A Rancher’s Heart
Heart Falls, Book 1
Heart Falls, Book 1
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.
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What I thought about A Rancher's Heart
Caleb Stone has been taking care of the family homestead and providing for his siblings for the last ten years. His failed marriage strips him of any confidence he might have had when it comes to women. All he really cares about are the ranch and his daughters, and not necessarily in that order. When he's forced to find a nanny, he hires Tamara Coleman on the recommendation of his sister.
Tamara is a spit-fire who loves to do the "right thing", even if that will get her in trouble. After her nursing career is stripped from her, she accepts the job as nanny to Caleb's two young girls.
The first tip-off that there's a boatload of sexual tension coming -- Tamara and Caleb begin their first day of work naked and wet after intimately meeting Heart Falls.From the very start, there's attraction between these two, but both have a great sense of honor and responsibility to their jobs that they try to ignore it, hide it, forget it. Only problem is that with each honorable turn, they fall harder for each other.
At one point, I found myself thinking "Listen to your bon#r Caleb!" It's not often I want to say that to a book character, but the sexual tension between Tamara and Caleb is off the charts and should not be wasted. When he finally kisses her, he insists he can't do it again, and well, you know how that goes!
It takes a little bit for these two to finally get on the same page, and it's a super sweet ride getting there, because these two characters are very likable. They are both caretakers and are just learning how to take care of their own hearts. Tamara hits the nail on the head when she describes Caleb as a selfish, stubborn, caring man. I loved how these two finally were able to find a way they could be together, and the ending is just wonderful.
There's a nice intro to the rest of the family and friends. Caleb's girls are just darling. I'm eagerly anticipating Walker's story next.
So much to like here and this is a great start to the series. If you like contemporary romance with a strong, silent type and the woman who gets him, you will probably like this title.
With over 2 million books sold, Vivian Arend is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary and paranormal romance books, including the Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.
Her books are all standalone reads with no cliffhangers. They’re humorous yet emotional, with sexy-times and happily-ever-afters. Vivian pretty much thinks she’s got the best job in the world, and she’s looking forward to giving readers more HEAs. She lives in B.C. Canada with her husband of many years and a fluffy attack Shitzu named Luna who ignores everyone except when treats are deployed.
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