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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 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 wrong man. STOP THAT WEDDING! 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 good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.


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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 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 wrong man. STOP THAT WEDDING! 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 good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

30 review for Cowboy Charm School

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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’ 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’s disrupted a perfectly innocent couple’s special day- AND caused the once happy couple to call the wedding off for good! Kate Denver should be furious with Brett Tucker for ruining her wedding, but deep down she feels he might have done her a favor. Still, Brett feels terrible and hopes he can help Kate and Frank reunite, while he looks for right ‘Frank Foster’. To that end, he begins tutoring Frank on the proper way to court a lady- especially one as special as Kate. The only problem is, Brett may be falling for her himself. While this story is primarily a romance, there is also a mystery to solve, with a bit of danger tossed into the mix. However, the humor is what gives this story most of its charm. I loved Brett’s advice to Frank, which is so sweet and romantic. Kate’s book and sweets shop is a delightful backdrop and having Kate and her aunt run the shop is a nice touch. The author also does an amazing job with the characterizations and her writing is very descriptive, as well, giving the reader plenty to visualize. I have not read many western historical romances in the past few years and only recently stumbled across a few authors who are writing within this historical romance sub-genre and am thrilled to have discovered them. This is a book literally anyone can enjoy- even young adults and teens. The romance is sweet and refreshingly clean, and while the story is obviously very light- it is entertaining and fun. I turned the last page with a big smile on my face, reminding me that I need to read more sweet, old fashioned stories that make me laugh and lift my spirits. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    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 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 likable character and everyone loves her, so I don't know why everyone was pushing her to marry Frank! Texas Ranger Brett Tucker was a fun character, charming and sweet and determined to get the job done. Both jobs, helping the helpless Frank Foster win back his bride and hunt down the robbers. I thought it was sweet of him to try and help Frank out. Brett and Kate have a fun relationship, I wish we could have seen them together a bit more to really build the relationship and make it a tad more believable. Overall though, I really enjoyed this one and I look forward to reading more in the Haywire Bride series! Content: Romance: Clean Language: Mild, a lot of OMG type language Violence: Mild Religious: None Series: Haywire Brides, Book One Source: Netgalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ines

    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. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 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 all small back in the late 1800s) where Kate is running the family business, a candy store that also happens to sell dime novels, much to the horror of some town residents (they think the books are risque). The descriptions of her sweets were very tempting. I loved that she befriended a young boy that was being bullied and actually helped turn that situation around. When it comes to romance, Frank Foster has no idea how to woo a woman. Brett Tucker feels it is his obligation to teach Frank how to woo since he broke up their wedding. This reminded me a little bit of My Fair Lady and the basic story line. It is obvious that Frank has his work cut out for him especially since he is allergic to animals and Kate loves animals. I enjoyed the interaction between Brett and Frank and found it quite humorous. Plus Frank has this jealous streak a mile wide, that causes some issues for all involved. The mystery portion of this book is who was in the gang that kept robbing towns and how did they keep eluding law enforcement. I was quite surprised by the reveal when it was discovered but it made sense. However, before getting to that point a few people were in jeopardy because the outlaws thought they knew more than they really did, so of course they wanted to make sure the citizens didn't reveal their identity. This is one of my favorite lines in the book: "Heck, she hadn't just sneaked her way in; she'd practically burrowed a hole right through him all the way to his heart. And he had no right feeling this way."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    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 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 look at her life, wondering if she’s doing the right thing or just taking the easy path. This felt so real and charming, from all the little details about candymaking in the late nineteenth century which the author has obviously researched thoroughly. Brett’s slow realisation he was falling for Kate himself, and his ever more desperate efforts to do the right thing despite Frank’s utter cluelessness, were absolutely charming; he was a hero worthy of the name, a true man of honour, and Kate was a wonderful match for him, with her sass and determination. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with some genuine nuggets of historical information - I never heard of ‘orphan trains’ before this, and was fascinated to read up on them - I’ll be looking for more in the Haywire, Texas series in the future! Five stars. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    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!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    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 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 calls the wedding off. Brett feels incredibly bad. So, he is determined to do whatever it takes to bring this couple back together. I immediately thought of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Brett soon discovers that Frank is far from the romantic type as he begins coaching him. After all, he suggests to Brett that a tire jack would serve as the perfect make-up gift to Kate. Meanwhile, Brett is still looking for the criminal he tried to find at the outset and continues on in that endeavor as well. Brett soon discovers that a match should truly be made - and that perhaps he should be the man in Kate's life. What does Kate have to say about things? Determinedly she resists Frank's attempts at a reconciliation. Does her letting Frank go for good have anything to do with her growing feelings towards Brett? Cowboy Charm School is a warm and delightfully sweet love story. There was so much humor in this story. There were Frank's allergies, Brett's attempts and Kate's responses - and all of these made this quite the pleasurable read. I thoroughly loved the characters in this story, even Frank. The story takes place in Texas in the late 1800s and Kate was a candy maker, which I thought was an admirable profession for a woman to have during those days. She also was an animal lover, which I really enjoyed. This engaging story captured my heart and I was able to read it in one sitting. This is the first in the Haywire Bride series and I am looking forward to the next story. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    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 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 paced, adventurous, mysterious and definitely unpredictable. An enjoyable and lively new series from the talented Margaret Brownley.  A definite keeper and must read for fans of clean, sweet, Western Historical romance set in a small town in Texas. Lighthearted and heartwarming with a twist of fate. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review." Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewer: AprilR     

