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A Rancher's Heart

(Heart Falls #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  939 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published November 16th 2017 by Arend Publishing Inc.
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
A Rancher’s Heart is book one in a brand new series, Heart Falls, by Vivian Arend. When I saw this cover, I knew I had to read this book. I love a good story about a man in a Stetson, or in this case, a family of them. But add in two adorable little girls, and I’m a goner.

Caleb Stone is thirty-five years old and is the head of his family, the oldest of six children. They lost their parents over ten years ago and he was forced to not only take over as head of Silver Stone Ranch in Heart Falls, A

4.25 stars

The woman he wanted more than his next breath was interested and yet utterly unavailable.

After losing her job because of choices she made (which she refuses to regret), Tamara Coleman is about to start a new life as a nanny in a new town. Determined to make her new life last she decides to supress her impulsive nature but being around the sexy and gruff Caleb makes it impossible to stick to her new rules, especially seeing as pushing his buttons makes the closed-off Caleb come a

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4.5 stars

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 relatio
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was exactly what I was expecting, and exactly what I was in the mood for. Nothing over the top - just a sweet romance between a single dad (of 2 sweet little girls in need of some major maternal love), and a really likable female lead who shakes things up in the best way. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Well this one hit the spot!

Caleb hires Tamara to be a nanny for his kids, cook, clean... She was recommended by his sister and he's desperate, otherwise, he wouldn't have hired a woman who he's so attracted to.

I enjoyed the daily play by play between the MCs and the kids and his brothers etc... All the side characters were well written and the kids were believable.

Caleb is a little gunshy about women after the number his ex-wife did on him and their kids, but he's not an ass. He has his jackas
Lyndi W.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Well, that was nice. The sex scenes were pretty steamy, but otherwise it was just kinda ... nice. No drama, no crazy ex-lovers, no family members butting in and making things worse, no traumas to overcome, it was just kinda... nice. I liked it, but I literally finished it five minutes ago and I'm already forgetting it.

10 months later... A friend commented on this review and I realized I couldn't remember anything about it, even after reading the blurb - nothing. So I reread it and there was no t
...more blog~
Oh what a sweet satisfying story! I love this author and can’t wait for her next book! My full review coming soon.
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I think back on my favorite cowboy stories, I don't have to think far to think about Vivian Arend.  Her Six Pack Ranch series always hits the top of that list!  So when I saw she was spinning off from that into this new series, I was beyond excited.  Even if I'm a little behind on finishing reading that one.

This series is about the Stone siblings and we are kicking things off with the eldest, Caleb.  He's had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders from a very early age.  Taking care of t
5 stars

I loved loved loved everything about this one. If you are in the market for a feel-good, incredibly endearing slow-burn, and still a super hot romance, this one is for you.

Caleb is operating a ranch and trying to make it stay afloat while taking care of his two girls after his wife left and shoulders the responsibility of being the patriarch to the entire family. Tamara lost her nursing job in an unfortunate way and is looking for a fresh start and takes on a nanny position for Caleb's g
Marta Cox
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
As a fan of the series featuring the Coleman family it was with high expectations that I happily dived into this book. I can confirm that it's still as heartwarming, still features strong cowboys who need some good loving oh and yes when it comes to good loving these Stone guys seem set to set the pages on fire !
The genius here is we've previously met both Caleb Stone , his brothers and of course Tamara Coleman. Which meant I was really excited to find out just what the somewhat taciturn ranche
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and the Crazy)
This is definitely the case of "it's me and not the book"? It's never a good thing when I fall asleep reading a book. I found it boring, I couldn't concentrate and the result? Falling asleep. Maybe I'll go back and finish it but for now I'll put it on hold.
J. Grayland
A cowboy left with his heart broken and with two little girls to raise hires a nanny and something special blossoms between them. I really like this book it was a very sweet, family oriented story, the characters were very likable. The story line predictable but very enjoyable I will definitely be reading the next books and find out what's in store for the other sexy Stone brothers.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Los libros así son mi placer culposo, son tan faciles de leer y tan ñoños que cada que encuentro un libro así no me resisto y lo leo de inmediato, la diferencia es que este libro no fue para nada lo que yo esperaba.
Si a mi me dicen vaquero me imagino a un macho alfa machista con la necesidad de probar su hombria siempre, pero no fue así!!! y estoy muy feliz de poder ver que las autoras de este género esten dejando de lado los esteriotipos machistas y creando hombres "fuertes" sin la necesidad d
***4.5 ‘Slow Build’ Stars***

I was one of those that was bummed when it was announced that the Rocky Mountain House series was coming to an end. The Coleman clan had wormed their way into my heart and, despite the fact that I could barely keep who was who and whom belonged to whom straight, I knew I’d miss them. So when it was announced that there would be a spinoff I was all kinds of excited and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and I was not disappointed in any way. I’m not all too sure wha
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I love Arend's Granite Lake Wolves series, so I was hoping for some smokin' hot cowboy loving!

