24 Sep '13

A Nix Review – Two Times as Hot by Cat Johnson (5 Stars)

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One Good Girl…
After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it’s her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she’s in for a wild ride…

Two Sexy Guys…

Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can’t deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn’t looking for anything serious…just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed?

Winner Takes All…

Logan knows he and Emma could have something special—and not just because she’s smokin’ hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul…

FTC: I have a long-held admiration for this author and her work. She has been on the blog numerous times and I have chatted to her online via twitter on occasion. That being said, this review is as unbiased as I can make it and I wasn’t paid for it.
The first in this series was a book that I really enjoyed so I was looking forwards to the second outing. I actually enjoyed this installment even more as it hit more favourite trope boxes and I found the characters to be more relatable. All in all, it is one I recommend.
The book starts with Jace and Emma’s meeting in the first book. As I knew that he wasn’t the main hero in this book, I couldn’t help but wonder as to the reasoning for this addition to the book. All becomes clear later on as it seems that this chemistry between these two that creates some delicious jealous chemistry between Logan and Emma.
Emma is the driving force to this tale. Although she and Logan probably have equal POV throughout, hers was the stronger voice and the one who I related to more. She is the one who put herself out there first but she is also the one also keeping some massive secrets that are holding the relationship back. I felt that she was the one with the fate of the relationship in the palm of her hand and that made her actions more important to me. I liked her throughout the book, a woman in charge of her sexual identity but also chock full of the usual fears that all women face. When Jace walked out on her at the beginning, I wanted to smack him in the head but once I saw her and Logan together I knew that it wouldn’t have worked anyway. I loved the way she supported Logan without ever expecting the same emotional support. True, this led to the big secret (which I didn’t agree with by the way. Understand the reason for it yes, but agree with a secret of that magnitude? Never). It was all internal conflict keeping these two apart but Logan wasn’t privy to the information about what that conflict was.
Logan. *swoon*. An army commander who also is a cowboy? How could I get a more perfect hero for me? It also helped that he is playing the dutiful son, the sexy hero and the romantic all in one story. He tries his upmost to get Emma to agree to a relationship with him quite quickly, sure that he fell for her the first moment he laid eyes on her. I loved his character and there wasn’t a second I thought he would hurt her; he was just that darn nice. Nice isn’t what I’d say about the sex scenes in this book, the chemistry combustible and the details never off page. It was a nice blend of gentleman and sexy hero which made me love him from the start. I didn’t put this one down!
There is plenty of page time dedicated to furthering the relationship from the previous book. I loved that I got to see what came after the HEA and it amused me to see how meddlesome they were when it came to the love-life of their friends and family (especially Tucker!).
This is a fabulous addition to a series that I am sorry to see end with the next book. With a sexy, contemporary feel, these cowboys could make anyone gain affection for western heroes. In this one, with its feisty heroine and gentleman cowboy hero, I knew within pages it would end up on my favourite’s shelf. 5 Stars. 

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