Lucy Albright never wanted her family’s Texas ranch, but now it’s in foreclosure. She’s already lost so much she can’t bear the thought of losing one more thing. Lucy learned the hard way not to accept help from a man when there are strings attached, so she’ll do whatever it takes to save the ranch on her own terms—even if that means launching an online business marketing high-¬tech sex toys.
Ranch manager David Harmon has a reputation for being a cowboy with a heart of gold. Even if she refuses his help, down-and-out Lucy is the kind of woman he’ll do anything to protect. And while David may not know much about Lucy’s naughty side business, that won’t stop a cowboy from doing something he’s set his mind to.
With the ranch threatened by a scheming neighbor, Lucy can’t help but keep David around. Their attraction may be undeniable, but will the spark between them burn her entire future to the ground?
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, New York, and Rhode Island again before moving to Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for two decades, including eleven years as a kindergarten teacher. She is a New York Times bestselling author who loves writing about rich alpha men and the strong women who tame them. Taking Charge is the fourth book in her Lone Star Burn series. Learn about Ruth’s new releases and sales by signing up for her newsletter at www.RuthCardello.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Taking Charge is the fourth book in the Lone Star Burn series, and can be read as a standalone. Although if you read the previous books it gives the reader a better, deeper understanding of the characters. This is the story of Lucy Albright and David Harmon. David is simply fantastic, always doing for others, gentling horses, and basically just loving life. Lucy has been though a rough patch, she is not very trusting of others and the last thing she wants in her life is a man. This was a sweet romance with a bit of humor thrown in, and lots of ups and downs for the couple. I loved David, but for some reason I had a very hard time connecting with Lucy. It was awesome to get another look at Tony and Sarah, the couple from the first book in this series, as well as other characters from the series. And I absolutely loved the story line of Tia, that in itself shows the reader what kind of a man David is.
Perhaps it was just me but this story didn't do it for me. As much as I love this author's books I never felt the connection with the characters I usually do and I found the storyline a bit boring. As I said though, that could just be me. There are many positives about the book. The writing of course is stellar, the characters are well developed, and the pace of the story moves along nicely.
Taking Charge delivers. One of the main reasons I have become addicted to the Lone Star Burn series is the small town feel, mixed with big city problems. Each story has it's own way of making you laugh and cry but also getting to the heart of the matter with humility, wisdom and a whole lot heat. Lucy has a great deal of heart but a lack of trust and an abundance of guilt. Every child dreams of making their parents proud and having success come their way but shame and sorrow have become constant companions for this young woman. Determined to prove to herself she can, she sets out to save the family business and ends up getting more than she bargained for. A helping hand, guardian and just maybe the man of her dreams. Sometimes pride can be a person's worse enemy. Taking Charge uses humour and irresistibility to drive that point home.