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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publisher: Loner Llama Press; 2 edition (January 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B9SJRV4
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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.
I thought Libby was a strong character to start, but she seemed to lose that strength as the story moved along. And for someone who spent so much time in the public eye, Cooper spent too much time whining and in a self-pity bag. I loved the love story itself, because I love a good HEA. However, Cooper's thought processes were simply too childish and depressing to me. When he decided to accept the deal with Libby, it would have been nice to see him get past some of the things that happened because of his mother's mishandling of his finances, pick himself up and take charge of the situation. It isn't until he returns to the town that he seems to wants to take any kind of responsibility for his action. And then, it's like night and day, down to his sudden referrals to her as "Lib" and "my love" in public. It just doesn't compute. I could understand the change in pet names once they were in private, but not in a public situation, in front of the entire town...a town, I might add, that he is trying to win over for his sitcom.
Also, we never hear any more about the streak of gold Cooper noticed while he was in the mine. Had he been that hard up for money, I would think that would have been one of the first things he would have pointed out to Libby's brother or to Libby herself. This was just one more thing that didn't add up.
I think it could be a good story if some of the bothersome monologue were to be edited out and if Cooper would actually grow up and take responsibility for his situation sooner. The HEA was perfect, and in fact, I liked the entire scene in the kitchen where she tells him what has occurred since he left. I think this story could be cleaned up to make a good romance. I simply isn't there right now.
The characters, the witty comments and the dialogue were delightful. Coop starts out seeming like a hard to like hero but he keeps growing on you as he figures out what he really wants. Libby is sweet, giving and well-liked in her small town until it gets out that a Hollywood film crew is coming to town.
The setting is described in detail. The characters are well-developed and the ending happy to make this a funny romance that I loved.