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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  34,942 ratings  ·  1,611 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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Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
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
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
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 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
This book got me out of my month-long reading slump, so what more is there to say? Actually, there is a lot I need to say because I just loved this book! A friend of mine recommended a contemporary romance book by Nora Roberts to me, but I wasn’t in the mood for that genre and “Black Hills” being Romance suspense was just too irresistible!

The book is set in South Dakota. Cooper Sullivan comes to stay with his grandparents because his parents are going through a messy divorce. There Lil Chance a
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
Listened to this one on Audible during car trips. Excellent story (4 stars) and fantastic narrator (5 stars) - RTC
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Carmaletta Hilton
Jun 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A very unlikable hero... Arrogant, I-know-wht's-best-for you... Arghhhh
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 W
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.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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!!!
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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Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Wow, this hits so much differently after having seen Tiger king. Lil is who Carol Baskin could be if she had more education in wildlife conservation, stopped calling people "cool cats and kittens" and hadn't potentially murdered that Don guy. *Shrug

Definitely a good book, though it's not a compulsive page-turner. Still very interesting, but it didn't keep me up until six am cause I couldn't help myself.

~* 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
☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated 4.8 Stars

Loved this book! Of course, I enjoy any story that involves wildlife, adventure, & the great outdoors (plus a oh so sweet first love, and a second chance romance). If you are interested in these things too, then you will probably love this book also.

Warning: There are some animals that have gotten hurt, abused, etc., but that is why there is an animal refuge in the story, to heal and protect them. Unfortunately, there are also a few that are killed, which is very sad, but that's s
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, roberts-nora
I have always remembered this one, even though my first and last read was ten years ago. Diving in!

Okay, just as AWESOME as I remembered feeling the first time I read it, ten years ago! ;)
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 they meet & remember
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, americana
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
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
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 an
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

She comes home to her
Dakota wildlife refuge.
Old love has returned.

Stalker targets her
Really liked these characters
And enjoyed story
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