“Couldn't make through the entire book. Tired characters, tired plot...too sad.”Jennifer M wrote this review Monday, February 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I did enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills, I couldn't help but feel that this book tended to drag a little bit. There was too much down time between suspenseful scenes, and the romance didn't really add much to the story. I kept waiting for the nail-biting suspense, but it rarely came. In fact, there wasn't much suspense at all until the last couple of chapters. I liked the story of Lil, and her wildlife refuge. I liked the family camaraderie, and the little coming of age set-up with Lil and Coop in the beginning. I did not like how long it took to get to the story's climax, however, nor the feeling relief once I'd finally gotten to the end. I expect better from one of my favorite authors of all time. This felt more like a Lifetime movie, then the gritty goodness of her past works.
“Very good! I love all of the cats and the description of the wildlife. I highly recommend! ”Lindsay N wrote this review Thursday, February 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Cooper comes to South Dakota to live with his grandparents for the summer he is 11. He meets 10-year old Lil, and they become best friends for years. When Coop returns at 19, he and Lil become lovers, then go their separate ways. Twelve years later, Coop returns again, but they have both made separate lives: Lil has started a wildlife refuge; Coop was a cop in New York City, then a PI. Now, he is on his grandparents farm to help and to live. Now, there is someone stalking Lil and her refuge.
I really enjoyed the description of South Dakota at the start and the descriptions of the wildlife. I also enjoyed the supporting characters, Farley, in particular (Lil's "almost" younger brother), and because of that, I enjoyed the "background" romance involving him. The ending was exciting and I'm not sure if any other Nora Roberts book will be as good a this one for me. ”
“Lillian Chance knew two constants…the Black Hills and Cooper (Coop) Sullivan. From the time she was 10, Lil has known that she has been in love with Coop and that she wanted to build a Wildlife Preserve. When they met, they shared a love of baseball, eventually a kiss, a sexual experience and even the discovery of the body of a female who was murdered in the Black Hills. So when he ignores their connection and breaks her heart, she is even more determined to obtain her goals. Ten years later, Lil returns home having accomplished all that she set out to do. She has traveled the world studying wild animals and even tried unsuccessfully to find love. Now a Wildlife Biologist and proud owner of Chance Wildlife Reserve, she is tasked with rescuing orphaned and abused animals especially large cats, including the cougars that have always been a part of her life, much like Coop. Now he is back, having returned from making his way in the world, first as a police detective, then as a private investigator…and now he is helping his grandparents run their business and wants Lil back and will settle for no less. With threats against Lil’s life, Coop is determined to make her forgive and love him again. His main goal has become keeping her safe and repairing their relationship. There is a serial killer who thinks he’s a descendant of Crazy Horse and who has become fixated on Lil because he feels she has dishonored the land and her people. As Lil tries to decide if she is willing to risk her heart again, she must also face constant danger.
This was a wonderful story of suspense and romance. There were other storylines that pushed the story along (For example, Lil’s college roommate’s budding relationship with the helper Farley. Or even the dynamics between her parents and Coop’s grandparents.), as well as a satisfying (although anti-climatic) conclusion. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to those that enjoy Nora Roberts.
“Strong characters and interesting story. I especially enjoyed the back story regarding the animal refuge and the cougars and large cats.
The beginning and end are excellent while the middle drags a bit at points. ”
I love when stories go deeper and farther than two adults who met. When childhood is a factor, when there is already a relationship, tangled and mangled as it is, it adds so much more to the story of their love. Nora manages to get inside the heads of every single one of her characters. In all her books, it's obvious that she can get inside the heads of both men and women, and in her romantic suspense novels, including the In Death series, she gets inside the killers' heads. But in stories like this, you can see her skill in getting inside the heads of little kids and teenagers and presenting them realistically, down to the tone of voice and turn of phrase they would use.
I loved both Lil and Coop. Coop is so exasperating, but he's a great guy, and he can't be blamed for wanting the best for Lil, even if he does go about achieving that in a heartbreaking way. And Lil is so dedicated, so fierce, but so vulnerable. I love that mix because it makes her so much realer. As always, the minor characters are also real, likable characters - and I love the subplot of Tansy and Farley's romance - it's so sweet! ”
“A typical Nora Roberts novel. Her books have given me great pleasure and escape time over many years. This story is interesting because of it's setting and plot. ”Adair wrote this review Thursday, January 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good read”Jennifer G wrote this review Friday, December 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No