  9. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Grogan

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Poppe

    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 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 characters, Brett and Kate, and a scene where a calf is rescued from a precarious position. The taffy pulling scene reminded me of my childhood, making taffy with my family at Christmas every year (with a lot less flirty banter!); while the scene with the calf was just hilarious, physical comedy. In addition to some great scenes, I am smitten with the language in Cowboy Charm School. Kate uses “fudge” like a curse word. Brett explains how romancing a woman is similar to fishing. One passage I really love is Kate’s description of her courage as a child: her rough-and-tumble ways had been little more than bravado. She was like the sweet nougats her aunt made, with the hard crusts and soft centers. I seriously identify with that description of soft and sweet underneath the hard crust! I found myself chuckling on more than one occasion throughout the book due to the great word selection. The characters in Cowboy Charm School are well-developed and amusing. Kate attempts to re-create her uncle’s most challenging candy recipe result in more failures than successes. She also rescues animals and people in danger on a regular basis. The fortunes Kate writes for her customers at the candy shop are always spot on. Brett is the fearless Texas Ranger in Haywire to find the criminals. Brett is very clever, following the clues to the bad guys. He’s also a great foil to Kate, bantering back and forth, discussing multiple topics. The secondary characters round out the town. From Kate’s Aunt Letty, a force to be reckoned with, to the little kids who frequent her candy shop, Ms. Brownley does a fascinating job layering the different characters into the town of Haywire. If you are one of those readers always looking for the title drop, Cowboy Charm School does not disappoint. The title is a lot more obvious by the end of the novel. And I feel like I should have figured that clue out a lot sooner! If you like historical romance with some witty banter, a side of mystery, and great writing, I highly recommend Cowboy Charm School. I’m looking forward to reading more books set in the town of Haywire.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    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 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 it and Kate is torn on whether she and Frank are meant to be even with their history since they were children. Book and Sweet Shop is an interesting combination for a business and Kate and her Aunt Letty run it. I loved all the sayings that were around the store and on the slips of paper Kate puts in each bag of candy she sells. She tries to match the sayings to the person receiving it. The candy names and flavors were interesting to read and gave me a chuckle or two. Kate loves all animals and she is always nursing one back to health and has a menagerie. Frank is allergic to fur and dander and gets hives and sneezes whenever he’s around animals. He’s also very jealous of any man he thinks pays any attention to Kate and she doesn’t take kindly to since she gives him no reason to be jealous. There are a lot of twists and turns to the story but it got old fast that Frank is so inept at love and courting. I cringed every time Brett had to trip over his words to say what Frank wanted to hear and not what Brett really wanted to say as himself. Brett and Kate definitely felt something between them but neither one was brave enough to tackle it or were they? The story didn’t always run smoothly and was sometimes choppy. The descriptions of the land and the town were vivid in their telling and made me feel that I was there. There was nice closure and a couple of happily-ever-afters thanks to the epilogue that takes place a year later. I’ve only read one other book by Brownley and it also had a wedding gone wrong. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    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 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 Frank Foster into the type of man Kate Denver can fall back in love with while simultaneously working to apprehend the criminal Frank Foster who he believes is now part of a gang terrorizing Kate's town of Haywire. Now, it isn't without it's problems.  While Kate excuses much of Frank's behavior based on their childhood friendship and shared experience of the orphan trains and the efforts to make over Frank may be well intentioned, but this did nothing to stop the red flags that his jealousy and anger issues raise.  Aside from this, though, definitely a fun premise and story. If you enjoy sweet historical western romances with a touch of humor, with  well meaning Texas Rangers who don't stop until the get their man, and their woman, then you might give this one a go and definitely check out other titles by Margaret Brownley as well. This review refers to a NetGalley e-galley read courtesy of the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own. 3.