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Friday, March 4, 2011

Devil In Texas by Calista Fox

Devil In Texas by Calista Fox
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (208 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Sunflower

New Yorker Liza is in desperate need of a fresh start—and libido CPR wouldn’t hurt either. Taking Fate into her own hands, she relocates to Wilder, Texas, on a whim. Her first night in town, she meets a devil in blue jeans named Jack. A sinner who willingly hands over a ticket for the most erotic ride of her life.

Jack doesn’t date Wilder women and he certainly doesn’t need another complication in his life. He’s running for City Council and trying to keep the morality crusaders in town from shutting down the last-standing public watering hole in Wilder. But when the sexy New Yorker sways her shapely hips through his door, Jack’s convictions instantly go up in flames, along with his body. Jack antes up and goes after everything he wants, including Liza. But is he the only one playing for keeps?

Liza is looking for a good time, and a fresh start. She finds both in a small town. She doesn't fit in, but the one person who doesn't care is Jack, the man she meets on her first night there and makes a fool of herself in front of.

Liza is intriguing. A rule breaker. I liked her immediately. She's the kind of person that doesn't care what people think of her. She stands out, especially in Wilder, Texas. Liza brings color and fun into the gray, dull town. It's definitely a major change from the city life that she's used to living. And she seems to stir up a bit of trouble and turn the heads of the people in the town. But some of the townsfolk don't seem to like the new girl. They frown upon her.

I love Jack; he definitely makes for a great hero. He's always calling people darlin' and I can just hear in my mind a Southern drawl that sends shivers down my spine. Sparks fly with Liza, and despite the protests of some people, he enjoys spending time in and out of bed with Liza.

The story could have used some more depth. While I enjoyed the light read, and the hot love scenes, I really didn't learn a lot of Jack or Liza's past, and what makes them the people they are today. There are bits and pieces trickled throughout the story about Liza, but not enough to satisfy my need of knowing the two better.

The secondary characters were fresh, engaging and humorous. The setting in Wilder was great. The feel of small town rumors and quirks is always amusing. Overall, I liked this book. If you enjoy a contemporary book with hot love scenes to warm you up on a cold winter day, then fall in love with Wilder, Texas and the characters that live there.

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