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His Until Midnight

(Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction #4)

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To the highest bidder goes…

A friendship with benefits?

When Tessa Noble takes the stage at a charity auction after a sexy makeover, her best friend, Ryan Bateman, must place the winning bid. It’s definitely not because he’s jealous. Their weekend getaway is a ploy for positive press…or so the rancher tells himself. But soon things take an unexpected turn from platonic to pa
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Harlequin Desire
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Jonetta
Tessa Noble and Ryan Bateman have been best friends since they were toddlers. They know each other as well as they know themselves...except how their love for one another shifted from platonic to something more years ago. Now, they’re having to confront these feelings when circumstances cause Tessa to participate in a bachelor auction where Ryan is the winning bidder. They’ll be spending a “romantic” weekend together that’s being covered by the press.

I like friends to lovers romances as they te
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DarienMoya


I wanted to like this a lot more but in the end it was just an OK read for me. I didn’t find the story consistent and it would go from 0 to 💯 real quick and then back to 0 again. Tess and Ryan while enjoyable def not memorable, and their feelings were very seesaw. I’m a sucker for a best friends to lover trope but this one let me down 😔

A nice effort by the author but I’m a say that this one is just a pretty cover.
Mara
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was recommended to me as a really solid category, and I totally agree! I appreciate that this was a pretty low angst flavor of friends to lovers, and the pacing was interesting -- it basically takes place over one party and then one weekend. All in all, a fun read that I'd recommend
aarya
2019 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: Cowboys

I love Reese Ryan’s voice so much and the friends-to-lovers progression was excellent in this one. However, I had three major problems that prevented me from loving the book.

1) Evil Ex. It was terrible and horribly one-dimensional. I was cringing at the mention but then she actually showed up, which made it worse for me.

2) I didn’t like the conversation in the very beginning when they made fun of the women who had plastic surgery. I’m really tired of
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Jazmen
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
His Until Midnight is a Cinderella-esque tale of love between friends.

Tess and Ryan have been best friends from childhood to adulthood. Tess has been crushing on Ryan for some time now, but he only sees her as his best friend. At least that’s what she thinks, until a bachelor auction—she soon discovers her feelings are far from one-sided.

Thought it all happens like a whirlwind, the reader is quickly engaged in a romance that is as feisty and sexy as it is mature and heart-warming.

His Until Midn
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Dee's Reading Zone

What started off as a strictly bachelor's auction ended with heroine, Tessa Noble as the surprise bachelorette at the Texas Cattleman's Club Auction. Hero and best friend, Ryan took notice but so did other bachelors in the town of Royal!

I loved Ryan and Tessa's friends to lovers sexy storyline. Tripp, Tessa's protective brother had me worried for a bit due to the promise Ryan had made to him not to touch his sister when they were teenagers... but after they figured out that they were incomplete
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mindful.librarian ☀️
This was my first ever Harlequin Desire read and I only read it because it was the pick for the WOC in Romance book club. (This is #4 in a multi-author series and I haven’t read the others in the series). I don’t EVER read rancher or western romance but was intrigued because I thought this would upend the stereotypical blonde white girl with blonde white Texan guy romance. But it didn’t? I’m so confused?

Based on the cover image I think Tessa might be a woman of color which I was anticipating bas
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Leigh Kramer
Category romance has constraints that don't always work for me. I really enjoyed one of Reese Ryan's other books and was excited to try another one by her but this one had a few elements that rubbed me the wrong way: patriarchal brother and best friend/hero, evil ex, and general mean girl comments about women who get plastic surgery and/or care about their looks. Tessa's brother shouldn't have had any say in who she dated, much less in whether Ryan could date her. If he's best friends with both ...more
Rebekah Weatherspoon
*impressed nodding gif*

but seriously i really enjoyed this one. i realized how few friends to lovers romance ive read and this one has me wanting to read more. looking forward to more from Ryan.
Richelle Robinson
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ryan and Tessa have been lifelong friends and their families are close friends as well. There is an underlying attraction but neither one will admit it or let alone act on it, until the auction happens. I really liked this story because you could feel the character's internal struggle on what their next move should be going forward. They have been friends since forever but a lot is at stake if this doesn’t work out. We do get some push and pull but I loved that it wasn’t dragged out and everythi ...more
Belinda
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We finally have made it to the Bachelor Auction in this TCC book. When Tripp has to back out of the auction due to food poisoning his sister Tessa is brought in as a "ringer" of sorts. She asks her best friend Ryan to bid on her if no one else does. But when she comes out his crush he has had on her for a long while blows up and he bids and wins the bid. But something hinky happens at the auction so Ryan and Tessa are asked to be followed on their date to get good press for TCC...When they go aw ...more
Maria Rose
His Until Midnight by Reese Ryan is a sexy friends to lovers romance and the fourth story in the multi-authored Texas Cattleman’s Club: Bachelor Auction series.

