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Shut Up and Kiss Me

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Welcome to Precious, Texas, where fistfights serve as dinner theater and fire ants rain from the sky. The locals are very friendly, if a bit eccentric. No pictures please, or you may find yourself a guest of the county morgue.

Photojournalist Shala Winters already had her hands full bringing tourism to this backward, podunk town, but her job just got tougher. Pictures can s
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Published September 7th 2011 by Smashwords (first published May 21st 2010)
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Lindsay
I laughed all the way through this book. Shut Up and Kiss Me has been on my TBR list for quite a while and every time I came across it to buy I put it off. The blurb online doesn’t do it justice.

It wasn’t until I read a review by Sandy M that I decided it was a must buy and a must read…and I wasn’t disappointed. Sandy M has a pretty perfect review of it.

I just have to say this…Poor Jose! I would hate coming home too if I had that horrible homecoming.

My only complaint (and it’s not a big one) i
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Paige  Bookdragon

If a romance book can make you pee for laughing so hard, then give you butterflies in your stomach because it's so swoon worthy, then that means you have to fight tooth and nail to own a paperback copy because sometimes a kindle copy is not enough.

I have a love-hate relationship with Christie Craig. I find some of her books super meh and then there are some that is definitely worth my money. Shut Up and Kiss Me falls on the later.

What I like about this book is that, Craig tells us not just one l
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Angelc
Jul 22, 2010 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shala Winters is a photographer hired by the mayor of Precious, TX to raise tourism for their town. Her first photography event is a pow wow ceremony presented by the Chitiwa tribe. Shala had no idea that no pictures are allowed by the tribe. She respects their rules and doesn't take any photos but she refuses to leave her expensive equipment unattended. Police Chief, Sky Gomez, confiscates her camera, in full ceremonial dress, no less. As Shala tries her best to explain what happened, Sky keeps ...more
Sandy M
Jul 25, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where most authors pull me into a story with a tortured hero or a tragic heroine, Christie Craig reels me in with humor. In SU&KM, it’s the hero, when he grins and winks at the heroine during one of those you’ve-got-to-be-kidding moments, who had me laughing and grinning too and who let me know I was in for a terrific read.

Shala has been hired by Precious, Texas to do her magic to get the quaint Native American town hopping again, so it doesn’t end up a ghost town. Knowing tourism is the way
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Maria
Aug 16, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always looking for free books for my Kindle because I read so much and the budget can only take so much abuse! I can say that I've been pretty lucky in finding some great authors this way, and I'm pleased to add Christie Craig to this list. Shut Up and Kiss Me in one of those great romances where the characters feel like people you know in a town that actually exists and you'd like to visit. But the story also feels fresh and new, and I'm already anxious to read more about Precious, Texas an ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 06, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
By chapter five, I've reached the end of my jerkwad tolerance. And that's only 30-some pages in, so that's a pretty high jerkwad density. I don't know what Craig thought I should find appealing in Sky, but haughty superiority and a sense of entitlement aren't even a little bit engaging. I wanted to smack him hard enough from Shala's PoV, but then we shift to his and I wanted to go even further. He's an ass, plain and simple.

It doesn't help that Shala is kind of a whiner. I mean, it'd be one thin
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Jane Stewart
Too many interruptions jumping around among stories. Heroine did some stupid things. The slapstick humor didn’t appeal to me.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I did not like this style of writing. There were several stories going on which could be good, but the author jumped around among them in an irritating manner. Too many scenes stopped in the middle at a suspenseful moment. For example, Shala is alone in a house, hears a car drive up, looks out the window, and sees a bad guy get out of the car with a ski
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Sabrina
If you haven't read Christie Craig then you're missing out on some of the funniest, quirkiest and literally laugh out loud books being published. Craig never fails to make me laugh, smile and sit on the edge of my seat as the suspense develops. It's not often an author can create a book both full of danger and suspense, while at the same time giving you characters who crack you up and keep you smiling.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know I LOVE a story that can make me laugh
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May
Jul 09, 2010 May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery/suspense + comedy + romance together.
I wouldn't recommend this book blindly, regardless of my high rating. Why? I think this author is one that is a "love her or hate her", and I don't think her sassy, mystery filled, funny, and wild tale would be a favorite for everyone. That said, it worked for me!

