Photojournalist Shala Winters already had her hands full bringing tourism to this backward, podunk town, but her job just got tougher. Pictures can say a thousand words, and one of Shala's is screaming bloody murder. Now she has to entrust a macho, infuriating lawman with her life -- but she'll never trust him with her heart.
Trust or not, Sky Gomez isn't about to let a killer get his hands on Shala's Nikon -- or any of her more comely assets, for that matter. Her mouth might move faster than a Piney Woods roadrunner, but all he can think about is how good it must taste...and how she'll never escape true love.
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 contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig’s latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future.
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 love story in her books. She tells us multiple stories that is happening with the characters and there was never a dull moment in here. The characters are not bland and you can clearly distinguish and pinpoint who are who.
Welcome to Precious, Texas, where the name is cringe worthy but sexy men were abundant.
Shala (who the fuck names their kid Shala anyway?) is a photojournalist who was tasked to promote the town's tourism. Unfortunately, that wouldn't happen soon because some hot fafa gwapito confiscated her camera for breaking a rule. The guy is smoldering hot, oozing with sex appeal and he is the town's Police Chief.
If I were Shala, I would volunteer myself to be confiscated. The chief can frisk me anytime he wants. I won't complain. But sadly, the heroine is not as deranged as I am. No sir. She is not easily swayed by the Police Chief's hot looks and smoldering gazes.
Shala is smart. Be like Shala.
Other things that made me love this book:
How the Native American culture is shown in a way that is not exaggerated. Redwood (the father figure in the story) believes in spirits and dreams and it's so wonderful to know more about this culture.
The other secondary characters. The suspense. The ending.
I also love the secondary character, Lucas. Sweet mother of God. Other than the hero, he is the next man that I wouldn't hesitate to carry his babies.
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 the camera until he finds out more. Soon they realize that someone is after the photos on the camera and Shala. Whoever seeks her is desperate enough to kill. Shala has no choice but to stay in Precious with Sky and his lovably dysfunctional family until she is out of danger.
I am not usually a fan of contemporary romance, but I was drawn in by the Native American characters, not to mention that this was a "Guaranteed Read!" I am so glad I stepped out of the box to read this book because I loved it!! Christie Craig has written a story with a bit of everything- edge of your seat plot, a full cast of supporting characters, humor, and of course, a believable romance between two great leads.
Shala was a great mix of strong and vulnerable. Sky was believable as someone who always wanted to do the right thing, but it didn't always happen that way.
Sky's foster brother, Jose, was hilarious. Poor Jose as constantly getting a pie in the face, reminding him of why he left Precious. I can honestly say, I could never tell where his relationship with Maria was headed.
This author really knows how to create a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter! And there were so many stories going on at once, you have to wait a while to see what happens every time there's a cliffhanger! Her writing style really keeps the pages turning.
Part of why I read this was to read about the modern Native American culture and I wasn't disappointed. I liked the modern (Jose) vs. traditional (Sky and Jose's father, Redfoot) viewpoints.
This book has it all and I was drawn in from page one. I'll definitely be looking forward to more from this author.
This book was sent by Dorchester in exchange for an honest review
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 to go, she’s been snapping pics in the few days she’s been there. At an official powwow, however, her camera is confiscated when one of the dancers thinks she snapped a photo, which is expressly forbidden. Ticked off and ready for a fight to get her equipment back, Shala tracks down the would-be thief at his home, where nothing goes her way.
Determined to uphold the letter of the law, Sky Gomez is holding Shala’s Nikon hostage for the maximum sentence possible, despite the woman intriguing the hell out of him in the way she scoured the town to find him. She’s now threatening to call the police, but he knows for a fact the local sheriff is off duty. Makes no never-mind to Shala as she dials 911. This is when Sky sends Shala that incredulous grin and wink.
And I laughed out loud when his phone rings and he’s talking to the police dispatcher as she has Shala on hold to contact the sheriff. Such a terrific beginning scene between these two, which leads to a lot more before the danger begins.
