Format: Trade Paperback
Published: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Series
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
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 am always very sad when a series comes to an end and the Boonsboro trilogy is no different from the rest.
Nora Roberts has once again sucked me into her web of amazing romance in a novel full of back stories and future promises. Even though it has been a while since reading book 2 in the series, The Last Boyfriend, I was able to be brought back into the sweet town of Boonsboro and felt like a member of the close knit community once again. Hope was always on of my favourites from the series so I was glad (even though fairly obvious) that the book was about her. Ryder, the bad boy Montgomery, was also my favourite of the three brothers because I tend to go after the bad boy - even though I married a sweetheart - and I love that he has his sidekick, DA (Dumbass), with him at all times.
The flow of the book had me wondering if things were going to work out as I assumed they would because having two characters who dislike eachother tends to be a harder sell than two who have a great backstory. However, I was very happy that Nora Roberts had me guessing all the way through because even though I could predict the ending, it was nice not knowing if or when it would actually happen. Also, I loved all the parts about Lizzy and Billy... it is such a romantic story that it really makes me (sort of) wish that I had a (friendly) ghost in my house (not really).
While I am very sad that this series has come to an end, I am so glad that I stumbled upon it because I absolutely loved it. Much the same as the Bridal Quartet series, I can imagine myself thinking back on these characters for a long time to come... and always secretly (not so secretly) be wishing for a follow up novel.
Overall, this book is a romantic hearts dream... if you have not read this series, I recommend adding it to the top of your list!