The Rancher's Twins

The Rancher's Twins

by Carol Ross

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ISBN-13: 9781488085239
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Return of the Blackwell Brothers
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 190,660
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Carol Ross lives with her husband and two dogs (a perfect border collie and a perfectly loveable miscreant of a dachshund) in a small town in Washington near both the ocean and the mountains. She loves the Northwest because, when the temperamental weather cooperates, she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. And when it doesn’t…she dons a raincoat, or gets lost in a book. She enjoys reading in many genres but writes about what she loves the most-romance.

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The Rancher's Twins 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 13 days ago
4.5 Stars This book is the first in the Heartwarming series of Return of the Blackwell Brothers, it fits this group perfectly. Lydia is in hiding, and when her friend and lawyer, Tanner finds her the perfect place, a ranch in Montana where she can work as a nanny, she heads off. Lydia loves children, but 5 year old twins were not what she was expecting. She has to make this new career move work so that her ex-boss/ex-boyfriend doesn't find her. On the other hand, Jon, her new boss, isn’t so sure Lydia is the right candidate for the job though. He doesn’t want a city-girl to look after his children. He thinks Lydia will be too high maintenance and would leave as soon as possible. Can Lydia convince Jon she’s the right woman for the job? Can she get Jon to lighten up and give life in their community a chance? What will happen when Lydia's past comes calling? Lydia feels at home at Jon’s ranch. She does everything he asks of her and more. Lydia has a lot of work experience, gained at a large variety of useful jobs, and she’s perfectly at ease managing Jon’s household. The twins have a reputation, they made things difficult for the last few people who looked after them, but Lydia knows exactly what to do to make them feel loved and secure. Is she the best thing that could have happened to Jon and his daughters? What will happen when Lydia's past catches up with her, will she lose everything she’s come to hold dear? The Rancher’s Twins is a wonderful romantic story. Lydia is one of the kindest people I have read about lately. She is capable and smart, a great cook, can sew and is just a Jack of all Trades when it comes to taking care of a home and children. She doesn’t know how charming she is and that’s a quality that makes her endearing. Jon is difficult to read at first, he’s grumpy most of the time when Lydia is around, but he has his reasons. Lydia put in a lot of effort to win him over, yet it was not to romance him, it was to keep her job. They have plenty of chemistry and it’s clear from the start they would be perfect together, but there are many obstacles to overcome. And then, there are the twins. They have a reputation of being wild, and had been referred to as animals by others, but they are really cute and reading about them made me smile and even laugh out loud. I loved their dialogue. Lydia connects with them straight away and I kept hoping she'd find her place at the farm. Without realizing it, she falls in love with those little girls and is ready to go Mama Bear on anyone who speaks about or treats them with disdain. Discovering if she would be able to solve her problems kept me glued to the pages. I loved Carol Ross' writing style. I loved how she makes the characters come to life. I wanted to be there in that Montana town and become friends with the characters. Her descriptions of the town and ranch are amazing, and I could easily picture every single detail. The Rancher’s Twins is a sweet story with just enough angst and mystery to make you cheer for the characters to overcome and find love. I highly recommend this captivating book and am looking forward to the next Return of the Blackwell Brothers book. The author generously provided me with a copy of this book at my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Nicolerko 4 months ago
4.5 Stars This was such a sweet beautiful story. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it. It's one that just warms the heart. I loved Jon and his little girls. His girls were just too adorable. They were one of my favorite parts of the book. Their love of animals is something special. I also loved Lydia. My heart went out to her having to start over and thrown into an unexpected situation, but she's one heck of a trooper. She's exactly what Jon and his girls need. She brings so much light and happiness, but a surprise for Lydia they do the same for her. Except Lydia is keeping a secret of why she applied for the nanny position. Will it be a deal breaker for Jon? Jon already struggles from the hurt his ex did on him. Can he see past that hurt to grab the chance of a HEA he's always pictured? I would highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read more from this series.
