Taken Home

Taken Home

by Ruth Cardello

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ISBN-13: 9781503934665
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Lone Star Burn Series , #3
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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 has written sixteen previous novels, several of which made the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers lists. Taken Home is the third book in the Lone Star Burn series.

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Taken Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and although this book is a standalone, some of the characters are from the previous two books. With that being said, you will not be lost or confused, but reading the previous books will give the story line more depth. I have always been a huge fan of Ruth Cardello, since I read the first book by her, and have not been disappointed by her writing yet. This book was no exception. Mason Thorne, movie star that turned to drugs and alcohol due to circumstances in his youth. He manages to get his life back on the right track and becomes the Senator, his only downfall is he is a playboy, who doesn't want a relationship, and gets himself in trouble because of it. Chelle Landon is a down-home girl, who finds herself at her best friends wedding, getting overwhelmed by the fact that life is passing her by. This leads to a very interesting first meeting between Chelle and Mason, hilarious and embarrassing at the same time. Mason wants no part of what Chelle is offering, but that doesn't stop him from asking her for a favor, a favor that leads to all kinds of trouble for them both. I loved the characters in this book, it was especially great to catch up with Sarah, Tony, Melanie, and Charles from the previous books. Charles was really a pain in this book, and although I know his heart was in the right place concerning Chelle, I felt like he was not a very good friend to Mason. There is no way to keep from falling in love with Millie, she is Mason's assistant, and a real hoot. I give this book five fantastic stars, and would recommend it to anyone that loves a romance loaded with humor, happiness, romance, good times, bad times, and family!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Some may think that the turnaround from bad boy to commitment minded might be a little fast but I think that Mason was primed and ready for it, he just needed the right catalyst. I found him to be suave and charming, but wonderfully conflicted. He’s had a rough go of it and the people he’s surrounded himself with haven’t done much to restore his faith. Chelle might be a little too perfect but the wonderful thing is that she is perfect for Mason. She sees more than that charming façade he shows everyone else and finds it to be something worth investing in. She’s so refreshing in his shallow world and her big heart & level head does so much to help him find something good in himself. The struggle to be that better man is not easy for him and it’s been a long time since he’s actually had to work for anything in his personal life. But he’s definitely a man up to the challenge … and when he does figure himself out (after quite a few hiccups along the way) whew! :) He’s sexy and deliciously bad, but he’s once he commits himself to something he does it with everything he’s got. His journey isn’t easy but it is worthwhile. Steamy, funny, HOT, and heartfelt, Taken Home is one of the most fun books I’ve read in a while and I think I’m going to have to see what else Cardello has up her sleeve. (Oh, and if you are like me and this is your first Lone Star Burn story, you’ll be fine. There are some references to other couple’s stories that I didn’t understand but their impact on Mason & Chelle’s story is very minimal and didn’t impact my enjoyment at all.) Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Chelle was a bridesmaid in a wedding and it reminded her that she was one of the few single females in her town. She was still a virgin and not attracted to the few single males left in her town. Chelle wanted to get out of town she had never been out of Texas. The Chelle noticed an absolutely gorgeous man in the back of the church. Mason needed a favor from Chelle even though he had never met her he knew about her. He needed her to be in a couple pictures with him as Mason had hooked up with another senator's [Bill Shugarts]daughter and she would not leave him alone and he needed an out and told her he was already in a relationship and was trying to change his ways. Chelle decided she needed to do something different her friends talked her into going away and on the luck of the draw she choose San Francisco. Her friend called Mason so that Chelle had someone to show her around and she spent the weekend going out with Mason as his fake fiance. At first they both fought their attraction then the night before she was to leave she slept with Mason. He was the first man she ever had sex with. This story was excellent I couldn’t put it down, I read the whole story in one night. Mason had so many things in his past preventing him from truly caring for a woman other than for sex. I loved the characters especially Mason and all the twists and turns he went through to find love. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the third book in the Lone Star Burn series by Ruth Cardello. Mason Thorne is a senator who has had a complicated life who is known as a playboy. Chelle Landon believes that she must be the last twenty five year old virgin in Texas, and is determined to remedy that soon. When she meets Mason, the sexy single politician she is determined to lose her virginity with him. If you are looking for a great book then you need to read this one. I am looking forward to the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Tina-Brimlow More than 1 year ago
When I found out that Ruth was finally releasing this beauty, I smiled wide. Because I knew that this book was going to be great just like the first two. I can honestly say Ruth did not disappoint. I loved these two characters Mason and Chelle. I think Mason is now my new book boyfriend out of all the books I have read so far. The story was well thought of, and boy does my back kill me from lack of movement from sitting in one spot. Meaning I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I think my boss was upset with me with how tired I was at work.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
In Taken Home, author Ruth Cardello takes us on a wild and humorous ride when the playboy meets the virgin! Mason Thorne loves the ladies but they all know the score going in. He's a no commitment guy and that's not going to change. One such lady is determined to get her hooks in him though so he makes up a fictitious fiance. He's lucky when Chelle Landon agrees to play along with his charade when said lady confronts him at a wedding. Chelle just wants one little thing in return, Mason's help in her losing her virginity. This story was very well done and these characters were fantastic. While I started off thinking Mason was just a dawg, after learning his story he won my heart. Chelle was just a breath of fresh air. Her honesty and openness were amazing. Just adored her. This is one book I think you will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Taken Home has made me want to experience this series from the beginning. Reading this story was like coming home. I felt such a kinship with Chelle and Mason that it was like catching up with family. Mason having lost his filter is seeking to find inspiration in ways that are detrimental to his state of mind and heart. Chelle wants to belong. Trying to fit in is proving to be a lot harder than she expected. What I liked about Taken Home is that I received as much pleasure getting to know the individuals Mason and Chelle as I did them as a couple. I received an ARC of Taken Home in exchange for an honest review. One trip was not nearly enough, will have to visit again.