Title: Don't Mess with Texas (Hotter In Texas #1)
Author: Christie Craig
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
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 . . .
Don't Mess with Texas is the first book in the Hotter in Texas series by Christie Craig. There is nothing paranormal about this book – which is the type of book that I normally read. It's just a good romantic mystery. The heroine of the book, Nikki, is blamed for the murder of her ex-husband. Private Investigator, Dallas, knows what it's like to be wrongly accused so he does all that he can to help Nikki's case.
The characterization in this book is great. There are several background characters that I enjoyed reading about. I'll admit that I got a little confused in the beginning. The book swaps points of view. We read about the POV from 4 different people. There are also a lot of characters to try to keep straight. I really enjoyed Tony's story though (who is Dallas' brother). Toward the second half of the book, I was just as intrigued by Tony and LeAnn's story as I was Dallas and Nikki's.
The main two characters, Dallas and Nikki, have great chemistry. Their relationship didn't move too fast though. Nikki's life was a mess, and Dallas knew that he shouldn't get involved with a client. Over time they just couldn't resist each other though. Their relationship was very sweet.
I loved the humor in this book. There are a lot of suspenseful scenes, but the humor keeps it just light-hearted enough so you don't dwell on the fact that Nikki could be facing prison time. Though there are a lot of laughs, there are also some tearful moments as well. There is never a dull moment. Between the humor, romance, mystery, and suspense, you'll have a hard time putting this book down. I know I did. I'm really looking forward to reading Tyler's story next!
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