Shut Up & Kiss Me

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When PR expert Shala Winters gets hired to increase the tourist trade in a Texas town mostly populated by Native Americans, her schemes stir up a storm of trouble-with both the town's commanding lawman and someone after Shala's life!
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When PR expert Shala Winters gets hired to increase the tourist trade in a Texas town mostly populated by Native Americans, her schemes stir up a storm of trouble-with both the town's commanding lawman and someone after Shala's life!
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Craig (Divorced, Desperate and Deceived) turns her latest smalltown romance into a delightful comedy of errors. Hired by the mayor of Precious, Tex., to do a PR shoot that will draw visitors to the tiny town, photojournalist Shala Winters dodges burglars, would-be assassins, and vandals while tangling with sexy police chief Sky Gomez, who doesn't want her taking pictures of Native American rituals and turning Precious into a tourist trap. Sky doesn't believe in soul mates, though his foster father has prophetic dreams of Sky and Shala together. Shala, orphaned and divorced, is wary of men and furiously defensive of her independence. Many of Precious's standoffish, quirky, nosy residents are of Native American descent, but the culture feels like an afterthought; Craig stays focused on playfulness and sexual tension, and hits all the high notes en route to happily ever after. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780505527998
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

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    Loved It!

    This was the first time I've read a Christy Craig book and I absolutely loved it! I was often laughing out loud making my kids & hubby wonder what I was reading! I have already downloaded Weddings Can be Murder, which by the way is a FREE download, and can't wait to start reading it. It's been a long time since I read a book that was romance, mystery, comedy, and action all rolled into one! This is definately a keeper and you won't regret reading it!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Funny!

    So, this is like most romance stories where you know where everything is going but I like the author's style of writing and that there were at least 3 times that I had to stop reading, find tissue and regain my composure after laughing until I couldn't breathe. I would and have recommended this book to my friends.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    Small town Texas!

    I recently stumbled across this book when looking in the ebooks under $5.00. What a find!! It made me laugh out loud, when I was sitting on my bed alone! It has romance, laughs, mystery and a very HOT small town Texas Chief of Police and a heroine that is a photographer from the big city of Houston. The mystery is great and their reactions to each other are wonderful. Being a native Texan myself, I love it when I find books with a Texas setting and this one is great. I will definately read more of Ms. Craig's books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    LOL fun

    Welcome to Precious, a small Texas town where

    .Shala Winters has a job to do - as an experienced photo-journalist hired by Precious's mayor, she needs to increase tourism to this podunk town. Her pictures are the key, but there's one little problem - a sexy Indian snatched her camera during a powwow. She demands the police help her retrieve it which would've been a simple fix. except it was the Police Chief who took it!

    .Hunky, Native American police chief Sky Gomez has a job to do - keep the peace and keep Shala's confiscated camera in "lock-up" for a week while keeping his hands off the sexy, sassy photographer. Both would be easy if Sky and Shala hadn't been thrown together by a killer on the loose.

    .The killer has a job to do - get his hands on Shala's camera and eliminate the photos stored on the memory card. He'll use any means necessary to eliminate those standing in his way - guns, automobiles, blunt objects, cold-blooded murder - whatever it takes to get the job done.

    And those aren't the only things woven into the fabric of this mystery. In vintage Craig style, Christie maneuvers from funny to touching to terrifying and back again. Jilted lovers, drive-by shootings, "little blue pills" and a pissed off skunk add the right pops of color to make this tapestry a real feast for the senses. And with enough heat to fry an egg, Craig delivers a sure-fire, Texas size hit.

    Now. SHUT UP AND KISS ME!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    Great Read! Two thumbs way up!

    This is has certainly turned into one of my favorite book release of 2010. I absolutely love it! A must read book for those rainy days! Heck, this a great read for any time. . . day and night!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Loved It!!!

    Very rarely do I read a book that can make me laugh out loud. This was a wonderful mixture of humor, suspense and romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    Laugh out loud read

    I enjoyed the story and the characters. A couple of times I laughed out loud. It was entertaining with just the right amount of romance. I liked it and would read others by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    Shut Up and Kiss Me...just okay...

    Everything about this book was "just average" -- there was nothing really offbeat about the book. I think the best character was Lucas...I'm still trying to figure out what exactly he does for a living!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    Forgetable

    I finished this book 6 days ago and had to refresh my memory of the plot as I sat down to write this review, it was that forgetable. I did not think the tension or the attraction between the hero and heroine (what were their names?) was crafted well. It was quirky and well paced but It did not draw me in emotionally, as I would expect a romance to do. I purchased this ebook because of the price (57% off MSRP) and I think a number of other people must have too, judging by it's current sales rank (#11). I recommend paying a little bit more for something better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Funny & Fun--Don't Pass Up!

    Christie's personable and fun personality comes flying off the page in SHUT UP & KISS ME. I laughed out loud while reading this book and can't recommend it enough!

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    Great read

    Not much of a romance book reader, but this was worth the read.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Funny Romance!

    I loved this book! It is laugh out loud funny! It also had a great romantic story. The story line really moved and kept me interested. I will read more Christie Craig books!

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    Funny! Funny!!

