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  • ISBN-13: 9780505527301
  • Publisher: Leisure Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Series: Divorced, Desperate Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Divorced, Desperate and Delicious


By Christie Craig

Dorchester Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Christie Craig
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-505-52730-1


Chapter One

Detective Chase Kelly stared into the nose of a .45 semiautomatic, his mind desperately seeking a way out. "Has anyone ever told you that you have anger issues?"

Had it been a lowlife perp with his finger on the trigger, the situation might have been easier to swallow. But it wasn't a perp. He forced a calm that he didn't feel into his voice. "You should see someone about this."

Zeke Duncun, his partner for the last two months, nudged Chase with the gun. Chase bumped against the steel ledge of the bridge. A good forty feet below, the slow ripples of the lake splashed against shore. He stared in the direction of the '61 Bellaire Chevy parked a half block down the street, which had brought him to death's door. Hip-hop music blared from the souped-up Chevy's stereo. Big Bruno, the driver, a known street dealer and all-around bad guy, danced outside it, his feet shuffling to the beat, his head bobbing in and out like a turtle.

Chase motioned toward Bruno, hoping to buy a few more minutes to figure out how to get his ass out of this jam. "Such talent and he's wasting his life selling drugs. What gives?"

"Where's the damn book?" Zeke asked, the sun glinting off his receding hairline.

What book? Chase mentally filed that piece of info to consider later. "Now you're gritting your teeth. That's another sign of rage syndrome."

The barrel pressed cold against Chase's temple. Panic roiled in his stomach, hitting a ten on the Richter scale of serious emotional upheaval. He didn't have time to analyze it. Nor would he give Zeke the pleasure of seeing his fear.

Zeke's nostrils flared. "Wanting to die is one thing, but you disappoint me. I thought you'd at least care about your fellow officer Stokes. All it took was one bullet."

"He ate my last cherry-filled donut last week." Chase shrugged, appearing cool on the outside, but inside ... If Stokes was really dead, he had two little boys who, thanks to Zeke, would grow up without a father. "And you know how much I love those donuts." It took everything Chase had not to go for Zeke's throat, rip out his vocal cords, and tie them in a bow around his freaking neck. Chase resisted, knowing Zeke wanted him to lose control and make a foolish move so he could find the motivation to pull the trigger.

Chase, on the other hand, needed just a few sane seconds to make sure the move he made wasn't foolish. He needed a plan that excluded the lake below, a bullet, or another confrontation with dancing Bruno. The big man had given Chase a few solid blows to the ribs while forcing him into the car earlier. What Chase needed was to reach the gun Bruno had overlooked, the one strapped to his ankle.

Zeke sneered. "You know what they'll say, don't you? You were just another Houston cop gone bad. Lost your wife and your sense of justice. And I'll be the guy who took you down after I saw you kill Stokes. Of course, I'll take it hard."

"Do you grind your teeth at night, too?" Acid burned Chase's stomach. "That's bad for your overbite."

"You think you're funny?" Zeke jammed his gun into Chase's cheek. "Laugh if you want, but I've already set this up. After an anonymous tip, the captain found that missing cocaine under your bed. I was told by IA to bring you in. What a pity that you turned on me and I had to shoot." Zeke's mouth pinched and creased white. "I can make this easy or hard. What do you want? I let Stokes go fast. One to the heart was all it took."

Chase held out his hands, hoping his rage didn't make them tremble. "Can you give me a second? I just hate making spur-of-the-moment decisions."

A glint of hundred-proof evil flashed in his partner's eyes. Time had run out.

Chase knocked Zeke's hand to the right. The gun fired, the bullet shattering one of the Chevy's headlights. Bruno's dance routine ended. "My car!" All three-hundred-plus pounds of the man came barreling at them. Thankfully, Bruno danced better than he barreled. The man ran like a drunk elephant.

Chase slammed Zeke's wrist into the bridge's steel rail. Seeing his gun hit the pavement brought a flash of relief, then Chase spotted Bruno digging into his pants. The man had either serious jock itch or his own gun, and Chase would put his bet on the gun.

Without enough time to go for his own weapon, Chase shoved Zeke down and took his only out. Not one that he felt particularly happy about either. He dove off the bridge, and the hot pain of a bullet exploded through his shoulder right before he smacked into the water below.

