly, I've never been disappointed with a book of hers that I've read.

    The final installment in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, The Perfect Hope was a wonderful conclusion. It was great to get to know the cranky, crotchety Ryder better. He's a wonderful alpha male.

    I was kind of surprised because I felt like the mystery got a bit more page time than Hope and Ryder did, but it was okay. It was also wonderful to see Beck & Claire and Owen & Avery. Justine was delightful as always. Another great thing about Nora Roberts books - excellent secondary characters that are as rich and well fleshed out as her primary characters.

    I'm sad to see the series end, so much so that I'm thinking of heading into La Nora's back list to do some re-reading.

    I highly recommend this book for someone looking for a sweet and sexy read with a cast of wonderful characters and an intriguing historical mystery.
  • (2/5)
    This was very typical Nora Roberts (which I usually enjoy a lot), but the first third of the book in particular was just such an obvious add for the actual bed and breakfast that Roberts owns that it left a bad taste for me. Other than that, it was fine if somewhat of a retread - probably my favorite subplot was the return of the cheating jerk and his unhappy wife.
  • (4/5)
    Third of the series and definitely my favorite. I enjoy "difficult" heroes (at least in my reading life, not so much my real life). Nora didn't have Ryder grow/mature so much, but she allowed us to see more depth, the "real" Ryder as opposed to the shallow external views given to us by his brothers' books.

    I liked MacLeod Andrews' narration. Again this was the best of the three. My issues with Mr. Andrews' narration was his issues with children's voices and the voices of older women. The children were not as omnipresent in this volume and he had smoothed out the craggy voices he used for the older women.

    This is Nora in her niche, family stories centered around a well-researched theme, in this case construction/remodeling of first an inn and then it seems the whole adorable little town. Add a ghost with a little mystery, some fun writing and you have yourself some Roberts.
  • (4/5)
    Third of the series and definitely my favorite. I enjoy "difficult" heroes (at least in my reading life, not so much my real life). Nora didn't have Ryder grow/mature so much, but she allowed us to see more depth, the "real" Ryder as opposed to the shallow external views given to us by his brothers' books.

    I liked MacLeod Andrews' narration. Again this was the best of the three. My issues with Mr. Andrews' narration was his issues with children's voices and the voices of older women. The children were not as omnipresent in this volume and he had smoothed out the craggy voices he used for the older women.

    This is Nora in her niche, family stories centered around a well-researched theme, in this case construction/remodeling of first an inn and then it seems the whole adorable little town. Add a ghost with a little mystery, some fun writing and you have yourself some Roberts.
  • (5/5)
    The Perfect Hope by Nora RobertsHope Beaumont runs the Innsboro and when her ex boyfriend Jonathan comes back into town trying to get her to take him back she claims she's Ryder's girl now.Love the magic in this Inn and how they solve the mysteries behind the ghost. Love catching up with the other members of the town, so close knit..She missed the other females when she moved in a year ago, they had all lived in town now they had their own relationships and they moved out of town but ran their stores daily.Ryder Montgomery is one of the brothers who are contractors. When the ghost Lizzie locks them into a room and the only way to get out is to kiss, they do. When she tells her girlfriends about it I couldn't help but laugh out loud, for quite some time...Love how they solve the mystery and the way things move forward...
  • (4/5)
    This book is the last installment of Roberts' Inn Boonsboro trilogy.We read about the love story between the last unmarried Montgomery brother, Ryder. He is infatuated with the innkeeper, Hope. The feeling is mutual on her part as well.Hope is very familiar with the hotel business. Her former employer comes to Boonsbobo to sway her to come back to their hotel. Hope also investigates on the internet about the residing ghost, Lizzy. Between the three Montgomery brothers and Hopes' friends', they learn more about Lizzy and her boyfriend who fought in the Civil War.I always enjoy Roberts' book and this one does not disppoint. It is a very easy read and a fast pace as well.
  • (4/5)
    Ryder Montgomery isn't interested in settling down, especially not with a spoiled snooty city girl like Hope Beaumont. Hope appreciates the fine picture Ryder makes in his tool belt, but dislikes his attitude. She has no intention of falling for the last available Montgomery, but the Inn ghost is about to take a hand.Rounds out the trilogy nicely.