Texas Hold 'Em

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Texas Hold 'Em

Hotter in Texas, #3

This is definitely a case where you should not judge a book by its cover. That’s not to say Texas Hold’Em doesn’t have the classic Christie Craig element of fun and witty dialog that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. But that would be minimizing the complexity and depth of a really well written crime story with its share of do-gooders and evil doers at times leaving you to decide which group some of these characters actually belong in.

Families come in all forms. The problem with family is often they are impossible to escape from. And at times they are your most dangerous enemy. Hiding is your best choice but not always an option. Christie Craig clearly illustrates the peril some find themselves in from the very people who should be their safety net.

Leah's biggest challenge is keeping herself and her younger brother Luis out of the clutches of her step brother. No matter how hard she tries to keep out of his range he continues to pop up and each time Leah can feel the noose tightening. Keeping her brother on the straight and narrow is no easy feat. Luis sees himself as a man and as that he should be included in Leah's efforts to keep their step brother at arm’s length.

Austin has his own agenda, revenge and justice for being framed and spending time in jail. Time he didn't deserve and he knew who put him behind those bars. His agency was working on his case with the help of an inside informer but it was moving too slow to meet Austin's approval. So he ventures out on his own, much to the dismay of his partners, to set a trap. He figured the link to trapping Cruz DeLuca was the step sister Leah. His plan was rather simple, meet Leah, get info and split. What he didn't count on was that his conscience was sending clear messages telling him that this woman was not what he originally thought and using her could inadvertently put her in a possibly dangerous position. He was learning that Leah was so protective of her younger brother that she would do anything to keep him out of the clutches of DeLuca. And now it seems Austin has quite a different goal – keeping both Leah and Luis safe.

In Texas Hold 'em Craig once again reminds us what a talent she has for introducing us to the best characters. From the very beginning her characters jump off the page and immediately immerse us in their world and in their story. This is the third and I think perhaps final installment involving the Only in Texas gang. Loved them all. Christie Craig was able to keep each story in this Hotter in Texas series fresh with decidedly different angles but in the end starring a great group of guys and gals.

Book Blurb for Texas Hold 'Em

A HOTTER IN TEXAS NOVEL The last thing veterinarian Leah Reece needs is a man in her life. They're nothing but trouble-and not even the fun kind. But when her apartment is broken into and Leah suspects Rafael, her dangerous half-brother, of foul play, she can't deny she could use a little help. She just never expected that help would come with twinkling blue eyes and a sexy smile... All PI Austin Brook wants is to nail Rafael DeLuna, the man who framed him for murder. He'll do anything for information-even lie about his identity to charm Leah, DeLuna's half-sister. But her sweet dimples and fiery spirit soon make her more than just his only lead. Leah becomes his every desire. As Austin closes in on DeLuna, it's clear he won't go down without a fight. Now the only way Austin can protect Leah is to reveal all of his secrets and risk losing her for good.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2014 4.50