Welcome to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World! Sweet Home Alabama meets Raising Helen in this sweet small town contemporary romance debut from Golden Heart® Award finalist JoAnn Sky!
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About No Cowboy Required:
Title: No Cowboy Required
Author: JoAnn Sky
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Series: A Biggest Little Love Story
Format: Digital eBook / Print
Digital ISBN: B07CLLWWLN
Print ISBN: 9781640635012
Enemies make the best partners…
As a photographer in NYC, Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected–which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch home she ran away from seven years ago…along with a young, autistic stepbrother she’s never met. And because nothing ever goes easy for her, Grace finds her frustrating, sexy ex-flame, Noah, taking care of JJ. But she’s getting out of this nowhere town fast, so she’ll have to find a way to keep from throttling Noah—without kissing him first.
Noah Taylor may be enemy number one to Grace, but she needs his help. He knows the girl he used to love is still there, beneath the heels and fancy clothes, so he’ll help her—and keep his distance like she says she wants. Only the more time they spend together, the closer he wants to get. Grace has no intention of staying, but she belongs in his arms—he just has to prove it to her.
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No Cowboy Required is the story of Grace and Noah, former small town high school sweethearts with a bitter breakup between them. But with Gracie’s father and stepmother dead, she has to return home to take responsibility for the ten year old stepbrother she never knew. When I first started this story I was ready to dislike Gracie. She seemed so uncharitable towards JJ and I was ready to write her off.
But I kept reading and it took no time at all for Gracie to win me over. She was smart and determined, took the crap sandwich life handed her and spun it into gold and that was damned impressive. And JJ was amazing, smart and precocious and artistic as hell.
The only real person—other than her former bestie Nessie—I couldn’t seem to warm up to was Noah. He was judgmental, controlling and overbearing and that was just for starters. HE pushed her away and then blamed her for staying away, for not being the same teenage girl he’d made life decisions for because he thought he knew better. Noah isn’t a bad guy, he’s just not my idea of a hero. But he was a great father figure to JJ.
As much as I enjoyed No Cowboy Required, and I did, reading it was an exercise in frustration. It took forever for Noah and Gracie to talk about why he pushed her away, about everything really. They were two adults with a special needs child to care for and simple communication seemed to baffle them. I wanted Gracie to just take JJ back to NYC and take up with Spencer, now that right there is a quality book boyfriend people!
Even though Noah grated on my nerves, JoAnn Sky did a good job with No Cowboy Required. I read the book in one sitting and mostly enjoyed the ride. If I have one complaint it would be that Noah needed to work harder for Gracie, she deserved more than what he gave her.
Copyright© 2018 No Cowboy Required
She stopped shuffling the papers and stood but didn’t face him. “I want you to keep the farm, and I want to help you do it. But I need a new start, too.” She took a deep breath, turned her head just slightly over her shoulder toward him. “On my own.”
He watched those three little words barrel toward him. In another second, they’d knock him on his ass. He grabbed her arm and turned her around. “And that’s just the way you like it.” He leaned into her, watched her pupils dilate. “Doesn’t that get lonely?”
Her lips parted, as if to respond. But no words came out. She stared at him, waiting. For what, he wasn’t sure. She licked her lips.
To hell with whether it was love or lust or chemistry or kryptonite. He swooped in, covered her mouth with his, and drank her in. He thought she would push him away. Instead she pulled him closer, offered him more.
He took it at first, deepening the kiss, his tongue probing, tasting. It was good. She was good. But it could be better. He did care whether it was love or lust. He needed to take it slow, make it mean something.
Maybe then she’d stay.
About JoAnn Sky:
JoAnn Sky has written for years as part of her job (business and marketing plans and the like). One day she tried her hand at writing for fun—and like it. Now she authors adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist as well as children’s books.
JoAnn is a two-time Golden Heart® finalist (YA category and Contemporary Short category). Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her husband a.k.a. love of her life, three teenage children, and three crazy rescue dogs.
Visit her at https://joannsky.com/ where you can sign up for her newsletter (and check out www.dogsandbooks.com for additional information about her children’s books). You can also connect on Twitter at @jaskybooks (http://twitter.com/JASkyBooks) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/joannskyauthor/).
JoAnn is represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.