by Christie Craig
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Forever
Courtesy of publisher
Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .
Dallas O’Connor is a former cop who went to jail for a murder he didn’t commit and whose wife left him in the process. Now he runs a PI business, Don’t Mess with Texas, with two other former officers that were framed along with him. Together they hunt down the man responsible for their incarceration and help those who might be unjustly accused as well.
Nikki Hunt is a divorced artist and gallery owner down on her luck financially. When her cheating ex-husband calls her up asking to meet him for dinner she decides that she might be able to stomach getting back together with him in order to have some money and be able to pay her grandmother’s cable bill. But when he seemingly walks away and sticks her with the $200.00 dinner check Nikki reconsiders, only to find out that she has bigger problems then her financial woes when she finds her ex-husband dead in the trunk of her car.
Out to dinner with his brother, Detective Tony O’Connor, Dallas tags along when he’s called in on a homicide case. Seeing the evidence before the suspect Dallas jumps to the conclusion that this woman must be guilty, but when he comes face to face with the sexy Nikki Hunt he knows that there is no way she is capable of murder and decides to help her. Even after she throws up on him, twice! Now they must find out who hated Jack Leon enough to kill him before the real murderer finds Nikki. As the plot thickens though, so does Dallas and Nikki’s passion for each other; will they be able to let go of past hurts to find a future of love?
Don’t Mess with Texas was a delight to read and had me smiling the whole time!
A fast moving plot with witty dialogue makes the perfect contemporary romance and Christie Craig’s writing style delivers this in spades! I loved the main couple of Dallas and Nikki; both characters were full and rich while their relationship and journey to it was believable. With a romance that was light-hearted but still overflowing with emotion and suspense.
I was glued to the pages trying to figure out who the real murderer of Nikki’s ex-husband was and am happy to say that I had no clue until almost the very end. Laugh-out-load humor was sprinkled into every page with Dallas’ two sexy partners, Nikki’s nana and the Ol’ Timers gang and a dog named Bud with bad gas who likes to nap in a coffin. All of which who were intriguing side characters that added wonderful dimension to the overall story. Don’t Mess with Texas was a real feel-good read.
Besides the main plot of Dallas and Nikki’s romance and murder mystery there is also a heart-tugging sub-plot of Dallas’ brother, Tony, and his estranged wife that brought me to tears and just made me fall in love with this book even more.
Don’t Mess with Texas was a fabulous first time read for me from author Christie Craig and I look forward to the next two stories in this series featuring Dallas’ partners, Austin and Tyler!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Loved!
Sexual Content: A slow fire in this little Texas town burns to a raging inferno when these two finally come together. Not heavy or erotica but sure to please any smut lover!