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 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 for just a few hours. Frank is a bumbling hoot, Aunt Letty is a lovable meddler, Dusty just makes you want to hug him, and Ringo is a star. The slow build-up of attraction between the hero Texas Ranger Brett Tucker and the heroine Kate Denver is as sweet as the candies she makes in her store. Kate is creative, kind, caring, and has a backbone of steel. Brett, with his earnest desire to seeing to Kate's safety and happiness even if it means letting her go, is the perfect hero during these times when women are hurting and needing the assurance that there are still a lot of good guys out there. He's why we read romance. Original story with loads of humor, delectable candy concoctions, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lotta love - Cowboy Charm School is a five-star read for me. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    A cute & very original story! By the sound of the title & look of the cover, I would think that the heroine is teaching the hero Brett charm...but he does not need to be taught! In fact, he is the one teaching Kate’s former fiancé how to win her back while simultaneously falling in love with her. Kate works in a sweets shop & writes fortunes on slips of paper to each of her costumers who purchase an item. The story was definitely something new & I enjoyed listening to it. Brett was so romantic & A cute & very original story! By the sound of the title & look of the cover, I would think that the heroine is teaching the hero Brett charm...but he does not need to be taught! In fact, he is the one teaching Kate’s former fiancé how to win her back while simultaneously falling in love with her. Kate works in a sweets shop & writes fortunes on slips of paper to each of her costumers who purchase an item. The story was definitely something new & I enjoyed listening to it. Brett was so romantic & sweet. ❤️ I do think the story could have been shorter though. I didn’t have any interest in the robbery mystery 😆 I was just there for the love story ha.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Ruut

    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 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 element, which I would have accepted, but in the last 50 pages or so, there are numerous times where the characters think or say, "Oh God" -- but they are not really seeking His attention. With a focus on reviewing Christian fiction, I felt I must warn you of this. Aside from that disappointment (for me), Cowboy Charm School was a fun, well-told story. If you enjoy clean historical fiction and are not bothered by such use of God's name, then this is likely a story you'll enjoy! (This review was first published on my blog -- sarahruut.com. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB 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 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 Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB 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 wrong man. STOP THAT WEDDING! 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 good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way. My Thoughts The heart wants what the heart wants and to Bret Tucker's mortification, not to mention his guilty conscience, his wants Kate Denver. The young woman whose wedding to her childhood companion Frank Foster was irrevocably ruined when Brett burst into the church that day stopping the pair from getting married, at that time anyway. Now after a lot more thinking it over Kate comes to realize that maybe the accident on Brett's part was perhaps more fortuitous than not. Especially when she remembers all the times ex-fiancee Frank let the ugly green monster loose when any other man so much as glanced at Kate in passing. After all a lifetime of such behavior would be hard to live with, and that was just one of the things Kate had overlooked in favor of her suitor. The others were not quite as serious but still worrisome upon further reflection. Filled with a lot of interaction with the townspeople of Haywire Texas, when you read the parts describing it's setup the name will make sense, this book not only our heroine who is an innovative candy lady but one of the cutest little boys in town as well. The robberies that have brought Brett to town are given lots of page time but the relationships between Brett, Frank and Kate are explored are given plenty as well. This was a rousing start to the new series by author Margaret Brownley and look forward to what comes next in the town of Haywire! [EArc from Netgalley]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    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 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 will want to start this new series, and enjoy the laughs that come with it. Given ARC by Net Galley and Kensington for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Seara

