Slick’s Review – A Rancher’s Heart (Heart Falls #1) by Vivian Arend

A Rancher’s Heart was a spectacular start to this new series and I am very excited to see what comes next for the rest of the Heart Falls crew. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
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.

Vivian Arend kicks off her new Heart Falls series with the emotional, heartwarming, and sensual story of a single dad hoping to make his daughter’s lives better by hiring a nanny to help them as they grow and mature. So yes, A Rancher’s Heart is a single dad falling for the nanny, but it is anything but typical. This was an enjoyable, well balanced story that moved at a realistic pace for the situation and as a first book in a series we are introduced to a lot of characters, the relationship between the two main characters didn’t get lost in the shuffle, it was always front and center as it should be.

After losing her nursing license for what she perceived as doing the right thing Tamara Coleman was at a crossroads in her life when she is offered a nanny position at the Silver Stone ranch in Heart Falls, far enough away from home that she won’t have to deal with the questions and backlash. She knows it will be a big change in her life and routine but she is up for the challenge of the two little girls and their handsome but grumpy father. The one thing Tamara is set on is being a professional one hundred percent of the time and curbing her impulsive actions, something that she should remember when she jumps in a freezing cold lake to “save” a man who doesn’t need saving and just happens to be her new boss Caleb Stone.

From the minute Tamara and Caleb meet it is obvious there are sparks, but they both choose to ignore them. Tamara because she needs the job and wants to prove she isn’t always impulsive and Caleb because his girls come first and he knows that acting on the attraction will only bring heartache for them and possibly him once again. There was so much I enjoyed about this couple especially the way they brought out the best in one another. Tamara forced Caleb to lighten up, let go of his tight rein on everyone and everything, and to relax and enjoy life a bit. Caleb made Tamara realize she was competent in many aspects of life, she had the ability to drawn out the best in everyone, and she brought warmth and happiness into his home. It is impossible to review this book without mentioning Caleb’s girls, the precocious 9 year old, Sasha and the precious 7 year old, Emma. I love that Tamara was enamored with the girls from the first moment she met them, that she didn’t let the bossy and overly dramatic Sasha get away with her manipulative ways, and she provided Emma with everything she needed to make her comfortable and know she was loved. I appreciated that Caleb let her find her own way with the girls and while they talked about them, he never once made her feel like she had to ask his permission on how to handle situations that arose. He trusted her right away with his girls; it took him much longer to trust her with his heart.

It takes this couple a long time to get to the physical aspect of a relationship, sure they have a few make out sessions in which one or the other realizes what they are doing and they pull back, but it takes them awhile to act on their attraction, but it was realistic. First and foremost they both were thinking about the impact of them messing up the stable routine they had set by getting physical, and secondly Caleb was still not ready to admit his feelings. I actually liked that it took them awhile to get to that point in their relationship because during that time, they build a friendship, they begin to enjoy the life and routine they build, and most of all they really get to know one another, giving them a great foundation for their future.

A Rancher’s Heart was a spectacular start to this new series and I am very excited to see what comes next for the rest of the Heart Falls crew.

4.5 stars

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