Hey there Friends! I finished my first ever Harlequin Heartwarming novel. I really enjoyed it and have been questioning what has taken me so long. This specific line from Harlequin sounds right up my alley.
The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross
Book 1 in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series
Published August 2018
She’s not the country nanny he advertised for
But she could be perfect for him…
Jon Blackwell needs a woman ready to tackle the duties of a cattle ranch and two lively, take-no-prisoners twin girls. But ever since Lydia Newbury showed up at his six-generation Montana spread, the frazzled single father is rethinking, well, everything. The Philadelphia dazzler is a marvel. What he doesn’t know is the secret that has Lydia on the run…
This story took me by surprise. It took me a while to get through just because I became very busy in the midst of reading it, but I really enjoyed it.
This was my first romance with a main character who has dropped everything, moved across the country and is in hiding. Lydia has taken a job as a nanny in Montana to hide out from her ex-boyfriend. This story line created a feeling of suspense but at times I did forget it was there because you get so focused on other parts of the story.
Jon is completely against Lydia being his nanny from the moment he lays eyes on her. He sees the way she is dressed and carries herself, and realizes the nanny agency he went through has not sent what he requested. He specifically asked for someone with ranch experience. Due to a heartbreak in the past with a girl from the city, Jon has a real grudge against city people. There is this sort of push and pull with Jon and Lydia. Lydia really needs this job as the nanny for his girls, to keep her hidden from her ex, yet for the first few chapters, Jon is set on getting rid of her. There is no denying though, very shortly into the story, that Lydia is excellent with his girls.
I liked Lydia as a character. She adapts well to her surroundings, and has a lot of experience thanks to years and years of taking on different jobs. Although she is sort of on the run, she is really wonderful with Jon’s girls. It is almost sad to read how shocked and surprised people were by how much of a change they’ve seen in them. I found myself feeling bad for them at times, thinking, all kids can get pretty rambunctious, but there was this strong emphasis on how out of control they were and how they really turned around thanks to Lydia.
Jon basically gives Lydia 15 days to prove that she can handle ranch life, which she does. It felt so genuine. Yes, it started out more so to keep her job, but Lydia really begins to love where she is which I liked. She felt like a very genuine character.
There was something very sexy about Jon. Your heart can only go out to the single dad trying to hold it together, but him being a rancher and proud of his way of life just added to his finesse. He felt very manly with wounds that needed to heal yet a lot of love to give, he just needed to realize it.
I really liked the romance between Jon and Lydia. Ah. The back and forth was understandable due to Jon technically being her boss, but the chemistry was undeniable.
Overall, I thought this was great. I love a good small town setting, and this story has me wanting to venture to Montana. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.