(This review is based on the ARC provided by the publisher via Net Galley)
I am a huge fan of Ruth Cardello because she always manages to give you characters that you end up falling in love with, but when I read Taking Charge I was highly disappointed because it didn't have everything I love and have come to expect from a Ruth Carell novel. The book began with the prologue where Ruth started to give some background story of both David and Lucy, but immediately after the prologue they skipped six months later, which resulted in a lot of the important parts of the beginning of the relationship between Lucy and David being left out. The part of the book that I disliked the most was that most of the first part of the book consisted of inner monologue from Lucy which got really irritating in some parts. I found that both characters of Lucy and David lacked depth and they were very cliché. As the book progressed it had gotten marginally better with some hilarious scenes from Lucy with her sex toys business. The writing was good even though I didn't particularly enjoy the writing style of this book. I am still a fan of Ruth Cardello and will continue reading her books even though I did not enjoy this book.
Lucy Albrighton always wanted out from Fort Mavis, but when her father dies she is forced to come back home and try to save her family ranch. She wants to save the ranch herself as she has been burnt before when accepting a man's help who wanted more than just to help her. In order to save the ranch she starts an online business marketing high tech sex toys.
David Harmon, a horse trainer and ranch manager, is sent by Lucy's friends to try and help her save a ranch. When David sees Lucy he instantly knows she is the one for him. Lucy refuses to accept help from David, but he doesn't back down as he will do anything to protect her.
When the ranch is threatened by Lucy neighbour, David refuses to leave and while the attractions between them grows David must be willing to do everything in his power to protect Lucy.