The Rancher’s Baby by Maisey Yates (Review)

Today on Okie Dreams, we share our book review of THE RANCHER’s BABY by Maisey Yates. In THE RANCHER’S BABY, New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates explores what happens when best friends suddenly become more and what holding onto grief can do to a man…and a friendship.



THE RANCHER’S BABY is a much more emotionally complex love story than I expected, which isn’t exactly a bad thing since I love me some angst. And Maisey Yates is one of the best at putting her character’s through the emotional wringer and delivering an angsty, hot, but incredibly moving, emotionally-satisfying love story. And that is exactly what happened in THE RANCHER’S BABY.

Knox McCoy is a man broken by life. A man who has no desire to move past his grief because he isn’t ready to let go and has no intention of ever being ready. But he will show up when his best friend needs him, despite his own private pain. Because he cares about her, and he doesn’t care about much of anything anymore.

Selena Jacobs doesn’t need a man to save her, but she is happy to see Knox and willing to let him play protector if it helps to give him even some small sense of purpose. What she isn’t willing to do, however, is allow the long-simmering attraction between them to edge into something real. She has zero interest in a having a serious relationship with someone, not even Knox, her friend and longtime secret crush.

Then Knox kisses Selena and it tilts her world, showing her exactly what she’s been missing out on for years. She tells herself she can fight it. That it doesn’t have to become a thing. Even as she finds herself wanting for it to very much become a thing…just maybe without the ring and baby.

Knox has no desire to become a husband and father again and Selena swears that isn’t something she wants, either. Marriage. Kids. Neither one of them want that road to potential heartbreak. But then, even the best laid plans run into a kink every now and again…and Knox and Selena set to discover what they want and what they find are two entirely different things.

THE RANCHER’S BABY is a well-written, emotionally dynamic love story about two people doing the best they can to put the broken pieces of their lives back together again. It’s a passionate story about what happens when crossing the line comes with unexpected consequences and the happiness you thought lost to you forever speeds to life when you least expect it.

4.5 Stars

~*~ Reviewed by Deanna ~*~


Side note: THE RANCHER’S BABY is the first book in the Texas Cattlemen’s Club: The Impostor series, which sets up an ongoing mystery that will continue to be unveiled in all the series books to follow.


About Maisey Yates

New York Times bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.  Find out more about Maisey Yates at

Book Details

Author: Maisey Yates
Series: Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Impostor #1
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Western
Imprint: Harlequin Desire
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 224 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781335971234
Source: E-ARC | Print Purchase
Pub Date: Jan. 01, 2018
Purchase: Harlequin | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

She’s having her best friend’s baby…

When a torrid, possibly dangerous scandal comes to Royal, Texas, Selena Jacobs is nearly caught in the middle. Until her best friend Knox McCoy ensures her safety—by moving in! Selena has loved Knox for years, but she’s never had the courage to tell him. Now the sparks she’s tried to smother burn out of control…and leave her pregnant. But with the pain in his past, will Knox finally take a chance on love…with her?

Additional Tags: Friends to Lovers | Unexpected Pregnancy | Cowboy  | Passionate Romance

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About Maisey Yates

Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romance novels. Whether she’s writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon.

Deanna | OkieDreams

Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

One thought on “The Rancher’s Baby by Maisey Yates (Review)

  • Well…. Count me in. I love me some of these books 🙂 I am def picking this one up! Thanks for sharing and I am glad you enjoyed!


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