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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  31,848 ratings  ·  1,456 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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Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a novel I was expecting to fall in love with but I did, and aren't novels like that the best kind of novels? Where the story creeps up on you and you realise how much you love it as you're reading it?
I won't give too much away since it is a story surrounded by mystery but it's set in South Dakota. It's about childhood sweethearts, Lil and Coop, who met on a farm when they were kids and then lost touch.
12 years later their story picks up again and they both have more or less ac
Jul 16, 2009 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 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 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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5to-elemento
Colinas negras es una estupenda novela, es ágil, trepidante y consigue que te quedes enganchada a sus páginas. La historia surge en las montañas de Estados Unidos con un trasfondo vinculado a los descendientes de los indios y al amor de la prota por los animales salvajes. Un relato fresco, dinámico y romántico, en un ambiente espectacular, en plena naturaleza, ranchos, granjas, animales salvajes y caballos se enmarca una historia de suspenso/romance con sus tira y afloja llevada con gran acierto ...more
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
This is probably one of my favorite NR books. It was a re-read that still kept me turning pages.

First, I loved the secondary characters and the secondary romance in this one. It brought a lot of depth to an already good story. What was not to love about Coop's grandparents, Lil's parents and Tansy and Farley? The Chance Animal Reserve was great backdrop, especially Baby the cougar.
Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This could be easy five stars rating if it wasn't so damn long and quite boring with all the manual of wild life.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
SB*needs low angst books*
Did a library reread but now remember why this wasn't one I was a fan of. Second chance love story between hero and heroine.

He was a city kid visiting and she was a tom boy and they became friends that became more then broke up due to hero feeling inadequate due to his upbringing. He and her are both back at the same time after years away and fall again.

It was one that didn't appeal for me. I could never really enjoy the couple truly and the main story and mystery didn't keep me in it either s
Heather Blair
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd a little less patience for Cooper this time around and his heavy handed ways. But, it's still a kick-ass book, set in one of my favorite places in the world with an awesome heroine written by one of the coolest and most talented authors to ever put pen to page.
A story of childhood friends turned sweethearts, who get a second chance at love after re-entering each other's lives years after they broke up.

Lil is a confident, driven woman, who has fulfilled her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge she dreamed of as a girl after seeing a cougar up close the day she first met Coop.

Coop is the opposite of Lil, unhappy with his home life growing up and directionless, (view spoiler)
Everyone’s hella horny and that’s all you really need to know.

I mean, when you’re transporting a big ass tiger to a wildlife sanctuary and you have to stop on the road FOUR TIMES so you can get it on... that’s horny.

Review coming soon!!!
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un relato fresco, dinamico y romantico. En un ambiente espectacular, en plena naturaleza, ranchos, granjas y caballos se enmarca una historia de suspense/romance con sus tira y afloja llevada con gran acierto.
Muy entretenida, de las que no puedes parar hasta acabarla.
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
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sonia Cristina
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Não achei este um livro espetacular, que me agarrasse na expetativa e ânsia mas proporcionou-me horas de leitura descontraídas, agradáveis e ainda me ri um bocado. Além do casal protagonista existe toda uma galeria de personagens deliciosos, humanos e animais, a que acresce um cenário lindo e o bom humor a que Nora Roberts há muito me habituou. Ao avós de Coop, os pais de Lil e o puma Baby, protagonizaram cenas deveras enternecedoras.

Não gostei do romance de Lil e Coop, gostei bastante mais do r
~* 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
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Sep 12, 2014 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
Jul 29, 2011 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
Titinha Scaeiro
Facto, a Nora cria muito melhor personagens masculinas que femininas... A única que escapa é a Eve da Robb... ^_^
Gostei mais dele, que dela... lol
Mar 06, 2011 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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts's fans

Written by Nora Roberts
2009; Putnam (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
May 05, 2010 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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fraco. Teria tudo para ser um grande livro se não fosse a maneira ridícula como o casal se tratou na segunda parte da trama: machismo, diminuição da capacidade feminina e a necessidade de um homem para ajudar a resolver a questão - qualquer conversa entre as amigas ou com as mães girava em torno do romance, pareciam não ter nada mais sério acontecendo . Me senti lendo uma Sabrina/Julia dos tempos de adolescente, só que com um toque de suspense. Romance previsível do início ao fim. Bobinho mesmo. ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Carolina (Everything.books_)
(4/5⭐) Qué increíble lo que me produce leer a Nora Roberts. Es automático devorarme sus libros de manera que, sí, #ColinasNegras es otra fascinante e intrigante historia.
El libro está dividido en tres partes y vamos a conocer desde las primeras paginas a sus protagonistas Lil y Cooper.
El verano del '89 Cooper, en ese entonces un chico de 11 años, va a pasar el verano con sus abuelos a Dakota del sur, Colinas Negras, donde viven en el campo. Allí conocerá a Lil, casi de su misma edad, esta chic
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