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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    Welcome back to Bramble and Katie Lane's CRAZY characters

    Branston William Cates is the oldest of the Cates children. He has it set in his mind that there is a curse on his family. His brother Buckley, died as a teenager, trying to outrun a train. Brant’s wife Mandy and young son, B.J., were killed in a tornado. And his younger brother, Beau, who is probably in his twenties is a cancer survivor. We first heard of Brant, President of C-Corp, a large family owned oil and gas company, in Catch Me a Cowboy.

    Elizabeth Murphy is the prim and proper librarian of Bramble. She’s a thirty-seven year old woman, who many consider to be an old-maid. She is strictly business and her clothes show it. Well, maybe not. Her clothes are probably what a seventy-year-old uptight school teacher would wear, if she wasn’t into the latest styles and fashion. Picture hair pulled back into a SUPER tight bun, glasses, and Miss Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies. She lives alone with her cat, Atticus. Oh, I forgot to mention she’s never been with a man before.

    This is probably the best book in the series. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I love it. Brant and Elizabeth are two people you wouldn’t dream of putting together, but they work. It probably has something to do with the “hens”. The “hens” are a couple of women who use to live and work at Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, just outside of Bramble. In case you haven’t figured it out, the henhouse is a place where a lot of X-rated activity occurred. Or maybe not.

    Appearances and perceptions are not always as they appear. The henhouse isn’t totally what you think it is. Brant isn’t anything like the guy he appeared to be in Catch Me a Cowboy. Elizabeth isn’t the quiet, let everyone push her around, not standing up for herself woman.

    In Trouble with Texas, Elizabeth is contacted by a lawyer and told her grandmother, a woman she has never met, has left her the henhouse. Miss Hattie’s Henhouse was at one point in time a beautiful place. In fact, it still houses a library any booklover could only dream of being able to step into; and enough antiques to make the host of Antiques Roadshow salivate. But it’s also rundown and in desperate need of repairs. Not only did Elizabeth inherit the house, but she also inherited the three women currently living there, who have some plans of their own.

    The story starts out with Brant driving to Bramble to attend the wedding of his brother Billy and Sharlene. On the way to the wedding, he decides to stop at Miss Hattie’s and see if he can find out some information about his great-grandfather. Well, one thing leads to another, and Minnie shoots Brant and then the other hens drug him and handcuff him to a bed. This is only the start of the laughable moments for this book.

    I'm all about the journey writers take readers on to get to happy endings. Katie Lane did a wonderful job of taking us on the journey of Elizabeth and Brant. We're able to find out more about Elizabeth and her background. We're also able to get to the bottom of the Cates curse and find out what actually happened to William Frances Cates.

    Trouble in Texas is full of surprises and twists. I can't wait to find out what Ms. Lane has in store for us in book five, Flirting with Texas, featuring Beau Cates and Jenna Jay Scroggs.

    Source: NetGalley
    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    Love the addition of the 'Hens" to the Bramble stories. Bra

    Love the addition of the 'Hens" to the Bramble stories. Brant was pretty yummy too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Cute

    Cute read

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Author Katie Lane has fast become one of my favorite authors to

    Author Katie Lane has fast become one of my favorite authors to read. Her Deep in the Heart of Texas series is one of the best cowboy/ small town series out there and her latest book Trouble in Texas is just an enjoyable story to read.

    Elizabeth Murphy is the quintessential prim and proper small town librarian. She doesn’t want the town to know of her family’s sordid past – that is is related to women who used to work at the local ‘hen house’. In fact she owns and is looking after the elderly hens that still call it home.

    Brant Cates has been seeking revenge for his grandfather’s death. Now that his brothers won’t let him accomplish that he heads into town to watch one of them get married. Before he gets there he makes a stop at Miss Hattie’s, one of the places his deceased grandfather was said to have been. The next thing he knows he is naked and handcuffed to a bed!

    I have to say I love how well the plot moves with this old murder mystery and the romance between Brant and Elizabeth. It was nice to see Brant was mostly over his deseeded wife enough that she did not come in-between him and Elizabeth.

    I would recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who loves a good cowboy romance.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    I've read all of Katie's books that take place in Bramble, TX. I

    I've read all of Katie's books that take place in Bramble, TX. I believe this is one of my favorite. It is full of humor, suspense, and realistic relationships between family. The most impressive thing about TROUBLE IN TEXAS was the way Katie made Brant, a rather unloveable character, someone that I wanted more from. She certainly redeemed him from previous books.

    Elizabeth is a great character, independent and hard working librarian. But beneath her stuffy suits and daily routine is a woman full of spunk and dedication. I really enjoyed watching her transition from librarian to true owner/operator of Miss Hattie's Henhouse. She was a very relateable character that brought a different personality to the story. Katie Lane has a way of making you forget you're reading. She brings you right into the story with the characters.

    Brant Cates was my least favorite of the Cates brothers going into this story. But we see a major transformation, in my opinion. in TROUBLE IN TEXAS we learn that he is who he is because he'll do anything for those he loves. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Brant once I got to see the other side of him. The relationship between Brant and Elizabeth is volatile, but it adds a little wonder on how they will end up together. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

    TROUBLE IN TEXAS has a great cast of secondary characters. The hens of Ms. Hattie's are hilarious. Three old women who are all about getting what they want, however they need to do that. I loved the dynamic of Sunshine, Baby, and Minnie.

    This is a must-read series. I can't wait to see what happens to Beau Cates!

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