Book Review: The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross

Posted August 20, 2018 by meezcarrie in Carol Ross, contemporary, romance / 5 Comments

about the book

SERIES: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #1
GENRE: Clean Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2018
PAGES: 368

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…

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“She was struck with the thought that he kissed like he did everything else… confident, bossy, and so expert at it she could barely stand it.”

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 which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep that fan and fainting couch handy!

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about the author

USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.


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What about you? Do you prefer the country or the city?

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5 responses to “Book Review: The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross

  1. Kay Garrett

    100% country. If you had asked me when I was young if I would ever live in the country, I would have told you NO. However, once the city got too crime ridden we bought some land close to town but in the country to build a home on. I wouldn’t go back to city life EVER. Love having space, freedom and privacy. When we moved and built our present home, the main thing was it had to be outside the city limits, with a small acreage and no immediate neighbors. I don’t have to worry about closing drapes if I don’t want to and the only one to be seeing us are all the critters that come to visit daily. 🙂

    “The Rancher’s Twins” by Carol Ross sounds amazing and I’d love the opportunity to read it.

  2. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the review! This sounds like a wonderful book.

    I definitely prefer the country. Big cities give me claustrophobia! 😀

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