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A Touch of Scarlet (Oak Stand #5)

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Adam Hinton is a by-the-book kind of guy. And as the new chief of police in Oak Stand, Texas, he has a few mottos. Do the right thing. Obey the law. "Don't" get involved with bad girls--no matter how secretly irresistible they are. Those mottos are put to the test when too-tempting, too-sexy, too-"everything" Scarlet Rose speeds into town. Before the ink is dry on the tick ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Harlequin (first published October 1st 2011)
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A Touch of Scarlet is difficult to put down. Local lawman Adam Hinron is hiding secret desires behind a straight arrow man of steel facade. I liked his edgy inner battle to control his lust for Scarlet as much as I liked her brash drama queen efforts to keep him off balance. The mix of small town Texas characters provided all the ingredients for a great hot chilli cook-off style romance, with lots of spice and substance. I liked these strong yet flawed characters and their story. I particularly ...more
Sheila Jackson
"The power of a woman". Adam Hinton was a tough Police Chief, but he was no match for Scarlet Rose. It was fate when Adam pulled Scarlet over for speeding. What turned out as a physcial attraction lead to a meaningful relationship. Author Liz Talley did an awesome job of pulling the couple a part,then bringing them together again with a prank call to the police station. She tugged at the readers' heart strings....
I think I may have read this one before. It's cute but has a few missteps, not so much about Texas, but small towns.

The town is supposed to be small enough to have only 3 or 4 police officers. And yet the local library has 7 branches?!? Even Waco, which has about 200,000 population, only has one or two library branches. I don't know of any county-wide systems in rural areas that have more than one library--the whole county just uses the one. Now some counties have a library in more than one tow
I received this book from the author as a part of a GoodReads giveaway. It was the first Harlequin that I have ever read and I wasn't sure what I would think of it. I was pleasantly suprised and I enjoyed the read. I especially liked many of the characters of the small Texas town of Oak Stand. Ms. Talley draws some very vivid portraits of these characters. The plot dealt with some large issues,such as, censorship of books and the right wing thinking of some small town people. Ms. Talley kept the ...more
I am about a quarter way through and loving it. RIght now I'm enjoying the moments of Adam trying to maintain his dignity and Scarlet her fury while the strange little moments of small town life take them down to more human levels. It's the small town stuff (the Christmas lights in with the police processing kit at the police station) that has me charmed.


Finished! I still enjoyed it, although the exboyfriend was a peculiar touch. And though Adam changed and grew, Scarlet wasn't as differe
Mar 12, 2012 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Charming romance between a sexy drama queen actress and a police chief who only seems uptight. There were a few minor plot issues I had--the stuff about the ex-boyfriend at the end was kind of out of the blue--but Talley's writing is just so enjoyable (and the sexual tension so sizzling) I didn't care. And although I'm not too crazy about series that go on and on, I am always pleased to visit Oak Stand, Texas, and see what Bubba Malone, the reforming gangsters, and the old ladies are up to. Ther ...more
Maureen Howard
A Touch of Scarlet shows us that what's wrong can sometimes be right and what looks right isn't always wrong. Throw in a long legged actress, a sexy hard headed sheriff, and very healthy seasoning of sizzling heat and you have yourself a hot mess that makes a meal by Scarlets sister look like a cold plate.
Elisa Beatty
Hurray, another Liz Talley book! These are always so fun to read and lift my spirits--sort of like shorter, more Southern versions of Kristan Higgins books. The chemistry between the hero and heroine--a hilariously uptight (but superhot) cop and a smart-mouthed actress (she plays a vampire queen on TV)--is wonderfully combustible. I laughed out loud, and also really came to care about the couple.

I'm sad to think this is the last of the Oak Stand, Texas books!!!! I've come to love that town, and
Rita Henuber
If you like stories about small southern towns you’ll love this. While this is a stand alone book I suggest you start with the first of Talley’s books and work your way through. She has characters that appear in each book that you’ll love.
I appreciated the book 90% through, but that last chapter was awful. Completely rushed. I also did not like that no one ever felt the need to apologize to Scarlet for treating her like a dumb trashy slut throughout the entire book.
Mary Pitre
Loved it. Can't wait for the next one. Hope their is one about Meg & Bubba.
Connie Cox
So fun to read about a drama queen personality who is a real live drama queen! Pairing her with a straight-laced lawman was such fun! This is a great pick-me-up read!

Patricia De lange
Ik zeg wauw, ik vind dit echt een goed boek! Leest heerlijk weg en is zeker boeiend, absoluut goed geschreven.
Dit boek is echt een aanrader, het pakt je en houd je vast WAUW
Amy Bridges
Really liked this one! Liz did it again!
Kim Law
Favorite Liz Talley book so far!
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My life has always been papered with novels. From traditional Harlequin romances to epic books like Lonesome Dove, my reading interests are vast. I can't imagine a life without coffee, hot tamale candy and a book in hand. I write romance, but I read every genre...except sci-fi. But I can be persuaded.
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