3.5- 4 Hearts Review: Harper Sloan's Cooper (Corps Security #4).
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Do you take me seriously? Because I don’t. I use my jokes and easygoing personality to hide the pain I’ve felt since he took his last breath. I’m adrift without my partner in crime, my best friend…my brother. I can taste the vengeance just within my grasp.
Until she barges into my life. Promising me happiness and a peace I’ve been craving for years. She is the sun to my darkness, the happy to my despair.
But she holds secrets. Just like I do. She holds hers close, where I just pray mine don’t rock the walls we’re trying to build.
Now I’m stuck at a crossroads between my desire for revenge and my craving for her and the life we could have together—and I have no idea which road I should travel.
All I know with crystal clear certainty is that the past has the power to destroy it all.
Review: Surj Harvey
With the tragic events that unfolded at the end of Harper Sloan's "Beck," this fourth installment in the Corps Security series was one I was desperate to get my hands on. I knew it was going to be an emotional read. I knew it would more than likely break my heart and I wasn't wrong.
It was difficult not to be affected by Asher's story. Here was a man who was so consumed by his own grief and guilt, he was coping the only way he knew how... by having meaningless sex and drinking himself into oblivion. Unfortunately he made a pretty mean drunk and it was usually those he cared about that bore the brunt, his words cutting deep. I wished I could get angry with him but I just couldn't because I sensed every ounce of hurt and pain he was going through and felt completely and utterly helpless as his life spiraled out of control, the darkness slowly suffocating him.
"This shit needs to stop."
"Brother I don't know how," I whisper.
"You don't know how to what?"
"I don't know how to move on. I don't know how to escape this. The darkness."
I think what made things so much worse were the chapters I got from the past that gave me an insight into Coop and Asher's childhood. The bond the brothers had shared even back then was like no other and the burden of guilt for promises that were broken lay heavy on Asher's shoulders.
And Chelsie, bless her she had her own problems to deal with. Her secret was almost like noose around her neck. What should have been a happy time for her was unfortunately overshadowed by the man that had captured her heart but who couldn't see beyond his own loss.... yup you guessed it.. Asher. And things did not seem to be looking up any time soon. I liked that despite this, she tried desperately not to let the whole sorry mess get her down and tried as much as possible to get on with her life.
“We all have that person… Every. Single. One. Of. Us.
We have that person who makes us complete. He is my person.”
To say the first 40% of this book made for pretty heavy reading would probably be an understatement but hey, it can't always be hearts, flowers and rainbow farting unicorns can it. However, it wasn't all doom and gloom and by the half way mark, I was starting to see glimpses of happier times ahead ... uh huh..... like really happy times... the three orgasms before he got his own release kind of happy times. Yup, once Asher pulled himself together and realised what he had to lose, he went all in and turned all grizzly, caveman on me.... and my heart fluttered out of pure joy!!! Oh how I love a hot alpha and Asher Cooper was all that and so much more. He was possessive and protective, loving and caring and just all kinds of swoonworthiness and me? Well I was just a hormonal mess. Lol. Equally, I absolutely loved how protective Chelsie became of Asher and what they shared. She would not hear a bad word said about her man and god help anyone who tried. You go girl!!!
“Sunshine,” I murmur, “once I take you – make you mine – I won’t ever let you go.
You’re mine, baby. This body, this heart, and damn sure this pussy.
I won’t take you until I know you understand what I’m saying to you.”
“I thought you didn’t do relationships, Ash?” she mocks.
“I didn’t. You’re a game changer.”
So all good right? So why did I not give "Cooper" 5 Hearts? Honestly, I really think Harper Sloan missed a trick with the sub plots she dropped in to the story line. I wanted more of a build up to the finale, more drama, more suspense, more action relating to that particular story line but it was mentioned once maybe and then forgotten about (or so it felt). As for the revenge element that was mentioned in the synopsis, again, I honestly feel more could have been done with this. I wanted to feel the conflict within Asher, the struggle with the choices that lay before him but I just didn't and I was left a little disappointed.
Like I said, an enjoyable read but not one that blew me away. However..... I cannot wait for Maddox Locke's book!!! Boy oh boy have I been teased and tormented about what to expect from his story and I need it.... like now!!! Hurry up Harper Sloan. I need this man in my life!!!
“You make sure and keep that damn light shinning bright on him.
You give a broken man like me hope that there might be something to be
said about trusting that blaze that fights a man’s demons.” (Maddox)
Overall, I rated "Cooper" 3.5- 4 Hearts