#ReleaseDay – TAKING CHARGE by Ruth Cardello

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello comes the steamy
new release to the Lone Star Burn series.

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?


Lucy walked back to the box and picked up the largest toy inside. It was the velvet base with the exchangeable mechanical dildo on top. She placed it on her desk, laid out the variety of attachable pieces in front of it, and sat down. She rested her chin on one hand and looked at it sternly.

You don’t scare me, you know.

You’re just a bunch of wires and silicone molds.

She glanced at the directions, then attached one of the dildos to the top. It had a tickler on its end that reminded Lucy of a mop of hair.

Not even sexy. More like something from outer space.

She absently ran her finger over the complicated arrangements of buttons on the front. And seriously, how much does something like you need to do?

As she brushed too hard against one of the buttons, the dildo started to spin. “Shit.” She tried to turn it off, but the button she’d pressed had sent the base into a vibration mode so powerful, the thing was hopping on her desk. She made a grab for it, pressed another button, and the dildo flew forward, slapping her across the face. She swore and lost her grip, and it hopped itself off her desk and crashed to the floor.

She scrambled onto her knees, trying to grab the damn thing. It eluded her first attempt, but she finally caught it. Despite how it wiggled for its freedom, she righted it and located the “Off” button. Swearing, she sat back on her heels and wiped a hand across her now sweaty brow. It was only then that she noticed David standing at the door.

There are moments in life that test a man. The sight of Lucy chasing a hopping machine with a dick waving from the top of it like a flag was probably the funniest thing David had ever seen. The expression on her face warned him not to laugh. He told himself she was probably embarrassed, and he shouldn’t have opened the door without knocking.

Then, because he was only human, he grinned and asked, “Tough day at work?”


Fun, hot romances that roam from the country to the city and back .

 Book 1: Taken, Not Spurred

Book 2: Tycoon Takedown

Book 3: Taken Home

Book 4: Taking Charge


ruth-headshot-for-websiteRuth 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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