Series: Oklahoma Nights book 3
Author: Cat Johnson
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, 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, they know sparks will fly, they just never expect them to flare into scorching passion…
Several things excited me about reading this story…
– With this review, I have now reviewed all 3 books available in this series for our blog… while not important to some, I think it’s really great!! And I appreciate you all letting me express my opinion here on The Book Reading Gals!
– After reading book 2, I was irritated with Jace for letting his ex-girlfriend lead him around by the nose. So how in the world was Cat going to make me like him after the way he jerked Emma around in that story? But if anyone can change my mind I knew that Cat would.
– And Tara… in book 2 she stuck to her infatuated, one-sided ‘love’ for Logan like a tick!! How was Cat going to redeem Tara for me and make me cheer for her?? Once again, if anyone can make it happen I knew that it would be Cat.
This story had the perfect flow. We got to follow along as Jace and Tara moved from long-term antagonists into a rocky truce that benefits them both then easing into a lust-hate relationship (poor Jace never stood a chance when Tara set her mind to have him) and finally deciding that ‘yes’ they want to give this dating thing a try!
It was great to watch the protective instincts kick in for both of them – between her worry and nagging and physical therapy help when he gets hurt and his buffer from a brother who still sees her as a kid. I also appreciated the realism Cat provided in regards to Tara and her infatuation/love for Logan. She didn’t just drop those feelings and move on. She mourned that lost opportunity even though we know it was all one-sided on her part. And to see Jace truly concerned for his ex, Jacqueline, and to help her in the end was touching to read.
I flew through this book! I felt like I could have read about these characters for another 300 pages!!
Favorite quote: “You know, it was while Tyler was driving the truck that it hit me. I was going in the wrong direction. I didn’t want to be heading away from you. I wanted to be where you were.” Jace to Tara
At the end of the ARC there is an exciting sneak peek at a story for Tyler Jenkins, one of Tara’s brothers, from the Oklahoma Nights series. Midnight Ride will be available April 2015 and be the first in a new spinoff series called The Midnight Cowboys. Cannot wait to see what Cat has in store for another of my favorite cowboys!