Charming the Troublemaker – Book Review

charming the troublemaker



When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looks as good as it does on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell doesn’t need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation waft off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again.

“Basham is a talented author and writes her books with heart and soul, and with plenty of humor to balance the book.” – RT Book Reviews

“A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family.” ~ Library Journal Review


SERIES: Mitchell’s Crossroads #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bling! Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2017
PAGES: 310


“He had ‘flirt’ tattooed all over his high-watt grin.“

I have one word for you: Underoos.

Okay two more: #AdorkableAlex (does it count as one or two when it’s a hashtag?)

And now I flail. Because no review in the world can do justice to how funny and sassy and SWOONY and sweet this story really is. Ok… a couple I’ve read came pretty close. (I’m looking at you, Chautona Havig! Still laughing) But it’s just truly impossible for anyone to describe the hilarity, the heart, the KISSES that make Charming the Troublemaker so … well…charming

Rainey is the new-best-friend-you-wish-lived-next-door, her sass and strength and sweetness making her one of my fave Pepper Basham heroines (second only to Eisley Barrett of ‘I’ve squished a grandpa’ fame). Her daughter Sarah is completely adorable in every way possible, and when Sarah and Alex share the page they steal the show – and your heart – without even trying. (oh be still my heart, the My Little Pony cutie mark scene) And then there’s Rainey and Alex together… just go ahead and clear your calendar (and your freezer) because you will be riveted to the page with their heart-melting chemistry and need-a-freezer-or-snowdrift-stat kisses! Whooeee! Pepper Basham’s trademark ‘closet kisses’ do not disappoint in this book either!

And the HUMOR. Oh my stars, I still have not recovered from the previously mentioned underoos scene. Makes me laugh out loud just thinking about it. It’s not just the laugh-out-loud moments though that make Pepper Basham’s wit so enjoyable. It’s the little comment tucked away in this sentence, or the subtle romcom movie reference in that one, or an unexpected turn of a phrase that has you still chuckling long after you’ve left that scene behind.

But there’s also such a heartwarming tone to this novel. From Rainey’s self-worth and trust issues to Alex’s vulnerable side & his search for his inner hero to Sarah’s adorable sweetness … to Mama Mitchell’s words of wisdom. It all bundles together in a warm hug that whispers, “You are loved by God.”

Um…and hello Pepper Basham, suspense writer! She (and Rainey) can wield an iron skillet for more than just good ole’ Appalachian cooking! Excellent action scenes that will have your heart in your throat and your breath on hold.

Bottom Line: Pepper Basham has mastered the combination of humor, heat, and heart. And Charming the Troublemaker is a perfect example! Sit down on the front porch and relax a spell. Have a piece of Mama Mitchell’s lasagna, a mug of Daphne’s hot chocolate (with whipped cream & chocolate syrup), and a spare glass of sweet tea just in case. Laugh with Rainey, battle inner dragons with Alex, and watch an episode of My Little Pony with Sarah. You may even get roped into lighting a fire with Reese   or mending fences with Trigg or sledding down the hill with Emma. What you will do for sure is enjoy a delightful story that warms you from the inside out! Can a flirt transform into a hero? Oh yes… indeed.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Fabulous!

KissingBook Level: 5 / Find the nearest freezer before reading this one!

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