ARC Review: That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant

Another stunning cowboy novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant, That Cowboy of Mine!

Here’s my review of That Cowboy of Mine written by Donna Grant. This is a male/female meet cute small town western romantic suspense novel.

Is he an enemy?

Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.

Or a lover?

Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the person on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and Cal is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them and there is no turning back.13

My thoughts

I think the beginning of That Cowboy of Mine is hilarious. Donna Grant sucks you in immediately with a cocking of a gun. 

There is humor, heat, and danger all wrapped up in this small-town western romance. Cal Bennett is today’s kind of hero as he doesn’t have anything to his name, but he is all about protecting people and standing up for what is right. He is loyal, hard-working, and can admit when he does stupid things (yup, there is some of that behavior here (chuckle)). 

Dillon is strong, hard-working, and could use a hand in the face of being shot at, having a horse stolen, and the other “mishaps” around the ranch that has cost her most of her employees. 

There is instant attraction between these two characters, but it is offset by the suspicious circumstances under which they meet and everything else that isn’t going right for Dillon. I love the interactions between these two and how Grant doesn’t allow Dillon to think with her heart instead of her head. This is not to say that suspicions don’t arise, this is a romance after all. 

When the heat comes…whew, it got hot in here. It’s good.

There are some harsh betrayals in this story and my heart hurt for Dillon. Grant manages to weave violence, betrayal, horse thieving into this romance and it works smoothly. That Cowboy of Mine has a heroine to root for and a love story you want to read.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Meet the Author: Donna Grant

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Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a hundred novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

You can find her at

as well as her website devoted entirely to the Dragon Kings and all series that encompass the Dark World at

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Further Details:

Published by: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 9781250820280, April 26th 2022

Narrated by: Monica King

Series: Standalone; Settings: Texas, U.S.

Pages: 304

Secondary Characters include: Cancer, Latinx


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