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Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas Series #4)

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by Katie Lane
     
 

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THERE'S A FOX IN THE HENHOUSE
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

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THERE'S A FOX IN THE HENHOUSE
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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455515707
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Deep in the Heart of Texas Series , #4
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
65,608
File size:
675 KB

Meet the Author

Katie Lane's interest in romance was sparked in high school in the backseat of a '65 Mustang-okay, so maybe it wasn't romance as much as raging teenage hormones. Still, coupled with a wild imagination, those make-out sessions inspired many a steamy storyline along with a strong belief that true love does prevail. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the owner of that Mustang and would love to hear from her readers.

You can learn more at:
KatieLaneBooks.com
Twitter @ktlane3
Facebook.com/katielanebooks

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Trouble in Texas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ChanelRS More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining story with lots of laughs and romance. I liked it better than the 2nd and 3rd books in this Series. I still think the 1st in the Bramble story line is my favorite. My only comment is, that I wish some of the characters from the other books made more than just a brief appearance in this story. So once again, Katie Lane did not disappoint me and I am looking forward to the next story in this series. For us Katie Lane fans, I would highly recommend, "Hunk For Christmas". It doesn't have any sexy Cowboys, but it is a "Hoot"! I was laughing at loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the rest of the series. I wanted to read how the rest of the family faired.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Best Little Whorehouse, Yahoo! Read from January 17 to 18, 2013 BOOK SYNOPSIS THERE'S A FOX IN THE HENHOUSE 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? My Thoughts Being a lifelong Texan the fact that the setting was my home state was what really attracted me to this story in the first place, the fact it was set in a small town and centered around a house of ill repute was an even greater attraction because we live near the town of La Grange Texas whose claim to fame inspired the movie The Best Little Whorehouse starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds back in 1982 . Opening page you quickly get drawn into the story, even if like me you have read not one book prior in series that will clue you in to past events. Following along as we learn a bit more as to how someone as straight-laced and proper as Elizabeth Murphy came to be the owner of Miss Hattie's is an eye opener at times, especially when the much renowned house of ill repute once again takes front and center stage as the main source of gossip for the town of Bramble. The mystery of the centuries old murder may have been the reason why Brant Cates first came to Bramble and ended up involved with the infamous Henhouse but even once he finds his answers his new found lease on life and his fascination with the secretly sexy librarian Elizabeth Murphy keeps him from leaving. As we follow along laughing at times when Brant and Elizabeth lock horns over one thing or another we are reminded that the journey to true love is not always smooth but in their case it is certainly never boring! This story is full of humor, it takes the reader on a journey about friendships, family relationships, love and honor from a very unexpected source. There is nothing quite like the joy of discovering that there is so much more than meets the eye as to what is going on, after all half the fun of a secret is discovering what it is and why it is being kept, especially when you find yourself enjoying visiting a small town like Bramble where the characters are so outrageously entertaining that you never want to leave! Going back through the synopsis for the rest of the books in the series you will find that in each instance there is a little more back story revealed on each of the Cates family members and to truly be aware of how things tie in to this 4th book one might want to at some point read the three prior books. (I firmly believe it is not really necessary but it would be enjoyable if you did go back to the first 3 books just to catch up on the characters back stories a bit more.) [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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
DaniC More than 1 year ago
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.
WhatsOntheBookshelf More than 1 year ago
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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KGalloway More than 1 year ago
Love the addition of the 'Hens" to the Bramble stories. Brant was pretty yummy too!
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kittyloverof3 More than 1 year ago
I love any romance series but if it's in Texas even better. Cute, romantic, sexy and sweet. Great read for the end of summer! You can easily read the series in a few days. Love it.
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is a continuing series. there is a 'henhouse' in this town that has been falling into disrepairand is inhabited by three old women related to the orginal 'hen'. they want to reopen, but someone, (a man) wants to buy the property and raze the place. so they drug him, strip him, and handcuff him to the bedpost. from there romance and comedy follow. i had a good time reading this one, and will reread it another day. some books are like that, yeah they are! miss katie shows that she is more than just a romance writer with this story. grab a copy and your beverage of choice, curl up and be ready to enjoy a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute read
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Helen & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “This is not my first visit to Bramble, Texas and I guarantee, it won’t be my last!” ~Under the Covers Elizabeth Murphy, an uptight librarian, is known as the old maid of Bramble, Texas. She is also the secret and reluctant owner of the rundown Miss Hattie’s Henhouse—the most famous whorehouse in the state. Closed off and repressed, Elizabeth spends her days hiding behind shelves of books and frumpy clothes. And even though she is only thirty seven, she is more than happy with her loveless and boring life. Her mother had convinced her that men are a waste of time. Until she gets a call from one of the old hens, the nickname for the ladies who once worked for said house of ill repute and is still living at Miss Hattie’s. Told it’s an emergency, Elizabeth rushes out to Miss Hattie’s. Where she finds the hens have chained a naked and wounded man to Miss Hattie’s bed. The man happens to be Branston Cates. Branston who is Obsessed with the Cates Curse and solving his great-granddaddy’s murder so he can free the family of the curse, Brant showed up at Miss Hattie’s hoping to find answers. What he finds instead are three little old ladies, one of whom is holding a loaded gun. After an unfortunate coughing fit, Brant finds himself shot, drugged, and then handcuffed to a bed. Brantson Cates is a man who has known loss and heartache and loves his family greatly. But he can also be cold and calculating even Ruthless. And after an unexpected encounter with Elizabeth, while he was cuffed and not in his right mind, the librarian finds herself on his bad side, Which, I must say, is not an entirely bad side to be on. Elizabeth and Brant were such a hoot. I love the way that Elizabeth sweeps into Brant’s life and riles him up. It’s funny and heartwarming watching these two bicker like an old married couple. And, yeah, I also love that it led to some seriously hot and sexy times. Henhouse Rule #27: An angry co ck is better than a passive one. And we can’t forget the old hens themselves—Minnie, Baby, and Sunshine. The old gals might have scared me out at first, but they wear on you and have you laughing right along with their outrageous antics. Who wouldn’t adore three crazy old ladies who spend their days in lingerie and have a penchant for chain-smoking and match-making? They warmed my heart something fierce. This is not my first visit to Bramble, Texas and I guarantee, it won’t be my last! Favorite Quote: Which didn’t explain why Brant remained outside with Elizabeth, even when he started to suffer from heatstroke. Or maybe heatstroke was only the excuse he used for what happened next. With one eye pinned on Elizabeth, he stripped off his shirt, something he rarely did, and proceeded to perform feats of strength. He moved large rocks for no good reason, grunting as if he were leg- pressing a good five hundred pounds. He welded hedge clippers like Edward Scissorhands. And hoed like a lumberjack bent on clearing the Sierras. It was heatstroke. It had to be. There was no other way to explain a thirty-eight-year-old man flexing and posing for a woman like some goddamned body builder in a competition. And the worst part about it was she didn’t even pay him the slightest bit of attention. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of the books in this seried and this is the best! Loved the characters, they brought such life to the book