Friday, December 20, 2013

The Cop Who Stole Christmas (Tall, Hot & Texan, #2) by Christie Craig

Title: The Cop Who Stole Christmas (Tall, Hot & Texan)
Series: Tall, Hot & Texan
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Christie Craig (December 10, 2013)
ISBN-10: 099102060X
ISBN-13: 978-0991020607
Author's Website:
Notes: Received a copy from the author.

Have you ever said something because you're mad and then wished you could take it back?

Savanna Edwards by all accounts is having a very bad day. It started out with Santa stealing (okay, repossessing) her car, her joking with friends about murdering her ex and tying a bow on his cheating appendage, then finding her ex dead and wrapped with a bow--as specified--on her kitchen floor. While she'd been mad about her ex refinance the car she'd been awarded in the divorce, she hadn't truly wanted him dead. Now the prime suspect in the crime, can she clear her name?

 Detective Mark Donaldson has noticed his neighbor many times and has more than once considered going over and introducing himself. He doesn't, however, feel getting involved with a neighbor is a smart thing to do. When she comes over asking for his help in stopping the repossessing of her car, he can't really do much to help her. When she comes to him for help when she finds her ex dead in her kitchen, that's another matter. Staying uninvolved is no longer an option.


This is the second book of the Tall, Hot & Texan series by Christie Craig. If you haven't read 'Gotcha!', the first in the series, you really should. It's free right now for a limited time for both Nook and Kindle. It's a great way to introduce yourself to the series and to the author, Christie Craig.

Savanna has been dealt a bad hand. She lost her mother and marriage on the same day. She'd come home from the hospital to tell her husband the news of her mother's passing only to find him in bed with his assistant. That had been two years ago and while she'd gotten over him, she still hadn't gotten over her fear of commitment. To utterly give your heart over to someone and have faith they won't tear it to shreads had kept her from looking for love again or even dating. It was an experience she never wishes to repeat.  

Mark is not at all what he first seems. Savanna's first impression of him is that he's a cocky jerk who can't be bothered. Not too surprising, as he's had women attempt to use him for personal gain--what they thought his badge could do for them among other things--in the past. The experiences have left him a touch cynical and relationship shy. While he gives off an indifferent air, he truly isn't. He's been secretly crushing on his neighbor for quite some time.  

What I enjoyed about this story is how circumstances brought these two together. Had events not played out as they had, they may never have met or gotten to know each other. Additionally, I loved how I didn't figure out who did it before the ending. When the villain was revealed, I did a head smack and laughed at myself for not seeing it. This was a fun, sexy, humorous, and smartly written read that I gave 4 out of 5 roses. My only fault is that I wish the story had lasted longer. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earns a STEAM rating - too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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