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In July 2016 HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE will become HARLEQUIN WESTERN ROMANCE. Same great stories, new name!  SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY!  His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers her In July 2016 HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE will become HARLEQUIN WESTERN ROMANCE. Same great stories, new name!  SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY!  His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers her game-changing news: she's pregnant!  One passionate mistake could cost Vi her job at Dos Estrellas. And whatever growing feelings Cole and Violet have for each other, she knows the professional cowboy hadn't planned on settling down in Mustang Valley. When he hits the road again, he'll take her dream of them making a life together. Or is a rancher's legacy about to come full circle?


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In July 2016 HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE will become HARLEQUIN WESTERN ROMANCE. Same great stories, new name!  SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY!  His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers her In July 2016 HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE will become HARLEQUIN WESTERN ROMANCE. Same great stories, new name!  SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY!  His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers her game-changing news: she's pregnant!  One passionate mistake could cost Vi her job at Dos Estrellas. And whatever growing feelings Cole and Violet have for each other, she knows the professional cowboy hadn't planned on settling down in Mustang Valley. When he hits the road again, he'll take her dream of them making a life together. Or is a rancher's legacy about to come full circle?

30 review for Having the Rancher's Baby

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica Cardoza

    This was a beautiful read that I enjoyed reading immensely. I do have to say that I am going to have to read the first 6 books in this series. There was so much that I have missed. Cole and Violet are great characters and they deserved to be happy but some major decisions have to be decided upon. There was one point in the book that I couldnt believe what was happening. It was so rude but then again what did I expect when you have 2 characters that were getting a divorce, then there was the This was a beautiful read that I enjoyed reading immensely. I do have to say that I am going to have to read the first 6 books in this series. There was so much that I have missed. Cole and Violet are great characters and they deserved to be happy but some major decisions have to be decided upon. There was one point in the book that I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was so rude but then again what did I expect when you have 2 characters that were getting a divorce, then there was the ex-wife and the widower. Just one question that was asked and it seemed that World War III started. Cole was a great man but he had some issues that he needed to work on. I knew that he was a man that needed to make sure that he had the funds to be able to take care of his child. Then there was Violet she was scared because she had already went through 3 miscarriages and didn’t know if she would lose this baby. She cared for Cole but what if she lost the baby and he pulled away from her. This was going to be a long journey for both of them. They are going to have to work together and see if they would just co-parent or if they would be a couple and get married, raise the baby together. Having the Rancher’s Baby was a great read. I love Ms. McDavid’s writing style. The characters were well developed. The chemistry between Violet and Cole was sensual. They were perfect for each other. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series and also the next book in this series. Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an Honest Review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good book. Cole is the brother who has had no intention of settling down. Inheriting a share of his estranged father's ranch has brought him there, but he's been counting the weeks until his two brothers can buy him out and he can return to the rodeo circuit. Then ranch foreman Violet gives him her life-changing news: she's pregnant and he's the father. I liked Cole, though he certainly had his moments of cluelessness. He and his brother Josh had been taken away from their father and the ranch Good book. Cole is the brother who has had no intention of settling down. Inheriting a share of his estranged father's ranch has brought him there, but he's been counting the weeks until his two brothers can buy him out and he can return to the rodeo circuit. Then ranch foreman Violet gives him her life-changing news: she's pregnant and he's the father. I liked Cole, though he certainly had his moments of cluelessness. He and his brother Josh had been taken away from their father and the ranch when their mother divorced their father. He grew up on his grandparents' ranch, listening to his mother's bitter rants about his father, and wondering why his father hadn't fought to keep them. He hadn't been at all happy about having to go to the ranch in Arizona and can't wait to leave. I found it interesting that, as much as he complains about the place, he still stepped up to do his part to keep it running. He also spends time training the horses from the mustang rescue that his future sister-in-law runs. Vi's news hits him right in his insecurities, as his example for a father wasn't a good one. He's determined to do his best, but is afraid that he'll screw it up. He wants to take care of Vi and the baby, but feels that he has nothing to offer. His only way of making the money needed to support them is by going back to the rodeo circuit, but Violet has made it clear that she wants him to stay in Mustang Valley. Violet is an independent woman, used to taking care of herself. She had been married before, but the marriage fell apart when she and her husband couldn't deal with the fallout from three miscarriages. Now she's pregnant with a baby she really wants, afraid that she'll lose it too, and worried that she'll lose her job on top of it. I liked the