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Black Hills

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  28,115 Ratings  ·  1,282 Reviews
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 in ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Putnam (first published July 2nd 2009)
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C. This *contains* killed animals and that is enough. Worse, a beloved one! Feline lovers and others will not abide that. I'll be reading "Dark Witch".…moreThis *contains* killed animals and that is enough. Worse, a beloved one! Feline lovers and others will not abide that. I'll be reading "Dark Witch". It looks suspenseful. For fun and warmth, I loved "Jewels Of The Sun" even though it has no mystery.(less)

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Jul 16, 2009 Lindig rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: diehard fans only
Shelves: fiction
I liked:
The setting (South Dakota), the information (endangered animals, especially big cats), most of the characters (but not the hero).

I didn't like:
The plot (psychopathic killer stalks our heroine; shades of Montana Sky), the hero (my way or else, my way or else, my way or else; if that's his idea of love, no thanks), the heroine (for letting him have his way).

Roberts does her usual trademark workmanlike stuff, so the book is readable. However, the "love" story kept pissing me off so much tha
Oct 13, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
Solid 4-stars, maybe bordering on 4.5. This was just an all around solid book for me. There were two things that kept it from being a 5-star read, and neither of those were critical issues. But overall, I have to say I enjoyed this book a lot (and I'm trying not to be a biased Nora Roberts groupie when I say that).

Cooper Sullivan was just eleven years old when his parents sent him off to his grandparents farm in the Black Hills of South Dakota for the summer. For Coop, it was like being sent to
Miss Kim
Oct 14, 2008 Miss Kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nora fans
It was a little difficult to decide on a star rating for Nora’s latest. The begining was great, the middle lulled, and then the end was good. I waffled between 3 and 4 and decided-what the heck, go for four.

Lil and Coop became close as children when he would spend summers at his grandparents’ home in South Dakota. He was a city boy that had never seen the country. Lil, a Sioux descendant, was raised there with her sort of hippie-like parents. Lil is fascinated by wild animals, particularly the
Anna Casanovas
Elegí esta novela de Nora Roberts por recomendación de una lectora y amiga de las RS y ha resultado ser un acierto. "Colinas negras" es una estupenda "novela de verano" (me estoy planteando escribir un post sobre este tema, "novelas de verano") en el sentido de que es ágil, trepidante y consigue que te quedes enganchada a sus páginas. No resumiré la historia, solo diré que parte de una premisa básica del género; el primer amor que acaba porque uno de los dos (el héroe) se sacrifica para que el o ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
One Sentence Summary:
Can Dr Lillian Chance and ex-cop Cooper Sullivan outwit a crazed serial killer to save Lil's Wildlife Refuge and reignite the passionate flame of first love?

Favourite Quote:
"Loving you made a man out of me," he said when he let her go. "It's the man who came back for you." (Page 374)

My Review:
Being an Aussie who lives half an hour from the beach and has ridden a horse only once in her lifetime; I loved this Nora Roberts novel! There is just something about the American Wil
Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 13, 2009 Carmaletta Hilton rated it did not like it
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~* 3.5 Stars *~
For years I've read Nora Roberts books, always considering myself a huge fan. Whether contemporary romance, paranormal romance, or romantic suspense...whether stand alone books or trilogies or short series...I've always counted on Roberts for a sweeping romantic read that satisfies as it entertains, and for years she's delivered. Some books, of course, I've liked more than others. Some series or trilogies have hit closer to home than others. Some characters I've liked more than ot
Sep 12, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great.

Predominately a romance novel, Lil and Cooper are introduced as children, and fall in love as young adults. Driven away from each other, they lead separate lives until a serial killer brings them back together.

The romance between them is lovely, and there are great moments of suspense and mystery, but I guess like any good Nora Roberts book, it's all about the love..

A few things made this a 4 and not 5 star book for me. It was just a little too drawn out. Most of th
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
The story is set in a wildlife refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota, hence the title. Lil Chance met brooding city boy named Cooper Sullivan, who clearly had family issues but won’t admit it. Soon they became close with each other and remain friends until their adolescent years.

But in their case, absence didn’t make the heart grow fonder. Because during the times that they didn’t see each other, their feelings had grown apart and the long distance had deviated their attention… well, mostly
Mar 06, 2011 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, americana, z-2011
Another typical Nora Roberts. I wish my library had a wider romance section for when my funds run out.

Anyway, strong heroine and hero, strange murder mystery that puts the heroine in danger, hero wants to save her, but heroine can mostly save herself. Like I said, typical Nora.

I liked the setting of South Dakota and Lil's big cats rescue. I liked Lil and Coopers backstory; I've always had a thing for the childhood friends to lovers trope. That they got together as youngsters was believable and t
Sep 02, 2009 Sheila rated it it was ok
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Jul 29, 2011 Books.Paper.Mania rated it it was ok
One of the cheesiest novels I’ve read. Seriously, the plot was somehow boring, characters were very shallow, & there was alot of exaggeration. I just couldn’t relate all the action to the main point of this novel.

It’s about South Dakota Biologist Lilian Chance & her wildlife habitat which she had build at her home. Comes Coop, her life sweetheart who dumped her when they were in college & returned back to help his injured grandfather to take care of his business & farm. & so
May 05, 2010 Georgina rated it really liked it
This is my first Nora Roberts book, and I loved it!

For starters the setting was great - love big country, big sky, wide open spaces.

