Taken, Not Spurred by Ruth Cardello

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Previously published as Gentling the Cowboy, part of the Texan Nights series.
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?

4.5 rating
I really, really enjoyed this book! It was funny, steamy and also tugged on my heartstrings... a great combination for an enjoyable read. :) This is a wonderful tale of city girl meets country boy and the way they both provide for the other the courage needed to make big changes in their lives.
When I started this book I was definitely in the mood for some romantic humor. I got that... and there were lots of giggles to prove it! What I didn't expect was to be drawn to these two and their back stories. I got a little teary eyed when Sarah was talking about her past tragedy from her childhood. The things that happen to us as children forever define us don't they?? Gotta' love an author who can successfully make me laugh and cry all in one book!
Sarah finds herself in the wrong place at the right time. Ending up at the wrong ranch and completely off course of her original destination, she comes face to face with Tony... aka... Mr. save me sad eyes. Tony is a good looking rancher who is definitely hard to get along with and is very much a product of his painful past.
Sarah decides to stay at the ranch and use Tony for inspiration for her romance novel. Yep... a girls gotta' do what a girls gotta do... right?? **wink wink**
What started as an opportunity to take advantage of the undeniable lust they felt for each other turned into something so much more than they both expected... much more. Sometimes people come into your life just at the right moment.
I loved Sarah's love scene entries into her journal... very entertaining and funny. Probably my favorite part of the book.
If you like a lot of steamy time in your books then this is a good choice. I don't usually like an excess of steam but in this case it really worked. I did enjoy how Sarah would always find a way to turn things back around on Tony and surprise him. She was not the kind of woman he was used too but she was definitely the kind of woman he needed.
This was a great read and one I would highly recommend to fans of western romance.

ARC was provided by Montlake Romance

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