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.

Petellie's $0.02:

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.