Friday, March 11, 2016

#Review: Midnight Heat by Cat Johnson - 4.5 Wine Glasses

21570375Title: MIDNIGHT HEAT
Series: Midnight Cowboys #3
Author: Cat Johnson
Format: Kindle, 320 Pages
Published: Zebra (February 23, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

He needs to escape...

Justin Skaggs is on the road to anywhere—as long as it's far from home—when fate throws a kindred spirit across his path.

She needs to get to Oklahoma...

Phoenix Montagno can't believe her luck when she runs into the hottie from the bar. He's the key to her getting everything she's always wanted, but she can't tell him that. Luckily he's not interested in learning her story any more than he is in sharing his.

Both have secrets they don't want to share...

It's the perfect arrangement. No personal details. No talking at all. Just two strangers sharing the cab of a truck heading the direction they both need to go . . . until they decide to share a bed, too. 

Linda's Thoughts:
"I've wanted you since Texas..."

MIDNIGHT HEAT by Cat Johnson is my favorite installment yet in the author's Midnight Cowboys series It's sooooo good! When I read MIDNIGHT WRANGLER, Justin was a favorite supporting character. I hoped that he would get his own HEA soon. I was thrilled to see that his story was next! This is the story of sexy cowboy Justin Skaggs aka Mr. Oklahoma Sex on Wheels and California school teacher Phoenix Montagno.

Both Justin and Phoenix were exceptional characters. Justin works at Rohn's ranch; Rohn found his HEA in the last book. Justin's life had morphed to one of survival. He felt that he had no life and some days, he struggled just to get through. He's still grieving for his brother who died in Afghanistan two years ago. He is responsible for his mother who has gone off the deep end. He has no 'me' moments and certainly no time for anyone else in his life, much less a girlfriend. Because of the way he cares for his family, he shows what he is made of. He has a good heart and is a good man, just down on his luck. He needed a break; and I'm glad he's merited his own story.

Phoenix knew she had been adopted all her life. Her adoptive parents loved her but she was different from them and had always wondered about the parents who had given her up. But, until she lost her birth certificate and had to request another, she didn't know her real mother's name as her adoption records had been sealed. It was serendipity that there was an administrative mistake with her replacement certificate. That slipup was fortuitous because it initiated her quest to find her birth mother... and she met Justin in the process. Phoenix was adorable. She wasn't the most organized person, but she was innocent, strong-willed and utterly charming.

This couple clicked. Their relationship was sweet and hot and they were completely endearing together.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes:

Books were heavy shit. Next time he offered to move someone, he'd make sure the person was less of an intellectual.

He wrestled his focus back to his present dilemma. The two of them standing in a cheap hotel room with nothing to do besides the obvious things a man and woman could do in a room with not much more than bed in it.

"I love those shorts."
A crinkled formed between her brows. "They're old and ratty."...
"I like them, but if you don't, I'd be happy to take them off for you." He cocked one brow ....

I recently discovered this author at the Coastal Magic Convention. I came home and inhaled the second and third books in this series, one right after the other. AND now I have the first book on my nightstand, so I'll be reading/reviewing it soon! If you enjoy sexy cowboy romances with a soap opera feel, I highly recommend Cat Johnson's Midnight Cowboys series!

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