Midnight Wrangler

Midnight Wrangler

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by Cat Johnson
     
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
One Night That Changes Everything…
 
“The Oklahoma Nights series is a must read.”
—Lorelei James

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Publishers Weekly
★ 10/12/2015
Johnson expertly tugs at the heartstrings with the second Midnight Cowboys contemporary (after Midnight Ride), a touching story of a lonely widower and the high school love he never forgot. It’s been five years since Rohn Lerner’s beloved wife died, and his ranch hands are trying to convince him to get back in the dating game—but he’s trying to avoid it. That is, until his high-school sweetheart unexpectedly arrives back in town. Twenty-five years have passed since Bonnie Martin left Oklahoma for Arizona, escaping her abusive father and leaving behind her first love. When she comes back to Oklahoma to settle her late father’s estate, she falls for the handsome cowboy all over again. But will Rohn ever forgive her when he finds out about a bombshell from the past that could irrevocably change their relationship? Johnson, who toggles through decades to give engaging backstory, sensitively paints a sweet and sizzling contemporary romance that will have widespread appeal, particularly among those who, like the protagonists, are over 40. (Dec.)
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"Johnson...sensitively paints a sweet and sizzling contemporary romance that will have widespread appeal." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420136234
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/24/2015
Series:
Midnight Cowboys Series
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
202,152
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cat Johnson writes contemporary romance in genres including military and western. Known for her unique marketing and research techniques, she has sponsored pro bull riders, owns a collection of camouflage and western footwear for book signings, and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. For more visit CatJohnson.net.

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Midnight Wrangler 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TinaMarieReviews 9 months ago
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 I am a huge fan of Cat Johnson and her sexy as all get out cowboys. Unfortunately, the Midnight Cowboys series falls just a little bit short of what I've come to expect from her. That being said Midnight Wrangler, the 2nd book of the series was an enjoyable read that just kind of ambled along like our hero cowboy if you will. Midnight Cowboy had depth and so much emotion you couldn't help but shed more than a few tears. The romance was sweet between the Rohn and Bonnie. You just don't get the lustful punch in the gut that you come to expect from Ms. Johnson. Bonnie and Rohn were highschool sweethearts that went their separate ways when Bonnie went off to college. He never really understood why she just cut all ties, but he never went after her either. Rohn moved on, fell in love, married and later lost his beloved wife to cancer. Since his wife's passing Rohn just existed. Dating wasn't anything he even considered until his ranch hands started teasing him. My issue with Roan was he really wasn't all that old. Yet, had I not known his age I would have expected him to be in his 50's, at least. He just had this grumpy old man air about him. The losses that both of these characters went through were heart wrenching and could definitely contribute to Rohn's overall outlook on life. Thank goodness Bonnie came back to town. Rohn desperately needed some lightening up. She was a lot less uptight about life in general, but I still felt like the romance between her and Rohn was more formal than a real "you were my first love" romance should have been. Bottom line: if you are looking for a slow, sweet read that will pull at your heartstrings and not work you up too much this is the book for you.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Boring. Way over rated. Slow moving and repetitive. Poor character development.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The perfect blend of sweet and hot western romance, mystery and heartbreak... "I told you I don't want to meet 'girls' and I'm not going to find a woman of any substance at the bars where you yahoos hang out." "Then set up one of those online dating accounts. They have them for older folks now." "Older folks?" Rohn let out a snort as that hit him hard, like a punch to the gut. "Great. Thanks a lot." How the hell old did these kids think he was, anyway? Rohn had quite a few years left before he turned fifty.... MIKDNIGHT WRANGLER by Cat Johnson drew me in from the very beginning with a hero and heroine who were not spring chickens although you'd not discern that from the cover's model. I recently attended the Coastal Magical Convention in Daytona Beach and was fortunate to catch this author in a few panels. In one of the panels, another attendee made a request that authors write more books featuring mature characters. Cat spoke up that she had a book that featured older characters. I'm glad I was in attendance at that panel and that I did indeed check out the book she referred to. MIDNIGHT WRANGLER is the first book I've ever read by Cat Johnson, but it is not the last; As soon as I finished this one, I started reading MIDNIGHT HEAT as I didn't want to leave Cat's Midnight Cowboys. This book was the second-chance-at-love story of widowed rancher Rohn Lerner and school teacher Bonnie 'Blue' Martin. They were both realistically genuine characters that you will want to root for. The author tells their stories alternating between present-day and flashbacks. They had fallen in love one summer when they were both in high school and circumstances tore them apart. Will their past keep them from finding happiness together now? Even though there are interconnected characters, MIDNIGHT WRANGLER works well as a standalone with the author filling in any needed information from the first book to fully enjoy this story. That said, I do want to go back and read the first book in this series now; I've already put it on queue from my library, which has it in their collection. This story was the perfect blend of sweet and hot western romance, mystery and heartbreak. