Midnight Ride

Midnight Ride

by Cat Johnson

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Overview

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. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420136210
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Midnight Cowboys Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 512,832
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cat Johnson writes contemporary romance in a variety of genres, including military, western, and comedy. She owns a collection of camouflage and western footwear for book signings, and she has sponsored pro bull riders. Visit her at catjohnson.net.

Rebecca Estrella is a native Midwesterner, voice artist, and voracious literary enthusiast who has had extensive experience in the performing arts. Rebecca's voice work ranges from session singing to radio, with steamy narration being by far her favorite.

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Midnight Ride


By CAT JOHNSON

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2015 Cat Johnson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3622-7


CHAPTER 1

There was something about a really good, down-home barbecue joint that made Tyler Jenkins happy, deep down all the way through his stomach and to his very soul.

Of course, to meet his very high culinary standards, it couldn't be one of those bullshit places that pretended to be real. It had to be authentic, or why bother? If all the restaurant did was slap some sauce on a piece of meat and call it barbecue, he might as well go to a fast food chain.

To be worth his time and money, there had to be smoke, and lots of it. He wanted to smell it in the air as they slow-cooked the meat out back. He wanted to taste it the moment the food hit his tongue.

Like most things worth doing, getting that kind of result took time. Hours. All day, in fact. Only the best places devoted that kind of time and effort. Where he sat now was one of those places.

It looked like nothing from the road. A run-down shack with an old RV parked next to it. A couple of wooden picnic tables inside and a couple more out front by the parking lot, each with a roll of paper towels set out on top for customers to wipe their hands and mouths.

That was the extent of it, except for the most important part—the smoker. The big steel barrel pumped a mouthwatering cloud of meat-laden smoke into the air.

Yes, sir, there was everything right with this place. Incredibly good food that was fast and cheap—everything Tyler looked for.

As he sat with the sun beating down on his shoulders and the wide brim of his cowboy hat shading his eyes, he was in heaven. He shoved another piece of marbled brisket between his lips, and a burst of flavor filled his mouth. He couldn't help the sound of appreciation that rumbled from deep within him.

It might very well be hereditary in the Jenkins men—this appreciation for fine barbecue. Tyler's older brother Tucker had his own favorite place in Drumright. Tuck would travel quite a distance if he had to, and drive hours to get his favorite smoked meat. It must be in their genes, right along with the other Jenkins traits—dark hair, blue eyes, an appreciation for the gentler sex, a love of all things rodeo, and, of course, the ability to sniff out good food.

Closing his eyes to better enjoy every subtle nuance, he absorbed how the smoky taste stuck around for a while. He could feel it settling in on the back of his throat for a nice long stay, even after he'd swallowed the beef.

Another sound of pure appreciation grumbled from within him. Two things made Tyler purr like a house cat from total contented satisfaction, but only one of them was something he could do out in public. "Mmm, mmm. This right here is good enough to make you want to smack your own ass."

With a forkful of jalapeno macaroni and cheese poised in midair, Tyler's boss let out a laugh. "You ain't kidding. How'd you find this place to begin with? There isn't even a sign out front."

Tyler laughed at the older man. "Rohn, please. There are two things I can always find—women and food. I've been working for you at the ranch for long enough, you should know that by now. "

The truth was, the scent of smoked meat and the telltale trail from the smoker rising into the air like a beacon had first led him here.

The building was partially hidden from the road by a hardware store in front of it. The OPEN banner blowing in the breeze from a pole stuck in the dirt along the road hadn't told Tyler what the hidden establishment sold, but the scent in the air sure had. He could sniff out good barbecue a mile away. He was certainly glad he'd swung the truck onto the dirt of the parking lot that day.

His dining companion dipped his head. "You're right, Ty. My apologies. You are the master when it comes to all pleasures of the flesh."

"Thank you." Tyler accepted the compliment from the older man with a tip of his hat.

"How old are you again?" Rohn asked between mouthfuls.

"Twenty-four. Turning twenty-five shortly." Single, young, healthy, and living the dream. Tyler couldn't ask for anything more. Well, maybe another order of cornbread.

"Twenty-four." Rohn shook his head. "Damn. At that age I was already married to Lila and working my ass off to pay the note on the ranch." The man got the same faraway look in his eyes Tyler had seen there whenever he talked about his late wife.