Set in the small town of "Precious, Texas" a PR woman of sorts finds herself with a confiscated camera and at the receiving end of some unwanted stalker-ish attention. The town's law man doesn't want to see her get hurt nor does he want
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Rezeda
Jul 03, 2014 Rezeda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-read
What I really liked is the Jose's story. That's the only part in the book that really amused me. It's definitely over the top (crash AND fire ants AND skunk; got punched for something your dad DIDN'T do; burn your privates AND walk with mustard dropping from your shorts), nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot.
Everything else, alas, is just a standard fluff with a bit of Texan-native American flavor: pleasant, but instantly forgettable.

Я и не подозревала, сколько, оказывается, книг с этим названием :)
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Emmie
Feb 06, 2017 Emmie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an entertaining book with a great cast of characters and hugely funny!
Petya
Nov 03, 2011 Petya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really, really good book. I've had so much fun reading it. It's a romance - yes, but it's also funny and I mean ridiculously funny. Poor Jose :)
Z. Elizabeth
Oct 10, 2012 Z. Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've had this book on my kindle for a few weeks now but I've always put other books before it. Last night I decided it was time to read it - seeing as i think it was a freebie on Amazon - and I normally really enjoy the freebie books.

I had read the synopsis when i downloaded the book, so i had completely forgot what it was about, and when i got a few pages in and got confused, i re-read the blurb and remember exactly why i had downloaded the book.

It is definitely different from any other books i
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Veronica
Mar 08, 2010 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kimberly
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/revie...


It’s photojournalist Shala Winters’s job to make the small town of Precious, Texas look appealing to tourists. Too bad her camera has been confiscated by the stubborn, infuriating, all-too-tempting chief of police, Sky Gomez. The sexy lawman refuses to hand over the Nikon, especially when it becomes clear someone’s after whatever pictures Shala has stored on her camera.

A series of break-ins turn into attacks t
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Tam B.
Sep 09, 2012 Tam B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this as a free e-read on Amazon and as I was familiar with the author decided to try it.

This was an easy read but in places it felt like it was just going on and on and on. You got to the point where you wondered what else could happen. To give an example, Jose (who is a character that could actually be cut) seems to be in the book for comic relief. Day one he crashes his car, steps out into fire ants, stumbles and falls in to a bush fighting said ants and meets the wrong end of a skunk.
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~Leslie~
Dec 31, 2011 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-kindle
In some ways I hate to give this 4 stars because it's such light fluff. But if you judge light fluff on it's own merits, this story delivers. It's start's off a little slow but once it gets going, it's a lot of fun to read. There are several story lines going on in this book and it can get a little confusing, but the author does a good job of making it work. Shala is a media specialist hired to help out the town of Precious, Texas. This town is mostly made up of a native american population and ...more
Christine
While I really liked this book, there seemed to be a lot going on with a lot of different characters. I think that if there weren't so many side stories going, that I would have felt a little more connected to the main characters. Not that I didn't like the main characters - I did. I just didn't feel that emotional connection with them that tends to really draw me into a story.
I laughed throughout this book as there were a lot of funny things happening. Of course, some of it seemed a little over
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Nicola
Jul 19, 2013 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shala Winters is hired to create an image of a town that tourists would want to visit. In order to do so, she must first experience the local establishments and festivals. While doing just this she meets Sky Gomez, and the original encounter is not exactly pleasant! Shaka, a strong willed and independent woman will go to any lengths to have her camera returned, shy of polishing a mans boots that is. Little did she know that someone else was desperate to get her camera as well, desperate enough t ...more
Natalie
Sep 24, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book made me laugh, gave me bitterflies and had me hanging off my chair. This story is amazing. I can't see how it was a freebie on Amazon, but i'm glad it was and am now a fan of Christies!

