Don't Mess with Texas

Don't Mess with Texas

by Christie Craig

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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 . . .

**Previously published as Don't Mess With Texas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446582841
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author Christie Craig grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs and mostly wears shoes, but focuses on rescuing mammals and hasn't kissed a frog in years. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog-who has a bad habit of eating furniture-a son, and a prince of a husband who swears he's not, and never was, a frog.

If Christie isn't writing, she's reading or just enjoying laughter with her friends and family. As a freelance writer, Christie also writes nonfiction books, including the humorous self-help/relationship book Wild, Wicked & Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You're in a Romance Novel, as well as paranormal young adult romances under the pen name C. C. Hunter.

You can learn more at:

Twitter @christie_craig

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Don't Mess with Texas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. From all of Christie Graig's books, this is my favourite. Such a great page turner that leaves you wanting more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her manta being "It's the right thing" to persuade her not to bolt, Nikki Hunt meets her former husband Brian and Sterns lawyer Jack Leon for dinner at expensive Venny's Restaurant after he pleaded with her that he made some mistakes. The gallery owner knows she is short paying bills like her Nana's cable and her BFF assistant Ellen's salary. This is why she is unhappy when Jack leaves her with the exorbitant tab. Mumbling she will kill him, Nikki goes to her car to find Jack dead in her trunk. The police suspect Nikki killed her spouse. Former cop Dallas O'Conner empathizes with the beleaguered Nikki as he worked at Glencoe PD before being accused unjustly of a crime; now he works as a private investigator. He bet against her innocence until he saw her dinner is now the puke on the victim's suit. . Since he was once falsely convicted of a crime, he tends to be very sympathetic to those who find themselves in the same position. While his homicide detective brother Tony works to solve the murder while dealing with his broken marriage to LeAnn, Dallas also looks into the killing and that of a related injured victim while dealing with his attraction to the prime suspect. This is a fun Texas investigative romance that in some ways feels like a throwback to the madcap comedies of the 1930s. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the heroine vomits and never slows down as her knight in shining armor tries to prove her innocence while falling in love with "Leon's leftover". Fans will appreciate this terrific Texas two-step. Harriet Klausner
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book had absolutely everything that I love in contemporary romance! It was fun. It was entertaining. It was suspenseful. It had a wonderful story line. It had wonderful characters. It even had an amazing sub-story that moved me to tears. Wow! I loved this book!!! This book is the first book in a trilogy about three former cops: Dallas, Tyler, and Austin, who started a PI business after they were framed for murder and spent 16 months in prison, unjustly accused before the facts came out. Their goal with the business is to eventually get revenge on the drug dealer that framed them, but also to help others find justice when they are unjustly accused. One of those unjustly accused just happens to be Nikki, who is being accused of killing her ex-husband, who was found dead in her trunk. The cop investigating the murder is Tony, Dallas' brother. They were eating dinner together when the call came in and just happened to be eating at a restaurant next door to the store where Nikki discovered Jack in her trunk. The story line in this book builds and twists and bends, but at the heart of it, is a fabulous romance. I loved both Nikki and Dallas. These are two divorcee's who have been burned by love and neither one of them want to ever go through that again, so they both have big-time commitment issues. BUT they can't resist when their sexual chemistry becomes combustible, especially since they are living together for Nikki's safety. This book is one full of characters that make it charming and irresistable: *Dallas, Tyler, and Austin- these guys went to jail for 16 months. Can you imagine that as cops? OMG, and they are more than a little bitter about it, but it has created a bond between the three of them that is unshakable, no matter how much hell they give each other. *Nikki- Nikki is scarred after being abandoned by her parents to a grandmother that wasn't even related to her and by a husband who couldn't keep his dick in his pants. She's an artist and owns a gallery, but is barely keeping her head above water financially. *Tony- Dallas' brother and the detective on Nikki's case. He's a hard-nosed cop trying to get to the truth, but all the evidence is pointing at Nikki as the killer. He is also dealing with the loss of his wife who he has been estranged from for 9 months, LeAnn. Their story was emotional and heart-rending. OMG, I bawled at the end of their story. *Nikki's grandmother and her crew- This elderly group is doing a play of Annie Oakly. Nikki's grandmother is Annie and she is a character. So funny and so sweet. She was an amazing addition to the story. *Ellen- Nikki's employee and best friend who is also stabbed the night Jack is murdered. I LOVED her esp. when she was doped up on morphine...OMG, so freaking funny! *Bud- Dallas' gassy dog who likes to sleep in the coffin that was left behind in their offices. He was always great to provide a bit of a silly funny into the story. Really, this was just an amazingly fun story. I laughed. I definitely cried. I had no idea who the bad guy was. It kept me guessing and it most definitely kept me entertained. I love that it is set in Texas and that the three guys are named after Texas towns. My ONLY complaint that I have about this book is that the next one isn't out for another year, Blame It On Texas, out Sept, 2012. *whining*
