- Series: Hotter in Texas (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Forever; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446582840
- ISBN-13: 978-0446582841
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Mess with Texas (Hotter in Texas) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2011
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RAVE REVIEWS FOR DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS AND CHRISTIE CRAIG:
"Hold onto your Stetsons . . . A thrillride of hunky heroes, high jinks, and heartwarming romance."
-Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author
"Top pick! Four and a half stars...Fast moving, exciting and suspenseful , with the many delightful characters Craig always provides. The secondary romance is a wonderful touch, and much of the humor originates with and is provided by the male characters."
--RT Book Reviews on Divorced, Desperate, and Deceived
"Fast-paced...the action only stops long enough for steamy passion...Craig keeps the sexual tension as high as the suspense."
--Publishers Weekly on Divorced, Desperate, and Deceived
About the Author
Award-winning author Christie Craig grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs and mostly wears shoes, but focuses on rescuing mammals and hasn't kissed a frog in years. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog-who has a bad habit of eating furniture-a son, and a prince of a husband who swears he's not, and never was, a frog. If Christie isn't writing, she's reading or just enjoying laughter with her friends and family. As a freelance writer, Christie also writes nonfiction books, including the humorous self-help/relationship book Wild, Wicked & Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You're in a Romance Novel, as well as paranormal young adult romances under the pen name C. C. Hunter. You can learn more at: Christie-Craig.com Twitter @christie_craig Facebook.com/ChristieCraigBooks
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Top Customer Reviews
Nicki Hunt needs cash because she's flat broke. If she doesn't get any money soon, then she's going to lose her art gallery. After getting a phone call from her wealthy ex-husband, Nicki goes to dinner with him thinking that maybe she'll be able to overlook his cheating ways for a reunion. However he vanishes in the middle of the meal on a phone call and doesn't return. Fuming, Nicki returns to her car only to find her ex, dead and stuffed in the trunk. Nicki is immediately the prime suspect with only P.I., Dallas O'Connor believing she didn't do it.
Craig has a light writing style that I typically enjoy in contemporary romances. However, a lot of the jokes here seemed like cheap shots; such as a gassy dog and birds pooping on nurses. Dallas also didn't work for me. I think he was supposed to be an angsty character who slowly starts finding some happiness, but this just didn't work with the slap-stick comedy tone of the story. The tone made Dallas seem pouty and a bit of a tool. I did like Nicki though. She was an entertaining character and I loved her relationship with her grandmother. Despite that, I probably won't be picking up another book by Craig in the future.
When Nikki returns from the restroom in the middle of dinner, her ex is nowhere to be found, and the $200 dinner bill is waiting to be paid. Sure he's skipped out on her, and reassured of the bastard she knew he was, Nikki overdraws her debit card to flip the bill and leaves the restaurant, only to discover Jack's dead body has been stuffed inside of the trunk of her car.
Once the police are on the scene, it becomes clear that Nikki is the prime suspect in Jack's murder.
You have to laugh out loud at Nikki and Dallas O'Connor's first meeting. Nikki, having become sick after leaving the restaurant, more or less projectile vomits on Dallas's shirt...and then all over his shoes.
Dallas is part owner in a Private Investigative company called "Don't Mess With Texas" which he started with his friends Tyler and Austin after the three spent time in prison for a crime they didn't commit. Making it their mission to exonerate others who share similar situations and face wrongful imprisonment, the team of PI's take on Nikki's case when she swears her innocence.
Throughout the book we're also given a side story about Dallas's detective brother, Tony, and his estranged wife, LeAnne. The two have been separated since a tragic event in their lives caused a rift that neither knew how to repair. When Tony sees LeAnn, a nurse, at the hospital where Nikki is admitted after the incident at the restaurant, he decides instantly that he will do anything to get the love of his life back.
Ugh! Tony and LeAnn's story is so emotional! Their relationship really got to me, and I found myself rooting hard for Tony to convince LeAnn that they still belonged together, and for them to heal together. Although there was a resolution of sorts for Tony and LeAnne at the end, I still wonder if they will get their own book or if their story will at least be elaborated on further down the road. I felt their story could easily warrant its own very worthy book, and had thought it was being set up in this book, but now I'm not so sure that's the case.
Don't Mess With Texas is the first book in a new trilogy from Christie Craig, so it inevitably spends a good amount of time setting up the next books, in this case, by letting the reader know some, but not all of the reasons Dallas and the rest of the Private Investigation team spent time in prison after being wrongfully accused of a crime. I was left wanting to know further details of what led to their incarceration, how they got out of it, and what they'll do over the next two books to make the person responsible pay.
There's not a lot to gripe about in this book. It's humorous, its characters are likable, the plot was interesting enough, and there's a dog that farts. Yes, I said that. I was, however, expecting maybe a little bit more from this book in the way of the romance between Dallas and Nikki, since it was "their" book. I felt like I was more emotionally invested in the side story of LeAnne and Tony than I was with Dallas and Nikki and found myself more eager for their scenes at times than I was for the main couples scenes.
Overall, I thought Don't Mess With Texas was an enjoyable read, and it made me eager to read the next book, Blame it on Texas, featuring PI Tyler. We really only got a taste of Tyler's character in this book, but it was enough to make me want more!
I gave Don't Mess With Texas 3 stars on the blog because what I consider 3 stars is what Amazon considers 4 stars.
Dallas O'Connor a former cop and current P.I. is quite charmed by Nikki as she vomits on him after seeing her dead ex. He can see her future laid out. Without help Nikki will be railroaded and taken down for a crime he doesn't believe she committed. Dallas and his partners Tyler and Austin are taking the case. Things get a little more complicated as Dallas and Nikki take their relationship to a different level. Can Dallas and Nikki find love amidst murder? Will they survive the madman behind her ex's death?
Don't Mess With Texas is a hoot! Christie Craig manages to bind humor, suspense and romance together fabulously in Don't Mess With Texas. Nikki made me laugh so much. I really like that even though she's in a dire situation she still manages to laugh. Dallas is a sexy stud out to right the wrongs of the world. Nikki and Dallas set the town on fire with their passion and their fussing. I love the relationship between Dallas, Tyler and Austin. These guys bring tons of humor but the bond that ties them together is much more serious. I can't wait to read more about these honorable gallant men and the investigation surrounding what brought them together. I'm also in love with Nana! I hope she makes a reprisal in the next book! Nikki's relationship with her nana is so special and tells a lot about her character. I just adore Nana's straight shooting attitude. Don't Mess With Texas has emotion, suspense, witty banter and a clever plot that will keep the reader engaged.
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