Blame It On Texas
Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: Aug 28, 2012
Retail Price: 7.99
Heat Level: Hot
Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State's richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez.
Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients' private lives. Still, he can't deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe's crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man's target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.
Series: Hotter in Texas (Book 2)
Christie Craig knows how to craft a delightfully humorous and intriguing tale. Blame It on Texas is full of fun, wit and charm.
Zoe Adams finds herself in Texas over the summer trying to solve a mystery from her childhood. Trying to search for the truth from one of the wealthiest families in Texas is proving to be difficult but Zoe is determine not to give up. How hard can it be to play amateur sleuth?
Tyler Lopez finds the sexy red-head who is snooping around town to be sexy and alluring. Sure, when she explains her story and why she believes she is connected to this family, he thinks she is nutty. But once she enlists his help, he realizes no matter how crazy she seems, he can’t resist a good puzzle and a sexy woman.
High Praises for Ms. Craig! This is the second book that I’ve read by her and it will not be the last. I couldn’t stop laughing the entire time. The humor in this story does not fall short and is not forced. It just flows from scene to scene and from each character. There is a scene where Bud (OMG, Bud is the dog from Don’t Mess with Texas and if you read that book, you know Bud have issues) and Zoe’s cat that is hilarious! The plot is well thought out and the characters show strength and growth by the end.
There is a secondary romance between Ellen (Nikki’s friend) and Rick that warmed my heart. For a brief moment, I became slightly more interested in their story. Rick has a lot going on in this book and he struggles with doing the right thing. Ellen is trying to heal from the shooting and raising her daughter by herself.
So why did I deduct a star if this is so good? There’s an array of characters that pop up too frequently. I love reacquainting myself with former characters from previous books but I don’t want them to dominate a scene and sometimes Dallas and the gang took over. Also, the point of view switched too frequently that I became a bit confused. Just like the first book, the first half of Blame It on Texas focuses on Zoe and Tyler fighting their attraction while the suspense is pushed back a bit.
Overall, a down right funny and cute contemporary read. I do recommend reading the first book if you want to know about the characters.Reviewed by Samantha
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