    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! 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!

  21. 4 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    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 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 jealousy flying, a biblical alfresco painting getting ruined and several people landing in jail, plus a bride who’s so disgusted by her green-eyed fiancé she’s called off the wedding for good! Brett is assigned to catch the Ghost Riders who have been wreaking havoc in this town and others nearby, so he makes it his mission to fix the problem he’s created for this couple and get them back together while resolving the crime problem. But, Frank Foster ‘Two’ is a bit dim and has no clue how to court a woman properly or control his jealous streak. It will take a lot of patience from Brett to help Frank become the man Kate deserves. However, every time Brett turns around, Kate is in a pickle that requires his help and draws him closer to her. In the end, Kate will have to make a choice and follow her heart, while avoiding danger at every turn. In her pink and white shop, Kate includes little handwritten just-for-fun fortunes in each bag of candy she sells: Leaving Town Would Be Good For Your Health / Life is like a cup of tea. It’s all in how you make it. / etc. I was surprised to read some phrases I don’t normally read from a known Christian author, but perhaps it has something to do with this book not being published by Thomas Nelson, but instead Sourcebooks – (purely speculation on my part) - “all hell broke loose” “he looked like hell” “I feel like crap” “Knowing that his obsessive thoughts were simply the stirrings of a lonely heart, he felt somewhat better. The annoying affliction had a cure; all he had to do was find a woman. Spend some time with her, and his problems would be solved. Easy as that!” “From the other side of the fence, she could hear Frank cuss.” “Oh, God Kate!” “He’d left her writhing in bed and swearing like a sailor…” “Good God, Letty.” Faith Quotes – there aren’t many, but here’s a couple: Ch. 14: “Since we weren’t lucky enough to have children of our own, we were convinced that you were a gift from heaven.” Ch. 24 She prayed now as she’d prayed all day. “Oh God, please keep Brett safe.” 3 stars - Overall a fun story, but I miss the stronger faith element that I am used to from this author. I would still recommend it to others with the above warnings for those who might appreciate them. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. / Book was a gift from the author in exchange for my blogged review and opinion which is purely my own and shared for no compensation. SERIES: The Haywire Brides.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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 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 seem to mend his naughty ways. Texas Ranger Brett Tucker crashes a wedding in the first chapter. What follows next is pure entertainment, with a hefty dose of romance, mystery, more candy than you can shake a stick at, and a hilarious yet charming scenario throughout the story that reminded me of Cyrano de Bergerac. Frank and Kate love each other because of a shared past, but are they in love? Is their crashed wedding a good thing or a bad thing? Does Brett Tucker really need to go to Kate’s candy shop so frequently? Why does Brett coach Frank on how to win Kate’s heart when she was already willing to marry him before Brett showed up? Will Kate ever master her uncle’s special candy recipe and get the clever designs in the center just right? Read Cowboy Charm School to find out the answers to all these questions and more, but don’t be surprised if you can’t put the book down, unless it’s to satisfy that sudden craving for some taffy, caramels, chocolate bonbons, and peppermint sticks. Margaret Brownley sets this delightful story in a town called Haywire, Texas, with inhabitants that will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. That scene between Frank and Brett in the Feedbag Cafe still has me laughing out loud and will have you laughing as well, I’m sure of it. The author has a knack for setting the scene just so and writing great dialogue that will draw you in and make you think you are standing inside that candy store with those other townspeople watching Harvey demonstrate one of his outlandish inventions or maybe watching Frank battle his allergies to animals or curb his jealousy by whistling like a frantic tea kettle. This story is filled with so many of these great scenes that you won’t want it to end! In addition to the mystery of the robberies, the romance, and the funny scenes, Cowboy Charm School touches on an unfortunately timeless issue: bullying. Little Dusty just wants to be liked and invited to play baseball with the other boys, but he is picked on and left out instead. You will enjoy reading how Kate handles the situation brilliantly and diplomatically, all with a tray of special candy and a simple plan to redirect those boys’ focus from bullying to inclusion and friendship. I look forward to the next in the Haywire Brides series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorilei Gonzales

