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Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Cooper by Melissa Foster / @TastyBookTours @Melissa_Foster

Title: Cooper
Series: Wild Boys After Dark, Book 4
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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Four years ago at a film festival, Cici Fine met Cooper Wild, a man who turned her world upside down in the span of one deliciously perfect week. He was everything she’d ever dreamed of: sinfully sexy, intelligent, and incredibly loving. When the festival ended, they returned to their own hometowns with promises of forever. But Cooper disappeared, and Cici was left to raise the daughter he never knew about alone.

Cooper is finally thinking straight after years of being lost in grief from the tragedy that killed his father and left his mother blind. Now he’s on a mission to find the woman he left behind—the only woman he’s ever loved.

But Cici Fine is no longer a naive young girl. She’s a savvy businesswoman with big responsibilities, on the cusp of a life-changing move. When fate brings the two together, they’ll put the old adage to the test and find out if love really can conquer all.

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Without a doubt, this is my favorite of all four books in this series. It's a second chance romance with the added surprise of a love child. And while Cooper and Cici's reunion and ultimate renewal of their relationship is the point of the story, it wasn't the highlight for me.

Cooper's dark years was.

That might sound odd but if you've read previous reviews you might remember a letter I wrote to an author in lieu of a "standard" review. It touched on the dark subject of her story. My affinity for persons drowning in darkness stems from experience. I've been there. I get it.

I'm not by any means glorifying those years for Cooper. But I so appreciate that Ms. Foster wrote it, had him address it, had Cici listen. Because the man he is when they meet again isn't the man she first fell in love with. He's changed with age and time but he's stronger because of what he's been through.

I think all of that is why he's able to accept his daughter so easily. It isn't just paternal instincts; it's knowing he's capable now of being the father she deserves.

I like how this story is built on preconceived notions. I love how Ms. Foster obliterated those notions with honest, heart-to-heart talks between Cooper and Cici.

This is a beautiful end to this series. The Wild Boys are an amazing, diverse group of men. Their stories are just as unique as they are. Yet several things remained true in each story: The Wild Boys work hard, play harder, and love unconditionally.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.


  1. That means so much to me that you really connected to Cooper and his struggles. I want to thank you for reading the whole series and for all of your reviews. It's very much appreciated. XOXO

    1. You're welcome :) I like these shorter stories of yours. I hope you write more like them!