A Rancher's Heart

Heart Falls Book 1

Caleb's first marriage went down in flames and with two daughters he's more than cautious on who he lets in his life. When circumstances require a nanny, he doesn't know what he's getting into with Tamara. A nurse by trade, Tamara is out of a job and things line up that she's the best candidate for Caleb's situation. Is this a disaster in the making or a fortuitous situation for both?

The story flowed well and I easily slipped into life on a working ranch. Caleb and Tamara had an explosive meeting in another book, so I was curious to see how this would play out. My first impressions didn't hold true, and that's not a bad thing. I initially thought Caleb was an ass with a chip on his shoulder, but that was quickly proven false. He's just a man who started his family young with the wrong woman and is now trying to protect those he loves. Nothing wrong with that. Tamara is more patient and perceptive than I originally thought, and is just what this family needs. Her calm is a steadying force to them all and she helps father and children heal from the wounds left by the end of the marriage.

Most of the book was about building relationships between all involved. Tamara connected with the girls and Caleb, and she even opened Caleb's eyes to things about his children he never realized. The chemistry was there between the adults but neither was willing to pursue at the expense of the girls. Most of the steam and romance happened at the end, and even the romance needed a prod by Tamara. Caleb really was a clueless man, but that will change as he flourishes under a woman's love. A very entertaining read about how to take it slow to get your final goal.

Book Blurb for A Rancher's Heart

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.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2017 4.00