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 ½ 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 cougar.
They fall in love in their teens; however, they have separate goals and are inevitably separated. Lil wants to open a wildlife refuge on her parents’ land, and Coop is defying his father by not going to law school and joining the police academy. On one of their last few days together, they are in the woods and stumble upon a crime scene.
Twelve years later, Lil has opened her refuge. She’s just come home from a six month trip in South America, and she discovers Coop is back in town for good. She has mixed feelings about it, because she feels he broke her heart years ago. She was willing to do anything to keep their relationship, but he was insistent they separate. While the two are getting reacquainted, a psycho appears. Someone is terrorizing Lil and her refuge.
I liked Coop a lot, and it didn’t hurt that he was a cop—my favorite type of hero. He was of course gorgeous, patient, and determined to protect Lil and to keep her forever. Lil was very reluctant to let him back in after she was hurt. She’s a tough girl, however didn’t cross to line to being a ball buster. I can’t stand that type of heroine.
There is a secondary romance that is really sweet, and I wish the author had spent more time on them. For those that are interested in interracial romance, you’d like this one. The couple is BWWM. The hot cowboy pursues this few years older woman and romances her to pieces.
I recommend to fans of Nora, and those that like light romantic suspense.