This Time Around (Love In The Heartland Book 1) by Stacey Lynn
Cooper Hawke was everything I didn’t need.
Rich and famous, and a high-profile actor, he lived a life of luxury while my life had always been much more simple.
Yet when he showed up at my cattle ranch in Kansas, he gave me everything I didn’t think I wanted again.
His marriage was over and he was lost.
I was still barely surviving in my grief after my husband’s sudden death.
As hard as I tried to keep him out, he slipped past my defenses, and slowly, a connection grew between us I could no longer deny.
But this time around, we were on borrowed time.
Because Cooper still had his real life waiting for him back in Hollywood.
Petra and ellie both hit this one up. Poor Stacey. So this is a Petellie review. Pet is the more responsible one of the duo. Just sayin'.
Pet: Cooper was a great character. He's the guy you always hoped existed. Hot as fuck, surrounded by tons of gorgeous women and still true to a fault. Would never consider straying.
ellie: I loved that Cooper was a celebrity but still had emotion and feeling. Still wanted traditional love while being the hottest celebrity hunk in the scene. That's fucking hawt.
Pet: I liked Rebecca just as much. I thought she was kind of stubborn about letting Cooper in, but I can kind of understand that since her husband definitely threw her a curve she never expected. It would be hard to trust again.
ellie: Rebecca struck me as a selfish bitch at first. She was so damn snooty and snotty I was like "da fuck... is she the celebrity in this situation?" and then her story unfolds and ... um... yeah. And that curve. Um... yeah.
Pet: The way that Cooper adored the little goat, Pepper, was adorable and the whole aspect of the farm was pretty realistic.
ellie: Dude. I thought you were going to go into love... and goats... and gross.
Pet: I liked that her friends, neighbors and family were so supportive, but I thought they should have pushed her a little harder to face what had happened. I'm kind of surprised that the paparazzi didn't dig up all her dirt when she was connected to Cooper. I think Jenny would have been all over telling them everything.
ellie: I got the impression they left her alone because she was such a snotty bitch about it all?
Pet: I'm also surprised that no one else in town knew what had happened between Rebecca and her husband. Small towns know everything.
ellie: Valid point. But speaking of small town shit. Fourth of July was amazing. Yeah? I could vividly picture that whole scene.
Pet: I absolutely LOVE that Cooper’s wife got what was coming to her. She was such a bitch!
ellie: The revenge that Cooper had was epic. Quite possibly my favorite part of the book. But I'm a bitch that way. Karma. Karma. Karma. His plan made everything. The scandal in this book. It made my insides tingle and my blood flow. Like more than sex.
Pet: The only thing that left me hanging was the whole issue with the cattle. That was a plot hole for me. But honestly, it wasn’t enough of one that it ruined the story.
ellie: What Pet means is that there was no cattle sex. Left her hanging. Dreadful.
All in all. We both dug it a lot. For me (this is ellie) I loved the contrast of a soulful celebrity hunk and a small town rancher girl that has been through hell. It was a great balance. Sexy, humorous, and gave me lots of feels. I loved it. And readers are dumb if they don't pick this one up.