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Divorced, Desperate and Delicious (Divorced and Desperate Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christie Craig
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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Live...Laugh...Read...with New York Times-bestselling author Christie Craig....

“Readers who enjoy Jenny Crusie and Janet Evanovich will fall head over heels for Divorced, Desperate and Deceived...” —New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love

Ever since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she's been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all of that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house -- a house filled with twinkling lights and a decorated tree. (Okay, so it's February, but she has a broken heart to mend, a Christmas-card shoot to do, and a six-times divorced, match-making mother to appease.) For the first time in a looooong while, Lacy reconsiders her vow. Because sexy Chase Kelly, wounded soul that he may be, would be an oh-so-delicious way of breaking her fast. Now, if she can just keep them both alive and him out of jail....

Bonus Content:

At the end of the book, get a sneak peek at Christie Craig's newest contemporary romance, BLAME IT ON TEXAS, now available from Forever Books!

Read on for a preview of her recent release, MURDER, MAYHEM AND MAMA, available now in paperback and ebook!

AND as an added bonus, you'll also get a look at the first EIGHT chapters of BORN AT MIDNIGHT, the first book in the New York Time-bestselling YA paranormal series, Shadow Falls, that Christie is writing as C. C. Hunter!! BORN AT MIDNIGHT, AWAKE AT DAWN, TAKEN AT DUSK and WHISPERS AT MOONRISE are currently available from St. Martin's Griffin wherever books are sold. CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL releases on April 23rd!!

Editorial Reviews



“Funny, hot, and suspenseful. Christie Craig's writing has it all. Warning: definitely addictive.” —New York Times Bestseller Nina Bangs

“Christie Craig creates believable characters with compelling stories”—Fresh Fiction

 “The mystery and romance plots fit seamlessly into a witty and fast-paced novel that’s easy to read and satisfying to the heart.” —Publishers Weekly

“Craig's novel is an entertaining tale that holds the interest from the first sentence to the final word.”  —RT BOOKreviews

About the Author

Christy Craig is a multi-published photojournalist, motivational speaker and writing teacher who has more than 3,000 credits for her nonfiction writing, including several appearances in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, as well as her own monthly humor column for a national magazine. She has co-written two non-fiction guides with award-winning, critically acclaimed author Faye Hughes: The Everything Guide to Writing a Romance Novel (9781598695373; September 2008; Adams Media) and Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel (9781605500591; July 2010; Adams Media). 

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0505527308
  • Publisher: Love Spell (May 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050KTQ0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By Karlyn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was so much fun to read. It's a sizzling romantic comedy about a woman who's dog discovers an injured man in her backyard. He (Chase) is a cop that just escaped the bad guy, but who is also being framed as a bad guy. You know from page 1 who the bad guy really is, but its quite a mystery as to how they will prove it. Meanwhile, these two spend many days and hours confined together in her remote home near a lake, which creates a great deal of whitty dialog and steamy scenes as they go about trying to prove him innocent. There are a lot of secondary characters that were great. I really hope we see one or two spin off stories from this book, especially Jason's story. ;-) Fans of authors such as Rachel Gibson, (who like their stories funny but with depth to them), will love this book. This is NOT a fluff book or a book that is all about sex (which are becoming way too common!) This has a real strongly developed story that showcases a very interesting couple on the journey to falling in love. A yummy book, highly recommended!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, sexy fun December 8, 2007
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Take one sexually-frustrated, slightly kooky photographer dressing up her pets for a Christmas photo shoot (in February), add one injured, wrongly-accused, and ever-so-hunky cop-on-the-lam who takes her hostage, and throw in a bevy of wacky secondary characters, and you have Christie Craig's delightful DIVORCED, DESPERATE, AND DELICIOUS. This was a fun, fast-paced "cabin romance" with a bit of intrigue and a Texas-sized dollop of sexy humor.

Highly recommended.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May I recommend November 28, 2007
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By Cheri Jetton

Christie Craig's debut novel with Dorchester, DIVORCED, DESPERATE & DELICIOUS, slated for release Nov. 27, 2007, is a winner.

Lacy Maguire is soured on relationships. One broken engagement and one failed marriage would do that to any woman. (Not to mention her mother's track record of six divorces.) Lacy's career, friends and pets keep her busy you know. Who has time for dating, or kissing or any of that stuff? Who needs a man's arms around her, a man's warm breath in her ear, a man...ah, where were we? Oh, yeah. Who needs a man! So what to do with the hunk her dog has just found hiding behind the backyard shed?

