Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Release Day Review: A Rancher's Bride (The Stones of Heart Falls #3) by Vivian Arend

Book 3: The Stones of Heart Falls

Welcome to Heart Falls, where there’s more at stake than the future of the Silver Stone ranch.

With the ranch teetering on the brink of disaster, accepting an invitation to the gala of the year is a top business priority for Luke Stone. Having a significant other on his arm isn’t merely a good idea, it’s a necessity. Doesn’t matter that he’s currently single—there’s a logical solution. Kelli is easy company, a vital part of ranch operations, and willing to sing Silver Stone’s praises all day long. She’ll be perfect.

Kelli James has kept a lot of secrets over the eight years since she boldly walked onto the ranch. Her biggest challenge, though, has been hiding her crush on the sexiest cowboy she’s ever laid eyes on. When Luke informs her they’re headed to the mountains for a week-long, work-related event, she’s not sure what to expect.

That he signed her up to play the part of the perfect rancher’s bride-to-be wasn’t it…

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What I thought about A Rancher's Bride

In this installment of the Heart Falls series from Vivian Arend, Luke Stone gets an invitation to an exclusive gala event for horse ranch owners. He's thrilled to be able to finally do something to help the family with their money woes. There's only one hitch -- it's a family oriented event and a fiancée or wife is expected, but Luke has just recently broken it off with his rich girlfriend.

Kelli James has worked at the ranch with the Stone brothers for years. New employees are given a "hands-off" warning as the brothers and others on the ranch have taken it upon themselves to take care of Kelli. They see her as part of the family. And right there is what I love about this series -- there's a wonderful family vibe going on throughout all the books that warms my heart.

When Luke puts Kelli's name on the gala rsvp, he makes one critical mistake and that's not telling Kelli that she has to pretend to be his fiancee. She finds out en-route and uses that to her advantage -- she's had a major crush on Luke for years and this is her opportunity to get a taste of him, even if it isn't forever.

Luke goes along with it, and in the end, he ends up realizing that his feelings for Kelli are more than just friendship. They have some real chemistry together, and their common goal of saving the ranch brings them even closer. Not only are Luke and Kelli steaming hot together, they make some terrific friends too. But Kelli isn't sure if Luke wants her for her, and so there's some tension there when they return home, along with some secrets that are revealed that put another wrench into Kelli staying with Luke.

I just really loved these two together. It was great to see them come to a new understanding about their relationship, and the rest of the clan is 100% on board with them being together. This is just a really sweet, low drama romance that left me smiling and wanting more by the final pages. I've enjoyed this entire series so much.

So if you are looking for a low conflict sort of romance that will warm your heart, The Rancher's Bride might just do the trick. Vivian Arend's writing is easy to read and easy to fall into the story and transports the reader to another world. I love that about it.

An ARC was provided for review.


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 Six Pack Ranch and Granite Lake Wolves.

Her books are all standalone reads with no cliffhangers. They’re humorous yet emotional, with sexy-times and happily-ever-afters. Vivian pretty much thinks she’s got the best job in the world, and she’s looking forward to giving readers more HEAs. She lives in B.C. Canada with her husband of many years and a fluffy attack Shitzu named Luna who ignores everyone except when treats are deployed.

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