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Death, Taxes, and Hot-Pink Leg Warmers (Tara Holloway #5)

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It’s bad enough that Tara has to go on trial against the mortgage-frauding “Tennis Racketeers” who cheated banks and homeowners out of millions in between doubles matches. Now she has to go undercover—in a strip club—to strip the sleazeball owner of his indeed illegal livelihood. At least she’s working as a bookkeeper, not a pole dancer. And who needs tips when her underco ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another hilarious installment in this series. I love spending time with IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway, who can't seem to stay out of trouble in the line of duty.

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Tina Axell
Lucky me, I started reading this series just a couple months ago and was able to finish one book and dive right into the next. Now I will have to wait a couple of months for the next installment to be released...and what a cliffhanger Ms. Kelly has left on this one! Can't wait to meet up with Tara and Nick again!
Kay Hudson
I love Kelly's Tara Holloway series. In this book, Tara is going after mortgage fraud by day, working undercover (as a bookkeeper) at a strip club by night, and thinking about getting together with Nick Pratt just about all the time. Full of secondary characters we've come to know (including Christina the DEA agent) and a few new ones.

Each of these books has at least one scene that truly makes me laugh out loud. In Hot Pink Leg Warmers, that scene involves a Vietnamese grandmother with OCD and
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Kaitlin
This is probably one of my favorite within the series... I can't wait to read the next one!! :)

Teena in Toronto
Tara is an IRS agent and has two cases on the go. Four men dubbed the "Tennis Racketeers" have ripped off desperate homeowners and taken their homes. Tara and her partner, Eddie, investigate and testify at the trial. In the other case, Tara becomes an undercover bookkeeper at a strip club where it's suspected the slimy owner is dealing drugs. Nick, Tara's new boyfriend and fellow IRS agent, is also working undercover at the club as a bodyguard,

This is the fifth book in the Tara Holloway series (
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
I liked the general plot of this book- going undercover to catch the bad guys, while dealing with the day to day of the usual casework, throw in a hot partner and there ya go. I didn’t know this was a 3rd or 4th book of a series, or I would have been aware of the fact the main character is in the IRS, and talks way too much about taxes and people getting over on the government. I, myself, am not a fan of taxes, so that was a bit distracting to me and decreased my level of enjoyment a bit. Most r ...more
Chelsey
Tara Holloway and I are best friends. I am serious. If she were a real character, we would be the best of friends. Diane Kelly is a phenomenal writer and I agree with many other reviews I have read in saying that this is the best book in the series yet. Diane writes this fast-paced lifestyle and these characters that all feel real. I have never been so interested in tax evasion before this series! The only thing that I always hate about her books is that I am left wanting more, and in this case ...more
Elizabeth
This book was so not as good as the last 4 were. I've come to really enjoy this series and was kind of disappointed with the events in this one.

Like for example the major killer cliffhanger. Why oh why did she do that to me! Then there was the fact that I hated most of the secondary characters in the book mainly the strip club workers.

Also the overly happy ending to the romances in the book were annoying. Oh and the build up towards Nick and Tara's special night really lead to disappointment f
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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Well, I'm not sure about then ending, but the rest of this book is excellent! Great characters, snappy dialogue and excellent story lines.

I enjoy the way the author goes between two or more story lines in these books, each story lines is a nice break from the other and it keeps things interesting. The main plot line was intense, so the secondary plot offered a breather and I enjoyed reading about the individual agencies working together.

