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Cowboy Charm School

(The Haywire Brides #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  63 reviews
When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the w
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Browning is a 2019 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication.

A refreshing romance mingled with a healthy dose of humor-

Texas Ranger, Brett Tucker is on a manhunt for the infamous criminal Frank Foster. He’s sure he has found his man, but he may have to stop a wedding in order to capture him. But won’t the bride-to-be feel relieved once she learns the truth about her future husband?

Well, Brett found Frank Foster, just not the right one. If that weren’t bad enough, he’
This had one of the best intros, had me laughing and glued to the pages! I love when a book can suck me in so quickly. This was a charming story set in the old west. It had been a long time since I read a western so it was fun to enjoy this setting again. The old town of Haywire, Texas was charming and the townspeople were unique and fun. I loved the candyshop Kate worked at, I thought that was a great setting. Kate was likable, I felt bad for her over the whole Frank situation. She was such a l ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm usually not into historical novels, but this one caught me since the first chapter. This historical romance with a touch of mystery is the perfect page-turner. It has everything to keep you glued to its pages: outlaws that could be anyone in the little town of Haywire, a love triangle, and lots and lots of candies. The dialogues are lively and the characters have a background and well-built personalities.

Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
A great combination of romance, humor, history and even a little bit of a mystery!

This is the first book I've read by this author but I've featured her books on my blog many times in the past. I wasn't aware of what I was missing until I read this book. Another book I just couldn't put down and wanted to know what was going to happen next for Kate. Was Frank Foster going to win her heart again or was it lost to Texas Ranger Brett Tucker?

This is set in a small Texas town (heck I think they were a
Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romance set in a small Texas town in the 1880s, Cowboy Charm School begins with Texas Ranger Brett Tucker racing into a church to stop the wedding of wanted outlaw Frank Foster.

Problem is, it’s the wrong Frank Foster… and things don’t improve much for Tucker as he does his best to repair the damage done, trying to get Frank back together with his outraged would-be bride, Kate. It’s a hilarious and at times poignant comedy of errors as candy-maker Kate has to step back and take a hard loo
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This was really cute and light-hearted! A great book to read in the summertime while relaxing at the pool or beach!
Robin Loves Reading
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brett Tucker is doing his darnedest to display altruistic behavior. Brett is a Texas Ranger and manages to interrupt a wedding as he has just caught his man, Frank Foster. However, it is the wrong Frank Foster! The wedding is nearly ruined and Brett approaches the bride to offer his apologies. The problem is, Frank, the groom, has an insane jealous streak and immediately chaos ensues and a fight breaks up. Bride-to-be Kate Denver has had enough of Frank and his jealous behavior and ultimate call ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley is book 1 in her new series "The Haywire Brides". A clean, light and airy adventure. Set in 1855 Haywire, Texas. This is the story of Texas Ranger Brett Tucker,  Kate Denver and Frank Foster and a calamity of errors. Laugh at loud moments,  mystery,  a bit of suspense and romance will pull readers into this delightful romance and hold them glued to the pages. The characters are charming,  humorous and engaging. The storyline is unpredictable,  steady pace ...more
This was a pretty average Western light on the romance and even the H/h interactions. Instead for most of the book we get to read about the hero/heroine working, hero helping her ex win her back etc.
Jessica Grogan
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, simple story. The romance was a little lacking but still an overall enjoyable read. The mystery plot was very entertaining and I was surprised by the perpetrator. I would give this author another try.
Lynn Poppe
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cowboy Charm School is a delightful read from start to finish.
Ms. Brownley does an incredible job describing the action taking place throughout the novel. The opening scene grabbed my attention right away and set the tone for the entire book. I don’t want to ruin the scene for you, dear reader, but there is an interrupted wedding, a case of mistaken identity, a jealous groom, a fire, and a fist fight, all within the first 4 pages! Other great scenes include taffy pulling between the two main cha
Romancing the Book
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Cowboy Charm School had a cute premise when a Texas Ranger, Brett, is trying to teach courting skills to a man, Frank, who owns a saddle and leather shop who just happens to be the bridegroom whose wedding Brett interrupted thinking he was a wanted man. The bride, Kate, calls off the wedding after fights break out. From that point on Frank is trying to win her back to marry him, Brett is lovesick and doesn’t know
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been some time since I've read a Margaret Brownley novel, and I was immediately reminded of why I so enjoy them - her signature combination of sweet romance, old west adventure, and gentle humor. 

Though not many begin with a Texas Ranger crashing the wedding of a candy maker, mistaking the groom for an outlaw, it is the Cyrano-like efforts to mend the damage he does that sets it apart from other sweet historical western romances.  As Ranger Brett Tucker takes on the task of making one Fra
Hilarious! This is my first historical western romantic comedy and I had so much fun reading Cowboy Charm School. It's also my first book by Margaret Brownley, but will definitely not be the last.

From the first scene at the chapel to the Happily-Ever-After Epilogue, this book thoroughly entertains. With engaging characters from the small town of Haywire coming to life in the pages of the book, Cowboy Charm School is just the thing we need to take our minds off the harsh realities of life even f
Sarah Ruut
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you accidentally make a mess of things, you clean it up, right? That's what Brett Tucker believes, but the cleanup may be more involved than he realizes.

Cowboy Charm School is a fun historical romance. With clever characters and comical situations, you'll likely be eagerly turning pages to discover just how this "mess" will turn out.

