Review: Trouble in Texas by Katie Lane

Title:Trouble in Texas
Author:Katie Lane
Release Date: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Western fling)
Rating: 3.5 Hoots
Reviewer: Karia
Buy From: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble

Sum It Up! Hands down, Brant's brother Beau and the Hens kept the story moving with great dialogue, hilarious situations and sweet scenes.


Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl's reputation . . . especially when she's Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble's prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger's kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Waking up in Miss Hattie's Henhouse isn't how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy's murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can't pull himself away.

Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble's newest bad boy? (Goodreads)

Okay, I need to be frank: I could not connect with a 37 yr old virgin who gives it up to the first hot guy she meets, in a whorehouse no less. Just sayin'. Add to that, Lizzie was annoying and rude to people who were never anything but kind to her. Then, sprinkle on a bit of judgment, condescension and ridiculous and you have Lizzie. Just as an aside: I would have thought that having your cherry popped at 37 may have opened up a world of exploration and questions...but Lizzie just goes with it and jumps on board Brant, ride after ride.

That said, I did like Brant and his inner conflict. While he certainly is no bad boy, he is the "now" eldest son who runs the family business, cares for his siblings and locks down his broken soul. I really liked Brant and his struggle to keep it together. His belief in the family curse may have been his motivation for going to Miss Hattie's Henhouse, but like me, it was the Hen's that had him coming back for more and more.

Once Lizzie and Brant got together, I began to like her a bit more. Lizzie still seemed incredibly immature and self-righteous, but sex with Brant certainly loosened her up. So much so, that when she and the Hen's re-opened the Henhouse, Lizzie stepped in and performed! The best part of this book was the Hens! Hands down, Brant's brother Beau and the Hens kept the story moving with great dialogue, hilarious situations and sweet scenes.

I enjoyed seeing Billy and Shirlene again...as much as I enjoyed Brant eating his words when he discovered that she was as far from a gold-digger as one could be and super sweet to boot! Enjoy!

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