Title: Taking Charge
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?
Author: Ruth Cardello
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Taken, Not Spurred, Tycoon Takedown
Series: Lone Star Burn #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Taken, Not Spurred, Tycoon Takedown
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotic Western Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Pages: 239 pages
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Lucy is back home in Mavis, Texas after losing both her parents. It was her mother’s dying wish to have her save the ranch she so desperately loves and the same one Lucy couldn’t wait to leave. She finds herself in over her head. With no funds to pay for the ranch hands or for the bank note, Lucy accepts money from Ted, the local slimeball. Lucy sees no way out. She is depressed and not herself. Ted uses that to his advantage and even convinces Lucy to marry him. She doesn’t see what he’s after, Lucy is back home in Mavis, Texas after losing both her parents. It was her mother’s dying wish to have her save the ranch she so desperately loves and the same one Lucy couldn’t wait to leave. She finds herself in over her head. With no funds to pay for the ranch hands or for the bank note, Lucy accepts money from Ted, the local slimeball. Lucy sees no way out. She is depressed and not herself. Ted uses that to his advantage and even convinces Lucy to marry him. She doesn’t see what he’s after, but soon finds out he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
David was asked to come up to Mavis and check in on Lucy by a mutual friend. When he meets her, it’s love at first sight! He’s star struck. He was quite unprepared for the feelings Lucy invoked. Then he finds out she’s engaged to someone else! David bows out feeling defeated.
Lucy ends things with Ted realizing she doesn’t love him and she needs to get out now. Then he turns ugly and is true colors are showing through. David comes to her rescue. Lucy likes David, but feels he’s stepping on her toes. She wants to save the ranch her way. She’s started her own business and it is taking off, but she is embarrassed by the products she is marketing-high tech sex toys! There are quite a few laughs that surround Lucy’s research of the toys! Lucy has to admit though, there is no way to take care of that huge ranch without some help. She reluctantly allows David to stay. He just makes things a bit more complicated.
I enjoyed this book the more I read it. It was a bit slow or even dry in the beginning. Lucy was a hard girl to get behind. She was all over the place. I get why, but it was just hard to connect to her. David on the other hand, was the reason I kept reading! What a true knight and shining armor! So sweet and caring. He is that fantasy man every little girl dreams of. Lucy feels that way too, but she is jaded, and of course, she doesn’t believe that David would actually want her. I did enjoy how their romance progressed.
Taking Charge is book four in the Lone Star Burn series and Ruth Cardello does a great job of weaving in the characters from her previous books. I always like to get those updates! But you do not have to read the others to like this story! I think once you read this, if you haven’t read the others, you will be quick to one-click them and see what you may have missed!