Cooper (Corps Security #5) by Harper Sloan
Contemporary Romance. Self-contained story (kind of), but highly recommended to read in order.
See series order below.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL SPOIL PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BECK, DO NOT READ THIS!
Harper can write some sexy-ass alpha males, but if you are still reading this, you already know that. If you have been reading my reviews for a long time, you will know that I have the memory of an ant. I remember if I loved a book, I remember the major plot arcs, but side characters? Not so much. So honestly, I remembered Asher was kind of dicky, but after losing his bro I got that. I remembered a pregnancy, and I didn’t even remember Chelcie (till I started Cooper and remember thinking Chelcie was kind of a whiny wuss in the previous book). So I went in a little blind. Harper didn’t do a lot of recapping and reminding in this story, so refreshing your memory with a Beck re-read isn’t the worst idea. I kind of wish I did, I think it would have made Cooper even better for me (and it was pretty great already)!
The prologue sets it up, and you immediately understand Asher. Asher and Coop grew up with such a horrible single mother. She was drugged out, abusive, and didn’t even feed her kids. They were dirt poor and little Coop was malnourished. Asher, being the awesome big brother, took care of his little brother and took it upon himself to be his protector for life. They were as close as brothers could be, and when Coop was gone, and Asher wasn’t there for the first time to protect him, it broke him.
“My brother was my reason for living. For as long as I can remember he was the reason I woke up, and now that he’s gone, I have no clue how to move on from the darkness I’ve been drowning in.”
Drowning his sorrows in booze until he can’t remember his name (or the girl he is fucking), Asher can’t stop thinking of Chelcie. He doesn’t know that she and Coop had one night of comfort. He doesn’t know that Chelcie is carrying a part of Coop with her. But he still can’t stop thinking of her.
“The only woman I want is the one who acts like I’ve got the fucking plague whenever I touch her.”
“No, I want one woman, and until I can figure out what has her running scared every time I hint at something more than friendship, I’m better off with my friends Jack and Jim.”
Chelcie is scared to tell Ash about the baby. Besides having major feelings for him, he was always so drunk, she was trying to catch him sober. So until she can tell him the right way, she avoids him.
“Asher is the one man who makes me insane…with unleashed desire.
And the worst part? He’s Zeke Cooper’s brother–and the uncle to my unborn child.
Meanwhile, Dee keeps setting Chelcie up on blind dates. Ha! These were awesome! I was reading this in a hotel room at 3am with my family and woke them all up with a snorting laugh. But even more, I love Asher’s Alpha reaction.
“A red-hazed fury chanting at me to kill. I wanted to rip his arms off his body and beat him with the hands that dared to touch WHAT. IS. MINE.”
And once Asher claimed Chelcie, he wasn’t letting her go.
“Sunshine, 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.”
Sure, easy to say when he doesn’t know she is carrying his brother’s baby!
When they finally really do connect, it’s like BAM, a switch is flipped and they are perfect.
“We all have that person, Dee. Beck is yours. Axel is Izzy’s. Melissa’s is Greg. Hell, Emmy’s is Maddox. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. We have that person who makes us complete. He is my person.”
Asher is pretty hot:
“He has Axel’s protectiveness without being over the top. If what Melissa tells us is correct, he shares Greg’s bedroom skills. He has that huge heart of gold that Beck is famous for. And of course, he shares Maddox’s strength and determination.”
I love why he calls Chelcie “Sunshine”:
“I’ve been stuck in this fog, this darkness that’s held me captive…This black hole of grief that I couldn’t escape. But then you came into my life…you were my light when there was none to be found.”
Chelcie, who I wasn’t a huge fan of in Beck became one of my favorite female characters. She was so strong, so confident in her love, and she was his light, you couldn’t miss it. She also had one of my favorite lines ever.
“Sway, My vagina broke the happiness!”
- I just love Harper’s writing.
- I laughed and cried.
- How confident Chelcie was in the relationship.
- Asher’s love for Chelcie and the baby.
- Asher’s caveman possessiveness.
- Full circle.
- Visiting with all of the other Corps heroes.
- Sway <3
- OMG, Maddox just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for his book!
- The unconditional, confident love happened way too fast, and it was all a bit too smooth and easy.
- The story was a bit formulaic and for me, I completely predicted even the twist (though it didn’t ruin it).
- The big case they were working on wrapped up with no fanfare.