Not long after their banter escalates in fun and frequency, attempts that seem like accidents are made on Shala’s life and break-ins occur to gain access to her camera. Sky puts it all together that she must have something on film that someone doesn’t want revealed. Feelings also escalate as Sky and Shala work together to find out who and what’s behind these sudden murder attempts.
We also get a couple of side stories with Sky’s foster father and sister, both fun and touching as their relationships are interspersed with Sky and Shala’s. I enjoyed each of these characters, especially Jose. LOL, the poor man goes through hell coming back home. But those are some of the best and funniest scenes in the book.
I know with every Christie Craig book I’m going to be happy when I read it and that feeling stays with me for some time after I get through with it. As good as she is when it comes to weaving a mystery into her books, it’s her humor I look forward to. She’s never let me down once. So, come one, get happy, read a Christie Craig so I can say, “I told you so.”
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 and its citizens.
There's little that is glamorous in this story: there are multi-generational scuffles and misunderstandings, the struggle to preserve culture in the face of modernity, people trying to save their small town, and the everyday struggles of imperfect people finding each other and falling in love. Although the Big Bad that compels the heroine to stay in Precious, Texas is perhaps a bit convenient and unexciting, the rest of the book feels original and interesting, and I had a difficult time putting it down. Rest assured, the Big Bad is destructive, and definitely impacts the direction of the story, but there are points in the narrative where it just doesn't seem all that important. This is pretty much the most serious complaint I have about the book as a whole: The extent of the damage seems random and extreme given what the threat actually turns out to be. The dialogue was fun, though, and even the bits that I thought would induce eye-rolling turned out to be necessary human moments.
The rich cast of secondary characters may seem unwieldy at times, but they helped to establish the community, as well as set up some of the future installments in this series. Although some readers have reported they didn't like the number of characters, I found that it helped me to 'see' the town, and understand why the characters choose to remain there. The town is also a character in itself, and I really liked the local color generously sprinkled through the story. All in all, it was a fun and light romantic read, perfect for curling up with.
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 thing if she stuck to her guns, but it isn't ten minutes after confronting jerkface that she's letting him, get this, hand-feed her grapes. (!) Puleeeeze.
So both protagonists are unlikable, at least for me, and the story looks pretty weak, what little of it there was.
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 mask. He starts toward the porch. Shala is frightened. The scene stops, and now we are reading about someone else. I prefer scenes being completed before going on to another character or story.
There was too much of a particular type of slapstick which did not appeal to me. For example, B unexpectedly walks in and sees A doing something which causes embarrassment or a problem. There are a number of secrets which are ok, but the resulting conflicts due to inaccurate assumptions could have been better. Heroine does some irrational and/or stupid things which had me shaking my head. Many people will find this light and fun, but it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t laugh.
STORY BRIEF: Shala is a photojournalist from Houston. The mayor of Precious, Texas, hires her to suggest actions they take and to provide publicity about the town to generate tourism. Shala is at evening event with half naked men performing Indian dances. No cameras are allowed. Shala doesn’t want to leave her expensive camera at the front door so she keeps it with her. Sky sees it and confiscates it. To her dismay, he is the police chief and plans to keep her camera for several days. Someone is after her camera, and Shala can’t imagine why. There are several break-ins and shootings surrounding someone trying to get the camera and or hurt Shala. Sky personally provides protection to Shala during this time. He is also trying to solve the mystery of who is after Shala and why. Sky is attracted to Shala but fears commitment.
Other stories include Maria who is dating Matt who has a secret. She suspects it’s another woman. Maria was pregnant and miscarried two years earlier. She kept this a secret from both the father and from Matt. Redfoot and Veronica (in their 60s) are having an intimate relationship. They both are single but Veronica doesn’t want her grown children to know, so they keep it a secret. Jose is Redfoot’s son who comes back to town and has repeated accidents and injuries. There was something going on with him and Maria in the past which was never resolved.
DATA: Story length: 320 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 11. Setting: current day Precious, Texas. Copyright: 2010. Genre: contemporary romance, native american.
