(The Hard Stuff Book 3)
(The Hard Stuff Book 3)
by Mickey J. Corrigan
Tequila Dirty, the third book in Mickey J. Corrigan's The Hard Stuff series, has just been released. Also available: Whiskey Sour Noir, Vodka Warrior, and Mai Tai Guy (FREE short story).
Something bad has happened (again) in Dusky Beach. And Rita Deltone, a tough talking waitress from Lemon Run, Florida, is smack in the middle of it. She knows all too well the dirt road she took to get down so low, but she takes the long way around in the telling.
Liam Donell is the new detective in town. His partner is on vacation so he has to handle all the dirty work. But this Rita chick is pretty cute. He's not making the best decisions regarding the case. Soon enough, it turns ugly.
An unlikely couple, Rita and Liam try to make the best of a bad situation. With hot, hilarious, and surprising results.
None of this would have happened if I hadn’t met Ruben Drake in the Kettle of Fish. And none of this would’ve happened if I wasn’t the kind of woman who drank too much at dumpy dives. But I am and I did, so this is where I’m at. Here with you now, all trussed up, flat on my back in this white on white room. With you setting over there in that plastic chair, taking it all down in your little schoolboy notebook. You with the cold hard glitter in your skeptical eyes. You with your neat, clean hands. Those busy writing hands, tired now from your life of duty, from all the hard luck stories you’ve summarized and dismissed in your goddamn reports.
See, where I’m from you learn at a young age not to talk about such things with strangers. And where I’m from, everybody who ain’t family’s a stranger.
Right now, it’s sunny back home in Lemon Run, the air still and hot. Light bounces off the cement sidewalks and cinderblock houses, flooding the open spaces, piercing the heart of the murky lake. The air smells like citrus, tangy and sharp. Dirt blows around, gets in your eyes. No rain in sight, it’s the north Florida dry season, but the fruit don’t care.
If I’d done what everybody else done in Lemon Run, I’d be at the packing plant right now. I’d be weighing squishy grapefruit and tossing bruisers into the juicer barrels. Or I’d be stacking the lumpy skinned oranges and tangelos in the proper crates, lugging them three at a time to the loading bay. I’d probably be laughing at the crazy things everybody at the plant come up with while we’re all being mindless together. In and out of the production line, sweating and swearing, trying not to be too beat down by the heat of the day. I’d be listening to the radio and singing along with the oldies station. Planning a beer run with one of the guys. Thinking about the long dirt road of my life ahead.
Praise for the Book
"It’s official. I am in love with Mickey J. Corrigan. Her writing style is all her own and I cannot get enough of it. I love when she pulls me away from my life and shows me a dirty and different world like the towns she has created in South Florida. She gives me characters I shouldn’t like with personalities no one would find endearing and makes me want to sit down and have a drink with them … There is no sugarcoating in a MJC book. Life is tough, but life is still good." ~ For the Love of Books and Alcohol
"Mickey J. Corrigan has done it again - with her third book in the Hard Stuff series. Tequila Dirty brings the reader back to Dusky Beach with new characters Rita Deltone and Detective Liam Donell. Mickey crafts a fast paced, hard to look away from tale that casts readers into Rita's shoes from the opening sentence and leaves their eyes bugging out with a whopper of twist no one sees coming. Brilliantly written, Tequila Dirty, is short, steamy, and satisfying. Do yourself a favor and add this book to your collection today." ~ Author Angela Hayes Blogspot, 5/5 stars
"A cute light read about Rita, a waitress, and the bad decisions she makes to earn money ... a short novella you can read during your lunch hour or in one evening. It has sex, crime, romance and a REALLY surprising ending." ~ Harps Romance Book Reviews, 4.5/5 stars
About the Author
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan lives and writes and gets into trouble in South Florida, where men run guns and women run after them.
Mickey writes spicy fiction with a sense of humor. The women are tough and can take care of themselves, thank you. But most find time for the deserving lover in between creating dream protection software, learning the art of professional grieving, morphing into gorillas, busting billion dollar hedge funds, and other everyday activities.
Mickey's work has been compared to The Matrix and The Twilight Zone, so don't expect to sit back and coast on any of these wild fictional rides. And watch out for the mind-blowing twists; they're around every corner.