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys steamy contemporary romances with sexy cowboys. My full review is published at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 Wine Glasses!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, tears, compassion, secrets, betrayal, and heartbreak. If you have not already read the below I recommend reading them first: Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys #1) This is Bonnie and Rohn’s story. Years ago Bonnie and Rohn were in love. But Bonnie left town and didn’t return. Rohn eventually moved on and married. Now widowed he often thinks of Bonnie. When Bonnie’s father passes away she goes back to her hometown to settle his estate. When she runs into Rohn she realizes that she still loves him but she has secrets. After spending time together they fall back into a relationship but Rohn knows Bonnie is keeping things from him. When the secrets of the past comes out will Rohn be able to forgive Bonnie what she did? Or will one misunderstand have her running from him? If she runs will he chase her or just let her go? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
Yearwood More than 1 year ago
Midnight Wrangler is the 2nd book in Cat Johnson (Midnight Cowboys) Let me start off, this book can be read as a standalone with that said. Cat Johnson has written an emotional story of second chances. Rohn and Bonnie were high school sweet hearts with everything going for them. Until one day Bonnie left without a goodbye and left Rohn wondering…why. Until one day with the passing of her father, she was forced to return to settle her father’s estate. And the first night she just so happens to bump into Rohn. Like any story that I read, I try to find the good and overlook the bad. With Midnight Wrangler I could do just that since the bad is just me being particular and knowing that what might not work for me, may just work for someone else. The thing that I didn’t like was the flashback to the past then the next chapter we were back into the present. It went like this for a few chapters. Like I said just being particular. However, this book did win me over with the awesome plot…that of second chances. And since their past just so happens to take place back when I was in my early teens, what can I say…it was a wonderful thing to relieve the good old days and that of the “Butt-Bows”.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was a reconnection love story, and I happen to love those type of stories, so I did enjoy that aspect in this book. I didn't really care for the reason they left each other to begin with because it was a typical reason, and I've read it a lot, but I still really enjoyed this book, and I liked the characters. Rohn was charming and really sweet. I liked Bonnie, but I wish she had a bit more spunk, but I think Rohn and her were really adorable together, and had great chemistry. I liked the dual perspectives, and I enjoyed reading the flashbacks to when Rohn and Bonnie first connected. I like the setting of a small town and good-looking ranch hands are a good addition; can't go wrong with a some hot, manly southern men. There definitely was some spice with some love scenes, and once they reconnected, I love how Rohn was with Bonnie. I would read more from Cat Johnson, and look forward to more in this series!
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* I liked this book mostly because of Rohn Lerner. He's a lonely widower who reconnects with his high school first love, Bonnie Martin, when she comes to town to settle her father's estate. Bonnie is still in love with Rohn even after twenty-five years, but she has a big secret that she is afraid will make him hate her. It was fairly obvious to me what the secret was and although I can sympathize with her up to a point, what she did was inexcusable. Rohn has to be one of the most forgiving male main characters I have ever read. Bonnie hurt him badly but he is such a good guy he finds a way to just let it go. I wish there was an epilogue as well, just to get a peek at this couple in the future. I am hoping they make an appearance in book three of the series.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Bonnie Martin left her high school sweetheart behind when she left Oklahoma twenty-five years ago to escape her abusive father and never looked back. She never planned to return but as the sole beneficiary of her father's estate, she is back to dispose of his estate. Bonnie can't help but wonder about the man she left behind and how things turned out for him but doesn't plan to be in town long enough to catch up with him. Rohn Lerner lost his wife five years ago and the loneliness is beginning to get to him. He's just about ready to get back into a relationship and Bonnie's return seems to be fortuitous because he is interested in rekindling the flames of their youthful romance. Rohn is quite relentless in his pursuit of Bonnie but Bonnie is afraid to open herself up to a second chance with Rohn because the secrets she's keeping are sure to destroy everything. MIDNIGHT