Autry Hill may be a cowboy to his boots, but he’s also gained quite the reputation as a charmer and playboy. His parents aren’t sure he’s ready to take the reins of the family’s prosperous Texas ranch, so they set up a challenge: No women or scandal for the next six months and the ranch house he grew up in is his. Easy peasy, Autry thinks. He’s already tired of late nights and romancing until elementary school teacher Beth Cooper happens to cross his path. Suddenly Autry is losing his heart, his mind, and what’s left of his reputation.
Good girl teacher Beth Cooper is far too practical to fall for Autry Hill, even if she had a crush on him way back when. The man’s been breaking hearts since middle school. But when he becomes her unexpected champion and then they work together to help one of Beth’s troubled students who’s about to lose everything, she sees a different side of Autry – serious, compassionate, determined and dedicated. And that Autry is nearly impossible to resist. Does she need to?
Title: Taming the Troublemaker
Series: Hills of Texas #3
Author: Kadie Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance
Published: March 21, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
TAMING THE TROUBLEMAKER is a fun, engaging romance between two people who, on the surface, appear to be the exact opposite of each other. Autry has the reputation of a playboy, a man who will never settle down with one woman. Whether that reputation is truly deserved is known only to Autry, but the townsfolk and more importantly his parents believe every word of that reputation, deserved or not. Beth is the tiny sister of tall, curvy women that men fall over, especially once they compare Beth to her sisters. She’s a dedicated schoolteacher with a heart of gold and a sassy side that few ever get to see.
Autry can take possession of his family ranch, a place he loves and feels most at home at… but he has to win a bet. His parents do believe the gossip and the surface facts that his reputation is well deserved. To take over the family ranch there will be no women or scandal for six months. Should be as easy as taking candy from a baby since Autry is growing tired of that life and longs for something far different. He didn’t count on running into one cute, sassy, dedicated schoolteacher or to take on her troubles as his own. And just as importantly, to find a student that he could connect with that needs a man like Autry in his life. None of this was planned… but then love rarely arrives on schedule or follows the “rules”.
I enjoyed TAMING THE TROUBLEMAKER so much. There are complications and misunderstandings in Autry’s and Beth’s romance but watching them work through those troubles was a major part of the fun of this Romance. If you’re looking to fall in love with a couple, one that doesn’t seem to fit, then you’ll love this Romance. While I will always recommend the entire series (which is great), you can step in at this story and not be lost, at all. I had fun, and that’s the whole point of reading Romance.
*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.*
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