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

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  757 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews

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'
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 29, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Branston Cates is on his way to his brother, Bubba's wedding in Bramble, Texas, but stops on his way to check out Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, the famous Texas bordello. Like his brother Bubba, Brant believes that answers to the family curse that has plagued the Cates for years may lie at the one hundred year-old whorehouse. Elizabeth Murphy is Bramble's librarian. She's a pillar of society, a little shy and awkward and at thirty-seven considered an old maid by some. She's also Hattie's new
AղցҽӀɑ W.
Spoiler Ahead This was a really good book and the hens were funny. Elizabeth Murphy inherits a house that use to be a house of ill repute when she goes to tell the old women that she will be selling it she finds Brant Cates handcuffed to a bed. Brant is on his way to his brother's wedding when he stops off at Miss Hattie's Henhouse hoping to learn the truth about his great-grandfather's murder. He ends up shot, drugged and handcuffed to a bed, held by three old hens as they liked to be called. T ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Lane gave me a delightful tale that had me laughing, crying, giggling and sighing! This was a fast paced story, with wonderful characters that I connected too and had me buying the previous books in the series. Like a lot of the series I love each book can be read as a standalone and centers on a couple.

The tale begins at Miss Hattie’s Henhouse once a place men traveled to from miles around for good brandy, fine Cuban cigars and lovely ladies; the home is crumbling but Brant Cates goes there sea
Dec 18, 2012 Wminbc rated it really liked it
Wow...I read this one so long ago, but the review is now up that the book is to be released today...check it out!

Brant you hottie...You just need some help with the committment end of things...

Liked it...but wanted more exploration from a 37 yr old virgin and her 38yr old cherry popper!
Rating: A ... Heat: Warm

You know the saying, ‘it takes a village’? Well, while it might not be raising a child, this book is full of unusual characters that raise it to something downright wonderful. This cast of crazy and kooky characters was awesome. From the strange old man who tells stories to anyone who’ll listen, to the library patron with a penchant for Scooby Doo novels, Miz Lane has created something special with Trouble in Texas.

Elizabeth Murphy, an uptight librarian, is known as the

Kathy Davie
Mar 12, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, funny

Fourth in the Deep in the Heart of Texas romance series. The couple focus is on Brant Cates and Elizabeth Murphy in the town of Bramble, Texas.

My Take
Love that sign! "Trespassers will be Prostituted". Makes a nice change from the usual. And be sure to take time out to read the Henhouse rules at the beginning of each chapter...too funny. Right along with "dip into her like a tortilla chip into hot salsa".

Whoo-whee...Lane has definitely caught my attention. I was getting pretty sleepy and thought
Sep 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Branston Cates went to west Texas to attend his brother’s wedding. He stops at Miss Hattie’s Henhouse a former brothel, and is shot by Minnie, an elderly lady, who lives there. She and the other women who live there drug Branston so he won’t call the sheriff. Brant had stopped there because that is where his great-grandfather had been shot and killed.
Elizabeth Murphy owns the henhouse now, so Minnie and the others call her after the shooting. Elizabeth is a librarian, and she doesn’t want anyon
Dec 21, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C-

Brant is on his way to his brother’s wedding when he stops off at Miss Hattie’s Henhouse hoping to learn the truth about his great-grandfather’s murder. He ends up shot, drugged and handcuffed to a bed, held by three old women, or hens as they liked to be called. The actual owner of the house, Elizabeth, shows up there to warn the women that she’s planning to sell their home when she finds Brant. Since he’s still high on whatever drug the o
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
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 he
Sep 06, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Murphy is the epitome of a prim and proper librarian in Bramble. Elizabeth has led her life through her books and kept herself unattached along the way. Having recently inherited Miss Hattie’s Henhouse which is notoriously legendary for the fine serviced the women once gave, Elizabeth wants to sell it sooner rather than later.

Brant Cates is looking for anyway to lift the Cates curse. His first order of business is to find out what really happened to his grandfather and hope his luck wi
Mar 24, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is another book I picked up because we had a help desk ticket on it at work (wrong cover image!) and it looked too cheesy to pass up--plus the main character is a librarian! Couldn't pass that up.

And cheesy it was, full of outdated librarian stereotypes (seriously--sensible brown suits and shoes--on a 30-something year old?!), way too many "old maid" references (again, for a 30-something year old in present-day?!), and general goofiness. But it was also pretty good, with an interesting plot
Amanda P
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, it’s 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 ...more
Guilty Pleasures
Dec 18, 2012 Guilty Pleasures rated it really liked it
KcLu's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.75 Stars

Trouble in Texas is the fourth book in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series, and this series just gets better and better. I mean seriously I want to move to Bramble, Texas!!! This is one of those great series that have you laughing and involved with the love story. And this one takes place in the most famous whorehouse in Texas!!

Brant Cates is the oldest Cates brother, and he is on the shit list of the whole town of Bramble. If you
Aug 10, 2012 Shell rated it it was amazing
Trouble in Texas by Katie Lane

Elizabeth inherited the infamous “Hen House” – now the residence of three old “Hens” but the librarian in Bramble, Texas had no intentions of keeping the house or having anything to do with the place. That included letting anyone know that she was the owner of the run down old home. Unfortunately the three “off their rockers” crazy ladies had other ideas. Ideas that included the kidnapping, shooting (well they only winged his arm) and drugging of the very sexy man t
Aug 27, 2012 D.C. rated it it was amazing
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
Tina "coffee and books"
Trouble in Texas is the latest book in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series by Katie Lane. Often, by the time I’m reading the 4th book in the series it can feel phoned in or repetitive. That is not the case with this book, at all. This series offers the odd occurrence of just getting better and better as it goes on.

