Book Review: Charming the Troublemaker

Happy Saturday, Reader Friends!

I’m currently at the ACFW Virginia annual writing conference. I’m so thankful for the ability to schedule blog post! 🙂 Today I’m sharing my review of Pepper Basham’s Charming the Troublemaker. It’s book 2 in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series. Let’s get started!

About the Book

The Blurb: “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. ”

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


My thoughts: Alex Murdock is adorkably charming. Y’all, this book had me laughing and just heart melting over the surprisingly sweet comments Alex makes. He’s the perfect hero. You know a complete mess, meets a girl worth knowing, gets that amazing grace from God, and turns into this adorkably charming hero.

If you don’t know what I’m taking about then you need to pick up Charming the Troublemaker. It’s stamped with Ms. Basham’s signature Brittalachin humor and warmth of family and friends.

Not to mention a dash of suspense. This completely surprised me and hooked me in. I did not see some of those hits coming. 😉 All in all, another two thumbs up from this reader and continued fan for life.

*I received an ARC copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

Taking the story elements of her Blue Ridge Mountains’ heritage, Pepper Basham writes a variety of fiction seasoned with grace and humor. From contemporary romance to historical, Pepper likes to dip her creative interests in and weave stories to touch the heart and funny bone. She’s a pastor’s wife, mom of five, and speech-language pathologist. Connect with her on her website/blog at, on Facebook or Instagram. Her sixth novel, Charming the Troublemaker releases in November 2017.

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