Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pat's Review: Cooper's Charm

Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster
Publisher: HQN Books (August 1, 2018)
Series: Love at the Resort, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancĂ©, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

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Content Warnings: Sexual assault

Pat's Review:

This is a sweet romantic story about two people recovering from violence that changed both their lives. Being together gave them hope for peace and happiness being part of their future once again.

Cooper Cochran (Coop) owns and manages an RV Camping resort in Woodbine, Ohio, called Cooper's Charm. Five years ago he lost his wife in a violent convenience store robbery. He spent a year living on rage and despair. He then knew life would never be the same, but he needed a new direction. The resort and all his quirky employees were his lifesaver.

Phoenix Rose was a perfectly happy young woman, engaged to be married when gunmen robbed and sexually assaulted her at her business. The robbers were never arrested. The only thing that kept her sane was her sister Ridley. After six months living in a hotel and all but disappearing she saw a help wanted ad looking for a landscaper. It was her ticket out of her self imposed limbo. She loves the work, the friends she has made at the resort, not to mention the pull she feels toward Coop. He knows of her background and is trying to not frighten her off, although he is very attracted to her. Ridley, fresh from a divorce, with lots of money descends on Cooper’s Charm to check on her sister and suddenly doesn’t want to leave. The banter is hilarious, and the characters add so much depth to the story.

Rescuing a poor sweet puppy from two thugs torturing it, brings Phoenix and Coop closer. But at the same time, strange unexplained incidents start happening at the resort.

I found this to be a great read, as all Ms. Foster’s books are. The slow build up of the romance and the suspense added an extra spice to the story.


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Source: NetGalley eARC

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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