I squealed like a total fan-girl when I found out I was getting an ARC of DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!!!DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS is book one in Christie Craig's new Hotter In TEXAS trilogy.
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 . . .
Naughty D's Review:
DMWT is a whole lot of book for a great price!!! $5.99 for the ebook, which makes this naughty girl really happy =)
Where to start...I read this book at the close of one of the most hellish weeks I've had in a long time, it didn't take long for Christie to have me smiling and chuckling. (for Naughty D's friends that only like Erotic romances, I have to tell you this is 100% contemporary romance, but definitely a great read)
Dallas is a former cop, who's ex-wife deserted him when times got rough, therefore he's sworn off all relationships, except for no strings attached booty calls. Nikki is a divorced artist who caught her husband with one of her gallery employees and divorced him. Neither Nikki nor Dallas are big on trust, but from the minute Nikki pukes all over Dallas, he's drawn to her and swears to help prove her innocence. But there's a big problem, a string of bad things keep happening to Nikki and it's making Dallas want more..maybe. And the fact Dallas's brother Tony is the investigating officer in Nikki's ex-husband's murder case does not help matters. Dallas' attempts to get Nikki in bed and Nikki's attempts to fight it are funny and cute. I don't think I'll ever be able to say or hear the word "cupcake" without giggling again. Dallas' business partners Austin and Tyler add in humor to the developing relationship and I love the teasing between the three men.
There is a secondary relationship between Tony and his estranged wife LeAnn, that had me just as enthralled as the developing romance between Nikki and Dallas. Tony and LeAnn's story is about two people being torn apart by the unimaginable, but still being in love. I have to admit I was pulling for them and there were moments in their story that brought tears to my eyes.
DMWT has a cast of characters to keep you laughing and chompin' at the bit for the next two books. There's Dallas' farting english bulldog Bud (short for Budweiser), Nikki's Nana and the Ol' Timers gang, Dallas and Tony's dad (who I hope we will see more of along with the Ol' Timers gang), Nikki's friend Ellen, Nance a young man Dallas and his partners are determined to help prove innocent of a crime and last but not least, Austin and Tyler, Dallas' two partners in the PI business called Don't Mess With Texas.
As I stated earlier, DMWT is 100% contemporary romance. It's a feel good book, but still has plenty of emotion and suspense to keep you turning the pages and not wanting it to end. Now I have to impatiently wait for Book 2, BLAME IT ON TEXAS to come out ;-)
Be sure to check out Christie's back list on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, they have great prices on all her books right now....