Also love romances where the characters first meet as children (or young adults), spend time apart and then reconnect as more experienced adults.

The characters are really endearing. I like reading about strong, independent women who aren't stubborn to the point of stupidity. Lil is courageous, intelligent and skilled in her field but also keeps a cool head in a cris
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
First-class escapism; this one takes place in a South Dakota wild animal refuge. It’s your typical Nora Roberts plot; great romance with lots of suspense. One of my favorite Nora Roberts books.
Reading this felt like a blast from the past. I always loved the books that spent time on the characters as kids and then showed them when they were older. This style doesn't always work for me, but this author has a way with it and I always enjoy it. The last couple books I've read by this author haven't been in this style (which isn't a bad thing) but I really enjoyed revisiting it.

Getting to know Lil and Cooper when they were young made a nice start to the novel. There wasn't a huge chunk of
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 07, 2012 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts's fabs
Written by Nora Roberts 2009, 472 Pages
Genre: romantic suspense, mystery

Rating: ★★1/2

Eleven year old Cooper Sullivan feels like his parents exiled him to his maternal grandparents' ranch in South Dakota and is down in the dumps until he meets tomboyish Lil Chance. The two become fast friends bonding over baseball, horseback riding and their encounter with a cougar. Over the years as Cooper visits he and Lil become more than friends until one day Cooper breaks Lil's heart and leaves fo
Dec 05, 2010 Siobhan rated it it was amazing
I have read nearly everything this author has ever written including the Eve Dallas futuristic detective series. Just when you think you can't possibly love another story so much, she proves you wrong. She does I admit have a theme to this "type" of book, man, women, bad person, threat, climax, happily ever after. I can't deny this, it does not however detract from what is still an excellent read. Nora Roberts has a knack of getting to the heart of people, she gives details of their quirks, pers ...more
Gosh, I don't know how Nora Roberts does it, but she still manages to write one great book after the next ...

Out of the 20 or so books I have read by her yet (I only discovered her books a year ago) this is possibly the best --- I absolutely loved it, and finished it in 3 days!

The characters are great - both the lead and supporting characters. The story is set mostly in a wildlife refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota --- not your usual setting for a book, and definitely very interesting.
Aug 01, 2009 Lorihudeck rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-reads
I actually read this book aloud to my husband while driving back from Ocean City, Md. I am pleased to report that it kept both of us entertained for the eight-hour drive.

As someone who has read several of Nora Roberts' novels, I was able to predict major plot events as they are somewhat standard. Still, her stand alone works are so much better than some of her series' works.

I am not an outdoorsy, let's go camping, kind of person, but this story made me want to go to South Dakota and ride a horse
Feb 19, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Coop and Lil were childhood sweethearts, but their paths diverged. Coop became a cop, then private investigator, and Lil realized her dream of founding a wildlife refuge on her parents land. When Coop's grandfather takes a fall and breaks his leg, Coop comes back to help out. He and Lil have a lot to work out, which is complicated by the fact that a psycho serial killer is stalking her.
I don't know why, but I was really emotionally connected to the characters in this book. Every time any of the
Oct 14, 2008 Sherry rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2011 Vi rated it liked it
NR writes stories that while they may strain the credibility (the last scene with Baby), they still remain engrossing. I enjoyed Black Hills the first time around - the whole refuge theme which i found really likable (though I do think she made it as close to the real thing possible). The relationship between the different characters is another strength of the book. It sort of made this book feel good. One of her good standalone books in the recent times after High Noon.
Paula Pusapaz
Apr 24, 2015 Paula Pusapaz rated it liked it
Este libro me gusto. Realmente me tuvo demasiado intrigada con el cuento de Ethan el asesino con todo su cuento de la caza y esas locuras de indios como honrar la tierra eso... Realmente ya faltando un poco para el final me aburrí pero luego de un gran suceso terminarlo fue demasiado fácil terminarlo. Me encanto la tensión del final.
Lo leí sin saber nada de el y para ser diferente al tipo de literatura que suelo leer me gusto demasiado
Dec 16, 2009 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
One of the reasons I liked this book is because it starts when they meet as kids. I prefer to read it while it happens rather than as flashbacks. You really get much more invested in their relationship that way. I liked both characters. The writing was good without being great, typical for Nora Roberts for me. The bit at the end (view spoiler) seemed a bit improbable but hey it's fiction. I do recommend this to my customers though.
Ryne Barber
Aug 25, 2009 Ryne Barber rated it liked it
I should probably preface this review by saying I'm not a fan of romance; never have, and probably never will be. I tend to find them all exactly the same. Girl or guy falls for the opposite sex and then proceed to chase after them for most of the book, perhaps going on dates that don't work out or having obstacles to avoid but finally roping the hottie in. And most of the time, these events are less than average circumstances.

With that in mind, let's explore Nora Robert's Black Hills. Roberts t
Jan 12, 2017 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable mystery/romance by Nora Roberts. Tense but entertaining.
Sep 06, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read

"Black Hills" by Nora Roberts
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A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota Ranch is not what 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, whith Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that
When I read this book a thought flashed in my mind. I was reminded of when I watch So You Think You Can Dance (my reality tv crack!) and the judges go on about the dancers' technique vs. their performance. Where the Technique is shown in the training and the practice whereas the performance is that extra little something that connects with the audience that adds to the overall enjoyment of the piece. So I was reminded of this as I read this book because I thought it was stellar in technique but ...more
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Jul 28, 2009 Marquetta rated it did not like it
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