I have enjoyed Margaret Brownley's Christian fiction in the past, and I did not realize that this novel is not "Christian" but "clean." There is no faith elemen
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Kate Denver is about to be married to long time beau Frank when Texas Ranger Brett Tucker storms the wedding to arrest Frank. Unfortunately, it is all a mistake. Frank is no criminal but it sets into motion in Kate’s mind about whether she and Frank should get married and it doesn’t help that the handsome Brett Tucker is hanging around the town looking for the real criminal Frank Foster. Typical romance novel but sweet.
Book Info
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492658340 (ISBN13: 9781492658344)
Edition Language English
Series Haywire Brides #1
Other Editions (1)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Rang
Ellen White
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cowboy Charm School. new series “Haywire Brides” by Margaret Brownley set in 1885. Brett as a Texas Ranger trying to stop a wedding, a hilarious way to start a story. His busting into the church, ended the wedding and maybe even his career. It is no wonder why he hates wedding. Fate has other ideas, as he tries to correct his mistakes. The author always has stories that have a sense of humor in them, and this definitely does. Brett is getting in deeper the more time he spends in town. Readers wi ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good! Considering it was set I the old Western days I didn't think I would enjoy, but I did!! Great way to keep the reader intrigued is by keeping them on their toes and this book did it to me. Can't wait to read more!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Kate Denver works in The Haywire Book and Sweet Shop in Haywire, TX. She came over on the Orphan Train as a little girl, along with the highly practical albeit often jealous Frank Foster. They’ve grown up together in the small town and are preparing to tie the knot when Texas Ranger Brett Tucker comes barreling into the church to stop the wedding, save the bride from future disaster and arrest Frank Foster once and for all. Unfortunately, he’s got the wrong Frank Foster which results in fists of ...more
Ruthie Jones
Cowboy Charm School as a title for a Western Romance definitely conjures up some interesting images, but it fits the story perfectly. If you’re in the mood for some sugary-sweet romance with a hint of the Western Frontier lifestyle, complete with quirky characters, Wild West robberies, and a handsome Texas Ranger, you have certainly come to the right place.

The author has crafted a unique story that will leave you laughing and falling in love with so many characters, including a dog that can’t se
Lorilei Gonzales
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first chapter, I could tell that this book wasn't written by your typical romance novelist. I can't put my finger on it, but perhaps it is Brownley's word choice - none of those overused descriptions we see in most western romance novels - that sets this book apart from all the other romance novels I have read. Or maybe it's because that first chapter, so suspenseful and visceral, doesn't read like a romance at all. But don't worry, come chapter two, you definitely know that you ha ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I had fun with Cowboy Charm School, the situation is laugh out loud worthy, the characters lively and believable and the adventure is just beginning in The Haywire Brides series. It’s always fun for me to get started on a new Margaret Brownley series because I never, ever know what to expect or what I’ll learn along the way.

Brett makes one heck of a mistake when he steps in to stop a wedding only to discover he’s got the wrong man in his sights. Yet his action does p
Jenn Belden
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
Cowboy Charm School is the first book in author Margaret Brownley's new series The Haywire Brides.  What a fun read this was! It's a sweet western love story with a good mystery and light-hearted humor.  This is a clean romance:  there is enough old-fashioned wistfulness and longing and chemistry to make your heart go pitty-patter.

Told from a dual point of view, we see the perspectives of both candy maker and bride-to-be (maybe) Kate, and wedding crasher and Texas Ranger Brett.  Brett is an upst
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
Cowboy Charm School is the Cyrano de Bergerac of cowboy stories. What a delightful story and fabulous start to a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to dig into the next installment of The Haywire Brides.

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker is temporarily in Haywire, Texas to track down some robbers, notably Frank Foster. He has a personal interest to see Foster behind bars. So when Brett learns that Frank Foster and Kate Denver are to be married, his conscience won’t let him see this
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So the story is set in 1885 in America. As you may know (or not), I usually read Historical Romances that are often set in England, so I am not quite familiar with things in that time over the Ocean. Personally, I thought this book was quite modern for the time, because people used colt, were working in a candy shop and used the telegraph. Again, I have no clue (almost) with American history, because when I was in school I learned about European history of that time so if these things were norma ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This charming historical romance is guaranteed to entertain you with a Texas-style retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac that takes place in the small Texas town of Haywire in 1885. With tongue-in-cheek humor the author weaves a delightful story filled with colorful characters including a bumbling Texas Ranger, Brett Tucker, who gathers clues he hopes will lead him to the outlaw who broke his sister’s heart. In the guise of helping Frank Foster woo reluctant bride Kate Denver whose wedding he disrupte ...more
Maggie Boyd
Margaret Brownley starts off a brand-new series of humorous historical westerns with Cowboy Charm School, the first book in the Haywire Brides saga.

From the back blurb: Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing…only to find he has the wrong man.

Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé’s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley plus I purchased a copy.

This was a wonderful book. I so thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were fantastic. The book had my favorite dual POV. The plot was original and flowed so well that before I was ready for it, it was over. I love Brett and Kate's story.

There were scenes in this book that were hilarious. I had to stop reading as I was laughing so hard. A warning, if you have a weak blander, wear Depends!!!! The scene with Brett a
Elizabeth H.
What a cute read!

I loved Brett! He is such a stand-up guy. He feels horrible for ruining Kate's wedding and is doing everything in his power to help her groom-to-be Frank win back Kate's favor. He plays Cyrano to Frank's Christian and it's sweet and SO romantic. Soon Brett realizes the words professed and the gifts he suggests are stemmed from his own feelings for the lovely Kate.

The storyline had a nice flow, the characters were delightful and the mystery that brought Brett to Haywire is exciti
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BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's was a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentenc ...more

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