So, I have to admit, I have this on my calendar as Amelia Smart’s Rancher Daddy thing, mostly because the name of the ARC and the name of the book are different, and when I put it on the calendar, I couldn’t remember which name was which. So, yeah, obviously Daddy Takes Change is the name of the book, and Rancher Daddy was the name of the ARC. See, I can eventually remember things, especially when I have things sitting right in front of me. Now you have a little peek into the inner working of the brain of this book blogger. Aren’t you glad?
So, Jackson and Lydia. Jackson owns a ranch. It’s been in the family for many years. His father owned and ran the ranch, and now it’s Jackson’s turn. Lydia is the former foreman’s daughter. She grew up on the ranch, and even after her daddy was fired, they allowed him and Lydia to stay in the house that she grew up in. But now, her daddy is dead and she’s getting ready to go to college, and Jackson is trying to give her jobs around the ranch so that she isn’t just sitting around doing nothing. But, there’s just one problem. She’s pretty much a disaster. The question is, is Lydia purposely or accidentally a disaster?
I like Lydia, mostly. I think that she’s a little bit of a brat, but I’m still not sure how much of that is her and how much of that is just that she thinks attention for being bad is better than no attention at all. If you’ve raised kids, or babysat kids, or hell, just spent time around kids, you know that kids will do things for negative attention just because they want someone to pay attention to them, so they act out and are bratty. I think overall, that Lydia may have a bit of a natural brattiness to her, but in a cute way, not a nasty way, if that makes any sense.
I like Jackson, a lot. He seems like a really good man, with a mostly good head on his shoulders. He’s more than a bit stubborn, but he’s a Daddy, so there’s that. I do think that he doesn’t always take advantage of things that are right in front of him until he gets smacked in the face with a cluex4, but that’s just a people thing. Or maybe a stubborn man thing. Who knows? But I like him and I think that he’s a really good man, which a good heart, who wants to do what he can to help the people who work on his ranch so that they can have a good life, and more than just Lydia. Of course, he really wants Lydia to have a good life too, but that’s a different matter.
Amelia often writes historical Western romances, and I think that she’s great at those. I always get a really strong flavor from her books. Sidenote, my dad and my grandfather both loved Westerns, so I grew up reading Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, so reading Amelia’s historical Westerns are kind of like going back to reading those books I loved as a kid, but you know, a lot sexier. They are very comfortable for me to read. This one is contemporary, but it’s now different to me. It’s a very comforting place to be in, and Amelia hit it out of the park.
I personally think that Jackson should’ve talked over his financial things with Lydia before it got to the point it did, especially when she told him that she wanted to go to school for accounting type stuff and that she was good at it. See what I mean about stubborn men who don’t take advantage of the things right in front of their face?
OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of Miss Amelia’s books. They are sweet and comforting, and sexy af. Happy reading!