To me, the mark of a really great author is when they can take a character I hate and turn them into a character I can sympathize with and even like, and Cat Johnson has managed to do that in Three Weeks With A Bull Rider. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
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…
Review copy provided for an honest review
I have to be honest with you; I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. Both the hero and the heroine didn’t leave me with warm, fuzzy feelings in the last book. I especially wanted to wring the heroine’s neck and then hit her over the head with a shovel; yes, I had a little bit of unresolved anger toward her immature and selfish antics. To me, the mark of a really great author is when they can take a character I hate and turn them into a character I can sympathize with and even like, and Cat Johnson has managed to do that in Three Weeks With A Bull Rider. In addition she did a great job of blending the right amount of innocence, sexiness, friendship and genuine caring throughout this book so that the reader can’t help but fall in love with these two as they discover there is a thin line between love and hate.
Jace Mills has been trying to get over the end of a long term relationship. While he has made strides in letting go, his ex won’t let him loose and he has a hard time saying no to her. After a particularly bad night, Jace decides to hit the circuit and stay gone from Stillwater and make a clean break once and for all. What he doesn’t count on is offering to travel with Tara Jenkins this best friend Tuck’s little sister and his nemesis. He really doesn’t count on seeing Tara as the woman she’s grown in to and the object of desire of several of the other bull riders. And he really, really doesn’t count on Tara turning up the heat and making an offer he finds very hard to refuse.
I loved the gradual build up between these two; yes there was an immediate attraction but because of their past and his friend and her brother they try to stay away from one another. As Tara begins to let loose and explore, Jace finds himself feeling things he doesn’t want to feel and making all sorts of stipulations to their traveling partner agreement. At times their interactions were just plain amusing but there were also many, many extremely sexy moments as well. As Jace is coming out of a long term relationship and Tara being younger and inexperienced, they both are more than willing do some sexual exploration. Let’s just say they explore each other pretty damn thoroughly. While the intimate scenes were no doubt steamy, what struck me was that throughout their time together they really began to understand each other, they shared things they hadn’t share with anyone else, and they formed a very unique and intimate bond. Honestly, I can’t believe how much I grew to like these characters and was hoping they could move on from their past hurts and realize the good thing they had between them.
Once again author Cat Johnson has blown me away; she’s managed to make me like characters I thought were unredeemable, showed me life on the road while tough can be thoroughly entertaining, and proved that love can heal a multitude of past hurt. Three Weeks With A Bull Rider is a fantastic addition to an already strong series and I’m ready to saddle up for the next book!