Book Review - Taken Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello


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?
Revised edition: Previously published as Gentling the Cowboy, part of the Texan Nights series, this edition of Taken, Not Spurred includes editorial revisions.


First of all, this story is HOT, HOT, HOT!  I think it’s important to warn a reader first in case they are easily offended, however this shouldn’t scare you away because it is also one of the best written stories by Ruth Cardello.  I’ve been a fan of hers for a while now, and it’s been great seeing her grow as a writer and a storyteller. 

I was also laughing all the way through the book.  The heroine’s sense of humor was a wonderful mixture of spunky, snarky, and sexy.  I recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story and anyone who enjoys a well written book with fun characters.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of the Legacy Collection and the Texan Nights Series

Ruth Cardello lives on a small farm in Northern Rhode Island with her husband, three kids, three dogs, two horses, and some assorted chickens. If there is a happier place on Earth, she hasn't found it.

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