Nice & Naughty

Harlequin Blaze, #726

Nice and Naughty delivered an extra dose of laughter, small town holiday cheer and the strange case of panty-nabbing.

The story starts off with sexy bad-boy Detective Diego Sandoval finding himself in hot water yet again for his case solving ways. Though one of the precinct’s top detectives, his Captain refuses to hand over his lifelong dream promotion until he can prove he can solve a case by the book. Begrudgingly he accepts the case of the panty-napper in small town Diablo Glen and almost immediately meets up with the one woman that has a chance of proving he can be loved. Jade Carson has the looks, the smarts and a warm heart going for her but that doesn’t take away from how she feels tied down by family obligation and an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Small town living just doesn’t do it for her degree in fashion so she makes due with her gig as a librarian and women empowerment speaker for the local college. All that is about to change for the better or worse though. In rides Diego on the back of a Harley to find out who has broken into her house and played havoc with her unmentionables. As the story progresses little by little Diego and Jade open up to one another while working to find the guilty party. Their time spent together opens the doors for a steamy romance that really fogs the windows. And by the end has a chance of opening their eyes to a happiness that sits right before them if they are strong enough to reach out and take it.

Tawny Weber has delivered yet another holiday romance that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Even though it takes place during the holidays, Nice and Naughty focuses more on the closeness of family, the support you can only find in a small community and finding ones place in the big scheme of things. And let me say Ms. Weber has done so with one whirl wind of a story that made me laugh out loud, shed a tear, and fall in love right along with the Diego and Jade. I also loved how the secondary characters enriched the story, bringing the small town of Diablo Glen to life with so much spunk and more life than one might think a small town can offer. The author kept the story alive and flowing smoothly with great attention to detail and a mystery that I couldn’t help but be stumped over until the closing was in sight.

Six books later and I’m still in awe of Ms. Weber’s endless creativity! Well done, Ms. Weber!

Book Blurb for Nice & Naughty

Christmas scandal is comin’ to town…

He’d better watch out.

Because she’s not at all shy.

She’s looking for a bad boy

And he’s just the guy!

She’s making a list

Because her life needs some spice

And he’s gonna show her

How being naughty is nice…

It’s almost Christmas, and fashion-obsessive librarian Jade Carson is stuck. Stuck with her family, stuck in the town of Diablo Glen and stuck in her lousy life. Thensuper hot bad-boy detective Diego Salvador roars into town, looking for a criminal known as “the panty thief.”And Jade decides—right then and there—that the only panties he’ll be touching are hers….

He’s on her list…and she’s checking him out!

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.50