30 Apr '15

Review Post : Midnight Ride by Cat Johson (4 Stars)

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Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson
Series: Midnight Cowboys #1
Published by Kensington on 2015-04-28
Genres: Contemporary, Western
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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four-stars
One bucking bronco…

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours…

One hard-working widow…

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her…

One midnight ride they’ll never forget…

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…

FTC : I requested this book from NetGalley for a fair review.

So, I’m a big Cat Johnson fan. I’m also a big Cowboy fan so this was a book that I was looking forward to reading. It is the first in a follow on series from the Oklahoma Nights series but I don’t actually think you need to read them to enjoy it (although I have a lot of love for that series so I recommend it highly). This book is hot, engaging and checked a lot of boxes for me. I recommend it and I will be picking up the next one.

This book is about a recently widowed heroine realizing that she is allowed a second chance at love when she starts a sexual relationship with a younger Cowboy. Yes, it is a second chance story with a side of cougar…. it was so much fun! The budding romance between Tyler and Janie was a lovely thing to read about and, when they were on the page together, the chemistry was off the charts and made me smile like a loon. That was, until Janie started thinking and second guessing and generally irritating the crap out of me.

I loved Tyler. I could wax lyrical about how much I like the former-playboy-but-ready-to-settle-down character but I won’t, generally because it would be a disservice to the character. That is what he was but we never actually see that character. He is a man with a huge heart who will literally work himself to the bone to help somebody out. He starts working on Janie’s farm, which she is struggling to manage alone, to help her out way before he ever decides to try to get in her pants. When he decides he wants to date her, he sets out to woo her, in whatever way he needs to, but it is never just to make her another notch on his belt. I never though he wanted short term with Janie which was another reason to love him. He is genuinely a nice guy, who happens to be a cowboy, and is very interested in lots and lots of steamy sex with the heroine… what’s not to love about that ;D

Janie was a difficult character to love or like. At a year after the death of her husband, she is in the stage where she wants to move on but still has a lingering suspicion that it’s too soon. I can’t imagine what that’s like, or tell if the author did a good job, but it worked for me. I invested in her story and I wanted to know what she decided. I think I could have kept on liking her if I didn’t like Tyler so damn much …. his adorableness did not bode well for her indecision. Janie was at war with herself for the majority of this book and that directly impacted Tyler because he is the one thing that she struggles with the most. I admired her will to carry on with her life after such a devastating loss, but it was hard to see him suffer as she struggled to reconcile her head and her heart. I liked him way too much to route for both sides.

The plot line mainly revolves around the two of them but there is some side characters that flesh out this story. There are characters from the last series and new characters from the future books; I can’t wait for the silver fox’s book 🙂

Overall, a solid start to a fun, sexy series. I will be picking up the next one… is that recommendation enough?

four-stars

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