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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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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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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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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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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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Wonderful Ending

This series has been wonderful. David finally gets his HEA. Struggle, trust, love a story that you fall in love with. The narrator was good, love that audio brings the characters and story to life.

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Lone Star Burn

I really enjoyed listening to this book. You know from the beginning that trouble is brewing for Lucy. You cheer when her old Forman returns to help her run the ranch & tells her the truth about Ted, her X-pheonsay. But when you meet David, Horse Trainer & Heart Breaker from her best friends ranch, you know there will be fireworks!!!! (I kept imagining Matthew McConahey as David. When she described what he looked like it sounded like Matthew. Hot,Hot,Hot!!) Lucy has a new business to open on-line, a new tenant leasing her ranch, her forman & a few men have returned, & she's falling in love with her best friends Horse Trainer. Could she be more confused? Her life is so complicated. This is not what she wanted for her life. Why can't her life be more like a fairy tail so she could live happily ever after???

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Loved Everything BUT the Girl!

What did you love best about Taking Charge?

David. This guy has looks and Hope!

What other book might you compare Taking Charge to and why?

Haven't read one in which I would like to mail the female lead payment just to shut up!

What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?

Excellent.

Any additional comments?

Ruth, hint for the future - please don't write while you are not feeling well. Cause I love your other books I've read. It was perfect as long as I skipped Lucy's meanderings.