Rating: 4.5 stars, 4.5 heat
I absolutely loved Cooper. I would just have loved to see a little more relationship development happen between Asher and Chelcie to warrant the love and faith they had in each other, but still, I loved the crap out of everything in this book, I just wanted a little more–it was a pretty quick read. I have so many amazing quotes and they were just such a healthy couple when they finally got together, it was a pleasure to read. Maddox and Emmy played an important part in this book, and I just can’t wait to get my hands on their book!
“You make sure and keep that damn light shining 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
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Staking claim! Him claiming you and also him wanting you to claim him.
N. Brown says
Security. I love how they provide their women with not only physical , but more importantly emotional security!
DJ Sakata says
Melanie Tracey says
Letting everyone know you are his and showing you why repeatedly!
Lori Moore says
Rachael Berkebile says
POSSESSIVENESS, And his ability to make love!!
Julia Ward says
The way they protect what is their’s! Nothing or no one will touch what belongs to them.
The possessiveness of the alpha man! Gets me everytime!
Tiffany Torres says
Assertiveness … doesn’t take no for an answer! (Within reason, of course)
Charlene E says
Ellie Nelson says
Kim Perry says
Cheryl Nasca says
Spank me! ;)-
Protective and possessive are my faves
Possessiveness…I love how they let everyone know that she is his! Makes a girl feel loved and worshiped like she is the most beautiful woman in the world!
Michelle Boersma says
Love their protectiveness and the way they stake their claim.
Jamie Jones says
Being Possessive and loyal. Dirty talk is also good!
Possessiveness!! Thanks 🙂
Loraine Oliver says
Possessiveness to match his hot body!!!
Melissa Davis says
Looks like mine will be the same as most everyone else’s. …
Possessiveness! Not to be mistaken by jealousy.
To have the security of a possessive partner, it is comforting and oh so sexy!
Love it when they show off who they are with.
Vickie Milizia says
Joanne Christenson says
Loyalty to their partner
Vickie Griffin Carter says
Protection and loyalty is their name
Very protective… I love these books 😀
Debbie Lemon says
Their possessiveness of their partner.
Angie G. says
Barbara Hawk says
Confidence and the feeling of safety.
They always care for what’s theirs and they are very possessive!!
And thank you for the giveaway!!!
Gena Robertson says
I love their sheer self confidence. That self confidence is the basis of all the other qualities that I find so attractive; protectiveness, loyalty, leadership, and the way they cherish their women. Ohh la la!!
Rachael B. says
Lisa Petty says
favorite quality protection
Laurie Ray says
I love this series! Harper Sloan is one of my favorite authors! Awesome giveaway!
Melissa O. says
What a great series!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
Cherry Snow says
protectiveness, loyalty, possesiveness
Control. Always in control
Michelle M says
I love how deeply they love their woman.
Ana Jaen says
Their need to protect!
Kristy Petree says
Debbie Szabo says
I love how possessive they are!!
Jessica Mobbs says
I love the possessive/protectiveness of them! Thanks for the giveaway!
Jennifer Jones says
I would think in a fictional character it would be possiveness but in the real world not as cool thank you for the awesome giveaway!! I love this series
The way they make you feel like the only girl in the world
making you feel protected
Alexandra A says
Ashley Shepard says
Always feeling safe in their presence.
Maria Malaveci says
Sexy with a dirty mouth!
Gina H says
Being a protector and a lover! Thanks for the giveaway, can’t wait to read Coop’s story!
Erica Smith says
Their assertiveness! Who doesn’t love a man who knows what he want’s and doesn’t take no for an answer
Christine Stalker says
I like all there alpha qualities
Karen G. says
I love all the above qualities and I will add a great sense of humor. 🙂
Robin the Book Nerd says
His protectiveness over the people he loves.
I like their possessiveness and need to own and protect what is theirs.
Marcy Meyer says
I love their confidence.
Vera Machado says
I love how an alpha is protective and possessive!
The possessiveness and need to protect what’s theirs!
Melissa Jones says
I have to agree with the majority, possessive!
Their possessiveness, protectiveness and pure love ^_^
Confidence in getting his woman!
jodi marinich says
Nicole Newman says
My favorite quality is their confidence. Thank you for this Awesome Giveaway.
Tanya Guthrie says
Confidence! Super hot quality in any man!
Linda Brennan says
Protective nature. Thanks for the chance to win!!
