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The Perfect Hope
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The Perfect Hope
Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts completes the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy with a novel or starting over and star-crosed love.
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails exterior 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...
The former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is now 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 Ryder's emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him...
Don't miss the other books in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy
The Next Always
The Last Boyfriend
From the Paperback edition.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts completes the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy with a novel or starting over and star-crosed love.
Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails exterior 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...
The former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is now 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 Ryder's emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him...
Don't miss the other books in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy
The Next Always
The Last Boyfriend
From the Paperback edition.
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    CHAPTER

    Title Page

    Copyright

    Dedication

    Epigraph

    Map

    CHAPTER ONE

    CHAPTER TWO

    CHAPTER THREE

    CHAPTER FOUR

    CHAPTER FIVE

    CHAPTER SIX

    CHAPTER SEVEN

    CHAPTER EIGHT

    CHAPTER NINE

    CHAPTER TEN

    CHAPTER ELEVEN

    CHAPTER TWELVE

    CHAPTER THIRTEEN

    CHAPTER FOURTEEN

    CHAPTER FIFTEEN

    CHAPTER SIXTEEN

    CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

    CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

    CHAPTER NINETEEN

    CHAPTER TWENTY

    EPILOGUE

    Special Excerpt from The Next Always

    WITH A FEW GROANS AND SIGHS, THE OLD BUILDING settled down for the night. Under the star-washed sky its stone walls glowed, rising up over Boonsboro's Square as they had for more than two centuries. Even the crossroads held quiet now, stretching out in pools of shadows and light. All the windows and storefronts along Main Street seemed to sleep, content to doze away in the balm of the summer night.

    She should do the same, Hope thought. Settle down, stretch out. Sleep.

    That would be the sensible thing to do, and she considered herself a sensible woman. But the long day had left her restless, and—she reminded herself—Carolee would arrive bright and early to start breakfast.

    The innkeeper could sleep in.

    In any case, it was barely midnight. When she'd lived and worked in Georgetown, she'd rarely managed to settle in for the night this early. Of course, then she'd been managing the Wickham, and if she hadn't been dealing with some small crisis or handling a guest request, she'd been enjoying the nightlife.

    The town of Boonsboro, tucked into the foothills of Maryland's Blue Ridge Mountains, might have a rich and storied history, it certainly had its charms—among which she counted the revitalized inn she now managed—but it wasn't famed for its nightlife.

    That would change a bit when her friend Avery opened her restaurant and tap house. And wouldn't it be fun to see what the energetic Avery MacTavish did with her new enterprise right next door—and just across The Square from Avery's pizzeria.

    Before summer ended, Avery would juggle the running of two restaurants, Hope thought.

    And people called her an overachiever.

    She looked around the kitchen—clean, shiny, warm, and welcoming. She'd already sliced fruit, checked the supplies, restocked the refrigerator. So everything sat ready for Carolee to prepare breakfast for the guests currently tucked in their rooms.

    She'd finished her paperwork, checked all the doors, and made her rounds checking for dishes—or anything else out of place. Duties done, she told herself, and still she wasn't ready to tuck her own self in her third-floor apartment.

    Instead, she poured an indulgent glass of wine and did a last circle through The Lobby, switching off the chandelier over the central table with its showy summer flowers.

    She moved through the arch, gave the front door one last check before she turned toward the stairs. Her fingers trailed lightly over the iron banister.

    She'd already checked The Library, but she checked again. It wasn't anal, she told herself. A guest might have slipped in for a glass of Irish or a book. But the room was quiet, settled like the rest.

    She glanced back. She had guests on this floor. Mr. and Mrs. Vargas—Donna and Max—married twenty-seven years. The night at the inn, in Nick and Nora, had been a birthday gift for Donna from their daughter. And wasn't that sweet?

    Her other guests, a floor up in Westley and...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 19, 2012
    Ghosts, betrayal, misunderstanding, and jealousy take a hand in this enchanting final installment of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by bestselling romance writer Roberts (The Last Boyfriend). Hotelier Hope Beaumont leaves her post at a swanky Washington, D.C., hotel following a humiliating romantic breakup with the owner's son, to reunite with friends in Boonsboro, Md., and become innkeeper of the charming Inn BoonsBoro, owned by the Montgomery family. Hope is warmly welcomed by all except Ryder Montgomery, the gauche yet sexy inn owner's son. Teasing sexual tension develops between cool, urbane Hope and unpolished Ryder, culminating in more than one heated liaison. Hope believes their burning obsession is only filling a carnal need; the reader will have less trouble recognizing the truth. Roberts provides a spectral subplot fraught with sightings and physical contact between the inn's resident lovelorn, meddling ghost, Lizzy, and Hope, Ryder, and one very annoying guest. Incredibly, no one questions the existence of the long-departed honeysuckle-scented Lizzy, who is desperately searching for her deceased beau, Billy, a Civil War soldier. Although Roberts sets a slow pace, presumably to mirror life in a small town, she doesn't disappoint when all the loose ends come together at the end.

  • Library Journal

    October 15, 2012

    Betrayed, emotionally drained, and through with the Washington, DC, lifestyle, Hope Beaumont has sworn off love and found her niche on the slopes of Maryland's Blue Ridge Mountains as the innkeeper for Boonsboro's recently renovated hotel. Surrounded by friends, immersed in her job, and even comfortable with Lizzy, the inn's resident ghost, Hope is content--except for her inexplicable attraction to prickly, macho Ryder Montgomery. But when confrontations with her former fiance and his insolent wife put Hope on edge and Ryder on the move, the action heats up, and the sparks begin to fly. An infusion of local history and a dusting of magic add layers of charm to this engaging contemporary romance that bubbles over with likable characters (family matriarch Justine Montgomery is a standout) and is sure to leave readers smiling. VERDICT With stellar pacing, humorous flair, and unerring insight into what makes families tick, Roberts wraps up another winning trilogy that is a natural for fans of down-home, community-based series. Roberts (The Last Boyfriend) lives in Keedysville, MD.

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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