The sexual tension between Nick and Tara is excellent and t
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Veronica
While I didn't like this book as much as the previous two entries in the series it was still an enjoyable book overall. This time around Tara and the gang are out to bring down a club owner who may or may not be running drugs and prostitution out of his business. On the personal front, Tara and Nick are finally free to explore their relationship, but with some limitations. I found those limitations annoying and rather than ratcheting up the sexual tension I actually think this plot point deflate ...more
Kaye
This is the fifth book in the series, and Diane Kelly does not disappoint. This book has Tara working twice as hard as normal, literally. They are investigating the "Tennis Racketeers" who bilked unsuspecting people out of millions with their mortgage scam, and working undercover at a strip joint who may be serving more than pole dances and alcohol. Tara is working as a bookkeeper at the joint, while Nick is a security/bouncer, and Christina is working as a cocktail waitress. Lobo has started a ...more
Karen Leonard
A great story about Tara Holloway taking down four mortgage-fraud racketeers and a slimy owner of strip club dealing in drugs and prostitution while she's trying to figure out her own love life.
Elaine
OH MY GOSH!!! This is the best one yet. Lobo did not fail to impress AT ALL. Nick and the 'stach, oh my. I think I may have had a few hot flashes. Loved Tara's names for everyone at the club, to include Swiss Cheese, BAWAHAHA!!! Don't forget the flying turkey, so not expected. Really loved how the reunion went, so fitting for them. But the heat...I am not saying any more, but holy smokes, it was SMOKING!!! I am so happy!! And it wasn't even me, but a girl can dream right? But the two words were ...more
Angela
Enjoyed the story and glad that the relationship between Tara and Nick has properly started. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Ruth
Tara Holloway reminds me of Stephanie Plum - funny and serious at the same time.
Tiffany
I didn't know whether to envy or pity poor Tara when the Lobo gifted her with a pair 80s style leg warmers...but they seemed to come in handy (and become a trend...lol). This novel is my favorite so far as I couldn't turn the pages fastest enough or get enough of the one-month-Nick-Tara love trial. TORTURE! Tara and her trigger-happy turkey-tossing-self is my new hero. The story is full of funny one-liners and even funnier characters (machine-gun-sneezer). Diane Kelly left me speechless on the l ...more
Kate
I don't understand why many people classify this as a cozy mystery... It read more like a Stephanie Plum novel with a lot of procedural elements and graphic sex scenes. I was surprised by that! The book was witty and moved along pretty quickly but I felt myself drifting at all the court room scenes. Maybe it's because I am In court all the time in my line of work, but I will say that I thought it was nice to read a book where the laws, court scenes, procedures, etc. were all represented pretty a ...more
Doris
Ok for a light read
Kristie Williams
I just love this series and can't believe I got behind in it! They are a quick, fun read!
Dawn
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

I really liked this one, although Tara's reasoning for her actions near the end are questionable. I did like the overall story and humor. The ending did make me sit up and say "Wait! Where's the next one!". I really like this series and author. What was really great was Diane signing the book. She's right "A good book is ALWAYS in fashion", especially if that includes pink leg warmers. :D
Kim
Did NOT see the end coming!
Gretchen
I like this series and I like these characters. This one involves two cases, one a trial on a mortgage company scam, and the other a drugs and prostitution bust at a strip club. Also, we find out whether Tara and Nick get together or whether she chooses to go back with Brett.
Nora-adrienne
Tara, Nick, Christine and the gang are hip deep in it this time. While Tara is busy with one case, she's also undercover in a strip club. Lots of action, innuendo, and law breaking going on.

I can't wait for the next book in this series to make its appearance.
TheChuckster
Another great adventure with Tara and the gang. Tara totally went off the deep end at the end of the assignment which painted her in a very very bad light. And of course there's a cliff hanger that makes automatically jump in to the next book to find out what happens
Debbie
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Matthew Cousens
Love this series. In this book we answered the lingering question of which man Tara will choose to be in her life. I didn't see the twist on the very last page coming. Now where will the plot go in future books? I can't wait to find out!
Liz Lipperman
Love this series. This author knows how to keep the reader turning the pages and laughing like crazy. The other Tara Holloway adventures were great, but this on is my favorite. Can't wait for the next Holloway adventure.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Love this series! although for a cozy it got a little risque there near the end when Tara and Nick finally hook up! interesting twist in the end so I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens!
Sheri
Diane Kelly is my new favorite Chick-Lit author. So thoroughly enjoyed this that I immediately started to read the next in the series to see what happens next!
Melodie
Definitely not my favorite in this series, but these books are always worth a read. Lots going on in this one. Like Tara & her relationship with Nick. Will be reading the next one.
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