OTHER BOOKS: I loved her first book, but I’ve been disappointed with her subsequent work. My ratings follow. 5 stars. Divorced, Desperate and Delicious Copyrt 2007 3 stars. Weddings Can Be Murder Copyrt 2008 2 stars. Divorced, Desperate and Dating Copyrt 2008 2 stars. Shut Up and Kiss Me Copyrt 2010
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 and Craig delivers with Shut Up and Kiss Me, just as she does in all her books. Craig's books are memorable because they are unlike most other books out there in their truly original characters, quirky humor and her dedication to making the eccentric seem like it's as normal as the sun rising.
While I enjoyed this book, it was not my favorite of Craig's. Maybe that's an issue - an author whose previous books you loved so much that you make it almost impossible for them to keep topping themselves! I'm not sure how I would have rated this book if it was the first I'd read by the author. I tend to think it would have gotten a higher rating than the 3 Hearts I have given it here.
It was a very enjoyable and well-written book, but again suffers from being compared to Craig's other books in my memory. That's why I'd like to give the author herself a rating - Craig is a solid 4 - with hints toward a perfect 5 for me. I give this rating because I don't want you to see a 3 Heart Review and think this book fell short - it didn't.
You are really missing out if you haven't picked up a Christie Craig book and enjoyed her unique sense of humor sprinkled with suspense and a whole lot of heat!
Do yourself a favor and give her books a try and then come back and thank me. :)
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 to fall for her.
Shala is at times annoying, and I often wanted to smack her. She is scared of big dogs, and cowers away from a pair of part wolf dogs who earlier saved her life. Her excuse? Being once bitten by a dog as a child. The guy with her at the moment, rather than coddle her or send the dogs away comments "yeah one time a bird shit on me, but I still went outside the next day". I liked that characters put each other to rights, that the mystery 'whodunit' wasn't instantly apparent, and the humor for sure.
There were a few issues I had (one involving a skunk that I didn't think was funny, the other the stubborn guy who wouldn't give her camera back "just because"), but all were in the first 1/3 of the story or so, and by the end I had to think about them to recall. They didn't affect my overall enjoyment.
I liked the supporting cast of characters a great deal, especially Redfoot, a father figure in the story. I liked that he believed in spirits/dreams/the Native American traditions but it wasn't over-sold or over the top in the story.
My #1 hope is that the author is able to get a book deal for more from this town. I want to re-visit!!
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 :)
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 read. I'm not really a romantic mystery/suspense girl myself, but I did in fact, love this book. Every page had me hooked and i was constantly guessing over who the hitman was going to me - I thought it was her ex-husband...totally way off there.
Christie made me love ALL the characters and their story lines but I have to say i adored Lucas and Jose the most.
Lucas had some great lines which had me laughing throughout the book and I just felt drawn to Jose - I did feel slightly sorry for him and i kind of understand why he wanted to leave Precious - as i feel that way about my home town at the moment and I don't feel like i fit in anymore, so i can totally sympathize with him in that respect.
The love triangle between Maria/Matt/Jose got me irritable at times. Maria and Jose are foster siblings with history and Maria was with Matt but something happened. I didn't like who Maria ended up with, i wanted the other guy as i really liked him.
Redfoot and his premonition dreams about souls mates and incidents from the spirits were very interesting to read. I believe in the whole soul mates thing, so i enjoyed it when they came true. His 'relationship' with Veronica annoyed me a bit. Mainly it was Veronica getting on my nerves saying no one could find out because of her children but when you're older, why should it matter to your children if you find another partner? It would make me happy if any one of my parents found someone else if the other one left or died (They are together just for the record).
Sky and Shala - too cute. I loved the way their relationship paned out - both attracted to each other but not wanting to do anything.
Redfoot had a dream these two were soul mates and the journey from when they first met to the end of the book had me hanging on. Sky doesn't believe in soul mates and love but when he sees Shala he's attracted to her but thinks if this whole soul mate stuff is true, he has to stay away. Shala is also instantly attracted to Sky when she first sees him and after having her camera snatched off her by him, all she wants is it back so she can do her job and get out of Precious but no matter how much they want to stay away, they cant as Shala has a stalker that will do whatever to have her dead, and Sky will do whatever to protect her and keep her safe.