Rohn had lost her to cancer a few years ago, but it was clear he still missed her badly. It had to be lonely living on the ranch with nobody for company except the guys he hired to help him out with the stock during the day.

Tyler couldn't bring Rohn's wife back, but he could do something about his boss being alone and cooped up in that house every night. "So, Colton and I are fixin' to go out. Why don't you come with us?"

Rohn's hair and his closely cropped beard had already begun to show strands of steely gray, but it suited him. The man probably hadn't turned fifty yet. He kept himself in good shape, physically. There were a lot of women who'd find him plenty attractive, but he sure as hell wouldn't find them while hunkered down in his living room.

"Me? Go out with you two tonight? What the hell would I do out with you and Colton?" Rohn's brows rose beneath his cowboy hat.

"I don't know. There's plenty to do at the bar." Tyler shrugged. "You could knock back a few cold ones. Shoot some pool."

"Look like a fool hanging around with you two young bucks and sniffing around women young enough I could be their father?" Rohn laughed while shaking his head.

"Aw, come on. That's not how it would be at all."

"No?"

"No. I've seen some old—er men and women at the places where we go out." Tyler had had to scramble to cover that he'd almost called his boss old. He hid his cringe and tried for some damage control. "Hell, it's never too late. I know a guy who's forty. Logan Hunt. He grew up next door to my parents' house and is real good friends with my brother. Anyway, he just got married for the first time in August and now he and his wife have a baby."

If his longtime friend Logan could meet a woman, get married, and have a kid at forty, Rohn should at least be able to go out and have a little fun.

Rohn swung his head from side to side and let out a snort of a laugh. "Yeah. Thanks for the words of encouragement, but no. You two have fun. Just don't come in to work dragging your ass tomorrow morning. We got a shitload of work to get done."

"Yes, sir." He stabbed his fork into another piece of meat. The marbled brisket would serve well to coat his stomach in preparation for the beer he'd be consuming later. He was intent on his barbecue until Rohn let out a sigh that had Tyler glancing up. "What's wrong?"

"Having young guys like you and Colton and Justin at the ranch ... it's starting to make me feel old."

"You're only as old as you feel, and that's exactly the reason you should come out with us tonight." With his brisket still poised on his fork, Tyler made sure he emphasized the point before he finally shoved the meat into his mouth. It was a sentiment he truly believed.

"Maybe next time." The tone of the older man's answer said pretty much the opposite of his words.

It wasn't in Tyler to give up easily, but there wasn't much he could do if his boss was dead set against coming. He swallowed and nodded. "A'ight. We'll be at the Two-Step, if you change your mind."

"The Two-Step? Jesus." Rohn laughed. "Is that place still standing?"

It was a valid question. The local hangout had been around forever. It had definitely seen better days, but Tyler loved every rickety old board of it. The whole run-down, hometown atmosphere.

Tyler grinned. "It is, but the floor is so crooked that the last time I was there I had to shove some shims under one end of the pool table just to keep the balls on the felt long enough for a game."

That had been a good night. He'd walked out with a wad of cash from winning at pool and with a girl on his arm to warm his truck seat for an hour or so.

Life got hectic sometimes, and it had been too long since he'd visited the Two-Step. He was glad Colton had suggested going tonight.

"I used to go there when I was your age. That floor always did lean a bit toward the back bar. I can tell you, I would use that fact to my advantage when I was shooting pool against any out-of-towners who didn't know about it." A twinkle lit Rohn's eyes and Tyler saw hope. He might be able to get him to come out after all.

"They've got a two-for-one beer special tonight." He dangled that carrot as inspiration to sway Rohn's decision.

The Two-Step had dollar drinks for ladies, too, which was the main reason he and Colton were going. Tyler didn't think the possibility of many—not to mention very drunk—women being at the bar would encourage Rohn to join them, so he kept that tidbit to himself. Plenty of time to ease the man back into the world of dating, but first they had to get him out of his house. Baby steps.

Rohn screwed up his mouth beneath his mustache.

"Nah. Ybu guys go and have a good time."

"Oh, we will. Don't you worry about that." He'd work some more on Rohn and his love life later on. As for tonight, Tyler was going to have a whole lot of fun, hopefully while surrounded by a whole lot of women.

