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The Rancher's Baby

(Texas Cattleman's Club: The Impostor #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  105 reviews
She’s having her best friend’s baby… Only from New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates!

When a torrid, possibly dangerous scandal comes to Royal, Texas, Selena Jacobs is nearly caught in the middle. Until her best friend Knox McCoy ensures her safety—by moving in! Selena has loved Knox for years, but she’s never had the courage to tell him. Now the sparks she’s tri
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Desire
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♥Rachel♥
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Selena and Knox have been best friends since college, attracted back then but a turn of events led to both marrying others while remaining best friends. Selena’s marriage in name only to satisfy requirements for a trust fund, although Knox never knew. Secretly Selena had always loved Knox but muted those feeling when he married. His marriage collapsed after the death of his toddler, and he’s still reeling from the pain a few years later, but when he shows up for the funeral of her ex-husband the ...more
Vashti
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this one,but it was just too depressing a read that I truly did not feel the love between these two.Granted the hero went thru the tragic death of his young daughter and the breakup of his happily married prior life,but the overall tradgey just overshadowed this book for me.The majority of the book just dwelled on his grief. The epilogue was lovely,but it did not sell the romance for me.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Sadly I found myself agreeing with other reviewers on this one being too depressing and not being able to feel the love between the MCs.

The story is about Selena and Knox. They’ve been best friends since college and at least on Selena’s part, she has always been in love with Knox but because of her own emotional baggage, she tried to protect herself by keeping their relationship firmly in the friend-zone. It helped that Knox never saw her as anything more than a friend.
Selena was a woman. He ha
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Esther
ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

Rating 4.5

An emotional and moving love story.

Okay, get the box of kleenex out for this one.

This is a love story that packs a lot of emotional heartache, has some intense emotional scenes and yet delivers the sweetest kind of love and friendship one can hope for.

Knox and Selena both have had a difficult and agonizing childhood. The two meet at college and begin a friendship that spans decades. Knox and Selena become best o
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Jenny
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angsty and emotional love story. Both hero and heroine had a sad tragic past but they overcame it and found true love and happiness together. I loved the epilogue it was so sweet! It melted my poor heart.
Maria Rose
The Rancher’s Baby by Maisey Yates is a sexy and emotional friends to lovers romance, part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Impostor series. It’s got an interesting start with some surprises that leads into a sometimes heartbreaking story but ultimately a happy ending for a couple who get a second chance to explore their feelings for each other.

Selena Jacobs is drawn into a web of mystery when her ex-husband Will, a college friend she married in order to secure a trust fund, is thought to be d
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Stacee
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the BFF to more trope + Maisey is a go to for sorbet, so it was win win.

I liked Selena and Knox. They both have a serious and hurtful backstory and I loved the history between them. Of course they’ve always been attracted to each other, but never acted on it, so you can only imagine the UST that was floating around.

Plot wise, it was a bit more drama and angsty than I would have liked, but I did enjoy reading them figure things out. And the epilogue was very sweet.

Overall, it was a shor
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Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Maisey Yates remains the sole romance writer who makes me stay up till the wee hours to finish one of her books. The Rancher’s Baby is why I’m writing this review on a snowy March morning, bleary-eyed and groggy, to the sound of the coffee-machine spurting my third cup’o’java. Rancher’s Baby is set in Texas and not part of Yates’s Copper-Ridge-Gold-Valley series, the Yoknapatawpha of romance. It’s written for the “Desire” category, which I think brings out the best in her. So … “Desire”, “Yates, ...more
Robin Reynolds / October Woman
I entered to win a copy of this book on BookishFirst because I see Maisey Yates' name all the time, and my aunt is a fan of hers, and we like a lot of the same authors, so I'd been wanting to try her for awhile. I was excited to win a copy, and waited very impatiently for the book to arrive. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.