I did just find the epilogue on Christie's website, if anyone hasnt seen it or read it.
Totally recommend this book especially as it makes me want to go to Texas now as the scenery etc was beautifully written.
All Shala wanted to do is complete her job and return home. Too bad she didn’t count on some madman out to kill Shala for her camera. Luckily she has a few people there for her whether she wants their help or not.
Sky doesn’t believe in love at first sight.. Hell, he doesn’t believe in true love either that is until he meets Shala. And according to his pesky foster father, Redfoot…Shala is Sky’s true soul mate. Now if only he can keep her alive long enough to prove his old man wrong. (Yeah, like that is really going to happen.)
From the very beginning I feel head over heels in love with Ms. Craig’s Shut Up and Kiss Me. Who wouldn’t love a book with that title alone. I still have a huge kool-aid smile on my face thinking about this book. I knew this was going to be a great book.. What I didn’t count on was how much I was going to love Shut Up and Kiss Me.
The sparks literally fall from the heavens above every time Sky and Shala are in with inches from each other. Hell must be missing their heat ever since Sky and Shala seem to drawn it them.
Okay enough about Sky and Shala not that they are what drew me into the story.
Matt and Maria… These two are so amazing together! I love how tormented they are and learn how much secrets could destroy the only thing worth fighting for.
Now speaking of one character that need a swift kick in the ass.. Jose. He’s going to realize that he missed out on something wonderful with two of the female characters in this book. I love the emotions and inner turmoil he goes through in his realization of what he really stands to lose, his family and of course love with the right woman.
Redfoot is the glue that holds this family albeit unconventional family, but family nonetheless together.
Christie Craig, you just rocked my world with “Shut Up and Kiss Me.” I can’t help the last time a book kept me smiling and the kind of smiles that hurt because one can’t stop smiling kind of smiles. :D
I really, really, really, really, truly hope that you will add more titles to this Precious, Texas world.
Well, I hope I did a good job with review and not embarrassed myself too much.
I rate “Shut Up and Kiss Me” 5 out 5 Stars.
Review by: Veronica
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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 that lead to murder and Sky isn’t about to let Shala out of his sight until the killer is caught. Danger’s almost as powerful an aphrodisiac as love, but is there a future for a small-town cop and a motor-mouthed photojournalist? Maybe there is…. if Sky can get Shala to shut up and kiss him.
Nobody can mix romance, action, and humor quite like Christie Craig. Shut Up and Kiss Me is the latest gem from this wonderfully talented author and, like all of Ms. Craig’s books, it shines. Both Shala and Sky are hard-working, generous souls with a lot of love to give. It was so much fun to watch them butt heads in the beginning, but it was even more of a pleasure to see them fall in love.
A cast of endearing secondary characters add another layer of charm to Shut Up and Kiss Me. I confess, I adored Sky’s family and friends every bit as much as I did him and I sincerely hope Ms. Craig has a book planned for Sky’s sexy, Scrabble-loving friend Lucas. All in all, I adored Shut Up and Kiss Me. There’s a comfort in curling up with a book that you know will make you laugh, smile, and sigh and I plan on enjoying that bit of comfort with Shut Up and Kiss Me many times over.
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. Day two after having a bad night he's found hungover in a womans dressing gown and gets kicked in the face. Day three he trips over his suit case and puts his face through sheetrock. Day four he has coffee poured down the front of his pj's and this is followed with a healthy dose of mustard which is mean to help.
One of these event sequences would have been enough and entertaining but having all of them one after the other, combined with the other characters having similar AND THEN moments in different areas just combined to make it all too much.
I think because the hero and heroine essentially had few issues to resolve the author decided she had to make everything incredibly dramatic. But for me it missed rather than hit.
