Monday, December 16, 2019

Review: The Rancher's Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne

The Rancher's Christmas Song
by RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Music teacher Ella Baker's plate is already full. But when single dad Beckett McKinley's wild twin boys need help preparing a Christmas song for their father, Ella agrees on one condition: they teach her to ride a horse. She's hoping that'll help mend her strained relationship with her rancher father; it certainly has nothing to do with the crush that's lingered since her one and only date with Beck. 
It isn't disinterest spurring Beck to keep his distance—if anything, the spark is too strong, with Ella reminding him of his ex-wife. Soon what started as an innocent arrangement is beginning to feel a lot like family. But with the holidays approaching, Beck and Ella will have to overcome past hurts if they want to keep each other warm this Christmas…

Kritters Thoughts:  Ella Baker has moved back to this small farming town to help her father on their ranch and to even possibly inherit her family's business.  While home she has taken a job as a music teacher and has started really embedding herself in the community.  Her neighbor, Beckett McKinley is spending another season without his wife as she passed away and left him with their twin boys.  He is trying to balance fatherhood while running a farm and thinking about the future for their family.  As with all romance we books, we know where this will end up . . . 

My favorite thing about reading these Christmas romances at this time of year is that they are sweet and predictable so it makes for the perfect light reading.  As a romance reader we always know that the journey to the end will have some hick ups and speed bumps, but we know it will end in a happy spot!  

Ella and Beckett were so great to follow because they are just great characters with real drama going on in their lives.  Nothing felt over the top, instead it all felt typical family drama.  

I loved the twin boys in this book.  They were written so well and were just such a sweet addition.  I loved how they moved the story along in their own unique way.  They may have been the highlight of the book for me!

I knew that this book was a part of a long series, but I love that with most romance series you can pop in and out of the series as each book centers around different people but may make appearances in other books.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 57 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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