Release Day Review of Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson

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Book: Midnight Ride
Author: Cat Johnson
Publisher: Zebra
Date Published: April 28th 2015
5 out of 5 Stars
***Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review***
“Packs a powerful emotional punch…Janie’s plucky can-do attitude and vulnerability are appealing, as is Tyler’s unexpected depth. With an entertaining cast of secondary characters, this tale will take readers for an enjoyable ride.” – Publishers Weekly on MIDNIGHT RIDE

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…

“Cat Johnson knows cowboys…”—New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James

Just finished Midnight Ride and boy do I feel like gushing! Do you know how rare it is to find a romance where the woman is older than the man, especially one this well done? Janie is older than Tyler in this book and not by a year or two either, she's in her mid-thirties and he's twenty-four. You can see this age difference all the time in romance but usually it's the woman who's younger. I found it so refreshing to read about, and hotter than hell.

The characters were real, flaws and all, and so likable that they just pull your into their stories, even the secondary characters. Tyler might be young and wild, but from the minute he meets Janie he wants more. He's just been playing around until the right girl comes around. He's hard working, and so charming and goodhearted it was impossible for me not to fall for him. Heck, you'd be hard pressed to find a guy as good as him at any age! They just don't make them like they do in books, *sighs*.

Janie married young, to an older man, and found herself a widow in her mid-thirties. She's holding it together well, but she's under an enormous amount of stress trying to run her farm and make it on her own. She's strong but you can tell from the beginning that everything is starting to weigh on her. From the moment Tyler steps into her life, things start looking up

I don't like to give away too much of the story, but the age difference between the two is the major conflict, at least at first glance. The author did a great job because I didn't want to put it down. There were ups and downs, and lots of sexy scenes that kept me feeling all hot and bothered.

I loved everything about this book, and I think I might have found a new author to love. My Friday Freebie Post last week was even focused on cowboys. I've got it bad. I'll be buying some of her other books this week and I'll be sure to let you know what I think!

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