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 some are opposed to her presence. Right from the start she gets on the wrong side of Sky, the town's Chief of Police. His father, Redfoot believes that Shala is his soul mate after he saw it in a spirit dream. And yes, this sounds completely hokey. But somehow the author makes it all work because her writing and dialogue are crisp and fast moving. The characters act in ways that are real and not completely annoying. There is humor but it doesn't grate. The other storylines involve his foster sister and a politician who is out to stop Shala from posting her pictures of the town. All very light and fun. But again, it's such well done light and fluffy. Very entertaining read.
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 heart broken once before.
Shala seems to have brought trouble to the town in the form of a stalker/assassin and those who are near her are being targetted. And Sky is out to protect her at all costs, but can he keep her safe?
You will not want to put this book down,It passionate love scenes, heart stopping moments and bust a bladder laughing in it!
Christies writing style is awesome, for different perspectives as well as the main charaters and it's easy to read and get into.
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 the top, such as everything that happened to Jose (the hero's, Sky, foster brother). The ending was a little abrupt for me. While there was the happily-ever-after ending, I guess I like my epilogues where you see a little into the future to see that everything is still going well for the hero and heroine. Also, there are a few loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up. I would have known more/seen what happened to Lucas, but this book appears to be a stand-alone and not part of a series. Overall, it was worth the read.
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 to steal, harm, or shoot anyone who got in his way. In an attempt to protect her, and his village, Sky must endure many things, most importantly falling in love with Shala. Their toe-curling relationship is difficult for both parties to accept, but according to Redfoot it is definitely meant to be. Supporting stories are woven into the main storyline quite nicely for the most part. While the bad luck of Jose was entertaining, I did find it to be a bit over the top. All in all an enjoyable read. I will look for stories by Craig again.
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 photo among the innocuous photos of Precious. Shala's life takes a turn for the worse when she runs afoul of the hot town sheriff Sky, who first snatches her camera because he believes she's broken a rule against photographing the tribe's sacred ceremony. While Shala and Sky dance around their attraction to each other, supporting characters are alternately interfering or causing comic mayhem of their own.
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 with the humor. While there are dark dealings going on, someone, somewhere in the book is living a normal life and every day mishaps occur--except to the secondary character, Jose. He was dumped on between fire ants and a skunk, but that is what made the humor in the book balance with the suspense. I'll be putting Craig on my new-to-me author list and be on the look out for her next book.
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 about the town, it still has enough drama and mystery to interest readers. If you're looking for a romantic mystery this one's pretty good. Fairly easy to figure out once you're given all the pieces but good all the same. I'd recommend it if you're looking for an easy read. It's a bit out of my area so I'm not sure how to compare it others but I can tell you that if her other novels are as good as this one that I'd be interested in investing a little more of my time into Mrs. Craig.
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 the cop she had a falling out with much protect her. Sparks fly and never stop for this action pact couple.
I thought I would die laughing with the hotel scene when the town found out he couldn't get it up. Oh and the brother coming home wrecking his car, falling into fire ants and then the bedroom where he was found well we won't tell you that part. Go pick up the book and give it a read it is a must read...I just cannot tell anymore for that would give the book away.
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 must enforce the rules... When someone keeps trying to steal the camera Sky Gomez has confiscated from Shala things could turn deadly. Trying to figure out who is behind all the happenings in Precious, Sky & Shala must learn to get along and work together. Christie has also has an interesting secondary set of characters in this story.
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 man's pants leg quite that fast or far!) but add to the humor and underscore the idea that what can go wrong will go wrong. I had to finish the book so I could find out why people were being targeted just to get at Shala's camera. Made sense when it came out... I hope the characters show up in another book - I enjoyed reading about them and getting to know them
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 sequel book, but I haven't seen anything on it in my research on Christie Craig. If you're listening Christie, write a story about Lucas!!! On a side note, this was either a free Kindle book or a .99 book but there were multiple typos. If you're going to call a bar the Funky chicken please do spell check. It was the Fucky Chicken 2 times in there. lol
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 putting the characters in awkward situations and making the reader laugh. Overall, I wish Craig had skipped over using such strong language. However, I feltthebook was creative and fun. Worth a re-read.
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 someone in this manner too, so for me – this was believable, and fun. Thank you.