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Taking Charge

Lone Star Burn, Book 4
Written by: Ruth Cardello
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Ruth Cardello. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Beautiful story

The story revolves around Lucy and David. For David it was love at first sight but Lucy has been jaded as her trust was broken time and again. it was a bumpy road but they reached their destiny together. Their chemistry was awesome.

I love Natalie Ross' narration. She is the perfect narrator I have heard so far...

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  • URSULA G
  • 19-02-17

David Is Absolutely Delicious

This is a nice enough story but the heroine was difficult to connect with and most of the time somewhat annoying. Fortunately, I listened to the other 3 books in the series and was really looking forward to David's story. David was just the sort of dreamy cowboy we've seen in the other books and I enjoyed getting another taste of all that hotness. Natalie Ross did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I look forward to the next listen.

This was worth the price I paid. I'm not sure if I would give a credit for it.

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  • Cathy Henderson
  • 12-12-16

Taking Charge: Lone Star Burn, Book 4

Where does Taking Charge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is up there in my top 10. The narrator made it very easy to differentiate between the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David. He was such a strong, caring hero. He has honor and strength as a man. He was loyal to those he cared about, always going the extra mile when needed.

What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

As stated above she very easily moved from character to character which made listening very enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It kept my interest very well. The story was a good one. Having characters from other books show up was fun. It is always a great addition to get to see how previous characters are doing.

Any additional comments?

I've read all of this author's books and love them all. However, the heroine in this book, Lucy, made me want to throw the book across the room. She whined the entire book. I almost couldn't finish because of her character. I didn't connect with her and didn't like her at all. David certainly deserved someone a lot different than Lucy. She kept saying how horrible her life was and when she made steps to try and change her situation she whined about that the entire time. Lucy was definitely my least favorite in all the heroines Ruth Cardello has ever written.

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  • Katrice Collins.
  • 10-07-19

Taking Charge

OMG 😲 Ruth Cardellol you did it again beautiful well written the characters was well play hat's off to you again 👍👍 I recommend this series of booksRead or listen to them, I myself love to listen to them read to me, it makes me think I'm right in the story, Audible spoil me!! WOW 👍 good read narrator good work👌👌

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-19

Meh

I liked this one the least. Lucy’s attitude got on my nerves. She really was a bad judge of character. Overall it was decent to listen to though.

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  • DEANA GIL
  • 01-06-19

Awesome

This was a nice story and well narrated! Very enjoyable! I highly recommend! Thank you

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  • Empress Karen
  • 28-12-18

Great Narrator, Author Not So Much

I purchased due to Ms Ross narration, but this author is not for me! It is hard for me to hear a biblical name eg Sara when heroine describes her mechanical toys. The publishers summery is spot on and I thought there would be humor but this story just didn’t have it. It was a bit of Nicholas Sparks, Horse Wisperer and a bit of damsel on the train tracks type dialogue.
Ms Ross can only help out so much. See Linda Howards novels she narrates, Classic best!
I have the senators story which I purchased first but had not listen to it when this story came up for sale! Not a good buy!
It took me weeks to finish it, bits at a time.
I can only hope the senators story is a whole lot better.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 20-09-18

narration makes the story come alive

I liked it but I wanted to love it. I had been waiting on David's chance through three prior books of this series. I was sadden to see what he went through but at the same time I was very happy that he got his. I was even happier that he did not have the same strange voice used in the first narration or the second. It was something about that voice that made me almost turn away from David. But it was the strong character that was written for him that kept me hanging on to him. He was due some love. He found a real challenge to fall for. Lucy.

Lucy had been through her own sort of hell. She never wanted to stay in the small little town that she grown up in. She never wanted to run a ranch. She just wanted her own life. But sometimes that is not what its all about. She finds that coming home can be a blessing and a curse. She finds the mix of the two after her neighbor bails her out of a bind. She finds that she makes a big mistake in excepting his proposal. She finds that she can do this herself. Then she finds that she needs more than just a luck and a prayer.

Lucy and Daniel was not an overnight love. Theirs took time and trial-n-error.

Natalie Ross did a good job with the character. She gave Daniel a more masculine age appropriate voice. I enjoyed the narration from all aspects.

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  • aherman
  • 14-09-18

Steamy Suspense

Cardello brings the heat in the fourth in the Lone Star Burn series. Natalie Ross does an amazing job bringing this story to life. Oh my!

Highly recommended to fans of the steamy contemporary romantic suspense genre.

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  • Karen Hrdlicka
  • 01-06-18

David Finally Gets His HEA

I loved this series and am a little sad this is the last book. I've both read and listened to the series. The narration on this book is amazing, Natalie Ross does an excellent job of differentiating the author's characters. Ruth Cardello has created a set of characters that have become like old friends. Lucy was introduced in the first book as Sara's best friend from college. With trouble on her doorstep, the enigma that is David Harmon went to try to help her and was smitten at their first meeting. However, luck did not seem to be on his side because he was sent away and when next he saw her she was engaged.
In Taking Charge things had changed. Lucy is no longer engaged but the prospect of losing her family ranch is very real, as is the danger lurking in the background. Her plan to market high-tech sex toys online to save her ranch adds a lot of humor to the book as well as a lot of steam. David has decided to go after the woman who has stolen his heart. Even though the road to their HEA is twisted and at times dangerous, the romance and passion is undeniable.
The characters are relatable, the writing crisp and well-paced and the story enjoyable on more than one level. I need to go in search of my next Ruth Cardello fix but sadly I won't find any more cowboys.

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  • TMR
  • 22-10-17

So dang funny

I've never read or listen to a romance book that had me laughing so hard. This is one book I will differently listen to again! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series!!! I highly recommend it.

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  • Maria
  • 05-09-18

Taking Charge

Really enjoyed all the M/H in this series but I did d find the F/H a little whiny.
Narrative was enjoyable enough