Wet, wounded and running, police detective Chase Kelly needs to lay low until he can nail the rouge cop who tried to kill him, but is this the place? The lady is a looker, but quirky. I mean, it's February and the house is filled with Christmas music, her ugly little dog is wearing antlers, and a cat's in a Santa suit! Is this a woman he can trust not to give him away?

Christie's characters are warm and wonderful, and the plot intriguing. Her skillful humor carries us through even the more improbable scenes - imagine family, friends, good guys and bad guys all crowding into Lacy's small home at the same time! Christie makes it work. When you've finished reading this one, you'll haunt your favorite bookstore for the next book in her line up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad. March 24, 2012
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If the lead character said "Jeepers!" one more time, I was ready to throw my kindle out the window. JHL's review is spot-on; all I'll add is that the author seems to try to inject some quirky minor characters, but they're so uni-dimensional that they just distract. Poorly developed characters are one of the best ways to kill a book--and the only characters who are well developed here are the main ones, who aren't even likable. It's worth the price (currently free), not the time investment.
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately unfunny March 20, 2009
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I bought this book because the reviews were so universally positive. While I can accept that different people find different things funny, I was hugely disapppointed in it. The set-up for the story is certainly kooky - pet photographer meets cop hiding from his partner-turned-murderer - but the characters are fundamentally unamusing. Both lead characters are tortured by events in the past - a cheating husband, and a fiancee killed in a police incident. They constantly dwell on their unhappiness, and there's no evidence that they have any fun with each other except when they're having sex. They don't tease each other, they don't have clever (or much of any) conversation, they don't do anything interesting except try to get the cop's name cleared. The "humor" comes mostly from secondary characters who keep dropping by to harangue the female lead about sex. If you think sex is funny just because it's sex, then I guess you'll be amused by all this, but I was bored, and I thought it was all pretty stupid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story much better than the title and cover October 2, 2011
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I saw this title months ago and was put off by both the title and the cover. Really turned off by the word "desperate"--too clingy, too suggestive of dysfunctional characters. A clingy, dysfunctional female lead is not appealing to me--this is supposed to be fantasy. Then, a little "desperate" myself for a new author to read, I broke down and took the risk that all the reviews may have been posted by the writer's friends and family and bought the book anyway. It was worth it. Entertaining and flip, the narrating voice of this novel keeps the action moving. The balance between characters' internal musings and external dialogue is decently paced. Characterization was superior to many writers' work in this genre. The plot was not terribly original, but it was solid. So good, I bought the remaining two books in the trilogy. Highly recommended. Great deal as it cost half the price of most good books and delivers with a much better writing style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun read
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Very cute storie, can't wait to read the others in the series so glad I discovered this author. Great read!
Published 27 days ago by desiree
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining!
I found myself laughing hysterically throughout the book. Christie really knows how to write interesting characters. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Julie Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This was a funny, interesting, and entertaining book to read. I loved the characters, as well as the plot and situations they get themselves in to. Read more
Published 2 months ago by amc89
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
this is one of the best books I have ever read...and I read a lot.I would recommend to anyone that reads!
Published 2 months ago by april
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed the story. It wasn't bad, especially for a free book. I will definitely look out for more from this author...
Published 3 months ago by D
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good.
Let me preface by saying that I love Christie Craig's novels. But this one did not measure up to her usual level of quality. I didn't like this one at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JoviRomance84
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!
I love this book! I have read it several times. It always leaves me on the edge of my seat not able to put it down.
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More About the Author

Photojournalist, Author and Speaker

Christie Craig, a New York Times Bestseller, is an Alabama native, a multi-published writer, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. Her romance fiction is widely acclaimed for combining witty humor and heart-felt emotions with a suspenseful, sexy tone. She currently hangs her hat in Texas and writes for Grand Central/Forever. Her backlist titles are available wherever e-books are sold. Check out her website and blog at and her Blog at .

In addition, Craig writes romance-flavored non-fiction with Faye Hughes, including The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel, a humorous self-help relationship book. You can learn more about Christie's books with Faye at

Craig also writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls, published by St. Martin's Press/Griffin under her pen name C.C. Hunter. You can learn more about C.C.'s books at her website,

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