ARC Review: Katie Lane – Trouble in Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas Series:

Book 4:

Trouble in Texas: Brant Cates and Elizabeth Murphy

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

Releases: December 18th 2012

Purchase on Amazon: Katie Lane – Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas)




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?


This book turned out to be such a gem! I picked this book up on NetGalley on a whim, because I was in the mood for a cowboy story and the series I had been reading for my cowboy moods wasn’t sparking for me anymore. I saw “house of ill repute” and I was sold. Who doesn’t love a western story with a house of ill repute? LOL I think I just like typing out house of ill repute, its fun! I didn’t have many expectations of this book, I have never read this author before and I knew I was picking up a series on the fourth book, which I usually hate to do, but this time I took a gamble that it would stand on its own. And I am glad to announce it does. You can certainly read this book without having read the first three. What I got with this story was a delightfully funny story that was heartwarming and sassy. I found myself laughing more than I have in a while. There were also so many funny quotable lines!

Elizabeth is a spinster, at 37 she is single, has never dated and never wanted to. She is completely happy with her life as a small town’s resident spinster and librarian and does not want that to change. Elizabeth can feel her life slipping from her fingers when she inherited Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, which was a notorious house of ill repute for decades. With the house she inherited three elderly “Hens”, that are determined for Elizabeth as Miss Hatties youngest descendent to find her inner “Hen”. Elizabeth knows her life is really over when she finds a naked drugged man in Miss Hatties bed. The man in the bed pulls her into his embrace and Elizabeth about loses everything she has held onto all these years. She just hopes that the man never figures out what really happened to him. Which she knows is a lost cause. When the man does finally wake she finds out that she is even more attracted to the non-drugged version of him. Sparks fly and tempers flare between Brant and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth grows a lot as a character throughout the book. When we meet her she is wound so tight she could probably turn a lump of coal into a diamond. But slowly she starts finding herself. She realizes that sexuality isn’t as bad as her mother would have her believe, she starts opening herself to new experiences and to men, well one man, specifically. By the end of the book she is almost a whole new person, well not completely new but someone open to new experiences, one open to Hens and Ms Hatties and realizes there is more to life then a neat, ordered existence. I liked Elizabeth from the beginning but by the end she captures the reader’s heart. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this spitfire grow into a woman.

Brant had endured more than his fair share of tragedy. After the deaths of his brother, wife and son and one of his youngest brothers cancer he is convinced that there is a curse following him! He is convinced that unless he can solve the mystery of his great grandfather’s death he will be forever doomed. It is when he is looking into his great grandfather’s death that he ends up at Miss Hatties, shot, drugged and tied to a bed. It is there that he has one of his most erotic experiences of his life. He is shocked when he wakes and finds out who was in the bed with him that night. He never expected a spinster straight laced spitfire. Despite himself he realizes he wants to experience it again. Even though he is incredibly busy he keeps on finding himself at Miss Hattie’s house and thinking about the elusive Elizabeth. Little by little it seems that Miss Hattie’s and Elizabeth are healing apart of his torn heart, until tragedy strikes once again and now he is even more convinced the curse is in full affect.

Apart from the main characters of Elizabeth and Brant this book is full of side characters and I enjoyed every last one of them. The Hens are hilarious. They are feisty and deviant and know how to live life to its fullest. They provided quite a bit of entertainment. Then there is Brant’s brother Beau who is so damn cute and loveable. He is the easy going; devil may care brother, who you like right from the start. Whereas Brant can be a bit hard, Beau is his foil and is as fun loving as Brant is serious. The town of Bramble and it’s town folk are also quite entertaining. They would tar and feather any that does their town wrong. It kind of reminds me of a more rustic version of the Susan Mallory’s town of Fools Gold. You know the kind of town that kind of takes on a life of its own and has its own little personality. I quite enjoyed, would I ever want to live there, hell no! But I would love to visit and take in the “sites” maybe do a little people watching. LOL =)

Entertaining from beginning to end I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a good western, love to laugh and want a good romance. Now that I have sampled this book I will be looking out for the next books in the series and will probably go back and read the first three books if I can ever find the time. This is my new go to when I am in the mood for some western cowboys!

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Orange

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