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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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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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Fun and emotional

I liked this story about a stubborn women that’s also so scared of losing people she tries to push them away. David is not letting Lucy get away this time.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
Good dialogues
Realistic characters with different personalities

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Clear pronunciation and read with feelings, missing the male voice still.

4 stars overall.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to reading more books like this by this author in the future.

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Taking Charge

This one was okay. Lucy's ranch is in foreclosure and she just cannot go through with marrying the man who has loaned her the money to pay off the ranch and now she feels threatened. David has carried a torch for Lucy since meeting her but she has pushed him away and now that he finds out she is frightened he is on her doorstep to help whether she wants it or not...and he wants her too. There was something missing in this one, although it was still good it just lacked something but I still would not pass it up.

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Lucy Girl Bye

David was a sweetie. Come through with the rescue. Wyatt was a gent. Ted was a frog. Lucy was annoying! Capital A. Now all those women wanted David including Miss Lucy but she wanted a battle royale. She should have gave her nasty words to Ted instead of being all tongue tied and served David up with the honey. He deserved it. He just patiently waited which made him even sweeter.

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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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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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Awesome

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

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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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  • 09-05-18

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