Review: Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2018 new release challenge, Reviews / 16 Comments

Review:  Cooper’s Charm by Lori FosterTitle: Cooper's Charm
Author(s): Lori Foster
Series: Summer Resort #1
Published by HQN Books on July 24, 2018
Pages: 384
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Format: arc, ebook
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One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…
Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, 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…

This is my first time reading Lori Foster and it will not be my last. I enjoyed this book from start to finish.Sometimes in our life when we may experience tragedy, which can come in many sizes and form. However, how we deal with the aftermath will determine how strong a person we are. We can decide whether we wish to wallow in self-pity and chant the mantra woe me or we can stand firm and take back charge of our lives.  Phoenix Rose chose the latter option.

Her determination to restore normalcy to her life after a brutal attack at her place of business was admirable. It demonstrated her strength. Her strong support system aided in her healing process, which placed her on a journey of self-discovery and provided her the opportunity to experience love in its truest form. I enjoyed watching Phoenix come alive.  I loved that she found love in the arms of someone who had experienced his own share of tragic circumstances. Why? He understood her fears and as a result helped her through the healing process.

The story featured a secondary romance involving Phoenix’s sister Ridley. She took had her share of demons to contend with, but she never let her pain overshadow her concern for her younger sister. She came to Cooper’s Charm to check upon Phoenix and found love and healing in the process. The featured romances though different, were both enjoyable. Phoenix and Cooper’s romance is sweet and slow burning, while Ridley and Baxter’s was scorching.

The story is filled with humor and lots of sexy banter. I had a great time with the staff of Cooper’s Charm. Their unique characteristics helped to make this a fun and easy read.

The only issue I had with the story was the inclusion of the suspense thread. First, its predictability took away some enjoyment and secondly it never added much to the story. I agree it allowed Phoenix to confront her fears. However, the fact she had already conquered her fears made the addition of this thread unnecessary.

Conclusion/Recommendation
This is a great start to the Summer Resort series. I cannot wait to see what next this series has to offer. If you looking for a sweet summer read, featuring lovable characters, then you will want to check out Lori Foster newest offering.

About Lori Foster

LORI FOSTER is a New York TimesUSA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, and most recently Harlequin. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. She lives in Central Ohio where coffee helps her keep up with her cats and grandkids between writing books. For more about Lori, visit her website at www.lorifoster.com, like her on Facebook or find her on Twitter, @lorilfoster.

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16 responses to “Review: Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

  1. I’m a big Lori Foster fan, but I haven’t read this one yet. I’m not super into romance with a secondary romance element. But I do want to look into this one. Glad you liked it!

  2. Michele H

    I agree this was a really solid start to the series. That cover sold me first–I’m a sucker for an animal on book covers, lol–but the characters made this quite an enjoyable read.

  3. kindlemom1

    Yay for great starts to new series. I know so many people love this author.

  4. RO

    I’ve been reading Lori Foster for so many years and she has her own shelf on the bookcase. I just love her work and everything she writes! Hugs..and Happy Monday! RO