That’s the tag line for author Christie Craig. I like dark, edgy reads, but if you were to check my shelves (or my Kindle) you’d also see a lot of mysteries and stories that fall on the lighter side. And authors that make me laugh? I snap them up like candy.
It isn’t easy to write humor. It takes a solid wit and an intuitive sense of timing. Comedians practice and practice to be funny. It’s isn’t easy for the writer, either. Jokes can and do fall flat and once you’ve bombed, well, it’s hard to get that audience back.
Craig absolutely sparkles with her series of lighthearted romantic suspense novels. The first one I picked up was Don’t Mess With Texas. Nikki Hunt is having a bad day. Her ex leaves her with the restaurant bill, her stomach is rocking and rolling, and she’s down to her last dime. It couldn’t possibly get worse…that is until she finds her ex dead in her trunk and she’s the number one suspect. Enter PI Dallas O’Connor, who has a soft spot for people unjustly accused. The sparks fly, but it’s the secondary cast of characters that will keep the readers in stitches.
As soon as I finished Don’t Mess with Texas, I saw the next book in this series is Blame It On Texas. Except, shoot, the darn book isn’t out yet. So off I went to Craig’s website to see what else she had.
I picked up the first of a trilogy: Divorced, Desperate and Delicious. Three divorced friends form a club called just that, Divorced, Desperate and Delicious. They meet once a week to talk about sex and more sex. Men are just dogs, doncha know. But then Chase Kelly drops into Lacy Maguire’s life with a bang. When he handcuffs her to the bed, that vow of celibacy is looking harder to keep. But, really, once again, it’s the secondary characters that add charm and sass and that will have you rolling in the aisles as you cheer this couple on.
This author has moved up to one of my favorites. Give her a try. You won’t be disappointed.