Two Times as Hot is the second book in the Oklahoma Nights series by Cat Johnson. I reviewed the first book, One Night with a Cowboy, and was intrigued with how well the author redeemed what started out as a very unlikable heroine by the end of the book. That and she writes one hell of a sexy cowboy.
After Emma helps her sister meet and ultimately fall in love with her very own rodeo cowboy, she is ready for her own happy ending. She just doesn’t know who she will be riding off into the sunset with yet. The last time she was in town she started to connect with the bad boy rodeoing partner of her sister’s new husband, until he ran off to rescue his ex and left her all alone in her hotel room before they could get to the good stuff. Now she’s back in Oklahoma for Becca and Tucker’s wedding and there’s a new man catching her interest.
Logan is Tuck’s best friend and boss at the university, he’s known Tucker most of his life since they grew up right next door to each other. His job is to stand up with him at his wedding and make sure everything goes off smoothly. When he sees Emma from across the room the day before the wedding he decides that he needs to get to know Tuck’s new sister-in-law better. There is chemistry between them that is undeniable from the moment they meet, but she has Jace still asking her for another chance and he’s got an admirer who doesn’t seem to realize he isn’t interested. Even with all the outside interference and responsibilities of the wedding all they really want to do is sneak off and have a night of hot cowboy loving.
I enjoyed Emma and Logan’s love story. I was a little concerned at the beginning because of all the extra people who kept getting in the way of these two finding some alone time. There was Jace, who while a lovable, sweet guy also appears to be a pushover where his ex is concerned. He follows Emma around, asking to be her date to the wedding, then disappears on her once again. And then there was Tara…. what can I say about this ridiculous, clueless girl who hung on Logan like a leech and wouldn’t go away? Ugh. I just wanted both of them to disappear so Logan and Emma could get to the cowboy sexin’ part of the romance. Once they finally escape to a hotel they have a smoking hot night together, they even start to connect as more than a one night stand, but neither is clear about wanting to keep in touch. Then Emma flies back home to New York and tragedy strikes Logan’s family. Several weeks go by without any contact, then fate brings them back together.
Emma comes back to Oklahoma with the intention of finding out if there is a future with her sexy military cowboy, only to find out that he’s been dealing with some heavy stuff while she’s been gone. The second half of the book was a smoother read for me as most of the excess people fell into the background while Logan and Emma finally start really getting to know each other. One of the things I did like was that both were older and well settled into their careers and lifestyles. They might have had some misgivings about how fast and far they wanted their relationship to progress, but neither were afraid of sex or intimacy. Logan remained a gentleman while still being one hell of a sexy lover and Emma was completely willing to spend as much time with him until she could figure out if he was her future.
This was a pretty quick read, despite the frustrating misunderstandings and grabby hands secondary characters, I liked Logan and Emma together. Their HEA felt a little rushed, but there was enough sexy times beforehand to help me get over it. Regardless of what might have been some angsty themes, this story was surprisingly drama free. Even the “thing” that brought Emma back to Oklahoma and seemed like it would be what would create some tension between this couple ended up being nothing big at all. The next book in the series features Jace and Tara. I just don’t know if I will be able to read anything where Tara is the main character, she’s THAT annoying. But I have put it on my TBR list. Final Grade- C+
“I want you to know that unlike Jace, I’m not a fool.”
She lifted her head and looked up at him. “I never for one single moment thought that you might be.”