Genre: romantic suspense
Sex scenes: mild
Romance RBC 2014: A book with more than 500 pages
When Cooper is packed off to his grandparents’ farm in South Dakota for the summer, aged 11, while his parents ‘work’ on their marriage, he’s convinced that this will be the worst summer of his life. No baseball camp, no live games at Yankee Stadium and no friends to help alleviate his boredom. Instead, he’s got weeks of collecting eggs, mucking out stalls and chores to look forward to. Similarly, he’s resigned to dislike neighbour Lil Chance on sight simply for the reason that she’s a girl, but what he doesn’t expect is for this unlikely friendship to be the most important and meaningful of his entire life.
Fast forward 20 years and Coop has packed up his life as a PI in New York to move back to the farm when his grandfather breaks his leg. Lil has returned from her latest research stint in the Andes and cannot wait to return to her baby: the Chance Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for wild cats and the culmination of her childhood dreams. On learning that Coop is back for good, she’s naturally wary – after all, he broke her heart ten years ago – but Lil is determined to put it behind her and rekindle their former friendship. When it becomes clear that someone is targeting Lil and her refuge with devastating acts of violence, Coop isn’t going to leave Lil’s side until he’s caught and the pair are going to have to get over any residual animosity from their past – fast.