Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray (Tara Holloway Series #3)

Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray (Tara Holloway Series #3)

by Diane Kelly
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Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray (Tara Holloway Series #3) by Diane Kelly

When you're an agent for the IRS, it's always tax time. And this season, Tara Holloway is up to her neck in work with two very knotty cases. One involves a charismatic minister who's using his mega-church as a tax shelter. The other is a crazy militant who's trying to turn Texas into a separate country. With her boyfriend out of town and her partner reassigned, Tara is on her own—and things are getting hairy.

If dealing with the Lone Star State isn't enough, Tara has other new issues to take into account: There's a sexy new agent named Nick, who's got her head in the clouds...and Tara's boss, Lu, who's having a hair problem of epic proportions: not even her Chinese contraband industrial-strength hairspray is enough to keep her signature strawberry blonde beehive from falling flat. Can Tara help Lu find a wig—and keep from wigging out over Nick? Love, updos, taxes—this time, Tara's got a whole lot of kinks to iron out…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312551285
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Tara Holloway Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 419,420
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Diane Kelly is a tax attorney by day, writer by night. A recipient of the 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, she has received more than two dozen RWA chapter awards. Diane's fiction, tax and humor pieces have appeared in True Love Magazine, Writer's Digest Yearbook, Romance Writers Report, Byline Magazine, and other publications.

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Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray: A Tara Holloway Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Who wrote the rule that you can only have one man in your life? Tara Holloway continues her pursuit to bring in the tax evaders whatever way necessary. Her partner these days is very Special Agent Nick who is a walking eye orgasm and way too much temptation for Tara. Being in a committed relationship to a great guy makes her behave, but it is not easy. Chasing down the crazies who set up their own Nation and bringing a minister to his knees for more than a prayer group are every day events. Tara may get caught in the strangest circumstances but she does know her way home with or without Nick too close for comfort. When the preacher does a great bob and weave away from the long arm of the law, Tara and Nick decide this is not a closed case. Undercover pursuit, long hours on surveillance, and chasing down a man too slick for his own good is just in a day’s work. At some point Tara is going to have to decide whom the future looks brighter with and that is not going to be a walk in the park. Diane Kelly knows how to rock the romance, and roll the story right into a delightful mix of high drama with great characters.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Stacey Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book To me, the makings of a great book series is when you can read each individual book by itself no matter where it is in the series and understand what is going on and enjoy it. This book, number three in the Tara Holloway series, fits into this category. Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray – the title is what grabbed me at first but the characters are what kept me reading. I’m not usually a fan of mysteries no matter how major of a plot point, but with the pace of this book that one aspect of it wasn’t too overwhelming for me. The combination of comedy, action, and romance made it a fun, fast read. Diane Kelly certainly has a way with her characters. We can all relate to wanting something more from our jobs. Kelly’s main character Tara goes from working in a cubicle in a stable job to being a gun-toting special agent for the IRS and it seems like the craziest of cases end up in her lap. This time she’s got two: a corrupt televangelist and a secessionists group who believe they are exempt from the laws of the US. Neither one promise to be open and shut cases, and while dealing with that, her crazy boss Lulu is undergoing cancer treatment and that has Tara out searching for the perfect wig to replace her strawberry blonde beehive! All in a days work? Not likely! From the opening chapter title: “This is What Happens When Rednecks Have Too Much Time on Their Hands”, I was hooked. If you are looking for a funny, fast paced chick-lit book with some sex and a non-murder mystery thrown in, then you’ll definitely enjoy Death, Taxes and Extra-Hold Hairspray. You just may end up appreciating your stable day job by the last chapter! Just don’t be drinking anything while reading…you may end up making a mess!
HighP More than 1 year ago
I liked this book even more than the first two in the series! I love Kelly's sense of humor! Tara Holloway's adventures always keep me in stitches and her adventures with Nick are hot! Can't wait for the next one.
marilynihope More than 1 year ago
Great characters; interesting information about the IRS. Takes place in Texas, but so far is one of my Newer favorite cozies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all of the books in this series I enjoyed every minute of it. And because I spent 15 years as a hair dresser I can relate to the use of the extra-hold hairspray. It does have numerous uses. Very entertaining read!
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Kay_Hudson More than 1 year ago
Another roller coaster ride for Tara Holloway! Well, not an actual roller coaster, but Tara does manage to stay on one of those Urban Cowboy bull rides for the fuill eight seconds--all in the line of duty, of course. This time she's in hot pursuit of a televangelist who says his church doesn't owe taxes to the IRS and a secessionist who claims his Lone Star Nation doesn't owe anything to anybody. The minister's flock pursues Tara with email, the secessionists pursue her with hand-written, poorly-spelled legal threats, and hunky Special Agent Nick Pratt just pursues her. And that's Tara's biggest problem--should she stay loyal to boyfriend Brett (out of town on a landscaping job) or give in to her crush on Nick?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've become a big fan of Diane Kelly! I've now read all 3 of her books and they are all different yet share common characters. Fun rainy day read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third in the Tara Holloway series and I loved this book as much as the first two! The characters are "real" and easy to relate too. A very light and easy read with suspense and light-hearted moments that keep you wanting more! I look forward to reading many more Tara Holloway novels!!
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ChariK More than 1 year ago
Cute, funny read. I've read both books in the series and have even pre-ordered the third! Enjoyable.