A man was only young once. He was going to take full advantage of this time in his life, because when he settled down, it would be for keeps. When he asked for a woman's hand, he intended it to be for a lifetime. That, however, hadn't happened yet, and it probably wasn't going to for a long while, even if all the single people around him seemed to be pairing off.

It seemed most folks he knew were dropping like flies after being bitten by the love bug. His brother Tuck had gotten married again, just when they all thought he never would after the disastrous end to his first marriage. He seemed happy enough.

Hell, even his little sister Tara was settled down and seriously dating Tuck's buddy Jace. That was all fine and good for them, but not for Tyler ... yet.

He didn't discount the fact that it could happen at any time. He just hadn't found the person he wanted to spend more than a few weeks with, never mind a lifetime. He certainly didn't plan on finding the future Mrs. Jenkins at the Two-Step's ladies' night.

Nope. Tonight's goal was to consume a good amount of hops and barley, and sow some wild oats. That way, when he finally did meet the right girl and the time came for him to retire his single status, he'd be good and ready to do so. He'd settle down and turn in his player card after he'd lived a full life of fun, but not one minute before.

As for the here and now, Tyler was good and ready to devour some more of his tasty barbecue. He and his boss had to finish eating before they headed back to the ranch, where they'd left Colton to handle the last of the afternoon chores.

The lumber that Rohn and Tyler had picked up while in town was in the back of the truck. They'd all unload that, and once they'd dumped the wood behind the shed they'd be fixing tomorrow, Tyler's workday would be done. He'd shower and then he and Colton would be off for fun and good times at the Two-Step.

All the best stuff in life was right there within his grasp. Life was good and he was going to live it to the fullest. With that thought, Tyler tucked into the remainder of his brisket.

He let the flavors take him away to his happy place—the place where his belly was full and there were cold beer and hot girls in his near future.

CHAPTER 2

The ringing of Janie's house phone on the kitchen counter was a welcome interruption. Cooking dinner for one person had to be the most depressing task on earth. Especially after having cooked for her husband and their crew for over a decade. She put down the spoon she'd been stirring the chili with and reached for the receiver in the charger.

She didn't recognize the number, but it was a local area code, so she hit the button to answer. "Hello?"

"Mrs. Smithwick?"

"Yes." She didn't recognize the voice any more than she did the number, but the man on the phone seemed to know her.

"Hey, there. It's Colton Travers. I'm a hired hand over at Rohn Lerner's place next door."

"Oh, hi." Having the ranch hand's name didn't help Janie much since she didn't know any Colton Travers, but at least her neighbor's name was familiar, even if Colton's was not.

"I just wanted you to know that a tree limb took down part of the fence in your south field. Must've happened during that wind we had the other night. I was out riding our line and I noticed it. I took a chance and looked up your number in the phone book in Rohn's office and sure enough, you were listed in there, so I called. I figured you'd want to know."

And there it was—more bad news she didn't need. It wasn't enough that prices were so low it had hardly made it worth selling the stock, or that just the deductibles on her husband's medical bills were so high she was still trying to pay them off nearly a year after he'd died. Nope. Now Mother Nature was dumping tree limbs on the fence in the only field where she had stock left.

She couldn't help the sigh that escaped her. "Did any of my animals get out?"

"No, ma'am. The tree branch is working pretty good to block the opening for right now, but I wouldn't count on that lasting forever. You know how cattle can be."

She supposed she should thank God for small favors that none of her cows had figured out they could walk over the limb while the barbed wire was down.

"All right. Thanks for letting me know. I'll take care of it."

Of course, to take care of it she'd have to figure out how, when, and with what help. She'd also have to sideline dinner for the moment and drive out to see how bad the damage was. Then she could determine what she needed to buy for the repairs and if this was something she'd be able to do herself or if she'd have to find a guy to hire and pay with money she really didn't have to spare.

"No problem at all. Have a good day, ma'am."

Not likely. "Thanks. Ybu, too."

The polite and oh-so-young-sounding Colton hung up before she could talk to him about possibly fixing the fence in exchange for some of the chili on the stove. Sad but true, that was about all she had to spare to pay a hired hand right now.

Alone, widowed, and in debt up to her eyeballs on a ranch she couldn't maintain but couldn't bear to think about selling, all at thirty-six years of age.

