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Cowboy Charm School

(Haywire Brides #1)

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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 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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
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
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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
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April
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
Ines
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.



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
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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
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Yvette
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Maida
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
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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.
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
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Jackie
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
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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 Ranger Brett Tucker hates to br
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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
Seara
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!
BlueJeansAndTeacups
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
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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 Spohn
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
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Jenn Belden
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
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
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Diane
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
Sophie
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
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
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Elizabeth
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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Connie
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
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Shirley Linn
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, whimsical story. Brett rushes into a church to stop a wedding and apprehend a criminal. He stops the wedding but, it is the wrong man. He feels bad because the bride to be breaks up with the groom. He continues to try to find the criminal he is after and to help get the bride and groom back together. The more he tries to help, the more he falls in love with Kate. Can he get past the guilt he feels for breaking them up and tell her he loves her or will he lose the person who means ...more
Gayle Fontenot
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Loved it!

This one has everything I love in a historical western romance. A Texas Ranger, outlaws, a small town, great characters, a lovely sweet woman(she makes fantastic candy) and of course a sweet and complicated romance. I laughed so much while reading this and was anxious to see how it ended. Thanks Margaret Brownley for a delightful and very entertaining book. Looking forward to the next book to see what else happens in Haywire!!
Sarah
4.5 Stars

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Breane Ross
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't usually like this type of book unless it is really different but I was given an arc on netgalley and took a chance. Boy, am I glad I did. Really enjoyed the characters and the story! Totally recommend!
Jessica
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Another new author for me! I loved the suspense of the story and the charm of each of the characters.
Janet
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So cute. Will be checking out more of her books.
Nice, light and fun. Yet interesting and not completely predictable.
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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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