On BookishFirst, to enter for a book you have to read the first few pages, and then write a brief paragraph about your thoughts. The first page grabbed m
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Romancebooksandmore
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
I was sent this book for a fair and honest review
The story of Selena Jacobs and Knox McCoy. Two broken people who have been best friends since their college days. Both so broken neither think they can ever really be fixed.
He’s lost a child and life he thought was all that ever mattered. She could never trust because of her childhood. They are pushed together when they are thrown into the middle of a mystery Knox wants to protect her from perceived danger and she wants to protect him
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Paige
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, harlequin
This was a deep and complex Harlequin Desire romance. I typically enjoy friends to lovers tropes, and this one was particularly satisfying. The characters were interesting and this book, although slim of pages, was richly plotted. The Rancher's Baby was enjoyable to read and definitely kept my interest.

This had the level of sizzle and heat that I would expect from the Desire line. Nothing was overly graphic or seemed misplaced or gratuitous, just realistic heat and attraction that had been den
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Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting to the blog 5/20/19)
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I've loved Yates for a while but not ventured into too many books outside of her Copper Ridge series. I saw The Rancher's Baby and loved the cover and figured why the heck not? It was pretty fun, too!

The Gist: Well. Your dead ex-husband walking into his funeral...that's a surprise you don't get every day. Your best friend sticking around to help you through the shock and, well, maybe finally
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Susan
Excellent start to the new series, this book has mystery, loss, grief, and a second chance at love. The story opens with Selena and Knox at the funeral of their college friend Will. It's a hard time for both of them. Selena had been briefly married to Will, as he helped her gain control of her trust fund. But the marriage didn't end well, thanks to Selena's trust issues and interference from an outsider. Now she regrets that she never took the time to mend their former friendship. Knox hasn't be ...more
Lauren
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookish-first
After reading an excerpt from THE RANCHER'S BABY I knew I had to have it. There seemed to be a lot at play - a potential second chance romance, a man back from the dead, etc. - and I couldn't wait to see how it all came together.

The result? THE RANCHER'S BABY is a sweet and tender romance!

THE RANCHER'S BABY is a relatively short read (~210 pages); however, I never found the character or plot development to be lacking.

Selena and Knox are likable characters, and I really enjoyed reading from bo
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Knox is still dealing with a very tough loss, a loss you hope no one has to endure. Returning home for a distant friends funeral and reuniting with a best friend, will leave Knox flattened. Knox realizes everything he’s wanted in life will leave him empty unless he grabs on tightly with both hands and enjoys the ride.

Selena’s past has remained hidden from even her closest friends. Learning to overcome her past and take control of her life. Seeing old friends brings back a flood of memories, trea
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Becky
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
I enjoy the friends-to-lovers troupe, and I love Maisey Yates, so this one seemed like a no-brainer. While I did enjoy it--mostly for the aforementioned two reasons, plus Selena and Knox--it wasn't one of my favorites, because:

1) the mystery of Will that the book starts with is soon dropped--presumably it'll come up in future books? Still, getting a clue that things were happening on that front would have been nice.

2) loved the angsty angst bits, but they seemed to be fixed awfully quickly in th
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Kathleen
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We move into a new direction in the Texas Cattlemen's Club with the 1st book in The Imposters series. Taking us back to Royal Texas, if you have followed this series.