Tessa Noble is doing her ill brother a favor when she fills in for his role in the charity bachelor auction at the Texas Cattleman’s Club. She’ll be the only bachelorette on the stage, the last ‘date’ of the night, and she’s worried that no one will bid on her. Enlisting the help of her longtime best friend Ryan Bateman, she makes him pro
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Avidreader
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was my first book in the series as I did not realize it was part of one. Tessa loves Ryan but values their friendship so much that she is afraid that a romance will ruin it, and Ryan is attracted to Tessa but thinks he is not good enough for her. I found the promise made to the brother to be ridiculous and unbelievable to think it held any weight. .

I like that most of the book was spent on the main characters since it was a short read. I was distracted by the chapters about other people be
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HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by its Cover < <
To be honest, the cover is not all-too flattering. The couple looks older than stated. Despite the pose, they feel too formal. That said, the synopsis did interest me so I opted to give this new-to-me author a try.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person

Tessa and Ryan are neighbors and best friends, have been since early-Elementary school. A charity bachelor auction is on the horizon and Tessa’s brother, Tripp, is up for bid…
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Therese Beharrie
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book, you guys.

It's a friends-to-lovers romance where our hero realises he's attracted to our heroine courtesy of a makeover (although he's always thought she was hot) and an auction. The auction results in a weekend away, which leads to a lot of sex.

Reese did such a good job describing these scenes. Like, it's some of the best I've read in a Desire. The emotion and the heat was off the chain. This hero is very sexy. And I'm here for heroes worshiping heroines physically literally always.
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Shavonna Futrell
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a hot and steamy read? Well look no further, His Until Midnight had me fanning a couple of times. Ryan and Tessa are best friends that are very attractive to each other but dare not cross that line for fear of ruining their friendship. That all changes when Tessa appears in a charity auction with a makeover that blows her best friend mind and he places the winning bid.

I love Friend to Lovers romances and Reese Ryan did not disappoint at all. This was a page turner and it was
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Keitha
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Three stars for the writing, mechanics wise.

I picked up this book because I assumed this was an interracial romance. It could've been but I'm not sure because you never really get a solid description of the hero and heroine. It might have been ironed out later in the book but I took my time back at the half way mark because of two things: 1. The story was just implausible 2. The lack of chemistry between hero and heroine.

About my first gripe, why would a newspaper send their photographer send
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MidnightAce
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This bachelor auction shows you that members of the The Cattleman’s Club are more than meets the eye; Rancher to Glamour Girl….Saddled Horse to Maybach.

HIS TIL MIDNIGHT is Reese Ryan contribution to the Cattleman’s Club Series and is a great friend to lovers’ story.

Ryan and Tessa have been friends since they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Being around each other as much as they were it is expected they would have a certain amount of chemistry. Everyone except these two can see that they are lo
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Lynn Brooks
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great friends-to-lovers story! Reese Ryan's foray into joining the Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction series was a great success in this reader's eyes. Tessa and Ryan's story is fast paced, humorous and heartfelt. Really enjoyed it!

When Tessa Noble's brother Tripp becomes sick just before his jaunt across the bachelor auction stage, Tessa somehow talks herself into getting dolled up and taking his place. She's a tomboy at heart, so to glam herself up like this is so far outside of her co
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Jessi
The Texas Cattleman's Club is having a Bachelor Auction. But Tessa Noble's brother ate something dodgy and he's not able to go. So Tessa steps in to take his place. The organizers are ecstatic and tive her a makeover to help her get more money.
Her best friend, Ryan Bateman, is astonished to see her up there. He doesn't think of her... that way. But that doesn't mean that he is going to let someone else win the bid. He can win and they can just let the date go. But when a scandal threatens the a
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Alice
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who says best friends can't be lovers?

