Already I've come to the final review of the Inn BoonsBoro series, The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts. I managed to finish reading the trilogy prior to my trip to the titular city and can't wait to wander around with these characters on my mind. [goodreads review]
Ryder is the final brother in the Montgomery clan who has yet to settle down but when he meets Hope she may just change his mind. Hope is a city girl and becomes the Inn's resident keeper, from the moment they meet Hope and Ryder do nothing but butt heads, but Hope has a tumultuous past and doesn't loose her heart easily.
Ryder is a brooding and temperamental man more interested in no strings attached relationships than settling down like his bothers. His attitude and rude demeanor toward Hope have them set on opposite sides of every conversation in books one and two. In book three we see them start to work through each other's baggage and find a common ground. Hope was burned by her last boyfriend and covers her feelings with her work making it easy for both her and Ryder to have their own lives while still enjoying each other's company. This is not an instant love story, refreshingly so.
Of course the rest of the family and characters are there and involved in the storyline as we read about weddings, babies, and puppies. By far the best surprise and passages in the novel had to be Lizzy's or Eliza and they find out. The resident ghost of Inn BoonsBoro is back and reeking havoc me on rude guests, matchmaking the last Montgomery boy, and searching for her long lost love. Hope leads the charge in the search for Lizzy's love and they turns and culmination of this storyline are well worth the read.
The romance between Hope and Ryder was interesting and a nice change from all the typically "perfect love" found in most romance novels. Their struggles and flaws were written well and made them more believable but Lizzy was truly the star of the book.