Chapter Two

"Mother, I'm standing here wearing nothing but a towel and I refuse to discuss my sex life with you!" Lacy Maguire's grip on the purple phone tightened. Why had she answered the call? She could still be chin-deep in jasmine-smelling bubbles, drowning her frustrations and watching on her tub's DVD player The Little Mermaid peeping at Prince Eric.

"We're not discussing your sex life. You don't have a sex life," her mother said, her tone a mix of humor and snideness.

"I'm not talking about this." Lacy glanced at the flat-screen sixty-inch television left on for the cat's entertainment. While the TV remained on mute, an anchorwoman stood in front of the local police station and a picture of a man's face, not an altogether unpleasant face, took up half of the screen. The words Armed and Dangerous? appeared beneath the picture. Lacy started to hit the volume when she heard frantic barking in the backyard.

"It's not natural!" her mother insisted.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    OMG...(& I'm not sure that is a good thing)!!

    Although I really liked the characters & the plot, this book is an editor's NIGHTMARE!!! There are TONS of typo's & grammatical errors that make the book hard to read. The chapter's & paragraphs within the chapters were not easily identified. I think that is book has a lot of potential...I just wish it would have been through SEVERAL beta readers!!! =)
    So, the best that I can say is...
    READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    GOOD

    I enjoyed this. A quick read, kept my interest. I loved the animal attention...too cute. I did not like the descriptive sex scenes, so I just "fast forward" through them.
    I found the switching of characters/locations within the same chapter (almost the same paragraph) to be a bit odd.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Pretty Good

    It's worth the dollar if you are looking for some romance and laughs. It also has so HOT moments in it.

    The downside: It really doesn't have good transitions.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Horrible

    I am usually pretty easy to please with my book choices, i wish i listened to the other reviews! Many typos, story shifts to much, characters are just ok. Not impressed at all. I am moving on to another selection now after only suffering through about 70 pages. I kept hoping to get into it. Sorry but i will never purchase another book from her. Even for .99 not worth the money....

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Great read

    This was a great fun read. I enjoyed this one and hope the next book comes out soon.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2010

    Want this on NOOK........

    What is the deal with not offering this first book in the series on NOOK?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    Great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    not sold for the Nook

    for some reason the writer does not want nook readers to have this book, out of all of hers its the only one not offered???? so cant rate book sorry nook readers

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    Seriously funny

    This is the best new book of the year. If you like humor, romance, and suspense, you need this one. It has all three. The plot is fast paced, the characters likeable, and the outcome so satisfying. I just hope Christie Craig is a fast writer. She will be in real demand after readers read this one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    FINISH THIS ONE SO YOU CAN READ THE OTHER TWO!

    This is my kind of book! Suspenseful story with lots of humor and a little romance to spice things up a little. Not gross and discusting sex, just spicy! The humor keep you wanting to read. Definately read the other 2 in the series. You won't regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Amazing

    ## Holy crap! This book was FABULOUS. I absolutely loved it. The story was superb, the dialogue witty and the sex was hot! I adored the heroine. She was beautiful, lovable, funny and kind. And the hero was sincere, sweet and funny. OMG and so very hot. I usually hate books that include dead wives, but this one was handled very well. This story really has everything: humor (I laughed out loud so many times), romance, suspense and i even cried at one point. A must read for sure. Note to author: write faster please

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    First let me say that I am hard to please in regards to what I r

    First let me say that I am hard to please in regards to what I read...I will read any genre, but it must have great character development. I have been searching for a new author and I have perused the shelves and many times read the blurb of Christie Craig's books, hesitated and kept searching. I saw one of her books for free for a limited time and was happy for the chance to explore this author. I love this author. Her blend of sisterhood, romance, humor and slapstick propelled to buy and read all her books. Have already read two in 24 hours and on to the third. Thanks for the laughs Christie Craig.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    soft porn thinly wrapped in lame plot and who cares characters

    I was looking for light summer reading. Craig came highly recommended on the BN reviews. I have no idea why. Formulaic, slow, predictable, stock characters, annoying point of view (omniscience works rarely), way too much of the author's preferences for everything from favorite breakfast to steak doneness to pets. Even in a beach read, I expect some decent writing and engaging characters. Craig was touted as another Janet Evanovich; maybe when Evanovich was in high school! I even read another of Craig's, remembering how Grisham's The Firm was so much better written than A Time to Kill (although even A Time to Kill had a great plot), trying to give her a little time to improve. Not. And don't even get me started on the sex scenes! TMI! Never again will I read Craig.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2010

    Make available for Nook, please!