    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 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 have picked up a romance novel, if the pretty book cover hasn't tipped you off yet. If you follow my blog, you know that I have recently reviewed another western romance that featured a young woman who makes candy for a living and eventually falls in love with a law man. You can rest easy that this book is completely different and exciting to read. The search for the robbers is paced nicely with very subtle clues about who the culprits might be. Kate's job as the town's candymaker is more than just a quaint occupation she holds, but a family legacy and vehicle with which she spreads hope and goodwill to the citizens of Haywire. The part that I enjoyed most, that also had me sighing with exasperation at times, was Brett's tutelage of Frank - very Cyrano de Bergerac. Although, I got the impression that Brett was easier on the eyes than Frank, which is not the typical Cyrano reincarnation. The whole "Cowboy Charm School" thing had me at war with myself. The idea that a guy can learn to be more romantic was sweet, but at what point is it like the games guys play nowadays just to land the girl? And the sticky situation of falling in love with someone that you're trying to help someone else woo, that doesn't usually work out well either. No matter, it was fun to read and to guess how it would work out in the end. While Brownley's language is beautiful, it's not too flowery. There are no wasted descriptions or useless dialogue. I really am amazed that although this book can be considered a mystery, it very solidly reads like the western romance that it is classified as. I look forward to reading about the other Haywire brides. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a cozy romance, but also to anyone who likes mysteries as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    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 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 provide the needed push to get Kate to really look at why she’s willing to marry Frank when there is no great romantic love between them. And it opens her eyes to the well meaning Brett who is trying his best to put two people back together when one doesn’t want to go back to what was. Not when the handsome lawman is churning up more feelings for Kate than Frank ever did or could. Cowboy Charm School gives us some truly laugh out loud moments, a tender love story, a fumbling attempt at teaching his rival for Kate’s attention how to win back his almost bride, a bit of a mystery, some danger and two people finding out what really matters and who is exactly the right match. I completely enjoyed my time in this world and am definitely keeping an eye out for the next story in The Haywire Brides series. I would not hesitate to recommend this story to any reader who loves Western Historical Romance, and enjoys the ironic twists that fate can all too often provide. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Belden

