Sunday, November 19, 2017

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

charming the troublemaker copy

About the Book

Title: Charming the Troublemaker
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Troublemaking never looked so good…
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 temptations 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.


Pepper once again has done an excellent job of brining your characters to life! 
I also can't say enough ab ou the book cover. (I'm such a sucker for beautiful book covers) 
Although I feel like I'm a little lost bcuz I didn't get to read a Twist of Faith.
Sarah is such a cutie!! Some of her antics remind me of my niece. I would love to have her energy!!
I think I'm going to be like Rainy I'm juding Alex at first. 
I mean even I didn't like him at first!! 
I do wish I had a big family like Rainy. I think I'd be in heaven 
Alex is really cute but think I  like his car much much better lol!! I have a car and we named her Gabby Lou. 
I about died when someone hit her today. She's our baby. 
So I understood Alex along those lines.
We all have hurts that we try to cover up so therefore it is easy to cover up and act like someone we're not.  That's why we have to have our faith that God can help is through. 
I admired that about Rainy's mom. My mom was similar to Rainy mom.  Most especially in her faith. Mom had a lot of health issues but she still kept getting up and getting things done. She never complained. I said to myself, when I grow up I want to be just like my mom!!
I didn't like a few things in the story.
My least favorite was the scene with Grant. Sometimes men can be such bullies!
But other men can be really sweet like Alex if you take time out to know them. 
Like her mom says through our the book "All men aren't the same." 
Will Alex and Rainy get together? Can they get along long enough to work together? 
You'll have to read this book in order to find out!!
I enjoyed this story!!  I strongly recommend this book for people who love contemporary Christian Pepper what's next in line? 

I received this book for free. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own!!

About the Author

PepperquiltPepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the Inspys, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, releases in April 2016. You can get to know Pepper on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.

Guest Post from Pepper Basham

I have a thing for underdogs.
Lots souls who desperately need to find where they belong.
I can’t help it! Call it a ‘fix-it’ mentality or an awareness that God rescued me and now I want to rescue other people…even fictional characters, but I’m definitely a softy for those characters that people are less likely to root for. Catherine from The Thorn Bearer/Keeper became my first rescue…and I just HAD to find another.
I guess that’s how Charming the Troublemaker came into existence.
Dr. Alex Murdock desperately needed to be rescued.
In a bad way.
If you’ve had a chance to read my first book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, A Twist of Faith, you’ll know that Alex doesn’t seem to be made up of much hero material. He’s a flirt, a little arrogant, and…well, kind of like a lost puppy.
As book 1 grew and came to a close, I knew Alex and Rainey’s story would be next…but I immediately ran into a real problem.
Who in the world was Alex Murdock? We really didn’t get to know him very much in book 1. He zoomed in a few times, ruffling feathers and then finally showing off some interesting kindness/compassion in the end, but…he was still a big-time flirt.
So the question emerged: Can a flirt be a hero?
What is Alex hiding behind that ready smile and sense of humor? Why does he seem so lost?
The answers were surprising!! Just wait.
The Mitchell family draw him right in, as they did with Dee, and his world is forever changed.
And then there’s Rainey. Strong-willed and independent, she is deeply wounded by her ex-husband’s betrayal. Though she gives off all these ‘confident’ vibes, she hides her insecurities behind a tough exterior in a desire to keep people at a distance – well, everyone except her family.
Alex rocks her world with his ready charm.
And she sees beyond the plastic grin to recognize another wounded soul.
Throwing them together into a book has been a hilarious and heart-stirring adventure, I wasn’t prepared to encounter. They’re so much fun!
AND…he’s ADORKABLE!! Seriously!! He is SUCH a dork, but makes me grin. And…he looks like Armie Hammer 😉
Let me just give you a hint to some of my favorite scenes:
Anything with Sarah!
All of the scenes in Rainey’s house
And those in Mama Mitchell’s
Okay, I like the WHOLE STORY…and I can’t wait to see what you think too.

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away a grand prize of a paper copy of A Twist of Faith, a mug from the Blue Ridge Parkway, one driftwood scented candle, one mango scented candle, and a Troublemaker snickers 😉 highly appropriate. Chocolate with a nutty personality :)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Lori,
    THanks so much for this review!!! I'm glad Alex turned out to be a good guy too :-)

  2. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the heads up, Lori.

    Barb Britton


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