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
When you are standing in front of the most gorgeous man, you have ever seen the last thing you want to do is puke on him, twice. However, Nikki Hunt is not your ordinary girl and having just found her ex-husband in the trunk of her car murdered her throwing up on anyone is the least of her worries. Dallas O'Connor is the kind of man that knows better than to judge a case by its obvious evidence and he sees allot of things in Nikki but murderer is not one of them. He and his two best friends were falsely accused and imprisoned due to quick decisions to close a case. Now they fight for the underdog and find a way to free the innocent while tracking down the person that wrongly sent them to prison. Right now, he sees Nikki and while getting her off on the charges is his first priority he does think freeing her of her clothing might be his second, but he can keep business and pleasure separate right? Nikki and Dallas discover that someone believes she knows a secret they do not want revealed at any cost. The mysterious person has no issue using violence against anyone that is going to stop him or her from the search for what Nikki has. While Nikki had no on-going relationship with her ex-husband, apparently she has something of his that is so important she needs to die over it. Whatever this mysterious something is Dallas is going to figure it out, immediately and keep Nikki safe in his arms. The only obstacle to his solving the case is his brother the police officer trying to convict her and Dallas himself if he cannot concentrate on solving the problem and stop thinking about the delightful time he wants to have with Nikki sans clothing of course. With a slow burning relationship brewing between them, family surrounding them with unasked for opinions, and a murderer lurking behind them what is to stop Dallas and Nikki from falling in love? This book hits on every level of a romance reader wish list. You have a great set of main characters, secondary characters with their own stories that add so much to the book, and a mystery to solve. Read this book and remember what it is like to let go of past pain and say hello to a future of love and happiness. Big sigh goes here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I really did enjoy this book. It had romance, humor, and intrigue and a who-done-it element that is always fun. The hero and heroine had fantastic chemistry as did the men. Their "manly" banter was hilarious. The thing I didn't like were all the women involved with the hero, hence only 4 stars. The heroine, the ex-wife Serena, the fu*k buddy Suzan, the body builder Rachel, not to mention all the others flirting with him all day. It really pissed me off when the heroine asked him if he was involved with anyone and he said "no", even though he had a standing bi-weekly sex date with Suzan. That would've been a deal breaker for me, but such is fiction. This is my 2nd time reading this book and I'm sure I'll be reading it again.
BookLoverEW More than 1 year ago
Everyone has bad days -- your car breaks down, your hair won't behave, the dog uses your favorite shoes as a chew toy. The usual. For Nikki Hunt, her bad day starts with an overdrawn bank account, followed by her lying, cheating ex sticking her with the dinner tab at an expensive restaurant she can't afford, and ends with finding said lying, cheating ex stuffed in the truck of her car - dead. As in not living. And to top off the absolutely craptastic day, while being questioned by the police who now suspect her of murder, poor Nikki tosses her cookies all over the only man who can help clear her name: hunky PI Dallas O'Connor of the Don't Mess With Texas detective agency. Dallas O'Connor suffers from a bad case of bad timing. Merely tagging along with his cop brother, Dallas takes one look at Nikki and knows she is innocent. A former cop with first hand knowledge of being wrongly accused, Dallas vows not to let the same happen to this cute, sexy suspect. Unfortunately, no one told the real killer who is still on the loose and still gunning for Nikki. Don't Mess With Texas is Christie Craig's latest contemporary romance though let's be honest. Craig needs a category all her own: Contemporary, steamy, laugh-your-butt-off-romance that leaves you with tears in your eyes and an ache in your belly. The multi-dimensional characters leap from the page. Even the hilarious band of supporting characters are rich with humor and emotion. The dialogue is sharp and full of wit. Think Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers or Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn. And in typical Christie Craig style, there's more heat between the characters than in Texas itself. The first in a new series, Don't Mess With Texas is a perfect weave of comedy, romance, action and suspense, with heartfelt emotion and tears of joy. That's no small feat, but something that comes naturally to master author Christie Craig. This book with leave your spirit higher and your heart fuller. Don't Mess With Texas. Don't say I didn't warn you.
AlisonTX More than 1 year ago
Don't Mess with Texas is the first book in Christie Craig's new trilogy about a PI firm lead by three former cops who were convicted of murder and later exonerated. We first meet Nikki Hunt when she is on her way to meet her ex-husband for dinner. The dinner is a disaster and Nikki is left with the tab for a $200. She mutters all the way to the grocery store that she is going to kill him! Unfortunately someone beat her to it and she finds her ex dead in her trunk, where she promptly pukes all over his expense suit. The cops on the scene, led by Dallas' brother Tony immediately assume Nikki is guilty, because of her muttering. Dallas is convinced of her innocence after one look in her eyes. He quickly takes up her case and starts trying to prove her innocent. I loved the secondary storyline of Dallas's brother Tony and his wife LeAnn. Neither of the O'Connor brother's can lie for crap. I cracked up when they both tried using bedbugs to get closer to their women. I also loved Nana and her Ol' Timer friends. They cracked me up! Christie did again! She's written a book that is a great mix of humor, suspense, sex and great characters. I can't wait to read Tyler's book Blame it on Texas!
