Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas #4) by Katie Lane

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?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ahhh Katie Lane. I'm sold. What an absolutely cheeky and charming author. Trouble in Texas was a hoot. I'm just loving this quirky little Texas town and the people that live there. You just never know what's going to come out of their mouths and it's just entertaining as hell--what with old ladies shooting heroes, people getting tied to beds and heroines inheriting houses of ill repute. Yeah. It's...quirky and just so damn good.

The quick of it--- Elizabeth has just inherited a hen house that comes with a couple of the old hens who want to get this, hrm, house of pleasures? up and running again. And Brant. He gets sucked in to the whole shebang when one of those hens shoots him while he's there searching for answers about a long ago murder in his family.

I really enjoyed Elizabeth and Brant. They're a bit older than the typical hero/heroine (37/38) and more than what they might seem on the outside--a prim librarian and a damaged man determined to find out the truth about the past. Elizabeth's straightforward and honest. Says what's she's thinking and doesn't play games and is just sweet and daring. And I completely fell for her. And Brant? Oh I just wanted to shake the gorgeous son of a bitch. He's smart, talented and can't see what's right in front of him worth a damn. And it was so much fun watching him deal with his attraction to Elizabeth.
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.
I really liked these two together. Not quite as steamy a read as I'd expected seeing the heroine now owns the most notorious henhouse in Texas but what was there was good.

All in all, Trouble in Texas was a fun read. My only complaint about the relationship was I'd have liked a little more digging into their emotional state and the connection between them but still I really liked what was there. It had me smiling and chuckling quite a bit and just feeling for these two. And definitely ready to read more from Lane. She's got a great sense of humor and really knows how to wield it.

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