Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS by Christie Craig

Publisher: Forever
September 2011
ISBN: 9780446582841
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Angie
Obtained from Publisher

Nikki Hunt is desperate. As an art gallery owner, she is broke and unsure how to pay her staff, much less her grandma's cable bill this month. When her ex-husband invites her to dinner, she hopes they may rekindle their relationship and that money may be enough to make her overlook his cheating ways. When she feels no spark with him, she realizes there is no chance, but when he leaves her in the restaurant with the bill, she is angry enough to kill. When she finds him dead in her trunk, she realizes he made someone else angry enough to kill as well, but who would want him dead?

Upon calling the cops, Nikki finds herself face to face with a private investigator, Dallas O'Connor who just happened upon the scene. When she throws up on him, he finds himself involved in her plight to prove her innocence and determined she doesn’t get arrested. Dallas is an ex-cop who was unjustly accused and has now devoted his life with three partners to making sure no one else finds themselves in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Nikki is a great heroine who comes across as innocent, sassy and free spirited. Her grandmother is her sole family and their bond gives readers something to cherish. These two sassy women make up the story all on their own! Dallas makes a great hero, but he is outshone by the woman who steals his heart. The cast of characters in DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS could win a creativity contest hands down!

Dallas and his two partners are the backbone of the story however, their detective agency is a creation that Ms. Craig should be proud of, she has taken men who have been unjustly accused and turned them into heroes with attitude. They make a great backbone for a trilogy, or more and I can't wait to see what Ms. Craig has planned for the future, both Tyler and Austin, the other partners deserve their story told, but Tony O'Connor and his estranged wife have heated up the story as well. Talking of the cast of characters, the older crowd at Grandma's nursing home, have stories of their own that Ms. Craig should dish out - this talented writer has written a cast of characters that flow off the pages!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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