Series: Midnight Cowboys #2
Published by Kensington on 2015-11-24
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys, Western
One Lonely Widower…
Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.
One Woman with a Secret…
Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.
FTC : I got this from Netgalley
Why I requested this book
I requested this because I adore Cat Johnson’s Cowboy books. It was an easy choice. Also LOOK at the cover *swoon*
The book summed up in a tag-line
NA meets Western Romance in this second chance romance that gave me the warm and fuzzies from start to end.
Romance, western romance, second-chance romance, widowed MC, Older couple, previous abuse, NA themes, Cowboys
- Romance between the MC – 4/5
- Heat level – 3/5
- Plot – 3.5/5
What I liked
I love second chance romances and, although I could see where this plot was going immediately, I was happy enough to go along for the ride. It was truly heart-warming to see Rohn try to move on after his wife’s death because he really had gotten himself into some sort of self-imposed status. Although he wanted to move on, even needed to, he struggled. It was quite sad to see him cling to pieces of his past, seeing many of the things he needed to do to engage in a relationship with Bonnie as a betrayal to his wife’s memory. It was such a slow transition for him (hence why 70% of the book has very little sexy times) but I understood why it need to be. It was realistic and also a teeny bit uplifting every-time he edged that little bit further out of the past.
What I really liked about the book is the mash-up of NA romance with sweet romance. This book is punctuated with flash-backs of their teen relationship because, of course, there are lots and lots of secrets that were the main reason as to why they didn’t work out the first time. That aside, there is lots to love about the clever way Cat Johnson uses the NA themes. We all know I dislike NA but this plot really worked for me. I felt I knew the couple more, could respect them more for the choices they made and the people they became. I really enjoyed it.
What didn’t work for me
I dislike secret plot devices and this was a doozy. I understood why the secret was hard to reveal after so much time had passed but, still, not a fan. It prevented them from being together and, realistically, it was her expectation that he wouldn’t forgive the secret that stopped their relationship from restarting because none of us had any idea of how Rohn would react to her past.
Would I read it again?
Would I read the next in the series
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