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Review: TAKEN, NOT SPURRED by Ruth Cardello

In Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello, Sarah Dery is having a quarter life crisis.  At twenty five, she’s still working for her parents and dreaming of becoming a writer.  When a friend invites her to Texas for the summer, Sarah jumps at the opportunity for a change in scenery.  Except things don’t exactly go as planned and Sarah ends up at Tony Carlton’s ranch instead.  Tony is famous for training horses but a tragic accident in his past has turned him into a recluse.  Can Sarah bring Tony out of his funk and find her voice as a writer?

22341255The opening chapter where Tony and Sarah meet had me laughing.  As someone who is directionally challenged even with a GPS, I totally related to Sarah getting lost. Of course, I usually don’t go hopping into a stranger’s shower when I get lost.

I loved how Sarah was a writer and how the reader was able to see some of that writing in the book. I wish Cardello had continued with this throughout the book so that we could see how Sarah developed as a writer.  I also thought it was great that Sarah wrote her stories out instead of typing them.

Tony’s character was a bit harder to like.  He was so cold and such a jerk to everyone in the book. There were several times when I was actually rooting for Sarah to just up and leave his grumpy butt. The final chapter in the book was extremely touching to me. Sarah’s gift to Tony was priceless and she did it without knowing if he even loved her. I caught myself wiping away tears because it was such a selfless gift.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read for me. Romance readers who like contemporary or western should definitely check this book out. It would be a perfect read to have on a cold fall day!

Reviewed by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: Taken, Not Spurred (Lone Star Burn, #1)

Author: Ruth Cardello

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley

Book 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?

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