    I have only recently been introduced to this author but I am so glad I was! She has a knack for making you feel like you are right there, seeing everything. Jose's return to Precious was the funniest thing I have read in a long, long time!! Definitely a recommended read

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    Another keeper for Christie Craig

    I'm becoming a fan of her writing. Want to read more of her work. Enjoyable, drew me in to the story and left me wanting more.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    Laugh Outloud Funny

    I am a great Evanovich fan; but this book far out distanced even the funniest of Evanovich. There is humor, suspense, and romance on several levels. I fell in love with each character, and laughed until my eyes watered too much to read further. The heroine comes away from a small Texas town with a family she loves, and a place to spend her future. A hero learns that he can love again, even though the person he loves is very different from him. The secondary characters learn that love isn't always exactly what they thought it was, but that it comes in many shapes and sizes. Two characters learn that love is not ageless and can be found even in their later years. This is definitely a must read, must save to read again when you are feeling down. These characters will cross my mind every time I see a Ford Mustang, every time smell a skunk or get stung by fire ants. Enjoy.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Laugh out Loud Funny - And a sweet romance!

    I enjoyed this book. I think Chrisie Craig is very funny and I enjoy books that aren't full of drama all the time. This was a very quick read for me and I would reccommend to anyone who's looking for a sweet romance!

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    It was fun to read

    recommend

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    Sky's The Limit

    Shut Up and Kiss Me centers on the small town of Precious Texas - but for many of the characters in this largely Native American/Hispanic town - it was anything but "precious". This book started out hilarious and within the first 6 pages had me grinning from ear to ear like a mad fool at some of the antics the characters had to endure especially poor Jose, who was one of many memorable secondary characters. He seemed to be on the receiving end of the funny (or not) torture dished out by the author upon her poor unsuspecting characters. Rushing home to Precious after his father Redfoot sustains a nasty head injury, poor Jose had a car crash, fire ants making a picnic out of his family jewels and then being sprayed by a skunk and that wasn't even half of what he had to endure on his first night back in his not so precious home town (his character must have seriously pissed Craig off while she was writing this book LOL!). Hopefully Jose merits his own story in a future installment about the citizens of Precious because I can't wait to see what additional torture Craig cooks up for him.

    Shala Winters just wanted to do the job she was hired to do by the Mayor of Precious; take pictures that showcase the town and prepare a marketing campaign to turn this little town into a Texas tourist attraction. She hasn't been in town a day when her very expensive Nikon camera gets confiscated at the local Indian Pow-Wow by a headdress-wearing, loincloth sporting, hard-bodied, oiled-up bare-chested Adonis who makes her girl parts tingle. So Shala may have broken the strict "NO Picture" policy by not handing over her camera (heeelllo? it's worth $8,000) before attending the ceremony, but she didn't take the flash picture she's been accused of taking. And she certainly can't do her job if the pig-headed, hotter-than-a-firecracker thief won't give her back her camera for a week.

    Sky Gomez *sigh*. Yes you may be surprised to learn that Sky is the name of the MALE lead character in Shut up and Kiss Me. Even though it's an unusual name for a man, it actually fits him and don't let his name fool you or deter you from picking up this book to read because he's all man. Sky doesn't believe all the mumbo-jumbo soul-mate crap his foster father Redfoot saw in a dream and has been spewing lately (mmmm wonder who that soul-mate might be?), but when he spies the blond in the crowd at the Pow-Wow, her camera in hand and then an incriminating flash, he senses that trouble is just beginning with the newest addition in Precious. And taking her camera hostage (even if he does believe she may not have been the culprit snapping a photo), he can't help getting a rise out of Shala because teasing her is just too damn much fun.

    Who knew one little camera and it's potentially incriminating contents could cause so much havoc in this Precious town. A chain reaction of events puts Shala's life in danger and working together, Sky and Shala attempt to uncover why someone is so hot-to-trot to get their hands on Shala's camera bad enough that they are willing to kill for it.

    Shut up and Kiss Me is the perfect blend of a highly entertaining, funny yet suspenseful romance and if this book isn't on your TBR pile than you are missing out. Shut Up...and go buy this book!

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    This is an amusing small-town Texas romance

    Precious, Texas Mayor Johnson hires photojournalist Shala Winters to do a local shoot to bring more tourists to the city. However, the relatively easy job proves quite difficult to Shala. One might think dealing with eluding thieves and vandals would be her biggest concern; or perhaps a stalking potential killer. None of the above is as big a troublemaker as is police chief Sky Gomez, who orders her not to photograph Native American rituals. He knows the economy could destroy his Precious, but also fears his beloved small-town will become a tourist attraction that will turn it into crap.

    Sky's foster-father has visions of the cop with Shala. He insists they are soulmates, but Sky rejects the old man's dreams as malarkey although he is attracted to her. Shala has her own issues as relationships die; being a divorced orphan. She distrusts men preferring her independence although she is attracted to Sky and respects his foster-father's noble intentions.

    This is an amusing small-town Texas romance starring two combatants and a host of eccentric locals. Fast-paced and filled with jocularity, fans will enjoy the lighthearted romantic romp although the plot loses a profound opportunity with the lack of deep insight into the race relationship issues of a town in which 65% of the residents are Native-American Hispanic and Caucasians are a minority.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 9, 2011

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