The story is about Shala who is a tourist consultant who helps a town in the hard economy, though upon her time their she meets Sky a who aparently according to his step father they are to be soul mates. Sky doesn't believe and hates to be tied down and Shala has insecuritie issues after having her h
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Amanda
Aug 22, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book is one of those awesome gems that one gets for free. I had serious "lol" moments with this book. While I'm not usually a fan of romantic suspense, Craig had a nice balance between the two. The characters' names in this story are interesting. Our heroine is "Shala" and "Sky" is the hero. I'm not sure how to pronounce Shala's name, but it was an interesting twist. Somehow, Craig made the name Sky fit the character. The best part of the book is that that the suspense is nicely balanced wi ...more
Helen
Apr 09, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHUT UP AND KISS ME carries on Christie Craig's marvelous sense of humor and astounding sense of pace. Her characters fall in love and trip over danger at a right good clip that keeps the reader engrossed. This time the town is aptly named Precious as it's precious enough to its residents for them to want to promote it by hiring Shala Winters to work up a publicity campaign. Little does she know she's set off a murderer intent on grabbing her camera because she's somehow taken an incriminating p ...more
Cynthia
Oct 31, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-comedy
I adored this book, I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. A book to keep and read again and again. This was a free book, but I would have paid for it. Well worth the read, I laughed all though this book. MUST BUY you won't be disappointed.

Shala who is a PR who is hired to increase the tourist trade. OMG the things that happen two her from the Indian who stole her camera turns out to be the cops she is calling to get it back (I laughed myself silly over that) to someone out to kill her and t
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Courtney
For some reason goodreads is having problems saving my stars so I'll let you know what I give it here: 4/5.

Christie Graig was able to provide readers with an interesting novel at a virtually irresistible price! This is one thing that I've grown to love about authors lately. My first experiences with free books on Amazon was touch and go. Most of them were bad but lately I've been able to find some real gems. Like this book.

It's set in Precious, Texas and while there aren't many precious things
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Donna Hatridge
Aug 20, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christie Craig writes an engaging, mysterious & funny story about the small Texas town of Precious, it's police chief and one photojournalist turn PR specialist.
Precious is a small Texas town that need the tourist trade to survive. Hiring Shala Winters to boost the towns image and draw in the tourist may get the town more excitement then they bargained for.
When Shala brings her camera to a Pow-Wow that has rules against any photography and suddenly a flash goes off, well the chief of police
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Rae
Oct 11, 2012 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say I didn't think I was going to like this book. I'm not a fan of Indian stories with visions or spirits and all that, but this was a very modern version of a town in Texas that had a large Indian population. Sky and Kayla were funny. Not near as funny as Jose though. He made this book. That poor man got the worst of everything. LOL, but it had some pretty funny parts and sexy parts and serious parts. Everything I like in a book. I really thought Lucas sounded like he could be a ...more
Rosalee
Jun 15, 2012 Rosalee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me laugh out loud, and about made me cry! It is a fast paced story of Shala, whose job is helping to increase tourism in a small town, part reservation, in Precious, Texas. Somehow she's in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then gets caught up in the small town and community, including the Chief of Police, Sky, who obsconds with her computer. The characters (not only Shala and Sky) are well-developed and the interactions may be exaggerated (not sure fire ants can climb up a m ...more
Marianne
Dec 03, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun love story with lots of action; it kept me engrossed from cover to cover. As a reporter, I really enjoyed the main plot – I could totally see myself in a similar situation (having my camera confiscated while doing my job) and doing the same things as the heroine in this book (doing whatever I had to get it back) – except fall for someone in the process – well, I would like to think I wouldn’t but the fact remains, given the opportunity, I could totally see myself falling for someon ...more
 Mummy Cat Claire
Nov 13, 2012 Mummy Cat Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I got this free from Amazon.

This is a modern romance that takes place in an Eastern town/reservation named Precious. Hahathe name of the town was only the beginning.
I really liked this book. The mystery was pretty good but maybe could have been better and become a who done it. Craig didn't give the reader enough information and suspects to really solve it.
What I really loved werethe accidents and the humor in the book. Laughing outloud happened a lot with this book. Craig's strength was puttin
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Jennifer Su
Sep 09, 2012 Jennifer Su rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE !
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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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