Lil Chance fell in love with Cooper Sullivan pretty much the first time she saw him, an awkward teenager staying with his grandparents on their cattle ranch in South Dakota while his parents went through a messy divorce. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens - but then abruptly ends. Twelve years later and Cooper has ...
Lil Chance fell in love with Cooper Sullivan pretty much the first time she saw him, an awkward teenager staying with his grandparents on their cattle ranch in South Dakota while his parents went through a messy divorce. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens - but then abruptly ends. Twelve years later and Cooper has returned to run the ranch after his grandfather is injured in a fall. Though his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something - or someone - has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks escalate into heartless killing, the memory of an unsolved murder in these very hills has Cooper springing to action to keep Lil safe. They both know the dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. And now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey ...
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Because this book took place in SD where I live, I had to read it and it was wonderful and exciting and at times brought tears to your eyes. The suspense is great and so is the outcome.
Mar 18, 2010
I thought the book was excellent. Kept me turning the page and not wanting to put the book down.
Sep 18, 2009
Big Cats and Horse Farms
I found "Black Hills" to be an excellent read...I base this on one true thing in a book..."Does it grab you from the first page?" If you feel like I do then you will love this beautiful book set in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This book starts with two impressionable pre-teens and takes place on and off over the next 20 years...Dr. Chance realizes her dreams and Cooper Sullivan comes to terms with his fate..This being said...they make a great couple, but they take some time getting to this point..The book is set around a serial killer and all the trappings that go with his life and his involvement with Dr. Chance. The book starts on farms with the feeling of the horse world alive and active with the main characters. It then proceeds into Indian beliefs...what is real and what is not, and slips into the Chance Wildlife Rescue Center that has been Lil's dream since she was a young girl. This book is wrapped in lore, and also in the Big Cat data that will hold anyone's attention. Of course there is romance and girl talk, but this novel has it all and it is beautifully brought together by the last page. Do I recommend this book...yes!! It was a great read...one that I may enjoy again.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-03-23 It's not just a sure-fire formula that's kept the crown atop the queen of romance, as this thriller proves. The gushy love-conquers-all story of South Dakota wildlife biologist Lil Chance and ex-cop/PI Coop Sullivan takes a back seat to the taut, gritty chase of a serial killer. There's never a doubt that Lil and Coop-childhood sweethearts who fall in love, drift apart and then reconnect-will help each other mend their wounded hearts: "It was a good day, she thought, when you opened yourself to both the joys and the risks of love," Lil discovers. Nor is it surprising that a crazed killer will meet his match in feisty Lil. But this premier storyteller proves an ordinary love story can still win your heart, and even an inevitable confrontation may scare you silly. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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