Black Hills

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"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 innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body." "As the seasons change and the ...

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"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 innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body." "As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father's demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold most dear need them most. An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fastpaced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something - or someone - has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil's beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe." Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.

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It's not just a sure-fire formula that's kept the crown atop the queen of romance, as this thriller proves. The gushy love-conquers-all story of South Dakota wildlife biologist Lil Chance and ex-cop/PI Coop Sullivan takes a back seat to the taut, gritty chase of a serial killer. There's never a doubt that Lil and Coop-childhood sweethearts who fall in love, drift apart and then reconnect-will help each other mend their wounded hearts: "It was a good day, she thought, when you opened yourself to both the joys and the risks of love," Lil discovers. Nor is it surprising that a crazed killer will meet his match in feisty Lil. But this premier storyteller proves an ordinary love story can still win your heart, and even an inevitable confrontation may scare you silly. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399155819
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,104,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Another winner from Nora Roberts

    The Queen of suspense-filled romance novels once again treats her loyal fans to a thrill ride of intrigue that twists and turns through the Black Hills of South Dakota. As expected, this ride has well-defined backdrops, with all the sights, sounds, and smells, culminating to give the reader an experience of a life time. Enough with the standing in line...let's get to it.

    When Lillian Chance was a teenager, a chance meeting would introduce her to a young man named Cooper Sullivan. During a dinner between Cooper's grandparents and the Chance family, the two would form a bond that spans a lifetime. Years later, both would go on and pursue their dreams. Lil Chance is a world-renowned biologist that specializes in big cats and founded the Chance Wildlife Reserve in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Cooper Sullivan is a cop that also works security. That is, until a colleague of his is murdered. Coop, has finally had enough and returns to the small town in which he grew up.

    Hold on tight, 'cause here comes the drop. Just as Coop returns home, he discovers a murderer lurking within the town, and with each new murder getting closer to Lillian, his feelings toward her grow deeper and deeper. Will he be able to protect her? Will the love they once shared be rekindled? Lil still has bitter feelings toward Coop, can she put them aside? I could tell you, but what fun would that be? Nora Roberts has an uncanny ability to build suspense and she does just that in her newest novel. This is a romance, however, and unlike rollercoasters that whip the reader around at breakneck speeds, Black Hills allows the reader to enjoy every aspect of the ride.

    Nora Roberts has put great detail and research into the backdrops and this ride is more reminiscent of a themed-coaster and not an old-fashion raise your hands and scream-coaster. That is Nora's style: depth, quality, and substance.

    Normally, I like to recommend a few books that fans of this book will equally enjoy, but right now I'm reading something entirely different that I think you'll love: "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" It's a fascinating book and it lets you test your emotional intelligence online which is really cool.

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Loved it!

    I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts' books ... Some of her books seem kind of thrown together pretty fast. Not so with this one. It's long, and she took her time and care with characters, plots, and dialog. I very much enjoyed this book!

    I'm loving my nook from Barnes and Nobles which I just read Black Hills on.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    ANOTHER EXCITING NORA FANTASY!

    This is another thrill ride full of twists and turns, bonding, rekindled love, drama,and interesting occupations. From New York City to rural, countryside living in South Dakota, Cooper and Lil's escapades fill the pages with excitement and thrills with love, a serial killer, all to create pure women's fantasy. This one wasn't as suspenseful as I normally like but it was very entertaining, all the same. Some other books I LOVED...

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    The most amazing story

    I love to read all of Nora Roberts books. The only thing is I listen on audiobook unabridged format. That way I can work and listen at the same time. I can't get enough of this story. I have probably listened to it at least 4 times in the past year. This book had a little twist to it from some others. It kept you in suspense as to who was doing the killings and why. It also had the great romance and how life can turn this way and that way but in the end love concurs all. I especially like how Lil's parents were so open and honest about sex and all that it means to people. They made it easy for her to choose and if she did choose to have sex with Coop to be prepared for it. It's such a great book and I would recommend it to everyone.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Whew! Love these "sit on the edge of your seat" ones best!