Elizabeth Murphy is the prim and proper, small town librarian and the secret owner of the town’s notorious house of ill repute. Raised by a man hating mother she has never really had
Oct 28, 2013 Cindie rated it it was amazing
Book four in this series is now on the shelf with a place of honor. These two characters have warmed my heart and the story of the town of Bramble has added a whole new cast of crazy people to the make this the most endearing of the series.

Who knew a cat house or I should say a "HEN" house could be so complex and and important to so many people.

Did they solve the Cates Curse? Well, you will have to read it to find out. They do solve a whole lot of heartache for a whole lot of people, restore a
Tam B.
Mar 14, 2014 Tam B. rated it it was ok
This was a cute story. Repressed, thirty-something small town librarian discovers her personality via the "hens" at Miss Hattie's Henhouse that she has inherited. The "hens" are older (your grandmother old) women who are former gentlemen entertainers. It is repeatedly stated that the Henhouse was not a whorehouse so exactly what services were provided are up for discussion.

The hero Brant is a bit two dimensional. Because his grandfather (whom he never knew and I gather his father didn't either o
Feb 05, 2014 Kori rated it liked it
Fun and fluffy...and now I have a bit of a hankering to become a Madam.
Mar 15, 2014 Honeypie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
2.5 Stars

The romance was so-so. But I find myself having a lot of similarities with the heroine, Elizabeth Murphy.

Librarian. Loves books and organizing. High chance that people think she's going to be an old maid.

Yup. A lot of similarities. Hahaha!

Although the love story wasn't exactly wow, Elizabeth Murphy finding a love life at age of 37 gives me hope. Wahahaha!

Anyway, on to the book...

The introduction of grumpy, but funny old ladies is a good move. It gives the reader something more interesti
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Book #4 in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series

Where Branston Cates learns that revenge isn't always what you think you need. He's lived his life believed that the Cates family has been cursed since ancestor William Cates was gunned down in Bramble for a mistake that wasn't his. Turns out that what the family thinks about William's death wasn't true and the events that the family believe were a curse may have really just been bad luck.

Small town librarian Elizabeth Murphy has never had much exc
Apr 27, 2014 Sonia rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporanea
Esta serie combinaba hasta ahora escenas muy divertidas con brochazos de conservadurismo pre liberación femenina en un equilibrio que se saldaba a favor de la diversión. Pero en esta ocasión la novela es demasiado old school para mi, la premisa y casi todas sus escenas encajan perfectamente en una novela ambientada antes de 1900 pero me resultan ridículas en la actualidad.
Es chocante la mezcla de feminismo bien entendido y ramalazos misóginos que tiene esta serie, imagino que el corazón de Texa
Actually 3.75 stars

Welcome to Bramble where seriousness, logic and for this installment your imagination and just go with it. Brant Cates is determined to find out the truth and finally find out who and why his great-grandfather was murdered and hopefully break the curse on his family. For Brant that means a side trip to Miss Hattie's Henhouse but he isn't prepared for what he sees there.

Uptight, straight-laced, cat-owner, secret Miss Hattie's Henhouse owner and town librarian, Elizabeth Murphy,
May 17, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ill, katie-lane

Lane gave me a delightful tale that had me laughing, crying, giggling and sighing! This was a fast paced story, with wonderful characters that I connected too and had me buying the previous books in the series. Like a lot of the series I love each book can be read as a standalone and centers on a couple.

The tale b
Jul 02, 2015 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

Brant Cates travels to Miss Hattie’s Henhouse in Bramble, West Texas, to find out why his great-grandfather was shot and killed there. The Henhouse's three remaining residents, Minnie, Baby, and Sunshine, after accidently shooting him, drug him. That's when librarian Elizabeth Murphy, who’s recently inherited the Henhouse, is surprised when she finds Brant naked and handcuffed to her great-great-grandmother Miss Hattie’s
Anna's Herding Cats
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 com
Mar 18, 2014 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-sexy
I still have to say that the first in this series is by far my favorite. But this was a solid addition.

Brant: I wasn't overly impressed with him. One, his fantasies about Miss Hattie were odd-either belonging in a supernatural type book or a series that allows for some degree of magic connections-or creepy-in that he is fantasies about a dead ancestor. It didn't really belong in a Texas book, and I felt it took away from believing his interest in Elizabeth as herself and not her connection to Mi
Nov 17, 2012 Babs rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, western
My thoughts:

Brant shows up at the old Mrs Hattie's hen house to find out who murdered his grandfather. He had no intention of being held there for a night of falling for Elizabeth the new owner. Elizabeth has had a time with the old hens that are living at Mrs Hattie's she shows up to talk with them no expecting to find a man held captive, handcuffed to a bed and naked. She also had no idea the man was THE main who wanted to shut down the oil company in her small town. No one would like to find
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
You can find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.

For inquiring minds.... This is the fourth book in the author's "Deep in the Heart of Texas" series. I have not read the other three, but this book stands on its own. I must say that now that I fell in love with this one, I am going to scoop up the other ones. I seem to be adding Western Romance to my genre; there is something about a man with in a cowboy hat...

This was a quick and fun read. I found myself in stitches within the first few
Shirley Frances
3.50 for the great cast of characters.

A funny romantic read.

I will be honest here and tell you that what attracted me to this book was that very enticing cover. Isn't it awesome? And the good news is that the book is not bad either. So it was a win-win for me!


Brant is a man with a painful past who is certainly not looking for love and who is determined to find the solution to the curse of his family. He believes that it all centers around his great-grandfather's mu
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“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.”
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