Janie had to wonder how her life had turned out like this. She wasn't living in the untamed Old West, when men died too soon and young widows were commonplace. This was modern times, and only a couple of hours' drive from Oklahoma City, for God's sake. Yet here she was, worlds away from where she thought she'd be back when she'd been a young starry-eyed bride marrying the older man who'd swept her off her feet. Long before Tom's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer had changed both their lives.

Blowing out a loud breath filled with frustration, Janie flipped off the burner. She grabbed the truck keys from the counter and shoved them in her pocket before bending to retrieve her paddock boots. Sitting to pull them on over her socks, she felt the bone-deep exhaustion that had hung over her for months. Like a black cloud in the sky darkening everything beneath it.

It was really no surprise she was tired. Just keeping up with the ranch and teaching riding lessons kept her busy from sunup until sundown, and worrying kept her up all night. Sleep would be good, but she wasn't the type to use the crutch of sleeping pills. After Tom's death, yes, she'd given in for nearly a week, drugging herself into oblivion where reality didn't creep in until consciousness returned eight hours later. Pills weren't a long-term solution. She needed to move on, and foolish as it might be, she wanted to do it on her own without any medications, not even the over-the-counter stuff.

As she rallied the last bit of strength in her, she braced one palm on the kitchen table and hoisted her weary body from the chair. She had to wonder how much longer she could keep this up before something broke—either her mind or her body. She guessed that as long as she was still managing to put one foot in front of the other, that was a worry for another day.

Out in the truck, she pulled herself into the driver's seat and shoved the key into the ignition. The lights on the dashboard told her that the gas tank was nearing empty. Fuel would cost her another fifty bucks, and at current prices, that wouldn't even fill up the tank. She wasn't to the point of starving or losing the ranch that had been her grandfather's before she'd taken it over, but that didn't mean she liked spending money she really couldn't spare on fuel that cost far too much nowadays, in her opinion.

Janie was getting accustomed to the constant sensation of unease that worrying caused inside her. It was a familiar presence that hovered in the background and shadowed every waking and sleeping moment. Used to the tightness in her chest and the turmoil in her stomach, she pushed herself past it and into motion.

On autopilot, she fired up the truck's diesel engine and threw the transmission into gear. The drive to the field where Rohn's hand had said the fence was down was a short one. Once there, it didn't take her long to spot what he'd seen. She saw the fallen tree limb lying across a broken section of fence, just as he'd described.


(Continues...)