A Rancher's Heart is just...nice. No drama, no meddling family, no meddling ex....just two older (30's and almost 40) people and the kids that threw them together in this situation. For me, I never felt the chemistry between them. I wanted HOT! I got lukewarm.

I'm not saying this isn't something you should pick up, but if you're looking for something steamy, this isn't it. I won't be reading any more i
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 "Easy breezy." Stars

I liked this one. It had two good characters. The H's second chance at love. Stoic H, feisty h, sweet kids. Low angst, no real drama. Just a sweet story about two people falling in love. Great depiction of ranch life and good side characters. I'll continue this series. Happy reading!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cowboy, erotica, romance
This was OK but didn't blow my socks off.

Caleb was hot and all but I wanted more. Tamara was a little too analytical. Kids were great.
Lit Reader
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cowboys
What a waste of a perfectly good blurb and an interesting premise.
I feel cheated, and that explains my low rating on this.

The story was not dismal, but the idea of it was poorly executed with many, many bad writing decisions. The heroine was annoying and rude when she was supposed to be such a super-nanny and a lifesaver for the hero's daughters; she was referred to as "stubborn" and all her actions were actually flexible and accomodating of her surroundings (which is a good thing, but not in tu
Sweet romance between Tamara Coleman and Caleb Stone of the Silver Stone Ranch in Heart Falls, Alberta, Canada. (This is about 300 miles from the Six Pack Ranch Colemans).

Tamara has lost her nursing job, and license, for telling her friend that her mother is terminally ill... a breach of Patient Confidentiality. (I had strong feelings about this having been through the same scenario with one of my parents and not knowing the situation until we received a phone call. It is horrible.) Anyway, the
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, e-book, romance
This one had a slow burn, but paid off great in the end. It was interesting to see Tamara win over everyone at the Stone Ranch. It wasn't easy, the girls were very hesitant and Caleb was fighting his feelings and the past. But every time Tamara made progress with everyone you smiled. There were times Tamara took an unusual path, but it was what everyone needed.

I loved the ending, loved that everyone was involved in the change that was happening to the family.
2.5 stars rounded up

For a sweet, quick read but with too much caricature for me : there was nothing the almost saint-like heroin couldn’t achieve or understand ...
Some good secondary characters.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Arend took a plot that could have been just another typical romance complete with overused scenarios and hit it out of the park with this heart-felt, slow-burn romance involving a hot rancher who hires a nanny to care for his two adorable little girls and then fights falling for her every step of the way. He was burned once and doesn't intend to make the same mistake twice. The attraction between hero/heroine is immediate, but both fight it choosing to place concern for the girls first. This is ...more
3 1/2 Stars!

This one is a very, VERY slow burn. But that's not my problem with it, not really. My problem is it's a slow burn for SO LONG and then it's a freakin' rush to wrap up the book and HEA. The combination left me underwhelmed and disappointed. Still, I did enjoy the overall story, and cannot wait for the rest of this series.

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I will be talking about the book on my next Whatcha Reading? podcast which will go up on TBQ's Book Palace Saturday (12/2).

If you wish to look at some
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A NEW SERIES! I adore the Coleman's and I was sad to say goodbye to them in Jesse's book, BUT IT TURNS OUT I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE. Because those Coleman's are still around. Still loving one another. Still being gloriously family-centric. And with Tamara mixing with the Stone family, I expect plenty of Coleman sightings in the future.

Okay, enough Coleman squealing. Unless I'm talking about Tamara. I can squeal about her. And maybe her sisters. Because sisters.

Anyway. Tamara and Caleb
Cheryl Whitty
Review Coming
It was a nice, steamy book, but somehow it didn't grab me completely even though it had very good characters especially all in the lovely Stone family. I liked the relationship between the Stone brothers and how they shared looking after the two adorable girls. Emma, Caleb's younger daughter, stole my heart completely. Every time she'd whisper something her horrible mother had said to her, I really wanted to do bodily harm to that woman. Loved hers and Caleb's scenes, how she cuddled to him, tou ...more
Bea  Charmed
I liked this but it didn't wow me. That seems to be the case with Ms. Arend's books, they just don't excite me. The romance was sweet, and the daughter with trauma and abandonment issues felt real. I appreciated Caleb's struggle to balance his work life and his home life, and his effort to be respectful of his ex-wife. The story was low angst and low conflict. The story should have grabbed me but it didn't. I got impatient at times with the slow burn that was at times a non-existent burn, and th ...more
Nate Brightman
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Ranchers Heart is the first book in Canadian author Vivian Arend’s The Stones of Heart Falls series. It’s also the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I truly enjoyed her story telling style. The story was captivating. I absolutely loved the heroine Tamara Caldwell and many of the secondary characters including male protagonist Caleb’s two young daughters Sasha and Emma his brothers their ranch hand Kelli, her friends and Tamara’s sisters Karen and Lisa. While the st ...more
Sandy S
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 16, 2017

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 a
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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 Stones of Heart Falls, Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.

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