by Katherine Garbera
Series: Space Cowboys #1
Published by Harlequin on August 23, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys
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Some cowboys are outta this world…
Astronaut Jason "Ace" McCoy tried to escape Cole's Hill, Texas—and the memory of Molly Tanner's dark eyes and strawberry-scented hair—among the stars. Now he and Molly have jointly inherited her father's struggling ranch. And having failed his latest medical tests, Ace is on leave—maybe forever.
He's determined to sort things out with the ranch and get back to Houston as soon as possible. What he wasn't counting on is that Molly's only gotten more beautiful over the years…and she still wants him. The passion between them is hotter than rocket fuel—and just as dangerous. He can't promise anything as long as there's a chance to go on another mission. But even in orbit, this attraction has no rules…and no limits.
No Limits by Katherine Garbera is the first book in her Space Cowboys series, which combines two of my favorite things: astronomy and cowboys. 😀 I was excited to read No Limits and enjoyed it overall, though there were moments when the pacing of the story felt a bit slow to me.
Astronaut Jason “Ace” McCoy has just completed an extended mission on the International Space Station. As part of NASA’s long term goal of sending a mission to Mars, Jason has been evaluated to determine how the human body handles being in microgravity for long periods of time. Upon return to Earth, Jason is devastated to learn that he has lost a significant amount of bone density–more than expected. As such, he has been grounded until his bone density levels improve.
Meanwhile, Jason has just learned that he has inherited half of a Texas ranch. His co-inheritor is Molly Tanner, who he first met when they were teenagers. Jason had a rough family situation growing up and Molly’s father took him in, becoming a mentor to him in the process. With the recent death of Molly’s father and the co-inheritance, Molly and Jason reconnect and have to decide what to do with the ranch now that it’s theirs.
As Molly and Jason get back into the groove of friendship, their relationship turns into a physical one, with the mutual understanding that it’s temporary. But as Jason begins to accept the possibility that he might never be cleared to go back into space again, he also considers the idea of a future with Molly.
I liked both characters. Molly has been hurt by love in the past, so she’s hesitant to commit to a serious relationship with Jason. She’s also still grieving over the loss of her father, so she’s in a vulnerable place emotionally. On top of all this, she wants to do right by her father and make the best choices for the family ranch. As for Jason, I liked him a lot because even though he’s the best at his job, he’s not arrogant or a jerk about it. And when it comes to Molly, he’s careful with her and supportive as they navigate the new directions both of their lives are going in.
For me, the main drawback was the pacing of the story, which was quite slow. It’s a short book, but it took me a while to work through it simply because it didn’t always hold my attention. There’s a lot of push and pull and internal conflict for both characters, to the point where it felt repetitive. Lastly, the ending felt anticlimactic after so much buildup to the question of whether or not Jason would return to space and what that meant for his future with Molly.
Overall, though, I liked the book–especially all the geeky NASA references and plenty of steamy moments–so I plan on reading the next book in the series.
Rating: 3.5 stars