This was a fun story with a different kind of hero: a Hollywood star /former child actor with lots of insecurities about his abilities. The heroine is stable, dependable and stuck in a rut. I enjoyed the Black Hills setting and found Coop a fun lead. Libby was a little on the boring side - and I really didn't quite feel the chemistry between them, but i did between Cooper and the Black Hills. I'll try another in this series.
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.
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.