TxCheri More than 1 year ago
Ms. Craig has a highly developed talent for writing sassy, fun romances. Her romantic comedies are wonderfully entertaining, but this is absolutely her best one yet. The longer format allowed her to more fully develop the plot as well as the characters, and what characters they are! The crowd scene at the hospital, where the heroine lies bleeding as no fewer than seven people press in to see about her is not to be missed. But get your copy quick! The Texas Department of Transportation is suing her over the title and you don't want to miss out on your copy!
showmegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't Mess with Texasby Christie Craig4.5 stars/Contemporary RomanceDon't Mess with Texas is a sexy, romping good time that you won't want to miss!The first in a new series by Christie Craig called Hotter in Texas, this book opens with two lovable characters; Nikki Hunt and Dallas O'Connor. Nikki becomes the prime suspect in a murder case when her no-good, cheating, ex-husband's body is discovered--- in the trunk of her car! Dallas is a private investigator and ex-cop, who knows exactly what it is like to be falsely accused. At first he thinks Nikki might be involved in the murder but things just aren't adding up once he gets to know her. Jumping in to help her case, neither can deny the chemisty between them as Dallas tries to uncover the truth.This book is laugh out loud funny. I totally loved it! The suspense of the investigation to find Jack's killer was interplayed well with the budding romance between Nikki and Dallas.The great cast of supporting characters including Tony and LeAnn were perfect to help keep the story moving forward.I am already anticipating the next book in this series called Blame it on Texas, expected in September 2012.Highly recommended.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Don¿t Mess With Texas was my first Christie Craig adult novel. I read the first book in her YA series, Born at Midnight, and found I loved the style of writing she displayed. I was eager to check out some of her romance novels aimed at adults. Don¿t Mess With Texas showcases a perfect combination of humor, wit, and tender moments that actually had me in tears. The POV shifts between numerous characters. While the primary focus is on Dallas and Nikki, we also get to know Dallas¿s brother who is trying to win back his wife. Their story will break your heart. Then there is Nikki¿s grandmother. I love books with eccentric old folks! I knew she was my kind of character from the moment she showed up in her Annie Oakley costume.Dallas and Nikki¿s relationship actually starts when she barfs on him in a parking lot after she discovers her ex-husband¿s body in her trunk. The craziness doesn¿t stop there. This novel was so not like any other romance I¿ve ever read. How could I not love it? Dallas was smoking hot and Nikki was so sweet, but a little naïve. At times I couldn¿t understand why she wasn¿t more upset about what was happening to her. It isn¿t everyday she was accused of murder. I think that was just part of her personality though. She is the kind of character who worries more about other people than herself. I really liked both of them and the chemistry was sizzling!This was a fantastic series debut. The character development was some of the best I¿ve ever seen and the plot progressed at a nicely moving pace. I¿m always impressed when an author can introduce us to so many characters and still produce a book that doesn¿t feel overwhelming and manage to wrap up all the loose ends. Christie Craig did just that. I can¿t wait for the next book in this series!
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
I love the name of this book and Dallas's PI firm.  These two made a great couple and the book had quite a few laughs throughout.
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Tishia More than 1 year ago
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!
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
After a dinner with her ex-husband, Nikki Hunt finds herself a prime suspect in his murder when his body is discovered in the trunk of her car. PI, and former cop, Dallas O'Connor, knows she's innocent, just like he was innocent and unjustly sent to prison years before. Now they both have to prove she's not their suspect to lead Detective Tony, who just happens to be none other than Dallas' brother. This book felt a little misleading by the cover and blurb, making me think this was going to be more quirky and humorous, rather than a drama. I'm not let down at all, I'm just saying. This book did have its share of humor, though. I loved the setting and dialog. The characters were fresh and the romance believable. The secondary characters and their stories were a great add. This is book one in a series, and I can't wait for Tyler and Austin's story. I do feel the conflict resolved itself a tad too quickly, and things easily fit into place, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Craig is a new author for me, and I'll definitely look into future books.
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Katy_Beth More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with a mystery to solve, lots of great humor, and a love story destined for a HEA. I had picked this one up when it first came out to support the author who was having trouble with her title being part of Texas' keep clean campaign and I'm glad I did. This book was a lot of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book based on the story about the publisher being sued by Texas (being a texan i was curious). they referred to it as porn but this book is very mild (compared to some) Like the story but it did not reach out a grab hold to the point i had to finish right then..