    Another fabulous storyline! Bravo Nora! Just one more to add to her long list of 5 star reviews! I'd like to recommend an author I recently stumbled across, LINDA MASEMORE PIRRUNG, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, that I absolutely loved! I'm hopeful for a sequel! Check out the reviews! They hooked me big time!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Amazing Books

    Nora Roberts is my favorite author. Her books have everything in them and there is always a twist. They can make you cry one minute and scare you the next. Keep up the great work Nora!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

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    Very good

    I enjoyed this book so much! I have read most of Nora Roberts's books and this has great characters. Interesting story!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

    WOW!!

    WOW! I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down. I didn't plan to read it in two days, it's a long book. But, man I just couldn't stop! I have read a TON of Nora Roberts books. Black Hills is in my top 2! Probably even in my top 5 favorite books in general. I have no idea how anybody could give this book a poor review. It has romance (both human and animal/human), it's thrilling, exciting, and captivating. It's so good, puts a huge smile on my face just thinking about it. You will fall in love with the characters, the book reads like a movie. I hope the do make it into a movie. It would be awesome! If you plan to read this book, clear your schedule becaue you won't be able to put it down! I won't be loaning out my copy that's for sure, I can't wait to read it again!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2010

    DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK ***** I WAS BORED !!!!!!

    I have read and loved many Nora Roberts - except this one.

    I was SO DISAPPOINTED - I wasted hours and got about half way thru the book - and it just could not keep my interest. I TRIED AND TRIED THOUGH-- finally - I just decided to skip it. I WILL TELL YOU I DID FIND A BOOK BY CHARLES MARTIN CALLED THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US -- NOW THAT AUTHOR KNOWS HOW TO WRITE. I FINISHED THAT ONE IN LESS THAN 2 DAYS.

    SORRY NORA- THIS WAS NOT ONE OF YOUR BEST. I JUST COULD NOT FINISH IT - IT WAS SLOW - AND DIDN'T GET ANYWHERE. DISAPPOINTING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    My favorite of Nora Roberts.

    I read all of Nora Roberts's books, and by far, this has been my favorite. It has a classic mix of mystery, romance, and the two main characters mesh well. You can practically see the tension/love between them. Enough said.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Awesome book

    absolutely loved this book..didnt want it to end.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Rush To End

    The typical Nora Roberts love story with a dramatic conflict set in the beautiful Black Hills. The story kept you engaged and guessing until the final chapter. The resolution was less well designed than the rest of the book.

    Worth the read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    I am from SD so was interested in finding out what Nora Roberts had to say regarding the Black Hills of SD.

    I have not read a lot of Nora Roberts books but after reading this one which I enjoyed and had a hard time putting down I will look for more of her books.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Truly enjoyed

    Started reading when book arrived.....could not put it down.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    Disappointed with this book

    I am a huge Nora Roberts fan. I own and have read everything she's written. I was really disappointed with this book. Normally the story reaches out and drags you into it. With this one though, I was easily distracted, I didn't really get into the characters or the story.

    It's not a bad book, and still worth reading, just not one of her better books.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Excellent book. It caught you right away and held you till the end. Great book.

    Nora Roberts hit the nail on the head with this book. It was a real interesting one for me and I loved the whole story line and all the characters.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Loved this book--a great summer read!

    The research that went into this writing was very interesting. It held the reader's attention. I was anxious to find out how it ended. Nora Roberts at her best.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Excellent

    Loved it. Great plot, great characters. 5 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Slow..... Until the end!

    I have read many of her books and found this one giving too many details about wild animals. It was like a textbook or advertisement. The love story was great and the hunt and chase was exciting. I wanted more story at the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Not her best

    Good story in the beginninig, but became boring and rambling. Never felt that way about one of Nora's books.

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