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Don't Mess with Texas (Hotter In Texas #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,064 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
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
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Forever
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
“I wanted to talk, but I wasn’t going to talk about sex. Not that I don’t like talking about sex. I just prefer having sex to talking about it.” He grinned. “But talking about it isn’t bad.”
Don’t Mess with Texas is my introduction to Christie Craig’s writing, and a delight to read! It was fresh, funny, and steamy and I loved the world she wrote. The characters are interesting, quirky people who I want to know more about. Now, I’m fairly new to the straight, non-erotic, non-suspenseful Contempor
Anne OK
Nov 06, 2011 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
(Book #1 in Hotter In Texas Series)

Absolutely a delight to read. Christie Craig has hit a homerun with "Don't Mess With Texas." I laughed, teared up, laughed, sighed, laughed, blushed, laughed and laughed and finally finished the last page with a bit of sadness because I did not want this book to end. It made for a great weekend of reading pleasure.
Nikki Hunt meets her ex-husband at an expensive restaurant and then gets stuck with the bill which she can't afford when he disappears. Then she leaves for the grocery store and finds her missing husband dead in her truck. Enter the police who know the wife or ex-wife is usually the best suspect. (It doesn't help that Nikki says she's going to kill him in the hearing of two different people.) Along with the police is Dallas O'Connor, a former cop who was framed for a crime and spent time in pris ...more
Easy, cute read with a sexy, sweet hero who likes to save people, especially damsels in distress. Loved the almost final love scene between the H&h. Let's just say a high school fantasy, but the hero's nightmare.
~ Becs ~
I bloody loved this!!

It's light-hearted and fun and fluffy and yet I managed to care deeply for the characters and what was happening to them. It's contemporary romance mostly with a light smattering of suspense to keep the story rolling.

There's a strong theme of people being falsely accused throughout the whole novel and that's how we meet our heroine Nikki Hunt - an impoverished artist going to meet her ex-husband Jack Leon for dinner. He's been begging her for a reconciliation since she disc
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 24, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is a fun, light romance even though the plot has Nikki on the hot-seat for a murder rap most of the book. I guess the tone sets that expectation and the feeling that Dallas is competent at his job cements it. Which lets Christie Craig get away with a light touch in the face of a kind-of dire plotline.

And I really liked the Dallas/Nikki romance. They're both a little broken, but that just means that they need each other that much more. So that part was pretty sweet.

What I didn't enjoy was th
Jul 26, 2014 AH rated it really liked it
Don't mess with Texas is a nice, light romance perfect for summer reading. I liked that this just wasn't only a romance, there was a murder mystery as well. The story revolves around our two main characters: Nikki and Dallas. They meet when Nikki is accused of murdering her philandering ex-husband. Of course, the meeting is a little spectacular. At first, Dallas thinks that Nikki murdered her ex. After all, she left a restaurant muttering to herself about killing her ex because he stuck her with ...more
Jul 30, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
My first book from this author and most probably not the last.
My rating would be around 3.5, if I could, as the editing wants improvement. But I enjoyed this reading throughout and it made me smile regularly, so I feel generous enough to round it up.
It's a light-hearted romantic comedy, with an underlying investigation. The tone is often quite funny, without getting into eye-rolling farcical moments. Overall it was a pretty down-to-earth people-next-door type of story and characters. Basically t
3-1/2 stars. Not quite as amusing as other CC books that I've read but still a good solid mostly lighthearted read. Lot's of interesting characters and a solid lead couple. There was also a side story about the hero's brother getting back together with his wife which was nice. There was an interesting little mystery which played out well. One thing I like about CC is that the crimes in her books are more normal type crimes. No serial killers or terrorists etc. Just ordinary police work or in thi ...more
Guilty Pleasures
Nov 07, 2011 Guilty Pleasures rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback
DMWT is a whole lot of book for a great price!!! $5.99 for the ebook, which makes this naughty girl really happy =)

Where to start...I read this book at the close of one of the most hellish weeks I've had in a long time, it didn't take long for Christie to have me smiling and chuckling. (for Naughty D's friends that only like Erotic romances, I have to tell you this is 100% contemporary romance, but definitely a great read)

Dallas is a former cop, who's ex-wife deserted him when times got rough,
Dec 23, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it
I'll admit I had high hopes for this book. It seemed really cute and I had heard a lot of good things about it. But no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into it.