MeezCarrie 4 months ago
4.5 stars Get ready for some swoonilicious kisses, adorable kids, a delightful heroine, and a sexy rancher! The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross kicks off the multi-author Return of the Blackwell Brothers series with an entertaining story and a sweet-with-lots-of-sparks romance from start to finish. (And the stellar kisses – did I mention those yet?) Jon Blackwell is the kind of cowboy/rancher who could walk in a room and grin and leave all the ladies with weak knees and palpitating hearts. He loves his little girls, despite the fact that they can be unholy terrors more often than not. He loves his ranch, despite the demands of the job and owning an enterprise like that. And he loves his family, despite the fact that he’s the only one who stuck around the land that’s been in his family for six generations. Including his grandfather, who took off with his much younger wife for places unknown & left behind a mess of things that Jon has to straighten out. Because of course he has all kinds of time to manage his grandfather’s wife’s new dude ranch idea, on top of the responsibilities of Jon’s own ranch and two twin spitfire daughters. Even though I allowed him some leeway for all the stress he’s under, I did want to shake some stubbornness out of him a couple of times… but then I got distracted by his swoony-ness and just sighed blissfully at him. So, yeah, he has his flaws, but he redeems himself in the end. City girl Lydia Newbury is such an enjoyable character! She’s genuine and charming and I would love to have her as a friend in real life. You get the feeling that her smile and enthusiasm for life would be contagious to be around. She may not know her way around a ranch (yet)… and she may have a pretty big secret she’s hiding … but she jumps right in and invests herself in those little girls and everyone’s the better for it. Especially the girls. I really enjoyed watching her shape their character and talents while just loving on them, the motherly kind of love they’d really been missing out on in their young lives. Bottom Line: There’s a lot more to both Jon and Lydia – and the two little girls – than first appears. Their characters are layered and fun to get to know in the process. Watching them fall in love is truly a pleasure – and those wowza kisses don’t hurt either! Along with giving readers an entertaining and heartwarming story, Ross also sets the stage nicely for the rest of the series and leaves us eagerly waiting to meet the next Blackwell brother! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
SBMC 4 months ago
Fun, fun, fun! This book by Carol Ross is such a sweet contemporary romance novel that takes place on a cattle ranch in Montana. The idea of the series is pretty neat - five authors are writing five separate novels about five brothers in a family that has effectively fallen apart. The Blackwell family has gone through a ton of ups and downs and the only one who has stuck around the vicinity of the family ranch is the oldest brother, Jonathon. While Jonathon tries to keep his head above water in running his own cattle ranch while single-parenting his twin daughters, his grandfather who owns the family ranch disappears and things spiral down even faster. This book is a great read and did an excellent job setting up the stage and whetting the appetite for the next books in the series. The author's writing style is smooth and easy to follow. She sucks you right into the beauty of Montana as well as the hardships and bountiful rewards of the ranching life. Jonathan is a weary soul, trying his best to keep his ranch functioning while taking care of his five year-old twin girls. He's been hurt by his ex-wife and sports the grumpy grouchy rancher attitude to shield his heart. Still his loyal, devoted, tender heart shows through in his interactions with his daughters and friends and his determination and steadfastness shine in his management of his ranch. And he's such a romantic when his guard is down! Lydia is a warm, fun, loving, and loyal woman unfortunately on the run from her ex-boyfriend. She gets hired as a nanny for Jonathon's twins through an agency and the rest is history.....until her past catches up with her. She's a city girl thrown into middle-of-nowhere America on a ranch of all places, but her fighting spirit, giving nature, and domestic skills help her fit right in. The dialogue between Jon and Lydia is so fantastic and the twins are incredibly cute. Oh, I can't wait to pick up the second book in the series! I may end up reading all the released books in one sitting! The suspense of what the missing grandfather is doing is slowly killing me..... I received the book from author/publisher via Prism Book Tours and was under no obligation to publish a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Phyllis_H 4 months ago
She's everything he thought he didn't want My rating is 4.5 stars Though the rest of the town saw the twins as terrors, Lydia saw Abby and Gen as two girls needing some gentle guidance and a whole lot of love. If for no other reason, I adored the book for just that reason. However, I did like the book for many other reasons. The handsome yet somewhat clueless rancher, Lydia, the practically perfect in every way nanny (with apologies to Mary Poppins), the mystery about the disappearance of Big E., the small town. . . Speaking of small towns, Falcon Creek, MT really came to life for me. I felt like I had actually been there, getting to know the locals. While there were a heap of people introduced, it was done in such a way that I didn’t have trouble keeping track of them. The Rancher’s Twins was a mix of romance and light humor with a little suspense and mystery mixed in, though it was more romance than the others. Knowing how and why Lydia ended up at the ranch, I kept waiting for her ex to find her. Knowing something would happen. As I was reading, I would think “oh, this is how he finds her”. And then he didn’t. I was kept on my toes until it happened and the ending surprised me. The story stands alone, and yet it doesn’t. There are five books in this series, by different authors, each highlighting one of the Blackwell brothers. And I have a feeling the mystery of Big E. won’t be resolved until the last book. I have read at least one book by most of these authors and can vouch for them; they write books worth reading. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
