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Trouble in Texas

(Deep in the Heart of Texas #4)

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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'
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jill
Nov 29, 2012 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
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☕️Kimberly
Nov 02, 2012 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
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Aղցela W.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wminbc
Aug 05, 2012 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!

http://www.nocturnereads.com/2012/12/...

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!
Kathy Davie
Aug 10, 2012 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
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Letitia
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

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Jess
Dec 06, 2012 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
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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
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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
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Rebecca
Sep 22, 2012 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
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Emily
Aug 29, 2012 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
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Amanda
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
Karen
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Shell
Aug 10, 2012 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
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
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
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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
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D.C.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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
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Debbie
Mar 23, 2015 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
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Cindie
Oct 22, 2013 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
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Connor
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was not a good book. It was painful to read. Ridiculous storyline and bad writing.
Kori
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun and fluffy...and now I have a bit of a hankering to become a Madam.
Nate Brightman
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble in Texas the 4th book in Katie Lane’s Deep in the Heart of Texas series is a bit of a departure from the first 3 books. In the first 3 books the main female characters of each book, Hope, her twin sister Faith and their BFF Shirleen if not the main female character were all very prominent characters in each other’s stories. In this book the 3 women are reserved for cameos. So too most of the zany residents of Bramble Texas other than Kenny Gene and old man Tate, the town’s oldest living ...more
Chris
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katie-lane, ill
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

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
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Jamahat Julaiha
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the way to attend his brother wedding, Brant stop by Miss Hattie's Henhouse to solve his great grandfather murder case. He never expected his arrival was greeted with a shoot and drugged.

It's really unexpected, Elizabeth a proper librarian from previous book is the owner of the Miss Hattie's Henhouse the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas. When she got a call from of the hen that tell her there was a problem at the Henhouse, she never expected to see a man handcuffed in bed. The str
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Bunga
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cowboy
Yang ini agak lucu ceritanya. Elizabeth, seorang penjaga perpustakaan di kota kecil yang terkenal sebagai perawan tua ternyata diam-diam dapat warisan sebuah rumah tua bersejarah yang dulunya terkenal sebagai rumah bordir legendaris. Lalu hero kita di sini, Branton atau Brant, tertarik untuk menyelidiki kematian kakek buyutnya yang digosipkan tewas di rumah bordir tsb, meski di catatan resminya diberitakan terbunuh di kota karena konflik hutang. Karakter di buku ini lumayan rame karena ada 3 hen ...more
E_bookpushers
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2013/01/16/...

Publisher: Forever
Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

Get ready for the newest novel in the Deep in the Heart of Texas series.
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, s
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Jennie
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This a new author for me. The story is good, but I had trouble getting into it. I am glad that I stayed with the book because I did end up enjoying the story.
Shadee
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, love-story, romance
Picked up this title from a library display and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. On to read the next!
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed on: http://readyourwrites.blogspot.com
For Read Your Writes Book Reviews


Legend has it, William Frances Cates, great-grandfather of Brant Cates, was shot and killed by Sheriff Murdock over a hundred years ago. The shooting was the result of a dispute relating to a dedication plaque for the town of Bramble. The legend goes on to state that the dispute was about money. William was commissioned to make a plaque for the town hall. The building of the town hall fell behind schedule, thus the p
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Legend has it, William Frances Cates, great-grandfather of Brant Cates, was shot and killed by Sheriff Murdock over a hundred years ago. The shooting was the result of a dispute relating to a dedication plaque for the town of Bramble. The legend goes on to state that the dispute was about money. William was commissioned to make a plaque for the town hall. The building of the town hall fell behind schedule, thus the plaque William presented had the
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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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