way that she told Cole, without playing any games or trying to manipulate him. She wants Cole in her life, but knows he has no plans to stay in Mustang Valley. Giving her heart to him is a sure way to get it broken, but she can't deny her feelings for him. I really enjoyed the developing relationship between Cole and Vi. There had been sparks between them from the time Cole arrived on the ranch, but neither was willing to cross the boss/employee line. Then one night of unexpected passion left them dealing with the consequences. I loved the way that Cole was immediately willing to step up and accept responsibility, but also went beyond that. He was pretty sweet in his protectiveness, as he tried everything he could to relieve her stress. As they spend time together actually getting to know each other, the feelings of attraction grow into more. Cole is torn because he wants to stay on the ranch and be with Vi, but if he does, he has no way to support them. But returning to the rodeo circuit holds even less appeal. Until he can figure it out, all he can do is be there for her. I loved seeing the way that he took care of her and supported her as she dealt with her parents. I really enjoyed seeing him stand up to them without confrontation. Vi acknowledges her feelings more quickly, but doesn't know what his are and is afraid to ask. She doesn't want to drive him away by asking for more than he is willing to give. I liked the way that she understood his feelings about his father, but also tried to show him the good side that he didn't know about. When Cole was given the chance to do what he'd been dreaming about, he had to look deep inside to see if that was what he still wanted or if his dreams had changed, then decide if he had the courage to go after it. Violet also had to let go of her fears if she wanted a chance to have everything she dreamed of. I loved their big moment at the end when they finally opened up with all their feelings. The family dynamics were also really interesting. I liked the way that Gabe, Josh and Cole had earned each other's respect and that they became a good team for running the ranch. Vi's parents were a real piece of work. I completely understood her need to get away from them and the way they used her to get at each other. Cole's mother was also a selfish woman and her attempts to get Cole and Josh back to California were pretty obnoxious. The big family dinner was so horrible that it was almost funny as the three of them pursued their own agendas with absolutely no consideration for anyone else's feeling. I loved seeing them all get shut down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I had forgotten what fun it is to pick up a small Harlequin book and read it cover to cover in a couple of hours. Light reading fun story, and you close the last page of the book feeling satisfied and happy at the end of the story. What more could a person ask for? Cathy McDavid sent to the book to me, I won it, and she asked if I would write it up. Of course I will. I enjoyed reading about Mustang Valley and the Rancher and his brothers who are running a ranch and the girl who had been running I had forgotten what fun it is to pick up a small Harlequin book and read it cover to cover in a couple of hours. Light reading fun story, and you close the last page of the book feeling satisfied and happy at the end of the story. What more could a person ask for? Cathy McDavid sent to the book to me, I won it, and she asked if I would write it up. Of course I will. I enjoyed reading about Mustang Valley and the Rancher and his brothers who are running a ranch and the girl who had been running it with his Father for years before he returned home to take part in the running because his Father left it to the three brothers who hadn't really been involved in the running of the ranch in a very long while. The ranch has been allowed to run down and isn't really running at a profit any more.....It's a struggle. The book description as found here on Good Reads: In July 2016 HARLEQUIN AMERICAN ROMANCE will become HARLEQUIN WESTERN ROMANCE. Same great stories, new name! SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY! His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers her game-changing news: she's pregnant! One passionate mistake could cost Vi her job at Dos Estrellas. And whatever growing feelings Cole and Violet have for each other, she knows the professional cowboy hadn't planned on settling down in Mustang Valley. When he hits the road again, he'll take her dream of them making a life together. Or is a rancher's legacy about to come full circle?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    Drama and turmoil at the ranch, as Vi and Cole are trying to decide, if future together, is what they should be aiming for. I have enjoyed the Mustang Valley stories, they are so full of life, real feelings, and true troubles. Nothing is painted as 'romance novel pink' but the characters struggle with real issues, their arguments, hurdles, and disappointments are like straight from the real life, and they have to stop, think, grow, and make compromises, before things could work out. But not only Drama and turmoil at the ranch, as Vi and Cole are trying to decide, if future together, is what they should be aiming for. I have enjoyed the Mustang Valley stories, they are so full of life, real feelings, and true troubles. Nothing is painted as 'romance novel pink' but the characters struggle with real issues, their arguments, hurdles, and disappointments are like straight from the real life, and they have to stop, think, grow, and make compromises, before things could work out. But not only their own life issues, Vi and Cole have to face their parents' issues as well, and when middle aged parents act like teenagers, it isn't easy to keep the ship going straight. The bond between the brothers is slowly, but surely, growing and deepening. They are not only getting to know each other better, but learning to trust each other's as well. Stress and pain from the past makes a mess of the present, and Vi and Cole both make mistakes, that they have to admit, correct, and ask forgiveness for. True family drama at the ranch, that is forcing the brothers to evaluate life, focus their goals, and built new and better, brighter dreams for themselves and to those they love. Truly enjoying the series! ~ Four Spoons

