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71. The Perfect Hope — 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…
I finished the Inn Boonsboro trilogy! If you recall, I read the first last year, and the second this year. When I went shopping a week ago I saw this, so I thought, hey why not?
I knew going in that this would be the book I’d like least of the three, because in comparison to the other Montgomery brothers, Ryder came off as a real jack-ass. He’s one of those “Real Manly Men” that often graces Roberts’ books. In case you weren’t sure, a “Real Manly Man” is thinly-veiled code for “Sexism is Deeply Ingrained in my Psyche.” Characters like Ryder leave me wondering why most Nora Roberts novels come with a side dish of antiquated ideals and sexism in disguise.
However, and that’s a big however, The Perfect Hope didn’t offend me even half as much as I expected it to. Maybe I just have a higher tolerance for cheese and bullshit right now, because my brain is so fried from school, but I really enjoyed it, and was able to withhold all judgment on Ryder. In fact, there was something that I really liked about him: he was a very unconventional Prince Charming. He was surly and he swore like a drunken sailor (in that respect, we’re very similar), but he was funny and he had a good heart. Painful belief in outdated stereotypes aside, he was a character I could actually get on board with — yes, I know it’s shocking!
And, of course, the book was just cute as a whole. I loved Hope, and I loved the rest of the background characters. I just needed to read something fluffy today, and The Perfect Hope was the perfect fix. (Yes, that was a deliberate move.)
Next book: Tough call. You’ll know when I know!
Next feature: The master-post of “prof out of context.” You’re going to love it, because I have hilarious professors.
PS: I only have 29 books to read! This challenge is actually going to get finished!!!