    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 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 upstanding guy who tries his hardest to Cyrano clueless Frank back into Kate's arms, even though he is clearly falling for her. His attempts to teach Frank how to woo are half the fun in Cowboy Charm School, because Frank, well, he's a sad case. Kate feels pressure from all sides (what a tragedy it must have been to be considered close to spinsterhood in your early twenties) to marry Frank;  when Brett interrupts the wedding it gives Kate time to think about what she really wants. Having been friends with Frank since childhood, she has a lot to think about and feelings to sort out. She's tenacious and loyal, smart and kind-hearted. The characters are believable and entertaining - and poor Frank Foster, Kate's husband to be - offers plenty of comic relief (at his expense). He's just so hapless and out of touch and allergic that I couldn't stop laughing at every scene he was in.  I enjoyed my first introduction to Haywire, Texas and I can't wait to see what else Margaret has in store for the rest of The Haywire Brides series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    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 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 wedding take place. However, small problem, Kate’s Frank Foster is not the Frank Foster Brett is after. Frank reacts with jealousy and accusations to Brett’s interference, and Kate decides that the wedding is off for good. Brett is drawn to Kate but knows pursuing her when she so clearly loves another wouldn’t be right, and Brett resolves to do all he can to fix things and see this marriage take place. What follows is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of misunderstandings and misadventure. There are definite sparks between Brett and Kate, but Brett thinks Kate is off limits and wants to be with Frank. Kate is attracted to Brett like she has never been to Frank but he seems uninterested in her. Cowboy Charm School is full of likable (and some not so likable) characters with some depth and backstories, and the plot is a good mystery about who is responsible for the robberies, keeping you guessing until the end. There is a lot of interesting info about candy making and Kate and Frank’s history as orphans coming to Haywire. The story is full of love and danger, and Brett’s attempts to tutor Frank in courtship are laugh out loud funny. I especially enjoyed that Cowboy Charm School was not a quick, short romance but rather a nice long book that gives you time to sit back and enjoy your time in Haywire. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sophie (slovenianbookworm)

    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 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 normal, please ignore all this paragraph. I truly enjoyed this story. The first chapter made me laugh and at that moment I knew I would like this book. When Brett broke up a wedding, he tried to do anything in his power to make ”the lovebirds” a couple again. But trying to teach Frank how to woo a bride is not easy… …but it sure was hilarious to read! The poor fella didn’t have a clue of romancing women and his responses were delightful! Of course, after getting to know Kate, Brett wants her for himself but he’s not sure if Kate feels the same… I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, mystery, action and romance. Although there was one quite romantic kiss, I would label this book as a clean one. 4,5 stars. ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Slovenian review and full post here: https://slovenianbookworm.wordpress.com/

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    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 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 disrupted, Brett finds himself torn between his honor and his growing feelings for businesswoman Kate. In Haywire, Kate and her Aunt Letty are the proprietors of a candy shop and learning about the art of candy making was my favorite part of this sweet story. The plot kept me guessing while the romance melted my heart and the candy satisfied my sweet tooth without the calories. What more could a reader ask for? I read an early copy of this book provided by Sourcebooks, Inc. through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Brett feels so bad about the bust-up that he tries to teach the rather uncouth Frank about romance.  Frank's idea of a great gift is to give Kate a new wheel for her wagon.  Definitely, Frank needs help.  Frank also seems to be highly allergic to all four-legged beasts and birds, which is a problem for animal-fanatic Kate. The Texas Ranger is in Haywire, TX, to curtail the rampant robbery spree that is going on.  However, the town's sheriff is underwhelmed with the assistance Brett offers.  Kate Brett feels so bad about the bust-up that he tries to teach the rather uncouth Frank about romance.  Frank's idea of a great gift is to give Kate a new wheel for her wagon.  Definitely, Frank needs help.  Frank also seems to be highly allergic to all four-legged beasts and birds, which is a problem for animal-fanatic Kate. The Texas Ranger is in Haywire, TX, to curtail the rampant robbery spree that is going on.  However, the town's sheriff is underwhelmed with the assistance Brett offers.  Kate runs the town's sweet shop and soon crime visits her. Margaret Brownley has become a new favorite but this story is almost too syrupy sweet.  It lacks something;  the story simply doesn't speak to me.  It just seems to drag from one scene to the next. There are plenty of unique secondary characters who add much to the town.  However, it just doesn't make up for a plot that lacks real substance.  Overall score = 3.5 stars Haywire Brides Series ** 1. Cowboy Charm School (2018)  2. The Cowboy Meets His Match (2019)  3. The Outlaw's Daughter (2020)

  30. 4 out of 5

    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 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 good. Guilt-ridden, Brett’s desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls…and the more he yearns to prove that he’s her true match in every way. AAR staffers Lisa Fernandes and Maggie Boyd are here to share their thoughts on this comedic tale.See the rest of my review at https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...

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