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna Swedenmom

    A light buy book. I was torn about what to say in a review and what rating to give so I waited a little longer then normal to write the review. Why? I enjoyed the book. It took me back in time, for when the world worked in a different manner. A time of honor and hard work a time of sharing and real neighborly feelings. If I go only by that it is definitely a four star book. I wanted to give it five but it is missing an ingredient to make it into a great read and I am not going to point out what I A light buy book. I was torn about what to say in a review and what rating to give so I waited a little longer then normal to write the review. Why? I enjoyed the book. It took me back in time, for when the world worked in a different manner. A time of honor and hard work a time of sharing and real neighborly feelings. If I go only by that it is definitely a four star book. I wanted to give it five but it is missing an ingredient to make it into a great read and I am not going to point out what I feel it is. I can say the book is well written and engaging, it held my interest and I allowed myself to relax and become one with the story. It awakened feelings of compassion and interest and seriously made me wish that the world still worked in this manner. I enjoyed it.. I was given this book in return for an honest review. Anna Swedenmom

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    I very much enjoyed Cole and Violet's story and although their courtship was back to front, it all works out well in the end. I liked the way they dealt with their fears and the chemistry between them felt real. I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    Overall I thought that this was a pretty good book. Its your basic love story between a women who ends up getting knocked up by an unreliable, non committal cowboy. I wishes that there was more to this book though to make it unique. I feel like I've read this book multiple times, different name and place but same situation same solution. It was still a good story and I enjoyed it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Leuthe

    another great story by Cathy McDavid all of her books have a great theme and very likable characters.This is a nice easy read with a fun story set on a ranch.Cole and Violet each have issues but solve them in the end making for a happily ever after.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)

    DNF -- Having the Rancher's Baby I didnt feel the relationship between Cole and Violet as I would have liked, soon I was bored with the novel and couldnt push through in reading more of it. DNF -- Having the Rancher's Baby – I didn’t feel the relationship between Cole and Violet as I would have liked, soon I was bored with the novel and couldn’t push through in reading more of it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peggy J Pratt

  11. 5 out of 5

    David

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Koan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trish

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Patterson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Billingsley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charles F. Lebeda

  18. 5 out of 5

    tiffany johnson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Schuster

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jr. Hayes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sites

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Matthews

  24. 5 out of 5

    Macie Mavity

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tia

  26. 5 out of 5

    J

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Koan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly L

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frances Olson

  30. 5 out of 5

    ZainPrincess

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