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Midnight Ride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "I'll tune up your equipment." Stars! I absolutely adored this book. Midnight Ride offers everything up that an avid romance reader is going to love. What with a plethora of hot cowboys, and an older woman/younger man love story that is written just beautifully I just got lost in Tyler and Janie’s story for a few happy hours. Janie being a widow struggling to run a farm on her own, and ranch hand Tyler being the carefree, younger ‘cowboy about the Rodeo’ and their coming together really did just tick all of this readers boxes. There was a little drama, a little reluctance, and a few giggles to ease this couple’s journey along, and I liked the Cat Johnson didn’t have them jumping into bed together within the first few pages. Their initial meeting is pretty funny, and although an error in judgment on Tyler’s part, it means he has to work hard to change Janie’s initial perceptions of him. With her he see’s a future and not a meaningless hook-up, he just needs to convince her of that, and the fact that their 11 year age difference means absolutely nothing to him. ”The only person I was looking at today was you.” Sweet, sexy, thoughtful, I really did just fall in love with the whole story. This is my first book by the author as well, so that makes me a little happy too, as I have an absolute wealth of other books and series that I can now immerse myself in. Midnight Wrangler is due towards the end of 2015, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the Midnight Cowboys Series. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review in exchange.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is my first book to read from Cat. I now know it won't be the last. I really got lost in this book. If I hadn't had to go to bed I would have finished it in one reading. She must be a cowgirl. She hit everything spot on. She made me miss working on a farm, or two, and horses. I felt for Janie. I too can't accept somebody's help. I must do it myself. Tyler unknowingly hit on a bouncer's girl in a bar and he just got away by hiding in her truck bed. That was when he needed to find some way to hang out with her. He is a rancher and worked to harvest her hay. For supper. She is still missing her late husband. Guilt spoilers. She won't go out in public with him. Major Spoiler here. He won't give up. It was heartbreaking to read these characters. It makes one want to knock their heads together. I hope you choose to read this book. It will go deep down in your soul. Definitely re-read material. Enjoy reading this book! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
This is the first older woman/younger man romance I've read and I hope to read more in the future. Tyler is a fun loving cowboy with a good heart who regularly charms the panties off ladies. It was great to see him change his ways for Janie without changing who he is inside. Janie has a big issue with Tyler being so much younger than her, but why should men have all the fun of being with a younger partner? I loved seeing her enjoy the pleasures Tyler brings her, especially since she never experienced some of them before. My only issue is that I didn't feel the chemistry between Tyler and Janie. Their attraction is very well written, but it didn't do it for me personally. Overall it is a enjoyable read and a great beginning to a new series. Looking forward to Rohn's second chance at love story coming later this year! ARC via NetGalley
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
              Midnight Ride, Cat Johnson Genre:  Romance. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Well, romance and cowboys, a nice easy read. I did enjoy this, and the younger man angle was something different – why is it no one bats an eyelid if the man is 36 and the woman 24 – its all wink, wink and congratulations,  lucky guy, way to go etc. but when its the other way round there’s murmurings of cougars and how it can’t last....Janie is worried about that too – there’s real chemistry between her and Tyler, and though he’s a rep as a player and reckless, underneath that is a man that's solid and responsible and knows what he wants. He’s done all the light stuff, playing the field with the one nighters and now he wants more, and he sees Janie as his future. Sadly though she finds it hard to believe, thinking all the negatives that are pushed the way of older lady - younger man...Tyler has his work cut out to persuade her what they have can be permanent, and that he doesn’t want someone younger. I think my biggest problem with this read was the time scale, it all takes place over a couple of weeks and for such a big change in life, for Janie to understand she’s not a quick fling for him  I really needed it to cover months. I’d have a problem too, believing Tyler could change in the space of a week. After all they met when he was escaping from his latest would be sex for the night fling.... I really liked Janie as a character and Tyler – it was easy to see he’s more than he shows everyone, but I needed the time for him to convince Janie – I just couldn’t see that in a couple of short weeks she’d have such a mental turn around. Tyler – wow – he was definitely hot, and very mature when he showed that side of his character. He was loving to his family, responsible and loyal to his friends, and as evidenced by his giving up one night a week to help a local store owner who was sick, on top of what he was doing for Janie, ( round the ranch, not to her!!) he was hardworking. He actually felt a lot older than 24 going on 25 and I think that’s why it worked so well between them – he’d done the mad bit and was ready for more. Janie, well, her husband was older, and his illness had made him very sedate, he was loving but not a ball of energy. Someone with some life in them that could make her feel young again – as she was at just 36 – was just what she needed. They had shared outlooks too, with the animals and ranch being something they both enjoyed. It made for what could have been for me a great read if it had been spread over a longer timespan, and had a bit more drama added. As it was it’s a sweet, easy read but not one I’d re read. Stars: Three, a good read but a bit lightweight ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