WRANGLER has all the makings of a very enjoyable second chance story and was actually fun to read. I was looking forward to reading this book because of the much older lead characters and their seeming maturity but I was majorly frustrated by them and their inability to communicate with each other. I was yelling at my tablet every time they passed up an opportunity to be open with each other and talk about their past. I particularly liked Rohn because he was very easy to relate to. His struggles with getting back into the dating pool after being off the market for so long and the well-meaning but inept attempts by his ranch hands to help him were very hilarious. Bonnie on the other hand was quite difficult to warm up to. She came across as unbending and unforgiving and while it may have been her way of protecting herself from being hurt again, it made her appear selfish and self-centered and her tendency to run away instead of talking to Rohn was quite annoying. The constant back and forth between them made the story drag quite a bit. This is not my favorite of Ms. Johnson's books but I have enjoyed her writing previously and hope that Justin's story will be more engaging. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is a good second chance/reunion story. Another aspect to this story is the ages of the hero and heroine. They are getting to know each other again in their early 40's. This shows that love is not just for the young. Rohn finally realized that he needed companionship in his life again with some help from his young cowhands. Circumstances bring Bonnie back to town, and the two feel something when they bump into each other. The past holds Bonnie back from giving all of herself to Rohn, and he sees past the misjudgment to have the love that he wants. I look forward to more of the stories coming from this town. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley for an honest review.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
An older hero and heroine prove that sparks can fly at any age! Midnight Wrangler is the second in the Midnight Cowboys series but it can be read as a standalone; I liked this book a lot more than the first one. We were introduced to the hero, Rohn, in the first book but you won’t be missing anything important if you start with this one. Rohn’s wife died 5 years ago and lately he has been feeling lonely. His young ranch hands have been trying to convince him that he should get back in the ball game and begin dating. Bonnie and Rohn knew each other in high school and had one wonderful summer together before she left town. Her father’s death brings her back to the town where she grew up and where Ron still lives. They haven’t seen each other in 25 years. I loved how this book told the story alternating between present day and 1990 and also alternating between Rohn and Bonnie yet not being told in first person. In short bits and pieces we learn why Bonnie left town (and Rohn) abruptly and other details of their summer together. While it was pretty easy to guess the reason there was just enough suspense to the story to keep me from being certain about it. Bonnie was Rohn’s first love. He loved his wife very much but she’s been gone 5 years and he’s finally ready to move on. Seeing Bonnie again has reawakened the feelings he had for her years ago. Bonnie is having trouble facing what she did to Rohn and doesn’t feel like she has the right to a second chance with him. Second chance stories are one of my favorites. Throw in the fact that Bonnie and Rohn are in their 40’s and that’s just a bonus for me. Cat Johnson’s writing style in this book is captivating; once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I can’t wait to read the next story in this series! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson is a fantastic read. Ms Johnson has delivered a well written book. Bonnie and Rohn's story is split between past and present, so you get bits of background throughout the book. I love the characters in Midnight Wrangler. This book has plenty of humor, drama, spice and suspense. I enjoyed Midnight Wrangler and look forward to reading more from the talented Cat Johnson in the near future. Midnight Wrangler is book two in the Midnight Cowboys Series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Midnight Wrangler is the second in the Midnight Cowboy series and it features Rohn and Bonnie. Rohn was introduced in book 1 - as a lonely widower looking for love, but not sure of where he can find it. He is in his early forties and isn't trying to compete with his much younger ranch hands. He is brooding over his situation when his first love Bonnie returns to Oklahoma to settle her father estate. She and Rohn were each others first loves and she broke his heart when she left town after high school. He is happy to leave the past in the past and pursues Bonnie even though he knows she will leave again. Bonnie is hiding a very big secret and struggles with guilt from her past. Will she and Rohn be able to work out their problems and find a happy ending? This is good second chance romance about a sweet farmer and his first love. I didn't like the format of past/present flashbacks that were place in almost every chapter, because it made it more difficult to relate to the main characters. I am a huge fan of Cat Johnson and will continue to recommend her to anyone who likes western romances. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
A second chance romance. Rohn lost his wife 5 years ago and wonders if he will ever find love again when Bonnie comes back to town to settle her father’s estate. This was a very emotional story, the characters are wonderful and the story is excellent. A very enjoyable read.
