TYCOON TAKEDOWN                             RUTH CARDELLO
Posted:  March 13, 2015

Tycoon Takedown by Ruth CardelloMelanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame that he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and sizzling detour.

Charles Dery is at the top of his game, but all he can think about is bedding the woman he was asked to protect. When she’s almost killed, he takes what he’d been denying himself and discovers he’ll do anything to keep her—even break his own rules.

When it comes to love, two wrongs may just finally make a right.

     We all know someone just like Melanie Hanna or some have been her.  You have gone off to school or were just livin’ life and the guy everyone wants, wants you.  That’s what happened to Melanie just when she had the world by the tail.  She finds herself pregnant from the one guy who wanted nothing more than a good screw.  She doesn’t even know that because he was gone so fast.
     A little over a month later she finds out she is carrying Todd’s child.  She is so angry and hurt that he just used her that she chooses to not tell him when her son is born.  With that she pushes family who did not approve and friends away because she was so ashamed and mad.  She herself leaving to another state to work for Tony Carlton being his housekeeper.  Tony was hiding out on his ranch from life and a tragedy.  She had her anger so they understood each other’s space and keep their distance and respected each other’s privacy by not asking any questions.  They worked well together they stayed out of each other’s lives and way.
     Then Sarah came into Tony’s life and now their engaged.  Making Jace, her son, ask questions about his daddy.  “What happened to him?  Does he love me? Etc…”  That is when Melanie knew she needed to track down Todd.  She was N.Y. bound which scared her to death since over the 5 years she had worked on the ranch she really never left.  She was prone to panic attacks and that was not good to have out there on her own and to stubborn to take the help Sarah was offering by letting her come with her.  So, Sarah told her to look up her brother Charles, which Melanie had met when he came to the ranch to visit.  Sarah said Charles could help her in any way possible.
     Charles and Melanie had met when he had come to Texas to visit Sarah.  It was not a great meeting but there was a hot sexual chemistry.  Charles talked himself out of anything, due to the fact that Melanie has a child.  When in fact Sarah said Charles avoids caring using indifference in order to not get involved or attached to anyone or anything.
     I enjoy how no matter what Melanie tries to stay true to herself but she knows she is not only starved for affection but love too.  So the struggle that you see her emotions take are true and believable.  Charles wants to keep it impersonal hence the first sexual encounter.  You know things have changed when his first signs of jealousy appear when she says she’s looking for Jace’s father.
     It gives this a whole new dimension when you are able to feel her fears of leaving the sanctuary she had lived in for 5 years to venture to N.Y. to do just that for her son.  A mother’s love.  What she finds though rocks her to her core to the point where she flees leaving Charles dumbfounded as to why things are not following his perfect plan to a “T”.  He once again has to call his less than sympathetic friend Mason.  Who by the way is funnier than Hell!  Scandalous but funny!  Directly honest and surprisingly worth his weight in gold with great advice.  It’s just that Charles just doesn’t always see it that way or doesn’t want to.  They had been friends since college days at Sanford so never held their punches in trust but always done in love and humor at least by Mason.  This book is so worth the read.  I give this 5 stars.
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