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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  23,847 ratings  ·  1,094 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 2009)
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Lindig
Jul 19, 2009 Lindig rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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jenjn79
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
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Miss Kim
Aug 21, 2009 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Carmaletta Hilton
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Annie
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
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Jan
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
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Tracy
~* 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
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Georgina
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
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Sheila
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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.
Ryne Barber
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
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Siobhan
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
Indiaskye
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.
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Swera83
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
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Catherine
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
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Emily
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
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Lorihudeck
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
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Sherry
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Holly
Having grown up in the Black Hills kind of ruined some of my enjoyment. Though I think NR handled certain aspects of it well, overall I was unimpressed with her knowledge. Mostly little things bothered me, things people unfamiliar with the area wouldn't understand.

The suspense was done well (as it usually is with her) and I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters. The choices the hero made when he was younger bothered me, but I was able to move past it (eventually) and enjoy the
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Jacqueline
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.
Debra
3.5 stars. really enjoyable book. I found it hard to put down at times. Cool meets Lil when he is 11 after being sent to live with his grandparents while his parents attempt to save their marriage. What he thinks will be the worst summer of his life becomes one that shapes his life. Coop meets Lil, a baseball loving girl with a homemade baseball diamond in her backyard. He continues to visit his grandparents each summer and his bond with Lil grows turning into romance during their teen years. Se ...more
Kathryn
I know I've come late to Black Hills by Nora Roberts, I've had it sitting there on audio for awhile but as I am not so fond of male narrators I picked this book up cheaply at last year's Fair and so have just enjoyed the read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and read through it quickly in a couple of days. As always Nora Roberts includes a good romance, great characters, interesting suspense, fun dialogue and as well this time, added in wild animals and a wild life refuge.

Lil and Cooper have been
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Barbara ★
The romance between Lil and Cooper is beyond romantic. The distance is hard on them - NYC and South Dakota are miles apart in both distance and culture. The everyday ups and downs of their relationship brings a dose of reality to the romance. These are characters that you can really dig into and enjoy their lives.

Lil's parents (Joe and Jenna) and Coop's grandparents (Sam and Lucy) are the definition of good samaritians. There isn't a mean or immoral bone in any of them. They are the family we al
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Laurie
Black Hills was a touching pleasurable read. Lil Chance and Cooper Sullivan met at the age of 11. A city boy like Cooper viewed spending his summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota as punishment until he truly got to know his grandparents and met the Chance's. The time turned magical and he left with a promise to return as often as possible. Several years later, his best friend became his lover and the summer they spent exploded with passion and heat until Cooper left. Lil's heart was broken a ...more
Laurel
I'd been dissapointed with Nora Roberts lately. Her books seemed to be the same story told over and over again. Until Black Hills. This may well be one of the best she's ever written. The characters are honed to perfection, as only Roberts can hone them. It is a love story, of course, an adventure, some humor, but in many respects the meat of the story revolves around family sagas. The hero's, the heroine's, the villain's, the 2ndary characters' families. She explores what roles family plays in ...more
Donna
Twelve year old Cooper Sullivan didn't want to spend his summer in the Black Hills with his maternal grandparents whom he didn't knnow but his parents were off to Europe to try and prevent their fractured relationship degenerating into a divorce. Coop is surprised to find a friend in a 10 year old neighbor girl who is as avid about baseball as Coop. Their teen summers are spent forming a friendship that turns into a romance. However, Coop is determined to achieve success as a New York Police and ...more
E.
Aug 12, 2009 E. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: suspense
Nora Roberts does an excellent job of formulating personable characters in realistic settings in this enjoyable tale. We are introduced to a young boy, Cooper Sullivan, who has reluctantly come to visit his grandparents in South Dakota while his parents work on their troubled marriage. Rural life is a shock to this city kid who is used to the frenetic pace of New York City and introduction to the neighboring girl, Lil Chance, is of little consolation until he discovers a shared love of baseball. ...more
Steffi
I am a huge Nora Roberts fan and she didn't disappoint me this time either.
Black Hills is about Lil and Cooper, who have been best friends when they were kids, lovers in their teens and exes in their twenties.
The story is set in South Dakota, where Lil lives with her family and has built a wildlife refuge. After a long time apart, Cooper comes back home to help out his sick grand-father and gets to meet Lil, his first love,again. At first he wants to keep his distance from Lil but soon the two i
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Jessi
Sept. 2009 This book had a lot of buildup and then not a big enough excitement to support it in the end. It reminded me of Montana Sky, but not nearly as good. It is about a woman, Lil, who runs a wildlife conservatory for big cats and her childhood sweetheart, Cooper, who left her brokenhearted twelve years before and now returns to their small town. They still have leftover sexual tension, of course. The main problem, other than her broken heart that never mended, is that a crazy man with litt ...more
Linda
Lil Chance has lived all of her life on a ranch in South Dakota. Coop Sullivan has been coming to South Dakota to visit his grandparents since he was an angry 11 year old. Lil and Coop met when she was 9 and he was 11 and became best of friends. After a brief sexual interlude when Lil was 18, they lost touch over the years. Now, Lil operates a wildlife refuge located near her parents' farm. Coop became a police officer and then ran a highly successful investigation agency in New York. Now he is ...more
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