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Black Hills Baby: a Hollywood-meets-the-real-wild-west contemporary romance series (Black Hills Rendezvous Book 1) by [Salonen, Debra]
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When Hollywood heart-throb Cooper Lindstrom needs money to get his late mother's homicidal bookie off his back, he jumps at the lifeline Black Hills postmaster Libby McGannon tosses his way. In Cooper's mind, their arrangement is simple: his sperm in trade for a share in her family's gold mine. But the real pay off is her story--the one he plans to turn into a hit sitcom that will push him back on top.
The hit show Coop saw coming.
Love? Completely blindsided him.
And the baby? Who could have guessed Cooper wanted to be a father? Too bad Libby--the woman he's fallen hard for--might never forgive him for turning her life into a joke for worldwide consumption. Not to mention the changes he's brought to the small Black Hills community of Sentinel Pass, where happily-ever-after isn't left to chance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15281 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loner Llama Press; 2 edition (29 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B9SJRV4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,100 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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By Shelagh TOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 February 2016
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I unashamedly love Debra Salonen's books and Black Hills Baby has earned its place among those books I will go back and reread over and over. Quite simply, it's a keeper.
Libby and Cooper both have their own insecurities. For Hollywood TV star Cooper there's a lack of self belief courtesy of his mother, who has managed every day of his life and career until the moment she died.
Cooper doesn't think he's got much going for him in the brains department as his mother has conditioned him since he was a little boy to accept that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. What he does have in spades are his looks, a given since he's a Hollywood star, and a sense of compassion epitomised in the way he looks out for his elderly neighbour. As for Libby, well she is also caring and compassionate, but doesn't have much faith in her ability to make a relationship work.
Set in the black hills of South Dakota, this book really does depict a clash of two worlds and I have to say that it was enormously comforting to me to find the backwater charms of Sentinel Pass winning out over the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
If you like heartfelt love stories, then I feel sure you'll enjoy this one. I for one am now off to look for the sequel, Black Hills Billionaire, for another dose of the same.
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By JBoehmke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 February 2016
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This was a really fun story. Cooper and Libby were both great characters. Cooper was the perfect combination of snooty actor and bumbling guy with low self-esteem. It was fun to watch how his character grew throughout his "adventure" in Sentinel Pass. Libby was a very strong character, almost too strong. She spent way too much time caring about what everyone else would think or say about her. It's one of the hazards of being in a very small town. Her friends were a great crew of girls though. It was a fun story to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Welcome to Sentinel Pass 25 May 2016
By Jen Craig - Published on
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Welcome to Sentinel Pass, South Dakota! This first book in Debra Salonen’s Black Hills series got me hooked right away.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK, so I finished this book, but... 3 May 2016
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I think I was waiting for the lead male to get 'better' and he just never did. He is an under-confident, wussy, childish, weak mummy's boy. But strangely still likable, but in an 'I pity him' sort of way, not in a 'hubba hubba' sort of way.

So I guess if your idea of a romantic lead is a little boy in a man's body who needs saving, this is the book for you. For me, I like the lead to be a strong manly man with a good heart but confidence. That is not Cooper Lindstrom by any stretch f the imagination.

I won't be reading any more of this series, but hopefully other people like the male lead, as the story itself was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't sure about this book at first 26 April 2016
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I wasn't sure about this book at first. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that I thought (at the beginnings of the book), "Oh no, I shouldn't have got this book. Its sounding kind of juvenile." But as I kept checking it out, I found that Coop had hidden pain and hidden depths too. As that was beginning to shown more and more, I found I liked the book even more. Coop's mother really did a job on him throughout his life and she pretty much controlled more of his life than she should have. He loved her but he also resented some things about her as well. Libby was so easy to like, she was the "good girl" taking a huge risk. Its way outside her comfort zone, and she's hoping that her town will support her decisions. She was always respected and looked up to but her town was part of her extended family and she's looking for them to have her back (like always). Her book club friends were a delightful touch of reality and humor. Libby's brother, Mac and her niece, Megan and her grandmother add to the real family part of the story. And their part of the story is interesting as well.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, intriguing start to the series. 11 July 2016
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What’s that old saying? When life gives you lemons make lemonade. Yeah, okay. But if you’re plum outta sugar it’s gonna be pretty bitter lemonade! And that’s sort of where both Libby and Cooper are at the beginning of their adventure.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall i am very well pleased with this book and the excitement it has brought ... 26 March 2017
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Romance is the name of the game in this book. This book delivers what we all want more romance and excitement in our life. Overall i am very well pleased with this book and the excitement it has brought me. This book had me unwilling to put it down until I turned the last page. Would I recommend this book to other people? Yes I would including friends .I absolutely think this is great book. All opinions are my own and they are not influenced by anyone but myself.If this review helped you at all please vote yes below.

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