THE RANCHER TAKES A FAMILY (The Montana McGregor Brothers Book 1)


Rugged rancher Jake McGregor wrangles cattle better than kids, but when he's suddenly saddled with three grieving children, he's determined to step up. His sister's kids shouldn't pay for her error in judgment in naming him guardian. Problem is, he doesn't have a clue what he's doing. And the woman who attempts to help with his every fumble is the one woman he wants to steer clear of...

Lacey Anderson loves a challenge, but Jake's already broken her heart once. When his tall shadow darkens the doorway of her classroom, she's ready to shut him out - until she meets her new students, and sees the desperation in Jake's eyes. Emotional intelligence is so not his forte. But she's done banging her head against that wall.

Jake, however, is finally ready to learn how to love and Lacey’s the teacher he wants. Is she willing to risk her own heart again to teach him?

     Jake McGregor and his brothers Luke and Zach have all lived through one of the worse few days of their lives.  Finding out they have just lost their mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law in a horrible plane crash when they went on a trip for their father’s birthday.
     Before boarding the plane, they took out insurance as to who would care for their three precious children Mac 10, Finn 5, and Lyddie almost 2.  Jake thinks she did it as a joke because no one ever really think that they will die and leave their precious children behind.
     When the brothers all arrived in New York from Montana they are met by three grieving children.  Once the service is over Luke and Zach go on to Montana ahead of Jake and the kids to get the house ready.  Room is not an issue for the family home. 
     Two families could live in it comfortably without an issue.  The two brothers, have planned to take a year away from home and their physical jobs and work remotely in order to help Jake and the child. This way they can all make it through this difficult transition together.
     Jake’s first idea was to fly until Finn started screaming that he didn’t want to die.  Jake rethinks what he was thinking putting the children on a plane and decides to drive from New York to Montana.  Four days later and a major headache he arrives safe and sound with all three children.  When it comes time for school Jake had the two boys dressed and ready.  They were not happy and scared.
     One good thing for them and a shock to him his high school sweetheart Lacey Anderson is a teacher at the school and when he saw that Finn was having a hard time she did not wait to be asked she came over and got down to the boys level and greeted them and made them feel as welcome as they could feel.
     Zach seemed to take charge of Lyddie who he found a neighbor who has a little girl with that is the same age.  So, he sets up regular play dates.  Luke takes primary care of Finn and finds him what he has been missing which is a connection to his mom.  When he talked to Jake about putting him in the activity he was not happy.    But he knew Finn missed it as well as his time with his mom.  So, he did it anyway.
      Jake took charge of Mac mostly because he is a lot like Jake himself.  He has a perfect plan that changes the course of how Mac sees his world and how to move forward.  This idea helps all of them go forward and Lacey is able to get Jake to sign him up for her soccer team she is coaching where kids from school and his age group.  The first day was a bust but after Jake idea things get better on the field and at school.
     With all the communication about the kids it has stirred the old feelings that were left unresolved from the past and questions as to what actually went wrong.  Most of all it is learning to say the words to those we love so they can know and feel what’s in our hearts.
     I really enjoyed how this story unfolded from three manly men taking on these hurting kids and helping them to heal as well as the children were helping them too.  The author tells a nice feel good second chance romance.  Although, I felt as if there was a little bit missing throughout with the brother’s their relationship together. 
     Not to mention the full relationship of Lacey and Jake could have a little bit more meat and potatoes.  It just wrapped up to fast.  Don’t get me wrong I loved the kids and uncles together but it just jumped from one dinner to having a four years pass. 
     I would like to know what happens to the brothers and if they find relationships.  Like Posey for Zach or Luke’s ex, and Lacey and her family and the addition to their family too.  Like the emotional parts of it.

     Yet, I still feel the characters were solid, true, and real.  The story was sweet and heartwarming.  I loved the football scene with the uncles and kids.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by  Follow us at 

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