I suspected from the first interaction I encountered with Ryan and Tessa that there was more to what they felt for each other than just friendship. A blind person could see they loved one another and was too afraid to admit what and how they felt to first themselves and then to family and friends. Funny how the ex girlfriend in her bid to break our hero and heroine up ended up causing our hero to admit to his true feelings for our heroine. It turned out fine
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Ruby
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friends to Lovers!!!

Tessa and Ryan have been best friends since they were children. When her brother falls ill and can't be in the Texas Cattleman's Club bachelor auction, Tessa decides to enter it herself. Fearing that no one will bid on her, Tessa asks Ryan to bid on her so she won't be embarrassed if she doesn't have any bids. Things go awry after the men in town see Tessa's makeover and a bidding war breaks out. Ryan saves Tessa from the situation and takes Tessa on a date that changes both
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Celeste
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bravo Reese

I have read many friends to lovers romance novels. I am always looking to see how an Author will make it unique and different from what is on the market. I will say Reese did that for me. Ryan and Tessa's story was in my eyes, was that gem that needed to be polished. That's what you had with Tessa and Ryan. You often do not recognize what you have until it's too late. Plus for me once you make a life altering decision there is no turning back. Ie the time in Dallas for Tessa and Ryan.
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karen
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these Texas Cattleman’s series. Gus and Rose are a special case of love lost. But is it being passed down to their grandchildren? Is generations of feuding repeating itself? Times change. The new generation has power to break with not living with the love of your life for family.
Then there is Tess and Ryan who have been best friends since toddlers but are too afraid of admitting they are in love with each other-because of being afraid to lose that friendship. Fate and a charity auction g
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natalie
My first Reese Ryan book and it won't be my last. I loved this friends to lovers romance. It was sweet and sexy and a quick read too!

I loved that even though, Ryan was taken by Tessa's makeover, he loved her for her laid back style of jeans and boots/sneakers too! And even as this book is part of a series with different authors, you definitely won't be lost. There are mentions of other couples in the background and a budding romance with an older couple but it never takes away from Tessa and Ry
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Kathleen Booker
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Texas Cattleman's Club series. Tessa and Ryan grew up as best friends but love was underneath all that kidding around. When Tessa's brother has to back out of bachelor auction she steps in for him as added bonus for the cowboys. Her best friend Ryan can't stand any other man taking her out so he out bids all the others and plans a very romantic weekend for them. When they get to Dallas, everything changes and friends become lovers. So glad they realized that they were made for each other be ...more
Dj
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
His Until Midnight #4 [To the highest bidder goes…A friendship with benefits? When (rancher-tomboy) Tessa Noble takes the stage at a charity auction in a red, backout jumper, after a sexy makeover, her best friend (rancher), Ryan Bateman, must place the winning bid. They agreed he’d only bid if no one else did. But it’s definitely not because he’s jealous. Their romantic weekend getaway is a ploy for positive press…or so the rancher tells himself. But soon things take an unexpected turn from pla ...more
Harper Miller
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you the last time I read a category romance, but this, THIS WAS BOOK WAS CATNIP AND I COULDN’T GET ENOUGH! Reese Ryan hit my pleasure center with Tessa and Ryan. My favorite trope is friends to lovers and this was the perfect friends to lovers story wrapped up in a perfect little bow. The writing was strong, the plot was believable and super cute, and I’m honestly sad the story ended. Reese Ryan is now going on my auto-buy list. I have two more of her books in my possession and I’m ...more
Shan
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-47-to-read
Such a sweet, quick read. Any story where two best friends become lovers and then more, just warms my heart.

In this book Tessa and Ryan have been best friends since they were in diapers. Because of a bachelor auction, they end up going on a romantic weekend together. And yes, they end up hot and heavy all weekend.

I thought the character building was fantastic, the writing was really good and the storyline, even though it’s been done before, was done very well. This ‘best friend turned lovers’
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Kristina Birch
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
His Until Midnight is my first Reese Ryan book and I throughly enjoyed it! Ryan and Tessa are lifelong best friends who have been denying their feelings for wayyy to long.
I’m a sucker for a good friends to lovers story and this one even has an element of friend’s little sister to it! The story is fast paced but definitely doesn’t feel like insta love and allows for Ryan and Tessa to struggle with the friendship issue without it becoming drawn out.
I’m excited to read more from Reese Ryan!
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Author of the Bourbon Brothers and Pleasure Cove series, Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional love stories with family drama and surprising secrets.

Reese is the recipient of the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author Award, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter.

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