If you love your cowboys sweet, strong, responsible, hot and ready, read this series!!!!! "I was going to go to bed early and maybe read for a little bit." "Reading. Wow. Not sure I know many girls who do that." Her brows rose. "Then you're hanging out with the wrong girls." "No doubt. I most definitely have been... in the past, but I've raised my standards a bit recently." MIDNIGHT RIDE by Cat Johnson is a wonderfully sultry, sexy cowboy romance and a highly entertaining start to the author's Midnight Cowboys series. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. The story grabbed my attention right away as it described Tyler's initial encounter with the love of his life. OMG, their first face-to-face meeting was freakin' hilarious! Tyler will never live it down. I laughed so hard, I cried. This is the story of Rohn's ranch hand and rodeo cowboy, Tyler Jenkins, and widowed ranch owner Janie Smithwick. Janie's property is located next to Rohn's ranch. I really liked that Janie was twelve years older than Tyler so there is cougarish element to the story..Janie was in her mid-thirties and Tyler in his mid-twenties. The age difference mattered a lot to Janie, but not in the least to Tyler. It was nice to read about Rohn and Justin before they met their mates in the second and third books. I actually didn't think I'd care for Tyler as, in later books, he had seemed a bit cocky to me. Now that I've read his book, I realize that's just his facade. Tyler is really a sweetheart. Actually, they all are! Tyler was a magnificent male specimen. Janie recognized it immediately, as did her best friend and any hot-blooded woman in his vicinity. But, once Tyler set eyes on Janie, he had eyes only for her. He was smart, responsible, hard-working and sexy as could be. Janie had married an older man as a young woman. They were compatible and companionable, but their sex life had been nothing like the scorching, mind-blowing sex she experienced with Tyler. Janie's and Tyler's chemistry was truly off the chart. Janie was saddled with debt from her husband's illness, but determined to make it on her own. She was a smart woman who taught children how to ride. Despite Tyler's words to the contrary, she felt that she was just a small blip in Tyler's lifeline. She was positive that, when he met a girl his own age, he'd drop her like a hot potato, breaking her heart. Tyler had his work cut out for him convincing her otherwise. I've read this series out-of-order. I can attest that these books can be fully enjoyed in any order. So dive in to the series as you wish when you wish. I became acquainted with Cat Johnson's books when I attended a few of her panels at the Coastal Magic Convention this past February. She had recommended this series during one of her panels because her characters in this series aren't all spring chickens. To say I've fallen for Cat's smokin' hot cowboys since is to put it mildly. But... since I've now inhaled this series-to-date, I need to check out another of her series while waiting for the next book in this series. If you love your cowboys sweet, strong, responsible, hot and ready, I highly recommend Cat Johnson's Midnight Cowboys! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
It has been a year since Janie Smithwick lost her husband, and she is still struggling to accept the fact that is time to let him and go and force herself to move on, but every where she looks there are still reminders of him and the life they had together. Her friends keep encouraging her to get back on the dating horse, but she feels like if she moves on she will be cheating on the memory of the man she gave a better part of her life to, and she just can't bring herself to do it. She always planned on them growing old together, but life had other plans for them, and now she is left to face life alone. She is doing good just to muster the energy required to keep up on her chores on the ranch, and keep up with her riding students, and can't imagine coming up with more of herself to give time to someone else. But when a broken fence, and a handsome stowaway cowboy unexpectedly come into her life, she begins to think maybe she just might be able to move on after all... Tyler Jenkins is a hardworking ranch hand by day, and wild cowboy looking to sow a few oats by night, with no intention of slowing down anytime soon. Her prefers to keep his entanglements with woman strictly on a one night basis, and has never given being tie down to one woman for the rest of his life a second thought. He watches his siblings and friends slowly being pulled into the settled down lifestyle and he just can't help but think that that kind of lifestyle is in the cards for him, the mere idea of it has him wanting to flee the other direction. That is until he meets his beautiful widowed neighbor... one look at her and Tyler feels himself being pulled in a direction that he is completely unfamiliar with, and the funny thing is, is doesn't scare him like he thought it would, he actually enjoys it! As soon as he learns that she is short handed on help on her ranch, and trying to make a go at things on her own, it has him wanting to come to her rescue. She is apprehensive about taking him up on his offer, but little by little he begins to win her over...and closer to finding a place in her heart. As soon as I saw the cover to this book my interest was peaked, then I read the synopsis and I knew it was one I had to read, and I am happy to report my initial instincts were spot on... it was a FANTASTIC read!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading Janie and Tyler's story, barely a chapter into it and I was hooked, and flying right through the pages on a quest to find what I hoped to be their well deserved happily ever after. This was my first experience with Ms. Johnson's work, and I have to say that she totally won me over, and also earned herself a spot on my favorites authors list, I look forward to reading more from her in the very near future!! I highly recommend you meet these two well crafted characters, their story is destined to touch your heart and leave you with a smile on your face!!