Nicki Hunt needs cash because she's flat broke. If she doesn't get money soon then she's going to lose her art gallery. After getting a phone call from her wealthy ex-husband, she goes to dinner with him thinking that maybe she'll be able to overlook his cheating scum-bag ways for a reunion. After he vanishes in the middle of
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 18, 2015 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Overall I guess liked it. It kept me engaged. Nikki annoyed me, I thought she was winy (oh poor me!) and a bit stupid at times. Dallas wasn't much better. He would think about how hot Nikki was at inappropriate times. I did enjoy the side romance with Tony and LeAnn (and it all would have been fine much earlier had they TALKED). The who-done-it was a bit of a let down.
The best parts of this book: the coffin sleeping dog (and dog farts) and Nikki spewing vomit all over Dallas.
I normally don't n
Sandy M
Sep 21, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I always have the best time when I read a Christie Craig book. I constantly smile, sometimes laugh, and usually sigh quite a bit over her heroes. In this new trilogy she’s given us three very drool-worthy men who have been betrayed, nearly lost everything, and are now doing what it takes to help people who find themselves in the same predicament they were in at one time, when those who should have stood by them instead turned their backs and left innocent men to suffer dire consequences. You can ...more
3 1/2 STARS Finished Christie Craig's Don't Mess w/Texas and overall I would give it a B or 3 1/2 stars. I liked Nikki, but thought that Dallas came off as a bit of a player, but I understood his relationship issues too. Some things that held me back from loving it was the fact that I wanted more information on Nikkie's parents and why they did what they did to Nikkie. Also I didn't get why Jack left Nikkie in the financial state after their divorce and then turns around and does what he does in ...more
Christi Snow
Sep 26, 2011 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing

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
Jenn Scranton
Aug 01, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it liked it
Look at this cover. Based on this cover, what do you think this is about? Would you look at that and say, I bet this book is about a woman who is being accused of murdering he ex-husband and she falls for the private detective that saves her ass?


Just no.

Miss Author, slap your cover designer and fire him/her promptly.

Other than being disappointed that this was in no way a cowboy book, it was rather funny. The story was lame and the love story even lamer, but the scenes were funny. Loved Bud,
Feb 03, 2012 Ami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have only read one story by Christie Craig before; but this one seems to gather a lot of positive reviews, so I decided to give it a try.

Unfortunately, I will be one of the minorities, since I'm not completely in love with it. I have few issues with it.

One, I wonder why the cops are so sure that Nikki is a suspect simply because she said that she would like to kill her ex-husband? She doesn't have the physical trait to do so. Plus, she screams and vomits when she discovers his body. I mean, r
Jun 01, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, mystery
I have mixed feelings about this book. This is one of those stories where the two main characters are the ones I like the least. All the supporting characters are more interesting people with more interesting story lines. My biggest issue with fun, flirty, girly books like this is all the stereotyping. I find this kind of novel rarely shows realistic (at least in my world) portrayals of men and women and their relationships with each other.

Nikki Hunt did not kill her ex-husband. Really she didn
Grade B-


This is an enjoyable book, even if there's nothing especially unique about it. It's a predictable romance and even as the characters tell themselves they need to back off or stop the relationship "before they fall in love,' the reader is never in doubt of the eventual end. What makes it enjoyable is the light touch of the writer, the decent suspense plot, and solid characters. The book has a few humorous moments, but thankfully doesn't digress into too much silliness.

Recommended for
Feb 16, 2015 Clover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brothers
First, I wanted to read this book because I met Christie at a writers conference and she is awesome and funny and when you meet an author and they are likable, you want to support them.

Second, she has dyslexia, as does my son, and writes anyway, even when dumb teachers told her to give up that dream. That cinches it right there.

