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.

Title:  No Cowboy Required
Series:  — —
Author:  JoAnn Sky
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 14, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Bliss
My Rating:  4 star

Grace’s world has been upended… again.  She’s heading home to the place she swore she’d never return to face a future she never wanted.  With the death of her father and stepmother, Grace has to figure out how to handle the young stepbrother she’s never met. JJ certainly didn’t ask for any of this but she has to do what she feels is best for them both… even if she has to fight the man she once loved over just about everything.  Her life is far from this small town and the memories she cannot shake.  Or is it?  Events just keep happening to Grace and she’ll soon have to make choices — like learning to trust again.  Choices that can bring her happiness or dash her dreams forever.

I enjoyed my time in No Cowboy Required.  It’s a second chance romance with a few unique twists.  I wish I could say that I loved both Grace and Noah, but they both have flaws that aren’t easily overlooked.  Noah certainly believes he knows all the answers, and Grace often comes off as selfish and cold.  Watching them work through their past and make a new future together is an interesting adventure.  I liked this couple, loved JJ and was eventually convinced that they’d all have a good future together.  Yet it’s going to be a bumpy road to get to that point.  I had fun with No Cowboy Required and would recommend it to any Contemporary Romance reader – especially if you love flawed, very human characters.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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