Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham


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 looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts 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?

“Rainey Mitchell is doing just fine. She has a great job helping children in need, her family is around her, she is mother to a fabulous little girl, and is getting over the betrayal of her ex-husband. Dr. Alex Murdock is not doing so well, as he is forced to work at a rural university, his life is full of secrets surrounding his family, and he has to start over in a new town. Luckily, Rainey, the daughter of his landlord, is there to get him settled. Rainey just wants to stay away from the new professor, who has the same charm as her ex. Unfortunately, they seem to need each other. Rainey needs his grant-writing ability to save her program, and Alex is terrible at the lecturing at which Rainey excels. The two must work together to fulfill their goals, but will they be able to do it? Rainey’s insecurities and Alex’s obsession with protecting his family could be their undoing. A well-written love story filled with suspense, mystery, and a loving family.”

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my “to be read” list ever since I finished A Twist of Faith, the first book in the Mitchell’s Crossroad series. Pepper Basham’s writing is everything I love in a book. Humor, sincerity, genuinely likable characters, great plots and romance are all balanced perfectly to create the most enjoyable story. Charming the Troublemaker had me hooked from the start. Alex is without a doubt, charming. His flirtatious nature and lighthearted demeanor really made his character one of my favorites. The chemistry between Alex and Rainy really brought this book to life. It was just fun and funny. Im not going to give any spoilers for this book, but there is a scene with a car, a cell phone, and a lot of mud that literally had me laughing out loud. I am convinced that Hallmark needs to snatch all of Pepper Basham’s books up and make them into movies. Because they are just that good! While this book had somewhat of a lighthearted feel there were deeper issues that Rainy and Alex were dealing with individually. A lot was revealed about Alex’s past which explained a lot about his behavior. I loved to see that the growth in his character matured him, but he still had those charming and fun things about his personality that made him a great character to read about! This book had a few surprises and a little bit of a mystery that added a lot of interest and some suspenseful moments as well! I loved it! And y’all the epilogue has the cutest, sweetest thing. I can’t spoil it, so you will just have to read it and then we will chat. But, melt my heart. If you need me I will just be sitting here waiting for the next book. Just kidding, kind of.

To purchase a copy of Charming the Troublemaker or learn more about Pepper Basham visit the links below!

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