But then this book was first titled "Don't Mess with Texas" which also happens to be our state's anti-littering campaign. Pretty clever. Apparently the powers that be di
Lydia Perversius
Mar 06, 2014 Lydia Perversius rated it really liked it
Shelves: hotter-in-texas
"I love you. I love all of you. There’s nothing I don’t love about you. The way you talk to yourself. The way you care about your crazy grandmother and her friends. The way you accept people and make everyone happy. Including me. You make me happy, Nikki. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been happy? Oh, and I love your body. I really love your body." - Dallas O'Connor

Sit down and get ready, ladies, for the ride of your life! Christie Craig's PI trio is here to rock your socks off - in t
Oct 30, 2011 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I really really enjoyed this book. Brava to Christie Craig! It had a lot of funny moments, great romance & just the right amount of suspense. I will definitely be reading the next book in her "Hotter in Texas" series.
Mar 10, 2016 Christie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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 brothe
Aug 24, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christie Craig’s new book, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS is a delight. As usual, she has managed to combine laugh-out-loud funny with warm-your-heart sexy.

Nikki Hunt has a bad habit of muttering to herself and this time it’s gotten her into deep trouble. When several people hear her threatening to kill that no-good louse of a cheating ex-husband shortly before his body turns up in the trunk of her car, she becomes the prime suspect.

Dallas O’Connor is familiar with being falsely accused. He and his frien
Aug 28, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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 store that she is going to kill him! Unfortunately someone beats her to it and she finds her ex dead in her trunk, where she promptly pukes all over his
Wasn't Totally Sold
She didn't do it. Nikki Hunt didn't kill her ex-husband. Sure she was angry at him. And, okay, she may have been overheard - twice - saying something about killing him. He ditched her during a dinner that he had invited her to and stiffed her on the check! And the only reason she was meeting him to begin with was her wretched financial situation. She couldn't afford a candy bar, let alone a five star meal, so yes, she may have muttered under her breath about offing the jerk an
Jan 03, 2016 ♥Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully light read. It has romance a bit of a mystery, and some humor thrown in. Christie Craig adds another great work to her growing stack of success.

Nikki Hunt thought she could go back to her no good, lying, cheating ex-husband, but upon seeing him in the restaurant they were meeting at, she quickly changed her mind. She probably wouldn't have even entertained the thought if she didn't need money to help pay for her Nana's cable. Her struggling art gallery isn't bringing in a w
Mary Gramlich
Sep 13, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS by Christie Craig
09/11 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages

Are you willing to take a chance and bet that our love will lead to everlasting?

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
Redheads Review it Better
Nov 09, 2011 Redheads Review it Better rated it really liked it
Dallas knows all about being framed for a murder he and his partners didn't commit, so when he jumps to the conclusion that Nikki killed her husband without actually meeting her, he knows he made the wrong assumption and decides to help her prove her innocence. Even though all the evidence points straight to her.

Nikki can't believe her ex was killed and stuffed in the trunk of her car. Now she was being accused of killing her no good ex, the same ex that just stiffed her with a $200 lunch bill
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Dallas O’Connor is a former cop who went to jail for a murder he didn’t commit and whose wife left him in the process. Now he runs a PI business, Don’t Mess with Texas, with two other former officers that were framed along with him. Together they hunt down the man responsible for their incarceration and help those who might be unjustly accused as well.
Nikki Hunt is a divorced artist and gallery owner down on her luck financially. When her cheating ex-husband calls her up asking to meet him for
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Goodreads Librari...: Duplicate Series - Hotter in Texas 2 14 Aug 04, 2014 04:27AM  
  • Heartstrings and Diamond Rings (Playboys, #4)
  • Make Mine a Bad Boy (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #2)
  • The Welcome Home Garden Club (Twilight, Texas, #4)
  • Remember Me (The Rosewood Trilogy, #1)
  • Tall, Dark and Cowboy
  • Shiver of Fear (The Guardian Angelinos, #2)
  • Then He Kissed Me (Three Kisses, #2)
  • Red's Hot Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #2)
  • Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries, #3)
  • Tempted Again  (West Investigations, #3)
  • Negligee Behavior
  • Bad Boys Do (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #2)
  • Talk of the Town (Glory NC, #1)
  • Absolution (Suspense Series, #5)
  • Yours for the Taking (Domestic Gods, #4)
  • Guarding Jess (McCormack Security Agency, #2)
  • Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half (Beau Monde, #2)
Pseudonym for C. C. Hunter.

Photojournalist, Author and Speaker

Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contest
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Hotter In Texas (3 books)
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  • Texas Hold 'Em (Hotter In Texas #3)

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