Sunday, December 13, 2015

Taken, Not Spurred: Lone Star Burn, Book 1

Taken, Not Spurred: Lone Star Burn, Book 1

    Written by: Ruth Cardello
    Narrated by: Mary Kowal
    Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
        Series: Lone Star Burn, Book 1
    Unabridged Audiobook
    Release Date:09-23-14
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio 

My Review
It is not very often a story can bring a tear to my eyes, it is unheard of if a book can do this twice (this book did). I was on the fence on the rating until the author throws some twist in there that kept me laughing. My husband thought I was nuts as I listen to this audio and laughed out loud. Sarah is a hot mess as she works her way into Tony's life knocking him off his feet as she takes him by storm. You will be saying OH MY more than once in this book as the author takes you off on a tailspin in the first few pages. There were times I shook my head and covered my eyes as these two got into mess after mess. I did find things to do around the house so I could finish listening to it.

Sarah wants to write a romance but finds this is harder than she thought. She hasn't had the best lover nor was he romantic. She isn't happy working for her parents so when a friend said she could come stay with her in Texas she jumped at the chance. What could be more romantic than Texas and cowboys? When she gets there no one is home she decides to take a shower to get rid of the dust from her drive. This is where things gets very INTERESTING in a big way. She soon finds she has taken the wrong turn and is on the wrong ranch, just how many ranches in Texas have the same names.

Tony comes home and finds the shower running now who breaks in to take a shower humm. What he finds is one very naked sexy blonde lady that hasn't a clue she is on the wrong ranch. Things get complicated when he finds she has nowhere to go and he decided she can stay the night.

At first I really liked Sarah but thought she should have known when to just throw in the towel. I thought she was a little too much and to push as a lot of women are when it comes to men but she grew on me and I came to adore her. Tony well he is one hard nose man who doesn't want any woman they are good for only a few things and one of them is warming up his bed. I had mixed feeling for him until I heard his story at that time he owned my heart. They both have issues they must overcome before they can even deal with a meaningful relationship. There are trying times ahead for these two which will break your heart as you learn their story.

 Melanie the housekeeper I adored from the start, I loved the way her mind worked and the pranks she pulls. By the end of this book I was so hoping she would get her story she sure is one spitfire. I was thrilled when I looked through this authors books and found she does and that I had already had the book in my library. When I check the audio I found I could get it for 1.99 I was all over that. This is a book I totally liked and there were not any characters that I didn't like. There really are some wonderful ones that I came to love and hope they get their own story.

Mary Kowal as a narrator I thought was good. I had some trouble getting into her male voices and at times it pulled me away from the story. As I got into the story I focus more on it and totally enjoy the listen. I thought her female voices were outstanding I just didn't care for her male ones. There are no background noised and you cannot tell she took any breaks. The tones of emotion are wonderful you are never left guessing to how or what each character feels. All in all I thought this was a very good audio and will give it a 4 stars I just cannot get over the male voices. That is the only trouble I had with this. I thought she brought the humor out on the story and she made me laugh. I most likely would listen to her again.

The author has written a wonderful story with a great plot giving us wonderful characters you can relate to. I truly enjoy each character as each play a big rule in bring the story together. I thought it was well written with emotion and the author gave lots of thought to the plot. The author pulled me in and didn't let me go. I do wonder if I would have enjoy this more reading it than listening to it but I believe it is a draw. I am thrilled to have gotten the audio for book two at a good price, I am so looking forward to listening to it.

Whether you listen or read this book I feel sure you will be laughing as I was in no time. I totally loved the humor and the passion these two have. They sure do burn up the town as they heat up your kindle. I am still chuckling at these two and the things they get caught doing. I am so looking forward to reading more of this series. If you are looking for a wonderful comedy which will keep you laughing I highly recommend you pick this up.

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Book Description
 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes the scorching debut to the Lone Star Burn series—hot enough to make you want to saddle up to your own cowboy!

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 chiseled, 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 bed 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

About the Author
Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

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Lone Star Burn Series (Montlake Romance)
Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred
Book 2: Tycoon Takedown
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Book 3: Bedding the Billionaire
Book 4: Saving the Sheikh
Book 5: Rise of the Billionaire
Book 6: Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea's Redemption

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Book 1: Come Away With Me (FREE on Amazon)
Book 2: Home to Me
Book 3: Maximum Risk
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way (Pre-order now! Available 05/26/15!)
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