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Blame It On Texas

Blame It On Texas, September 2012
by Christie Craig

Forever
Featuring: Zoe Adams; Tyler Lopez
400 pages
ISBN: 0446582832
EAN: 9780446582834
Kindle: B0076DD0L0
Paperback / e-Book
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"A Search of Discovery, may also Bring the Discovery of Love"

Fresh Fiction Review

Blame It On Texas
Christie Craig

Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted September 19, 2012

Women's Fiction Contemporary

Craig masterfully draws us into the plight of this young woman's search for who she really is. She shows us how courageous it is to cast aside what you've believe was the truth all your life. The rewards may be great but at what price.

Tyler Lopez didn't have much faith in love. His ex- girlfriend Lisa basically bailed on him and their relationship when he was framed for a crime he didn't commit. Now in business with the other two cops that were also absolved of the crime their mission is to prevent the same happening to another innocent person. Among the three of them they boast a collection of impressive investigative tools and compliment each other -- as well as being close friends.

Zoe Adams has been raised by two loving attentive parents. She hasn't any real angst about it but occasionally she wonders why she doesn't resemble either parent. It has been explained away by saying she looks just like one of her great aunts. These are really good people and her life has been quite normal. Now a school teacher, like her mom, she has a career she loves. So why is her interest sparked by a show on the anniversary of the disappearance of a young girl whose body has been found -- end of story. And yet it is still newsworthy.

Looking at the pictures on the screen Zoe feels she is looking in a mirror. Here is Caroline Bradford who has the same complexion, hair and eye color as Zoe. Tragically the mother and father died in an accident not long after their daughter went missing. Zoe decides to find out who these people were and get more information on the family. Her curiosity just won't let it go. Her parents now deceased she is basically alone and perhaps that's why she can't help wonder if there is some family out there. Some stones are better unturned -- as Zoe will discover.

She is on a fact finding mission but someone doesn't want her snooping. Mysterious phone calls and other scare tactics are being employed. And the mansion she is checking out -- owned by the Bradford's -- is being well guarded against crazies just like her.

Zoe stops in at the P.I. office of Only in Texas for help with her quest. Not an auspicious beginning with Tyler finding Zoe picking up papers from Bradford files that have innocently fallen from his desk. Armed with two photos one of Caroline Bradford age 4 on a swing and herself at 6 she needs Tyler to believe that what they are looking at are photos of her. If that is the case then the child buried is not Caroline. But what tips the scales is that Zoe has always been plagued with visions, the fact that as a young child she called her mom -- Mother Two and last but certainly not least her birth certificate is issued in Texas not Alabama.

Tyler's interest is piquéd when his father remembers having a picture of Nancy, Caroline's mother in his high school year book. When they look up the photo Tyler realizes he is looking at Zoe's face.

A really intriguing unsolved mystery lies at the center of BLAME IT ON TEXAS by Craig which leaves no room for doubt once the case is solved. Mixed in with the myriad of discoveries is the easy banter and camaraderie of great characters and Craig's sense of humor. Little details mean so much and this story is filled with interesting insights into not one but actually three intertwining story lines.

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SUMMARY

Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State's richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez. Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients' private lives. Still, he can't deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe's crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man's target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.


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