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Publisher's Summary

Playboy Mason Thorne is nothing short of complicated. Though he was a movie star at a young age, his life took a downward spiral when he turned to drugs after losing his mother. He cleaned up his act and became a senator but still keeps his distance from most everyone - including his own father. There are plenty of women around, but most are gone by morning.

Twenty-five-year-old Chelle Landon thinks she must be the last virgin in Texas. She's worried if she doesn't remedy it soon, she'll stay one forever. She attends yet another small-town wedding where the last single man her age is officially off the market - until sexy politician Mason Thorne appears. He's the answer to her prayers, if one can pray for something that decadent.

He needs a cover story, not another lover. Chelle's on a mission to lose her virginity no matter what. Will he break her heart, or will she heal his?

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

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He just needed to find out what Real Love was

What did you love best about Taken Home?

How no matter what Chelle did not give up on Mason and belived in him

What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken Home?

When Mason and Chelle visit the special store in Galvenston. That was quite funny. I would never think of diamonds for those items

Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

Chelle was my favorite as she was a sweetheart but has a huge TX backbone

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Mason realized he needed to go back to meet his brothers and why Chelle's father had pushed him to contact his own father

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite series by Ruth Cardello and this was so worth a credit. Although this is book 3 you could read/listen and not be lost without reading the other two. Do yourself a favor though and read the whole series you won't regret it. They are awesome books and have everything you need. Love, laughter and just enough drama to get you fussing at your phone while you are listening to said book.

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Nice Surprise

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I loved it and would recommend, but like some of the other audiobooks, I yearned for a male voice.

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life changing love story.

Country girl falls for player senator...Mason and Chelle were a great couple. I love the fact that he wanted to stay engaged. Great cast of characthers...nice read if you like happy romance.

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good read!

I'm new to audio books but this narration was better than the first two in the series. I still struggle with some of the accents. But enjoyed it. Mason is a stubborn guy and h is thinking is definitely a challenge, but he is so also brave. Long book but good.

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Emotionally-charged read!

My Musings

Wow! I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, especially Chelle. It took me some time to warm up to Mason because he is such a playboy in the true sense of the word, but part of me found him intriguing from the start. By the end of the book, I loved him, and I was so glad to see this couple get their HEA.

I listened to the audio, and the narrator did an excellent job with the different characters giving them their own distinct voice. She reads with a great deal of emotion without going too far. I'll definitely look for other books performed by her.

If you like an emotionally-charged read where the hero is greatly flawed, then you will enjoy Taken Home as much as I did. Happy reading!

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Mason Makes the Reader Swoon

I think this book is my favorite of the Lone Star Burn series. Ms. Cardello takes the fake fiancé trope and gives it a country spin, adding angst and humor along the way. I listened and read this book and loved it in both formats. What happens when a twenty-five-year old virgin meets the ultimate political playboy? A less than smooth journey to the melding of hearts and an extremely satisfying HEA.
Chelle loves her home in Fort Mavis, Texas but sees no future and certainly no hope for a husband and family. After meeting Mason Thorne, the playboy senator of California, her wanderlust kicks in and she's off on an adventure. While she finds the man infuriating as well as sexy and intriguing.
Mason comes to Fort Mavis to witness his best friend's sister's wedding, and possibly looking for a fling while he's there. He meets Chelle and besides finding her beautiful and sexy, he is introduced to her fiery temper, which intrigues him more than he wants to believe.
What follows is a sensual tale of the awakening of Chelle's inner vixen and Mason's hardened heart. Needing to clean up his image he asks Chelle for a favor: a fake engagement. The couple takes a long and interesting road to their HEA, irritating family and friends and nearly imploding their relationship because Mason finds himself unwilling to allow himself the happiness that has eluded him his entire life.
Mason is my favorite male character in this series, so far. He's fun and flirty, naughty and sexy, and downright irresistible. I look forward to the next book in this series because Ms. Cardello pulls out all the stops developing her characters and weaving stories that stay with you long after the book is done. The narrations is well done and I will definitely look for more books performed by this narrator.

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Second Chances

Can we have a second chance in life and love. This story is heartwarming and romantic. Love In the least likely of places not from the best circumstances. Chelle is spreading her wings, Mason needs an alibi to get away from a clinging woman. I had the audio book along with the ebook and just love the story.

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Cold Shower After Reading - A Must!

What did you love best about Taken Home?

Mason.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken Home?

Mason meeting Chelle in San Francisco!

What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

Excellent job in the emotion of the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All of the above!!

Any additional comments?

Ruth, Excellent - Excellent - Excellent job of this one!

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I love the narrator

she is my favorite I could listen anything she is reading.love love love love her

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Horrible characters!

I don't remember the last time I disliked the characters in a book so much! Mason was the worst. Selfish, arrogant, conceited, womanizer and shows a total lack of respect for Chelle the heroine.
Chelle is a desperate, doormat who lets the jerk use her and treat her like garbage.
The story is so predictable and unimaginative. It's the same story that we see in about a thousand other romance novels. (Except with horrible characters). Not a shred of originality in here!
Natalie Ross in my opinion did a good job, like she always does.

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Just the ticket

It was well worth listening to. The characters were whimsical and most entertaining. Ruth is a great writer.