Mary Mooney says
Possessive but not the the point of obsessive. Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂
Laina G says
Renee Sass says
I love how protective they are!
His caveman qualities, but underneath you’re sure of his love.
Mick Murphy says
I have to go with protectiveness! Love it! Thanks for the giveaway!
Crystal Belser Brazwell says
Tracey Kruger says
Favorite alpha trait? That intense mastery, in the bedroom and everywhere else, that lets me know I’m his and that he’s in control. 😉
Katie P says
Kelly Scroggins says
Possessive and protective.
Brandy Gibson says
Taking care of whats his!
Vanessa Foxford says
That they take care of their women and protect them.
Mollie Anderzack says
I love the alpha male’s confidence!!
Sonya Byrd says
They way they care!!
I absolutely love this series cant wait til the last one cooper just wow love all the character’s
Jessie L says
Their confidence. Can’t wait to read Cooper. I have loved reading the other books in this series!
Stephanie Lashbrook says
Probably the protectiveness!
Lisa Figliolino says
Kathleen Nichols says
I’m going to have to go with what most of us are wanting possessiveness though not in a bad way and their loyalty and protective instincts. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!
Maria Theresa Santos says
Sexy and confident
Susan T. says
When he claims you. Hot.
The alpha male’s verbal claiming of his woman (and the action of).
Melissa Bedford says
Territorial over their women
Daniel Castagno says
Marcela Garcia says
Protective and possessive are my faves
I completely agreed with your likes and dislikes. Though it didn’t ruin it for me I did think the quick unconditional love was a bit Mich. I love this series though!
And I absolutely love an alpha male that make say shit and make me he see his way in y-4 sexiest way possible
Protective and being a bad ass!
I love when they get possessive and take control.
I would love to be claimed by an alpha male, but I love in the end how protective they are of their females.
Lisette Slayter says
I love the total confidence that they will get what they want!!!
Roselle Torres says
Possessive but sweet 🙂
Lisa Omek says
Protective. Extremely loyal
Their soft spot for the woman they love.
Tina M says
Protective and possessive . Sigh….taking care of what’s theirs and those they love.
Amanda Dubuque says
Possessiveness of what is his, he makes sure you know you belong to him, he’s very confident.
Loyalty & protectiveness…
Catherine Bates says
The possessive and loyalty and lots of hot off the charts sex.
Donna Reynolds says
The possessiveness and control Thank you for the most amazing giveaways this would make my year!
Being protective and making sure everyone knows who the lady belongs to.
Michelle T says
There are so many amazing alpha traits, but confidence is definitely my favorite and the most important.
Darcey S says
I love a protective alpha. Possessiveness in that “you’re mine and I’ll do anything to prove it” way is a very close second.
I love how protective the alpha man is. The bossiness is a little sexy too.
Tess H says
Possessiveness and protectiveness! I love how they stake claim on their women and say YOU’RE MINE! 😉 Thanks for the giveaway! Love love LOVE all the Corps Security men!
Julie K says
Strong and protective.
Bette Platt says
Protective, strong, but with a sensitive side.
Nasha Lama says
Strong and protective!
Robin Schmelling says
Ana's Attic says
LOVE the growl.
Leslie Rodriguez says
his control in bed
Fiza @ I'll Read Till I Drop says
Hot protectiveness (and he has to be funny 😉 )
Stephanie F. says
Loyalty, knowing you are the only one they want and need.
Kristen K. says
Alex g says
Loyalty & possessiveness
Irma Jurejevčič says
The possessiveness of the alpha man: You.Are.Mine.
Diana Doan says
I. Am. His. And he wants everyone to know it.
Alisha M says
I love how loyal and protective alpha males are!!!
The possessiveness and the growling and grunting!!
I would be in seventh heaven to have an alpha be possessive of me and growl all the time, lol!
I love the Corps Security series. I cannot wait for Maddox Locke’s book. I have loved him since Axel!!
Debra D says
Jamie Jones says
DJ Sakata says
love your blog – I always find treasure here!
The possessiveness…..someone loving you so much your theirs Their,everything all they ever want and they want the world to know your theirs
Would luv to win this series has been on my TBR
for awhile now
Heather Kirk says
Love your blog, love Harper!!!
the pissing contest/stalking his claim in front of another man or audience
Jennifer O'Connell says
Protective, Possessive, and Loyal! I want this series!
The protectiveness and loyalty