I happened upon the prologue of this book on Harper Sloan’s webpage days before the release of this book. It shredded me. So much so, that I was actually afraid to read it. The prologue is gripping and heartbreaking and TERRIFIC! “Cooper” had so much promise! (Although I am not sure why the book wasn’t named Ash or Asher. Coop/Cooper in my mind is a different character.) I just knew it was going to be another 5 star read from this author. I have read all of Ms. Sloan’s books and I loved all of them, rating all 5 or more stars. When each is released, I stop everything and read that book. So, to say I am a fan, would be an understatement. Which is why it PAINS me to give this 3 – 3 1/2 stars. lowers head in shame
Asher “Ash” Cooper is still reeling from the death of his brother, Zachariah “Coop” Cooper, and is drowning his sorrows in alcohol. The prologue did a fantastic job at setting up for us the relationship between brothers Ash and Coop. As do the flashbacks that Ash has. These help us understand Ash’s protectiveness over Coop, and their bond.
“I promise myself that I will never let anyone hurt my baby brother.” – Ash
These were my favorite moments of the book, along with the brief moment of goodness that is Cohen and the amazing cameo from Maddox Locke!
I had a difficult time engaging with Ash and Chelcie. As characters they fell flat to me. There were good moments, like this one:
“And with that one kiss, that claiming of my soul, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m forever ruined for anyone else.”
“With that one kiss, that one moment in time, it feels as if I’ve come home.”
Chelcie is hiding a secret from Asher, and if you have read the previous book, Beck, then you will know what that is. Yes, you need to read that one first! It was her character that I liked the least in this book. Perhaps because I didn’t get to know her. I am disappointed because despite the amazing alpha males that Ms. Sloan writes so deliciously, she also writes kick butt, strong heroines. I didn’t get that from Chelcie.
“Cooper” is a short book. (I read it in a day, a few hours.) I’m not sure it felt rushed, just not exciting. I didn’t get the usual rush that I get at the end of one of her books.
Of course I will drop everything when the next book comes out. Because I trust in this author. And just because I didn’t like this one, doesn’t mean the next one won’t be as amazing as the others have been.
Read on June 20, 2014