amybooksy 4 months ago
The Rancher’s Twins starts an all new series, Return of the Blackwell Brothers. It, also, my first experience with Carol Ross’ books. She does not disappoint. I will definitely be looking for more by her in the future. In this installment of the series, a reader is introduced to a handsome rancher and single father of two precious little girls, Jon Blackwell. He needs a nanny for his girls. But his idea of a nanny did not involve someone like Lydia Newbury. At first, I would have to argue with him. I was not sure what to think of her, but she quickly grew on me. She is surrounded with a little bit of mystery that gave the story some suspense. What could she be hiding? I liked The Rancher’s Twins and recommend it for readers who are looking for a good, sweet and heartwarming read. Five plus stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
BrittanyMc 5 months ago
Oh, I simply loved this story from start to finish! It was packed with characters that I enjoyed reading about. The twin girls were so sweet and I enjoyed watching them blossom under the care of their new nanny, Lydia. I really liked Lydia and Jon. Lydia was such a genuine person and worked so hard to do things for others. I liked her attitude toward the girls and the way she set out to do the best that she could in her job as nanny. Many times, Jon reacted negatively to situations. He tended to jump to conclusions and they were always the wrong ones! However, these reactions showed exactly how much damage his ex-wife had done to him. I loved watching the attraction build between Lydia and Jon. Their relationship was so sweet and this book was an excellent start to a new series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
beckymmoe 6 months ago
Cute story! I liked the interplay between Lydia and the twins, Jon and his twins, Lydia and Jon, Lydia and Jon's friends/other employees, and Lydia and the townspeople--watching all those relationships develop was a whole lot of fun. And sign me up for that Family Ranch experience (supposing it ever does get off the ground...and oh, yeah, if it weren't fictional) because it really does sound awesome, despite Jon's negativity about the concept ;) (piglets! tiny donkeys! horses! cowboys! what there doesn't sound awesome?) Overall, Lydia was a teensy bit too Mary Poppins-ish--it's like she worked some kind of magic on those twins (with zero kid experience prior? It really was pretty miraculous...the wonders of the internet, I guess...;)) Her on-the-run backstory was resolved fairly quickly and easily (though not totally unbelievably, it does stretch it a bit) and the HEA was very sweet. I added the rest of the series to my TBR before I was even halfway done with this one...gotta find out what's going on with the rest of those Blackwell boys! Rating: 4 stars / B I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
SunnieReviews 7 months ago
This was the sweetest story. I really enjoyed it. I recently reviewed The Rancher's Redemption and this is a part of that series. As Lydia tries to escape a past situation, she finds a wonderful job as a nanny on a Montana ranch. Jon, the father of the twins who hired her had specifics that were required of his daughters' nanny, discovered right away, those specifics weren't met. No way was she the experienced "ranching" nanny. She was a great nanny, but the ranching requirements, nope, she didn't cut it. I loved how the new nanny and the twins hearts entwined and the feelings that they had together. She won the girls over, but will she be able to prove she can fill those specific requirements? She has a couple of weeks to try to redeem herself. Will she do it? This was a wonderful book and wove in the stories of the previous Return of the Blackwell Brothers' characters. I always enjoy seeing characters that I have come to know in other books of a series. I love that continuity! I recommend this wonderful story. I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.
Blsfan68 8 months ago
This story is a great start to the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. The characters are well developed, likable and relatable. The secondary characters are well thought out and add a little something extra to the charm and warmth of Falcon Creek. I highly recommend this sweet and, at times, funny book. Advance copy received from the author and voluntarily reviewed.
Amigagal 8 months ago
First of all, I love the cover! That alone would draw me into reading this book! The "blurb" also was another draw. It was enough to whet my appetite. I wanted to see what Lydia was running from! I was not disappointed! In the end, her story was tied up a little too easily but it didn't diminish the overall enjoyment of the story for me! I still loved it! The twins were adorable and I especially liked how they were supposed to be "holy terrors" but after Lydia becomes their nanny, no one can believe how well behaved they are! It just shows you how one person can make a difference in the lives of children! Jon Blackwell wants a certain type of nanny and Lydia certainly isn't it! She's too much like his ex-wife and he wants her out of there, as soon as possible, except that everybody loves her, including his twins! I loved the interaction between Jon and Lydia. I wanted to slap Jon upside the head so many times! He wouldn't give Lydia the benefit of the doubt on anything! Fortunately, everyone around him saw that she wasn't like his ex-wife at all and thought she was great! This was just a great book and I loved it! I received a complimentary copy from the author. My review of the book was not required and these opinions are my own!
