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Taken, Not Spurred (Lone Star Burn Book 1) by [Cardello, Ruth]
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About the Author

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York before coming full circle and moving back to Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for twenty years, eleven of which she spent as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of seven previous novels including Bedding the Billionaire, which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Taken, Not Spurred is the debut book in the Lone Star Burn series.

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  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 23, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 Stars
I REALLY liked this book! Broody is not a strong enough word to describe Tony Carlton. He has a horse ranch in Fort Mavis, Texas and is a veritable recluse…a VERY grumpy one. People in town steer clear of him, and his own employees are not allowed to talk to him. He trains horses. That’s it. He has women on occasion, but only once, and with no expectations. He makes that clear. He does not care. He never will. Don’t expect it.

Enter Sarah Dery. She has driven from Rhode Island with her horse in tow to spend the summer on her friend Lucy’s cattle ranch. She wants to get away from home and try her hand at writing a romance novel. It’s her dream. She HAS to give it a go. The only problem is that she doesn’t have a lot of experience in that area. She’s had a very vanilla relationship with one guy.

Sarah arrives at her destination and no one is there to greet her. That’s OK. She’s hot and sticky (this Texas heat is hotter than she expected), so they won’t mind if she takes a shower while she waits for them to come home. Problem? SHE IS AT THE WRONG RANCH! When broody, grumpy Tony comes in to take a shower and get something to eat he finds a cute naked blonde dancing and singing in his shower. That’s interesting…

I have to say that I think Sarah Dery is my favorite book heroine ever. Her inner dialogue is hilarious! I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. Ruth Cardello’s personality must shine through in this character. “Not only do Texans speak slowly, they also apparently talk in code.” I loved that line! It is SO true! You wonder how anyone could NOT fall for her; but Tony, though attracted by her physical attributes, seems to be immune.

Both protagonists in this story have tortured pasts. Sarah is trying to deal with hers.
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I had purchased this book in December and it was sitting in a stack of books I wanted to read. I picked it up out of the pile and started reading and never put it down. Ms Cordello's writing grabbed me and never let go! When I write a review I try not to give any spoiler's but hope that I say enough that you will want to read this book! The heroine wants to be a writer leaves the family's business and sets out for a friend's ranch in Texas. She gets lost and ends up at the wrong ranch. Confronted by an angry cowboy this is where you know the story is going to pull you in! It's an emotional journey for the Hero and Heroine of this book, the sex is HOT and so is the plot! Buy this book, you don't want to miss this story! I sure hope there is a 2nd book in this series I'll be there to buy it!
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Kudo's to Ruth Cardello for giving us all another great book to read. This book kept me up half the night, because I just couldn't put it down. After reading this; I want a big brooding cowboy of my own. Tony might have been fighting his demon's for years who chases everyone away, but he's never come across someone who could pull him out of that funk....until he runs into the feisty Sarah. She sure put him in his place, and the funniest part? She did it in a way that he didn't even know it was happening, until it was too late.

Another thing I loved about this story, was the story within the story. That was very clever Ruthie. I laughed, cried, and cheered them on. I'm totally hooked now, and can't wait for the next book. I hope the next story is about Melanie. I would love to know what's happened in her life that makes her act the way she does. Actually; there was a lot of secondary characters in this book that really intrigued me.

Would I recommend this book? Heck yeah, in a heart beat!
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Ruth Cardello is a new Author to me and when I saw this book up for Pre-order I didn't hesitate to jump and get it as I love a good Cowboy book. And all I can say is I'm so glad I did Ruth's writing style is what I like to find in a story, it flows nicely, it has humour, the sex well it was steamy who knew what you could get up to in a tree and on this occasion a bloody horse made me tear this was an Awesome start to a new series that I can see myself wanting more off.

Can you change a person No, Maybe, Hopefully,Yes. Or will time help you heal from the guilt you feel about your past. These are some of the questions Sarah and Tony have to face in the book and what a ride it is but oh so worth the wait for the HEA.

The Blurb pretty much tells you what you need but throw in a sassy mouthed women who was patient as anything with Tony and never gave up on him. Then add a guilt ridden sexy ass Cowboy who caused most of the angst in this book and a few times I wanted to slap him up the head and tell him to just love her. And just enjoy the pleasure in Tony and Sarah finding each other enjoying each other and finally just letting go.
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This was a great read! I loved Sarah. She was spunky and funny. Tony was a real sourpuss. I'm not sure how she dealt with him, but hey, more luck to her! The story was fun, interesting and had a life of it's own. Each character helped build a stronger read. I loved this book and found it hard to put down! The back stories were enough to not bore the reader, but good enough to create a well flowing story. I love this author and this is just another example of why she's on the top of a lot of readers insta one click lists.

Sarah trying to write a sexy book, her notes, Tony finding it, was all too much. I was laughing out loud and couldn't stop. This is a must read.
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