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REVIEW – No Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky

REVIEW - No Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky

REVIEW – No Cowboy Required by JoAnn SkyNo Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky
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Synopsis:

Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected—which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch she ran away from 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 if she’s getting out of this nowhere town, 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.

Review:

No Cowboy Required was such a heartwarming story filled with small town charm.  I adored the characters, I had a lot of fun watching how the story progressed and the happy ending left a huge smile on my face.  This was JoAnn Sky’s debut novel and I’ll definitely be checking out her future books!

This trip was supposed to be in and out, nice and easy. Sell the ranch, scoop up JJ, and skedaddle.
Noah’s gaze rolled down her body, lingered on her too-high heels, then climbed back up. “The city’s treated you well,” he said.
Bronzed abs peeked through the rip in his dirty T-shirt. Reno had treated
him well. Very well. Not that she’d ever admit it, especially to him. “How did you know I’d be here?”

Grace Harper made a life for herself in NY, in photography, and it was everything she had ever wished for.  While she was in a hurry to get back there, she had to spend two weeks back home in a little town south of Reno, Nevada.  Not only was she meeting JJ, her 10 year old step brother, for the first time. But he was left in her custody, since her father and his mother had just passed away.  Grace planned to quickly sell her dad’s ranch and take JJ back to a boarding school in NY, but everything started to combust.  There were so many more variables than she could have ever fathomed, including her ex-boyfriend Noah.

Maybe he’d made a mistake pushing her away. But he wasn’t mistaken about what they could accomplish if they worked together. They could do what was best for JJ. Together, he and that girl were unstoppable. And he had less than two weeks to prove it to her.

I don’t want to say much more, because it was so much fun watching everything unravel.  From Grace’s life back in NY, to finding a connection to JJ, to seeing people she knew from her past to even how her and Noah interacted, I found myself completely lost in their story!  And there was a lot of emotion packed into every single one of those moments.  So while it easy to connect to Grace, Noah was definitely my favorite.  He could be quiet at times but there was a lot simmering underneath his surface.  He was thoughtful, caring and had the hugest heart ever.

“But that something that used to be between us, Gracie, it’s still there. You’re pretending you don’t feel it.” He reached her, trailed a finger up her left arm. She shivered. “Don’t fight it.”

On top of all of the emotions, I loved how everything was so easy to visualize.  While I’m extremely familiar with where this book took place and have even seen the wild horses myself, the images came alive within the pages.  I loved how the words crafted such a quaint, little town to fall in love with. The only thing I was left wanting more of was Grace’s falling out with her father.  It felt like we only scratched the surface and I wanted to fully grasp her past with him.  So if you adore stories about second chance romance and finding yourself then definitely check this one out.

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Entangled:Bliss. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 
About JoAnn Sky:

JoAnn Sky writes adult contemporary romance and young adult romance with a magical twist. As J.A. Sky, she writes children’s books. For more information about her children’s stories, go to: www.dogsandbooks.com.

JoAnn is a member of Romance Writers of America and its YARWA and Golden Network chapters. Her manuscripts have seen success in various RWA-sponsored contests, including as a Golden Heart® finalist in 2014 (YA category) and 2017 (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.

JoAnn is represented by the fabulous Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

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BOOK REVIEW – Caught Up in a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #1) by Jennie Marts

BOOK REVIEW – Caught Up in a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #1) by Jennie MartsCaught Up in a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #1)
by Jennie Marts
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Synopsis:

This cowboy plays to win

Rockford James was raised as a tried and true cowboy in a town crazy about ice hockey. Rock is as hot on the ice as he is on a horse, and the NHL snapped him up. Now, injuries have temporarily benched him. Body and pride wounded, he returns to his hometown ranch to find that a lot has changed. The one thing that hasn't? His feelings for high school sweetheart and girl-next-door Quinn Rivers.

Quinn had no choice but to get over Rock after he left. Teenaged and heartbroken, she had a rebound one night stand that ended in single motherhood. Now that Rock's back―and clamoring for a second chance―Quinn will do anything to avoid getting caught up in this oh-so-tempting cowboy...

Review:

Caught Up in a Cowboy was such a fun, heartwarming story!  I loved how quickly we jumped in and I found myself completely captivated by Quinn and Rock.  Their back story, their family, and their run ins all had my full attention. And with moments of sexiness, heartache, and laughter all tied together, it made for such a charming book!

It didn’t matter how many sparkles of heat shot through her or how ridiculously muscled his arms were or how his offer of peace between them filled her heart with a secret longing of hope, the cold, hard truth was that he wasn’t back. Not really. He was back only for now.

Right from the start, Quinn and Rock met back up.  It was hilarious, yet at the same time there was a lot of other emotions mixed in too.  You see, Rock broke Quinn’s heart 9 years ago.  They were High School sweethearts who planned to spend their future together.  But when Rock pursued his hockey career, he left Quinn in the dust. And with Quinn feeling bitter and upset, she had a one night stand which left her pregnant and alone.  As years passed, Quinn and Rock ran into each other but it was always a tense and brief hello. But not anymore. Rock suffered an injury while playing for the NHL and he’s back home on an extended break.  

A thick chunk of regret settled in his gut, and he knew letting her go had been the biggest mistake of his life.

Through a fun turn of events, Rock found himself back in Quinn’s life.  And the chemistry between the two of them was definitely still there. You could feel it every time they were near each other.  Even if Quinn still held her anger in a death grip, ha! And while I loved watching the tension between them build, I also loved how easily their friendship restarted.  It was filled with honesty, teasing and it all felt so simple and heartfelt.  Ohhh and I loved, loved, loved how quickly Rock and Max bonded.  Max is Quinn’s eight year old son and he was seriously the most adorable child ever.  He made me laugh and smile so much. I loved how much heart he brought to the story! And while I watched them all interact, I started to imagine what they would be like.  As a real family.

He picked up a loose strand of her hair and twisted it between his fingers. “You were the best part of my life, and for the past eight years, I feel like a piece of me has been missing. And that piece is you. I want you back in my life, Q.”

So while Quinn and Rock grew closer, I got Quinn’s uncertainty.  She’d been left and heartbroken by him in the past. And everyone knew that once Rock was healed, he was heading back to the NHL.  Quinn tried her hardest to protect her heart, but Rock was persistent…. I loved that about him!  Just you wait and see all that he does, sigh.  But Rock definitely had some growing up to do and I loved how much he progressed as the story unfolded.  He gained so much wisdom and insight being back home and I was so proud of him.  It left me with a lot of faith, and I could easily see Quinn and Rock getting their happily ever after.  Well that was until a different variable stepped in……the suspense was a lot of fun! I can’t say anything more, other than I was impressed with how it all played out!

He gingerly set the necklace down and raised his hand to cup her cheek. “You still have it, you know. No matter where I’ve been, or what stupid decisions I’ve made, my heart has always belonged to you.”

Caught Up in a Cowboy was such an adorable story!  There were a few cheesy moments in the beginning, but it was definitely warranted.  All I can say is birthday party and pirates…..it made me laugh and smile. And if you’re a fan of families playing an integral part in stories, you’re in for a treat.  I absolutely loved both of their families and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that their brothers will get their own stories down the road.  So if you love second chance romance, with family thrown in the mix, definitely check out Caught Up in a Cowboy!  It was such a cute story and I’m looking forward to the future books in this series!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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