MIDNIGHT HEAT

MIDNIGHT HEAT                                   CAT JOHNSON

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.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
This is the third book in the series and I heard about them through my wife reading the first two. I got familiar with the characters so I figured since net galley gave me a copy I would give it a go. Justin Skaggs is one of the work hands on the ranch for Rohn Learner and he is getting married soon so he needs someone to go to Phoenix to pack up his fiancée things. Justin who takes care of his mom since his older brother was killed by an IED in Afghanistan is wanting to get out of town for a few days since it is the anniversary of his brother’s death. His father died 10 years ago and his mom is having a tough time. He gets is aunt to take care of his mom and Rohn asks him to go to Phoenix, he agrees. The other part of the story begins in L.A. where Phoenix Montagno, is tearing her apartment apart looking for her birth certificate. Not finding it her friend says she can contact the county from the state she was born and ask for a duplicate. She now must go to her parents’ home and find out how they came up with the name Phoenix. She is adopted and since it was a closed adoption there is information. She finds out that she was born in Phoenix. When she receives the birth certificate she realizes someone sent the original and now she has the name of her birth mother. She does some research and finds she lives in Phoenix. She decides to go and barley makes it her car breaks down the night she gets their but she still make it to the house to that it is dark. A cowboy she saw at a bar she stop at while her car cooled down shows up and he is Justin. He has a key to the home but won’t give her any information. She leaves for the night and after some research she believes that she has moved to Oklahoma. Arriving the next morning she sees the same cowboy, but now he is loading the trailer, and also sees the truck has a ranch location of Oklahoma. Asking more questions but still not getting anything out of the cowboy she decides to follow him. He realizes this when he mentions this to her he decides to drop her car off to get fixed and then take with him back to Oklahoma. Their bantering back and forth is good and when she tries to change the radio station but he won’t let her she realizes that they each have their own secretes. He finally reveals some about himself and she does the same. Once there they come up with a plan she can meet the women who she thinks is her mother. This part is very moving for me and was well written. Being adopted myself I remember the first time I saw my birth mother and how I felt and the author captured those emotions. You find out more about her birth father, and then how she and Justin are going to make it, if they are going to make it. He does not open up, she gets him to and just when you think there is going to be an epilogue or something the book ends. With no real idea her being in California and him being in Oklahoma. But I am giving it 4 stars because of the way the author was able to describe emotionally with the adoption and finding her birth mom. I got this book from netgalley. I gave this book 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

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