I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Rancher's Heart by Vivian Arend
Published by Arend Publishing Inc. on November 16, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General, Western, Humorous
Source: the Author
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This cowboy has given up on love, but the new nanny might just make him change his mind. The first in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.
Caleb Stone is wearing too many hats and it’s making him crankier than usual. He’s a cowboy, a father, and the head of his large family—and has been since tragedy claimed his parents over ten years ago. The ranch is struggling, but it's the title of single dad that’s got him tangled up in knots. He needs a full-time, live-in nanny at the Silver Stone homestead in Heart Falls, Alberta, to help with his two little girls, but the woman about to arrive on his doorstep? Tantalizing, tempting, and trouble with capital T’s.
Tamara Coleman doesn’t regret the choices that led to losing her job, but she definitely needs a fresh start. When a friend recommends her for a nanny position in a new town, she swears this time it’ll be different. No more acting on impulse—except sexy, gruff Caleb is exactly the kind of man who pushes all her buttons. And what’s more, it’s so much fun to push his in return. Sparks fly between Tamara and her gorgeous boss, but she can’t risk her position, and he doesn’t dare risk his heart.
With two people fighting their true natures, something’s going to give. Luckily, there’s more than one way to capture a rancher’s heart.
I blame school for how long this took me to read but I am happy that I read this one and was able to jump right in to book two immediately. We first met Tamara in the Coleman series but this is where we really get to see who she is while also seeing a new family and area.
There is a lot of heart in this one with two girls who need someone to be their advocate while making sure that both of them have their own voice. Tamara is the right person for the job as she recognizes the behavior and makes sure to gently work on a healthier dynamic. She also recognizes how badly she wants Caleb while at the same time not wanting to ruin this second chance. I quite enjoyed her heart and how badly she tried to make up for the girls’ mom (I can’t even with that woman).
Caleb was wonderfully surly but charming… he was so badly burned by his ex and while he tries to avoid what he wants from Tamara… well we all know how that turns out. I liked him but didn’t always like his actions even though I understood them. He really wants to do the best he can for his entire family but he at times goes about it in the worst way. He is very attentive once he lets his need for Tamara to the surface. I quite enjoyed how much they wanted one another but also how much they worked together to make sure that the girls were always taken care of. This is something that I found endearing as they had been thru so much in such a short time.
This is a bit short but I did quite enjoy the introduction to this family and I think you will too. Go grab this!!