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Taken, Not Spurred Audiobook

Taken, Not Spurred: Lone Star Burn, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes the steamy debut to the Lone Star Burn series.

Would-be writer Sarah Dery has just turned twenty-five and feels like her life is on hold. She’s done squat with her English degree and is just killing time working for her parents. So, when the opportunity to spend the summer working on a ranch in Texas comes her way, she jumps at the chance - figuring it might be just the jolt she needs to get her creative juices flowing.

Tony Carlton is a handsome and reclusive horse trainer with a tortured past and an eye for trouble, this time in the form of a naked blonde stranger he finds in his shower.

The wrong turn that led Sarah into the arms of this sexy, brooding cowboy turns out to be just what she needed to find her steamy inner voice, but will their connection be enough to break down Tony’s defenses?

©2014 Ruth Cardello (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    MamaSuess 12-19-16
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    "Too Much Verbal Porn"

    I really wanted to like this book but the constant explicit descriptions of bedroom stuff turned me off. I got the attraction between the main characters the first 15 minute description of what they wanted to do to each other, so more descriptions and no action was too much!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 03-24-15
    Penelope Ellenton, FL, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit too graphic for me..."
    Would you try another book from Ruth Cardello and/or Mary Kowal?

    I liked the sense of humor but it just went over the edge of too graphic for me. Also for what I read of the book (about 1/2 way)... Tony was a real ass!


    What didn’t you like about Mary Kowal’s performance?

    The male voices, especially Dave...awful


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness that Sarah allowed herself to be treated that way.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E.J. 10-26-14
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    "Another good R. Cardello story; laughed out loud!"
    Would you listen to Taken, Not Spurred again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and chuckled out loud thru the majority of the book due to Sarah, the main character’s personality and the way a lot of her dialogue was from the point of her talking to herself in her head. It was a fantastic job as narrated by Mary Kowal & after listening to her, I can imagine I’ll hear her voice as I read the book which will enhance the reading of the book!


    What aspect of Mary Kowal’s performance would you have changed?

    As an audio, the male character’s voice as done by Mary Kowal kept me from fully enjoying the first half of the story until I got somewhat used to it; it felt forced & unnatural and although I thought about that less as the book went along, I couldn’t totally ignore it. If the males had been narrated by a man, I think I would have enjoyed them much more, but the story still was gripping & kept me going in spite of it & I enjoyed it overall.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first time doing a review, but I enjoyed this book so much that I decided I needed to share my point of view. Sarah and Tony’s, the main male characters, seemed like the perfect ying/yang relationship. The story had a slightly unique twist and the main points that determined both of their characters emerged slowly as the story progressed which kept me guessing. I have read all of Ruth Cardell’s Legacy Collection & enjoyed them, so decided to try her new Lone Star series and am glad I did. I’m looking forward to book 2 in the series

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    macsgrammy 06-22-16
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    "Taken, Not Spurred"

    I loved this story. The idea of both of them having deep scars and helping each other get past them and move forward was intriguing. The innocence of Sarah and the toughness of Tony made the story play out so well. However, The narrator choice was wrong for this book this person should have had a Texas accent and the voices for each character were just wrong.

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    Ulyana 01-22-16
    Ulyana 01-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Be warned that this is a high imagination fantasy."
    Any additional comments?

    I mean.. She goes to wrong ranch, jumps in shower, realizes "oops, wrong ranch" when a brooding cowboy catches her in his shower, and then just kinda stays for an undetermined amount of time and sexual 'research.'
    Her brand of innocent batshit crazy was just the recipe to bulldoze this sexy cowboy's carefully constructed emotional fortress. Naked ping pong.. Okay;)

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    Deborah Boyd 06-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Touching and sexy as hell"

    This book is filled with lust, humor, romance, heart break, redemption, and love. It is a must read!

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    yve. 02-14-17
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    "🤗"

    Not really into cowboys, so very happy with the story. I will say that I cried and I laughed but mostly I love the book.

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    Zsammie 09-09-16
    Zsammie 09-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the read"

    loved the humor she showed...laughed out loud, through the story. had a problem with male voice.

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    Sassy Beta Reading & Review Murphysboro, IL United States 06-25-16
    Sassy Beta Reading & Review Murphysboro, IL United States 06-25-16

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    "A nice listen"
    Where does Taken, Not Spurred rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an okay listen. I liked the story itself, but I wasn't too fond of the narration.


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

    I did have a few heart twinge moments but no tears or laughter.


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    Paula 06-13-16
    Paula 06-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow, loved this cowboy..."

    This was a perfect book. Since the beginning, when Tony found Sarah in his shower it hooked me with their banter and off the charts chemistry.
    They had their demons but together they managed to learn how to live happily.
    I laughed and enjoyed this book a lot. It never bothered me. It was full of small victories and enjoyable moments. Very light and sweet. Very easy romance.
    Would read it again. Narration was exceptional.

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  • Kat P
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    "Ruth Cardello rocks!!!"

    Ruth Cardello rocks!!! This is another great book.

    Sarah Dery travels to Texas to see a friend but her friend not in when she gets there. So she lets herself in and takes a shower. The shower belongs to Tony Carlton not Sarah's friend. Sarah has no sense of direction, can Tony see the funny side?

    Read the book to see, I would recommend all Ruth Cardello's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    "Funny but average"

    The story was amusing, the characters likeable enough but the story was, as is often the case with this genre, predicable. Still if you want a unchallenging, pleasant few hours listening it's worth a credit

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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