24 Feb '13

A Nix ARC review – One Night With a Cowboy by Cat Johnson (4.5 Stars)

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One Sweet Ride…

Oh yeah. A single look at the leggy blonde in the stands and Tucker Jenkins is ready to buck all night long. It’s time to forget all about his cheating ex and his usual hands off policy.

One Hot Night…

Becca Hart is an East Coast professor. Not a buckle bunny. But no degree can prepare her for the moves of the sexy bull rider she hooks up with at her first rodeo…or the shock of finding him at her first Oklahoma State University staff meeting.

 

One Happy Ending…

Tuck knows it’s all about holding on, no matter how wild the ride. Now he just has to convince Becca that a rough start out of the chute doesn’t mean they aren’t a smokin’ combination…

Cat Johnson was the first author that introduced me to Cowboy books. Her Cowboys are always fun to read about and Tucker was no exception. Cat’s books are always fun, light and very sexy.  This was a lovely, easy read with just enough tension to make sure I never got bored without actually ripping through my emotions. It was classic Cat Johnson (with a bit less sex…I assume a publisher choice!) and I highly recommend.
What I love about Cat Johnson’s Cowboys is that they are totally believable. I know that she sponsors bull riders, so I find that I can immerse myself into the story and completely trust in the details of it. Tucker is a part time bull-rider, part time army man and part time teacher. Basically he was a busy man with jobs that all had a purpose in his character building. The playful bull-rider chatted up Becca at the rodeo and took her back a hotel room. The army boy in him helped her come to terms with her seemingly reckless decision and was a bit of a bossy boots (be still my beating heart).The responsible teacher in him made a really well-meaning, but completely idiotic, decision for the good of Becca (without actually discussing it with her of course).  I completely and utterly adored him. He was a lovely smooth Cowboy with a devilishly sexy side and a protective streak a mile wide.  As stated before, a lot of the bedroom action happens off the page. Having read this publisher before, I understand that it is standard for their line. It’s Ok….my mind can fill in the blanks… especially with the honey scene *swoon*.
Becca was a good heroine. She started off the book with the typical I can’t have a one night stand attitude but obviously that soon changed. What I like about Cat’s books is there genuinely is no “slut-shaming” in them. It’s OK to like sex for sex, not necessarily wanting it to come with commitment and that is how this tale begins. Of course, it doesn’t quite pan out that way because, let’s be honest, if you end up with a Tucker it’s not going to be a one-night thing.  What results is a pretty lovely relationship and what I particularly enjoyed about Becca was her willingness to try. She was upfront about what she wanted from him, without leaving herself closed off for anything further. When he made his ridiculous decision (I cannot reveal….it happens too late on in the book!) I genuinely felt for her. What she went through was an experience that I could never imagine myself in and it was a very brave thing for the author to place within this particular story. My only concern was that I didn’t think it wasn’t dealt with with the depth that it possibly deserved.  If it had been, I think it would have felt less like a plot point and more like an experience that I, as a reader, needed to be concerned about.
I liked them together and that is the main thing. They had chemistry from the moment their eyes met across a crowded rodeo and it was well maintained throughout the novel. There were some genuinely heart-warming moments alongside the steamy ones and the combination of the two left me with a feel-good tale that is just what I wanted to curl up in bed with. The main romance was supported by a couple of well-written side characters and I particularly enjoyed Logan (his book is next). It always helps when I like everyone else in the book as it means I will definitely continue on with the series.
This is a book brimming with sexy Cowboys and Army boys. With a delightfully light romance and a heap of compelling characters, it will definitely be a series I continue with.


 

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