    Interested in this series, yet the first book is not available as eBook for nook?? Add please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    not available on nook

    Yet available on kindle... why is that???
    Makes no sense whatsoever!

    Unless the author prefers selling though Amazon!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    On my must read list for authors.

    I truly adored this book. It was so cute, and a bit kinky but once you pick it up you will literally not be able to put it back down. I would recommend this to anyone EXCEPT your mother. ;-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Romantic suspense fans will appreciate this

    In Houston his partner of two months Zeke Duncan points the gun at detective Chase Kelly¿s head. He informs him that he is already considered a dirty cop as he has been set up with cocaine planted under his bed and now will be accused of killing police officer Stokes, a father of two. Of course Chase will not be ably to defend himself in court, with his peers or the media as he will be dead and Zeke a hero-------------- Chase manages to escape, but not before Zeke¿s ally drug dealer Bruno shoots him in the shoulder. Fabio the dog with reindeer ears takes Chase home. The canine¿s owner photographer Lacy Maguire wants nothing to do with men due to a cheating ex, but she has no choice as Chase holds her hostage while Fabio turns traitor and likes the hunk. Soon Chase convinces Lacy he is innocent and as they fall in love, she decides to abet his efforts to prove he is clean and Zeke is a dirty homicidal cop---------------- Romantic suspense fans will appreciate the fast-paced DIVORCED, DESPERATE AND DELICIOUS in which the story line effortlessly switches back and forth between a tense drama and lighthearted sexual banter. The lead couple is a likable pair as they go from a hostage hostile relationship to love with several steps in between. Her pets and her matchmaking mom along with several other secondary players add fun while Zeke is a cold hearted SOB who will have no compunction killing Lacy or Fabio. Readers will enjoy Christie Craig¿s pleasant tale--------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    Lacy Maguire has sworn off men. She's divorced -- her husband cheated on her, doing his secretary in an elevator and the video ended up on the 'net. And she doesn't want to end up like her six-times divorced mother. So she's happy with her animals, her friends, and her job as a photographer. That is until her dog drags in a wounded and alleged dirty cop, Chase Kelly, who promptly handcuffs her to the bed so he can try to figure out where his life and his career went wrong and his current partner wants to frame him for all kinds of things. Being barricaded in a house with a sexy cop is not what she needs. For her sex means marriage. There's no two ways about that, according to her heart. Chase is immediately attracted to this beautiful woman, even though she seems rather crazy with animals dressed up in Christmas outfits, holiday music playing, and talking appliances. Oh, yeah, and a mother who is a handful. But the more time he spends with her, the more he wants her. And once he has her, once will never be enough. It's time for him to rejoin the living after living like a maniac on the job in the two years since his wife died, and Lacy is the one to help him do that. This book is a laugh-out-loud good time! The characters are all quirky and wonderful, especially the secondary characters. The scenes flow seamlessly, the writing is simply terrific. If you like to laugh when you read, you need to read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Delicious Read

    Review by: Pollyanna Williamson Review for Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig Publisher: Dorchester Publishing December 2007 Contemporary Romance ISBN: 978-0-505-52730-1 Detective Chase Kelly is on the run and wounded. He finds refuge, well sort of, at the home of photographer Lacy Maguire and her menagerie of pets¿three cats and a dog. Lacy¿s vow of chastity changes after she gets to know Chase. She hides him from her best friends but isn¿t so lucky with her mother. A list of men are after Lacy and Chase doesn¿t like it one bit, but he has to catch a killer before he can explore his relationship with Lacy, Miss Divorced, Desperate and Delicious. Christie Craig has written a story with memorable characters that will make you laugh and keep turning the pages. I¿m eagerly looking forward to reading more of Christie Craig¿s books. Funny, hot and suspenseful this story has it all. Take my advice, pick up a book by Christie Craig, it will be a delicious treat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    It was good but I expected more

    Divorced, Desperate and Delicious was a good book with at good story line but after reading other reviews before purchasing it, I thought I would get more laughs out of it. I'll definitely read the next 2 just because I have to know what happens to the friends but it wasn't what I was looking for when I went in search of something to read at the time. Don't get me wrong, I did like the book but it's just not one of my top 20 favorites.

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