Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Romance Book Review: Black Hills

Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN: 978-0399155819
Genre: Romantic Suspense


As a huge Nora Roberts fan I would have to say that I was a little disappointed in this book. In general terms this book wasn't bad it had a decent story line. I liked the lead male character Coop. I wasn't too crazy about the heroine, Lil, she was just too whinny for me. Otherwise the book has all the great features of a romantic suspense. There was a decent mystery involved in the story and the author plays it well in the book.

I think that because this is Nora, I've just come to expect more in her writing. Something different in the story line that stands out from the rest of the books out there.

All in all, if you are a Nora fan you'll enjoy this book. If you are new to reading Nora Roberts, however, don't let this book sway you into thinking the author isn't all that...because she can do better and has.


A summer at his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan’s idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he’s discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn’t as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop’s annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker’s body.

As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father’s demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold most dear need them most.

An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fastpaced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of 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 and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil’s beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.

Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But 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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