CLPetit1956 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Cat Johnson has written an emotional, second chance love story that grabs you from the first page and holds onto you until the very last page. If you're a fan of cowboy romance, Midnight Wrangler is just what you're looking for.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Sweethearts who meet at the senior prom and fate takes over. A secret tryst over the summer and then 25 years apart before a chance meeting again. This story takes us back and forth and fills in the pieces from what happened over the summer 25 years ago to the present day. We watch Rohn and Bonnie fall in love once and then again and both times is just as sweet but can they survive the secret? **Received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one. Great characters make this a very enjoyable read. You don't want to miss it! After losing his wife five years ago, ranch owner Rohn Lerner is lonely and ready to make some changes in his life. When the one girl that ever turned his head as a teenager comes back to town, it's possible this is the one chance he has to find out what happened all those years ago. Perhaps it might be the answer to is future as well! Definitely one I recommend.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "I remember a day when..." Stars! The Midnight Cowboys series is turning out to be an absolute treat to read. I think what has made both books so far outstanding is that the author has taken underused tropes in both of them and given us absolutely stellar reads. In the first book Midnight Ride we had the older woman/younger man theme used to great effect, and Cat Johnson has absolutely excelled with Rohn and Bonnie’s story in that we are looking at a couple in their forties this time, a couple who have loved, lived and lost. The teenage girl who’d had a crush on him twenty-five years ago was alive and well inside her. I loved that the author gave you the present in their story, but also took us back to the summer of 1990, and gave us the beginnings of their relationship, as well as insight into the reasons that caused Bonnie to up and leave Rohn at that time. ”There’s no one but you… Now when I was eighteen. Not now.” Flashbacks can become overdone in a story if not interspersed at relevant points, but Cat added them well and included relevant information in them, this couple at eighteen were cute, in their mid-forties the depth of feelings between them and the personal growth they have been through in the intervening years was just highlighted more because of it. ”You can make excuses all day long, it’s not going to change the fact that there’s something between us. Whether we choose to ignore it or enjoy it is up to you. I know what I wanna do…” But their age wasn’t treated as something special, it was just a book about a couple, who after spending twenty-five years apart, coming back together and discovering that the intervening years have made absolutely no difference to the depth of feelings they had then, and still have now for each other. There is just a little more mileage under the bonnet and a lot more wear to the tires! ”It’s about time you came home to me.” I could go on, I really did love this book, the story was well crafted, paced and moved along really steadily, the emotional build up between them and the fall-out when secrets are exposed was not rushed, and I just found the whole book an absolute delight to read. ”Be careful what you offer a desperate man… What I want might not be what you want. “I think it is.” Midnight Heat is due in February 2016, this is Justin’s book, and I am interested in seeing what story the author gives him. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was a pleasure to provide the above honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Thank you SO much to Kensington Books – Zebra and NetGalley for the copy of this book to read and review. Rohn and Bonnie, separated for 25 years, meet again when Bonnie returns to Oklahoma to deal with the home her father lived in and all of the negative memories that still linger. Rohn and Bonnie are just as intensely drawn to one another as they were the summer after they graduated from high school. The story is told with flashbacks to their relationship in 1990 interspersed with their current interactions in 2015. The couple is older but will they be wiser? Will they be able to communicate in ways they were unable to before? Will the big secret Bonnie has been keeping come out and if so how will it be received? This is a novel with heart. I loved the three cowboys working for Rohn (Colton, Justin and Tyler) and look forward to finding out who each of them will end up with. I did not read book one in the series before reading this one but look forward to doing so and hope to read the rest of the series as it is published, too.
Maisie-D More than 1 year ago
What a sweet story. But also heart breaking at the same time. There were any times I choked up and had tears welling in my eyes. Rohn Lerner is definitely one of my new book boyfriends! Rohn and Bonnie had a sweet, hot, summer love twenty-five years ago. Bonnie was going to college in the fall in Arizona. Rohn going to a college at home in Oklahoma. They never got to say goodbye. Bonnie left. Rohn was heartbroken and it took a long while to get over Bonnie. Now Bonnie is back in town to settle her father’s estate. Her father was a hard man and she loathed him as much as she love Rohn. She and Rohn run into each other her first day back, and Rohn is very interested in getting to know Bonnie again. But Bonnie feels guilty about the way she left and feels it’s just better that they not start anything up again. SPOILERS—What I really loved about this book is that even though Rohn had his heart broken by Bonnie, there was no idea in his head about revenge against Bonnie. Loved that! There were only a few love scenes, and not too steamy, but that’s ok! The story was great!! I just know that that Rohn’s farm hands will get their own story. In fact I believe this is a second book in a series. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.