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- Publisher: Loner Llama Press; 2 edition (January 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2016
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- Language: English
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Black Hills Baby: a Hollywood-meets-the-real-wild-west contemporary romance series (Black Hills Rendezvous Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Hollywood heartthrob Cooper Lindstrom’s finances are a mess – after his mother (and manager) passes away, he finds out that she has gambled away almost all of his money. In order to temporarily escape the bookie who is trying to collect on her debts, Cooper travels to Sentinel Pass to earn a bit of money by donating his sperm.
Libby McGannon is the postmaster of Sentinel Pass and doesn’t feel like she will ever find the right person, especially with the limited male offerings in Sentinel Pass. She wants a baby of her own, however, so she places and ad online to purchase sperm for in-vitro. She will give the donor 25% share in her family’s gold mine, conveniently leaving out that it hasn’t produced much gold.
After connecting online, Libby has Cooper come to Sentinel Pass so that they can meet and determine if he is the right man for her needs. When Cooper arrives in Sentinel Pass, he quickly realizes that Libby’s story and the quirky residents of Sentinel Pass would make for the perfect sitcom. He never expected to fall in love with Libby. When Libby finds out about Cooper’s plans, she feels betrayed. Can these two overcome their differences and let love lead the way?
All of the characters in this book are great, not just Cooper and Libby, and I can’t wait to read about the escapades of the others in future Black Hills installments. Well done, Ms. Salonen! If you enjoy small town romances with a touch of humor, this book is for you.
Coop's one true friend, Shane Reynard was a mysterious person but also the touch of stability in Coop's life. He was a good reliable friend but his personal life isn't delved into too much in this book. Just some hints thrown out. He's a very talented friend and there is a short excerpt of his story added at the end of the book. It's called," Black Hills Billionaire" and it has a Prologue and Chapter 1 included. I have to say the story between Jenna Murphy (Libby's friend) and Shane has my curiosity up. That's because of all the hints sprinkled towards the end of this book.
Libby is the postmaster of a very tiny, off the beaten track town in the Black Hills called Sentinel Pass Events in and around her life have brought her to the point where she wants a baby, but knows there is no relationship to make that dream come true the old fashioned way. So… she places an interesting ad for a sperm donor in exchange for a small percentage of a gold mine. The fact that the mine hasn’t produced gold in a very long time is beside the point to Libby – she figures a guy would love the bragging rights vs the actual profits. She has everything thought out – except the reality of the whole plan, and maybe falling for the guy.
Cooper’s world has sort of imploded on him. His reality show is most likely in its last season since it’s tanking in the ratings. He’s worked his entire life since he was in diapers at something in the entertainment industry, actor, model, TV host. He knew his mother liked to gamble. And since she directed every aspect of his career, she also had control of the finances. She was his mother, why wouldn’t he trust her? Maybe because she’s a gambler, an addicted to gambling gambler. And now she was dead. As he might soon be if he can’t pay off her debts to a bookie who isn’t willing to wait for his money. Coop’s gone from having his life pretty much together – to see it spiraling out of control. In an odd set of circumstances, he came across Libby’s ad. First thought – gold mine. Money. Second thought – why not? It wasn’t as if he needed the sperm. And that final either brilliant or the dumbest thing ever thought – wouldn’t this whole thing make a great sit-com. He could be back on his feet with a hit, and get the bookie and his ex-wives off his back. No need for Libby to know his plans, and shouldn’t the townsfolk be excited to have the tourists flocking to their tiny, unknown town? *sigh* Oh, Cooper.
Not surprisingly, things did not go according to either Libby’s or Cooper’s plans. And that is where the fun begins.
I completely enjoyed this kick off the series story of Cooper and Libby’s romance. Now to be honest, Cooper could have been an annoying character. The fact that he isn’t comes through the crafting and writing of Ms Salonen. We are completely aware that Coop does not understand the world outside of the “magic universe” of the entertainment industry. His entire profitability has depended upon his looks and talent. His mother was the worst of the stage mothers around, and she kept him firmly under her thumb by convincing him that he was the bumbling village idiot. And sadly, in some ways he was – but now, he’s going to get a taste of real life, consequences of his actions and caring about someone else’s future more than his own.
Black Hills Baby gives us a charming setting, a wide variety of interesting and eccentric secondary characters who will be around throughout the series – and a chance to watch this train wreck change into something amazing. That’s worth following a series for, in my opinion. I loved it and would definitely recommend this story and series to any Romance reader who loves complicated characters, detailed story lines and simply a heck of a good time falling into a story.