JKRindy More than 1 year ago
Cat Johnson - Midnight Cowboys Series - Midnight Ride -Book 1- A story of a May and November relationship with Janie Smithwick, a widower, fighting her attraction and pull to Tyler Jenkins. She knew she was too old for him as a 36 year old and Tyler almost 25. Tyler was a ranch hand and still lived with his parents, is this why Janie thinks he is too young for her? No, Janie believes that Tyler will eventually tire of her and find a beautiful woman his own age? Her heart was at risk and she knew she couldn’t risk a broken heart again. Tyler is not only a ranch hand but a handsome rodeo star. He can have any women he wants, and he has. He is tired of one night stands and wants a relationship with someone with depth and someone he can really love. One memorable night with Janie and Tyler knows that she is the one. Tyler doesn’t care about the age difference, but, he could not convince Janie to even go out on a date in public. When Janie told him to leave and then accepted a “date” with her neighbor Rohn, Tyler’s boss, he was heartbroken. He decided that he wanted her happy and would leave her alone. But, Janie knew she messed up, was it too late to convince Tyler that she made a mistake and wanted an opportunity to prove it to him? Find out. Don’t miss this new series.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Liked the story of Tyler and Janie and didn't realize early on that is was part of a series I had already read several books from... Tyler fell in love with Janie who was a widow and 12 years his senior... He didn't care - she did... Interesting dynamics and kinda fun except it was a little easy to be annoyed with Janie... Other supporting characters and additional story line added to the plot... Well written and enjoyable...
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GrammaNancy More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.. it shows you how you can and should move on from the death of a loved one. Very well written. I can not wait to read the next one in the series... this is a must read book!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, tears, compassion, and heartbreak.  This is Janie and Tyler’s story. Janie is a widow.  Tyler is a 24 your old man who is working at the neighbor’s ranch.  They met after Tyler hides out in Janie’s truck.  Tyler is smitten right away.  He wants Janie and will do anything to get her attention.  Janie is over 10 years older and while she finds Tyler attractive she thinks he is too young for her.  Can he convince her to give him a chance and get her to fall for him?  Can Janie allow feeling for Tyler to develop when she thinks he will leave her in the end?  Tyler will have a hard road ahead in convincing Janie that he wants not just now but he wants forever. 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.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3 out of 5 Licks I always enjoy Cat Johnson's work.  She writes some seriously sexy cowboys and I never miss a chance to read her books so of course I jumped at the chance to read Midnight Ride.  The first meeting between Janie and Tyler was pretty amusing.  Tyler is young and seems like he's been enjoying the ladies.  He didn't really come across as a that big of a playboy to me, but apparently Janie has him pegged as one so she's decided that she shouldn't mess around with him.  Couple that with his age and she puts him firmly in the no category.  The book moved a little slow for me.  It took literally half the book for them to finally move forward toward a relationship and then she refused to go out in public with him.  It made me like her a little less.  I understand worrying about the age difference, but it felt like many times she didn't care at all about how she was making him feel.  Eventually things do work themselves out and we get a happy ending.  All in all I still enjoyed the story.  The sex between these two is pretty spectacular too.  The definitely heat up the sheets. 
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review Tyler is enjoying life s a 24yr old. He's young, enjoys working on a farm, participating at rodeos, and just having fun. Janie is just the opposite. She's a 36yr old widow trying to run her own farm. A chance meeting after a stupid stunt reminds Janie she's not dead and has Tyler thinking about a change in his lifestyle. This is the first book I've read by this author even though I've heard of her for awhile. As I was reading the book and deciding how I felt about it since it's a genre I don't read very often, I decided what I really liked was the characters. The plot was fairly basic with no real shocks or conflicts, but the characters were real (and not really young except for Tyler). Tyler is like most every young guy you are going to find in the Mid-West, a good 'ole boy just enjoying life until he finds the one that makes him want more. Janie is someone I can really feel for. Having been a 36yr old widow, I can say that everything she was going through I've felt. Everything she is feeling towards Tyler I'd imagine is how I'd react if I met someone like him, the rush of the attention again, the jealousy, the doubts, especially with the way he pursued her. My only real irritation is just the quickness the L word came out. Overall really good book. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes this genre. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome read with a couple of hot sexy cowboys to keep us entertained!! Tyler Jenkins is young, wild, and free and no one woman is going to tie him down. Until he meets his boss's next door neighbor. Widowed ranch owner Janie Smithwick is doing the best she can holding on to the ranch that has been in her family for ages. Unfortunately her current financial situation doesn't leave enough money to hire any help and getting everything done is all on her. When she meets Tyler she knows he's trouble but it seems like he's always there. Resisting Tyler's charm isn't easy but she has to. Doesn't she?? Really enjoyed reading this one and I would definitely recommend it to everyone.