Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay

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Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (328 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Jenny Carpenter is the unrivaled pie-baking champion of Last Chance, South Carolina’s annual Watermelon Festival and the town’s unofficial spinster. With her dream of marriage and children on hold, she focuses on another dream, turning the local haunted house into a charming bed-and-breakfast. But her plans go off course when the home’s former owner shows up on her doorstep on a dark and stormy night . . .

Mega-bestselling horror writer Gabriel Raintree is as mysterious and tortured as his heroes. His family’s long-deserted mansion is just the inspiration he needs to finish his latest twisted tale, or so he thinks until he learns it’s been sold. The new innkeeper proves to be as determined as she is kind, and soon Gabriel finds himself a paying guest in his own home. As Jenny and Gabe bring new passion to the old house, can she convince him to leave the ghosts of his past behind-and make Last Chance their first choice for a future together?

Jenny is a practical woman who is satisfied living her life as a single inn keeper, even if everyone around her tries to force her to find a husband. Until Gabriel enters her world, and flips her world upside down.

One thing I immediately noticed in this story is while it is based in modern day it has a historical feeling to it. Both Jenny and Gabe seem to be trying to get back something from their childhood by filling their surroundings with items that remind them if their childhood. I actually enjoyed this concept because the author was able to reflect the characters emotional issues by what they surrounded themselves with. At times I pictured the inn as my grandmother’s home, since it remained the same no matter how much the world around it changed.

Jenny is truly a woman I can relate to. She knows what she wants in life, and she is going to get it for herself. She enjoys the company of others, but does not rely on them to provide for her emotionally, physically, or financially. I see myself a lot in this and it immediately made me grow fond of her.

Gabe on the other hand is a pushy man who seems to always want is own way. He may not realize it, but he is very much like the grandfather whose expectations he can never seem to meet. While at times, I questioned if he was capable of growing into the man I knew Jenny deserved, I did see a lot of growth in him, and enjoyed every bit of it. He was a changed man at the end of the story, and showed me that everything is not always what it seems.

The main plot in this story was really the mystery behind the ghost of The Jonquil House, as well as the mysterious happenings around the characters. The suspense and mystery behind it all keep me on the edge of my seat. I just could not put this book down, and while I have not read the other stories by author Hope Ramsey I would love to learn more about Last Chance and its residence.

Comments

  1. Sounds intriguing with a good set of characters …. I’ll look further into this one – thanks very much for the review!! 🙂

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