Suze-Lavender 9 months ago
Lydia needs to hide from her ex-boyfriend and has to leave as soon as possible. She’s found the perfect place, a ranch in Montana where she can work as a nanny. Lydia loves children and she's sure she can make this new career move work. Lydia’s new boss, Jon, isn’t so sure Lydia is the right candidate for the job though. He doesn’t want a city-girl to look after his five-year-old twins. He thinks Lydia will be too high maintenance and that would hurt both him and his daughters. Can Lydia convince Jon she’s the right woman for the job and will she be able to lighten his bad moods? Lydia feels at home at Jon’s ranch. She does everything he asks of her and more. Lydia has a lot of work experience, gained at a large variety of useful jobs, and she’s perfectly at ease managing Jon’s household. The twins have a reputation, they made things difficult for the last few people who looked after them, but Lydia knows exactly what to do to make them feel loved and secure. Is she the best thing that could have happened to Jon and his daughters? What will happen when Lydia's past catches up with her, will she lose everything she’s come to hold dear? The Rancher’s Twins is a wonderful romantic story. Lydia is sweet, capable and smart. She doesn’t know how charming she is and that’s a quality that makes her endearing. Jon is difficult to read at first, he’s grumpy to her most of the time, but he has his reasons. Lydia has to put in a lot of effort to win him over and I was curious to find out if he’d see how lovely she is eventually. They have plenty of chemistry and it’s clear from the start they would be perfect together, but there are many obstacles to overcome. Jon has his adorable little girls to think about for example. The twins are really cute and reading about them put a big smile on my face. Lydia connects with them straight away and I kept hoping she'd find her place at the farm. Discovering if she would be able to solve her problems kept me glued to the pages. Carol Ross has a delightful heartwarming writing style. I loved how she makes the people she writes about come to life. It’s clear she’s incredibly fond of her main characters and that makes the story absolutely amazing. She combines this with a stunning setting. Her thorough descriptions are fabulous and I could easily picture every single detail of the ranch and the animals that are walking around there. The Rancher’s Twins is a fantastic story with plenty of beautiful love and some terrific suspense. I highly recommend this captivating book.
gdsnv 9 months ago
As just about everyone before me has said, I loved the cover of this book! I think the two little girls in the picture match up to the twins in the story perfectly. I was super excited to read this book as I know there are others in the series and I wanted to get started reading about the Blackwell Brothers. I think the first story is always hard as it has to set up the entire premise for the rest of the books. Ms. Ross did a great job and I can’t wait to read about more from this family. The story opens with Lydia Newbury taking a position as a nanny to Jon Blackwell’s two little spitfire twin girls. Both Lydia and Jon are expecting different things (Lydia thinks she’s heading for a teenager who needs some supervision; Jon thinks his nanny will be a ‘ranch girl’), however, due to a mix-up at the nanny agency, they each get the surprise of a lifetime. Lydia handles it better but John is extremely hesitant. I won’t go into details as you’ll need to read the story. I loved, loved, loved the twins, although their transformation seemed pretty quick. No biggee; I totally enjoyed their storyline. Lydia should be nicknamed Superwoman because she whips this family into shape in no time at all. And Jon can be pretty clueless but at heart, he is a wonderful dad and a good person. And there are enough sparks between them to make it interesting! I’d have to agree with another reviewer that how Lydia’s “issues” get resolved is a little too easy but it was refreshing to read and enjoy. I really liked the story and am looking forward to more of this family.
LynnB888 9 months ago
4 1/2 STARS! Love when they least expected it! With the kick off to a new Harlequin Heartwarming series, Carol Ross brings us the story of the eldest Blackwell brother. He's the only one left in the town they grew up in, and he's still hard at work in the ranching life. The siblings are fairly estranged, and Jon finds himself missing the camaraderie they once knew, and the support system around him. Not only did this book bring us Jon and Lydia's sweet love story, but it also laid the foundation for the sibling stories to come. The characters we were developed and captured my attention quickly. The adorable girls had me smiling often, and the added intrigue of Lydia's past was an interesting twist. Really enjoyed and looking forward to the next brother's story! Montana rancher Jon Blackwell is running out of steam! He's a single father to two rambunctious little girls, trying to run a cattle ranch at prime birthing season and pick up the slack at his grandfather's place while he's gone MIA ... he needs help! He's sure that the nanny agency he has sending him the perfect candidate will be the answer to his prayers ... and sanity! After all, they advertised that they could match him with whatever he needs ... and he needs a nanny that is familiar with life on a ranch. Lydia Newbury is thrilled to have a job that will take her somewhere far away from Philadelphia, but she's familiar with teens, not toddlers so this might be a hard job to pull off. When Jon tells her that he wanted a country nanny who knows ranching life, she promises to learn everything she needs to learn quickly because she needs this job. She manages to pull off a miracle and make his more than a handful twins into well behaved angels, and Jon finds himself enjoying her more than he should ... but when her past catches up with her, what will the fallout be?