Maisey Yates gives us two character's that share a past and when the two reunite at a what they thought was a friend's funeral, they get the shock of their lives to know that the person is not really dead... Serna Jacobs is trying to build the life she always wanted but never had. Knox McCoy is just existing through life from a tra
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Books and Spoons
An emotional, inspiring, and heartbreaking story that took my breath away.
I am a big fan of Maisey Yates's writing. I know she can take the reader to the deep, dark waters of emotional turmoil. Yet this story blew me away with its beautiful description of those raw feelings that makes you feel like you are drowning, suffocating, and burning inside out at the same time. I smiled, I laughed, I was in tears, and I loved every single word and moment of the tale. I kept going back, marveling at the
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Isha Coleman
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Selena Jacobs life has just become a soap opera. As her world starts to cave in a around her, it's nice to know she has a shoulder to lean on. Knox McCoy is the friend she can always turn to when the world becomes to much. He holds the key to her heart. Secretly of course. What happens when scandal turns secret fantasies into realistic drama? And the shocks don't end there. The Rancher's Baby goes from romantic comedy to heartwarming read and back again. Friends to lovers is one scenario, I'll n ...more
Veda
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, and it has set up the mystery for this continuing series.
The book itself, has some twists you might not understand. The pasts of Selena and Knox both are effecting the present and future. And will both of them be able to deal with the past in order to have a bright future?
Sarah
3.5 Stars
Cheri
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never really read any of the Harlequin series like this that has multiple authors. I have some idiosyncrasies that make it hard for me to NOT read a whole series once I start it and almost impossible for me to read a series out of order. In this case, the first book in the series was written by one of my favorite authors so I just had to give it a go.

As the characters come to outwardly admit in this story, Selena and Knox are both broken. Yet they both have a lot of love and compassion for
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Summer
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot felt borderline non-existent until the final third.

The Rancher’s Baby opens with a bombshell as friends Selena and Knox reconnect at a friend/her ex husband’s funeral. It turns out the dead guy, Will (this happens in first chapter so it’s not really a spoiler), isn’t dead. It also turns out that the potentially interesting story of what’s going on with Will, why he’d gone missing, why someone faked his death, and why all his exes were named beneficiaries, isn’t explained or relevant to
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Carla
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by The Rancher's Baby small and slim size-there's a lot of sizzle packed into its pages. Nobody does "Cowboy Romance" like Maisey Yates-she's been to this rodeo before, but every ride is a new adventure. The Rancher's Baby is part of the Texas Cattleman's Club series for Harlequin's "Desire" line-with an emphasis on "desire." As in Selena Jacob has wanted to be more than friends with Knox McCoy since their college days at Harvard, but never wanted to act on her feelings for fear ...more
Linda
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never read a book by this author. I did truly enjoy it even though it made me cry in so many places. I did not like the first few chapters where the ex did what he did. I agree with others that it was not necessary for the book although it sure made him look like a jerk in my opinion.
I think the author did a great job and told a story that was easy to read and brought many tears to my eyes. I felt bad for both the main characters but also happy that they found each other. It had a slow be
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Nate Brightman
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me qualify this review of The Ranchers Baby by stating I’m a big Maisy Yates fan. Her Copper Ridge series is one of my all time favorites and I’m looking forward to the follow on Gold Valley series. That said I struggle with myself to reach a rating for this novella. It’s a “Friends to Lovers” story with the usual plot lines for this type of story. Two best friends (Knox and Selena), share an incredible attraction for one another which they’ve denied for a long period of time for fear that a ...more
Donna Repsher
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I read the first novel in the Texas Cattleman's Club series, and I was eager to read this first novel in a new spin-off series, The Imposter, especially since it was authored by Maisey Yates, who doesn't disappoint, and true to form, she didn't. After staying awake until 4 a.m. to read it from start to finish, I give this deeply moving friends-to-lovers novel 4.5 stars.

Three friends, Selena, Knox and Will met and connected in college. Selena and Knox were secretly att
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Danielle
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sam Ehresman
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this genre of books. I was sucked in by page 10! I look forward to reading the rest of it! The cover is beautiful and I wasn’t sure what I would find when I started reading. There are covers where you can look at them a hundred times and never remember them. Then there are covers that will stick with you, but more than that they will compel you to look again and again. This book is the latter of the two. Every time I look at the cover of this book I see something different. One could argu ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Selena Jacobs has never really made time to find love, always putting something before it, or making excuses of why she is isn't ready for it, all because she bare witness to what happens when love goes wrong when she was just a young girl. Watching her parents marriage unravel left her brokenhearted and not wanting to ever go through that herself, so she has always taken the safe route when it comes to men, especially with her best friend Knox. When they met back in college, she knew instantly ...more
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