Series: Oklahoma nights #3
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-03-25
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys, Erotic Romance
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One broken man.
Cowboy Jace Mills has suffered fewer injuries from bucking bulls than he has from his ex-girlfriend. Following his best friend Tucker's advice, Jace is convinced it's time to move on. But with his ex's tight rein on him, that is easier said than done.
One broken heart.
Tara Jenkins learned a lot in her sports medicine courses, but not how to fix her broken heart. So when her brother Tucker suggests using her skills on the rodeo, it gives her the perfect opportunity to ride off into the sunset - or at least run away.
Three weeks together.
Only problem is, Jace and Tara have had a hate-hate relationship for over a decade, putting up with each other for Tucker's sake. With their long history as frenemies, the know sparks will fly now that they're on the same circuit, they just never expect them to flare into scorching passion.
FTC : I love Cat Johnson’s work, and she has been on the blog, however I requested this from NetGalley and have no real reason to embellish any review. It has cowboys though .. I may be biased about the cowboys 😀
OK, I love this series but I have a confession to make …. I wasn’t tripping over myself to read this book. Both Tara and Jace have pissed me off in the other two books and I had no real desire to read their HEA … how wrong was I? This enemies to lovers book (with a side-order of the best-friends-little-sister trope) actually showed me a different side to both of the characters and I ended up loving the outcome of their story. Once again, I should learn to trust this author…
So Tara was an annoying little pain in the ass in the last book. All swoony over Logan (aka the hero from book two), she got a little annoyed when he found love and, at the start of TWWABR (Yes, I am abbreviating the title) she realises that the only way to get over her heart-break is to get some space. I respected this decision as it was the only mature thing I’d seen her do in the series. The fact that she was joining it with the final part of her sports medicine internship cemented my interest in her as a character. Then she gets in the car with Jace and things got reeeaaal interesting. I’ve always loved enemies to lovers books and the thing that came across quite clearly is that, under the tumultuous relationship between Tara and Jace, is an undercurrent of sexual tension. This current seemed to make the friction between them worse as neither of them wanted it. Tara wanted to be true to her first love Logan and Jace didn’t want to be attracted to his friends little sister…. oh, and he had other baggage, but we’ll get to that later.
It’s hard to deny that kind of attraction when in a confined space though and, after weeks in a car and a hotel room together, Tara decides that it may be time to get rid of some of that tension. Of course he refuses. Of course this means that she then decides to get rid of it elsewhere. Of course this means that he goes all caveman and shows her what a real man can do in the bedroom … I loved him. Of course, he creates a monster when he shows her how well he can do what a real man does but that was all the better for me 😀 On a side note, I like that this book showed the life of a travelling bull-rider rather than a cowboy. I love this side to the genre.
Let me take a quick diversion and talk about Jace. Jace, in the previous two books, was a bit of a man-ho with some serious women trouble. His relationship with his ex was far from over and I was quite surprised that his HEA wasn’t going to be with her. Well, I was surprised until I met her. The woman made Glenn Close in fatal attraction look like a model girlfriend. She was emotionally manipulative, both physically and verbally abusive and I HATED her. My opinion of him changed so rapidly during this book and I wanted his growth path to go only one way; I wanted him to grab onto his burgeoning relationship with Tara and tell the bunny-boiler to go jump. Of course, it is much easier to do say that than do that and so we had all the angst. There was angst due to the best-friends-little sister status. There was angst with the ex-girlfriend and her manipulation of Jace. There was angst because the sexual tension between them turned out to be more than just sexual tension. Oh, there was a lot of lovely, juicy angst. This one is the hottest and angstiest of the series and I loved every page.
I’m not going to wax lyrical for any longer. I loved this book and, no, I don’t think you need to read it in order (although you will know a few details from the HEA’s in the other books). I recommend it for fans of cowboys, romance and smokin’ hot sex!