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Material Witness: a Romantic Suspense Novel (Heroes of Providence Book 1)

by L.A. Mondello

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The blurb for this book drew me in right away. I liked the sound of a crime writer gathering research for a novel by going to a bar dressed as a prostitute. She fully believed she could play the role and get information from the other customers so she could use it in a book. But when the big, handsome, leather-jacketed man approached her, she wasn't so sure she could pull it off.Turned out he was actually a detective, working undercover. He had been waiting for an informant who didn't show. When he started to get a bad feeling he wanted to get Cassie out, knowing she was not the woman she was pretending to be. But as he approached her, she spotted a gunman through the window, so she pulled them both to the floor, just before bullets sprayed the bar, saving Jake's life.

Since Cassie was the only person who saw the shooter, both the police and FBI wanted to keep her safe to testify so she goes into protective custody. She will only agree to go if Jake goes with her for protection. When Cassie's name is leaked to the press, her life is in danger. It doesn't matter where she's put, someone finds her and tries to kill her. Jake and Cassie don't know who to trust other than each other, so they take off without letting anyone know where they are going.

I liked how strong Cassie was. She stood up for what she wanted without being crabby about it. Even though her life was in danger, she kept her cool. Jake was determined to keep Cassie safe no matter what. He knew going off the grid with Cassie could cost him his job but keeping her safe was more important. During all the running, Jake and Cassie come to respect each other and then fall in love.

This is an enjoyable romantic suspense. What I particularly enjoyed was once I thought a problem had been resolved, another one popped up. It started off with a bang, literally, then was slow in the middle, with a rushed ending. But I must say that it left me smiling when it ended. ( )
  JoAB | Mar 27, 2017 |
This romantic suspense book was full of action. From the opening scene of bullets flying in a bar killing many to the very end with the confrontation of who had been betraying the cops and FBI. ( )
  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
DESCRIPTION, NOT REVIEW: Who does she trust when the horror of one of her crime novels turns into a deadly reality?

Bestselling crime novelist, Cassie Alvarez, aka Cassie Lang, had murder on her mind when she walked into Rory's Bar under dressed and under cover to research her latest crime novel. Researching the cool, blue-eyed and dashingly handsome man at the end of the bar stirred her senses more than she wanted to admit. But was this man of leather armor all he appeared to be?

Playing White Knight to an innocent wasn't how Detective Jake Santos planned to spend his time under cover. But there was no way "CJ" was what she claimed to be and that nagging tightness in Jake's chest told him he'd better take her home to safety and leave it at that. Then the barroom exploded with gunfire, leaving a trail of dead that includes a notorious Providence organized crime boss and an undercover FBI agent. When Cassie’s name is leaked to the media as the only witness to the grisly murders, Cassie insists she only trusts Jake to protect her.

The FBI wants their star witness happy and will do anything to make sure Cassie testifies. But someone wants vigilante justice and it is clear to Jake that the shooter isn’t the only person who wants Cassie dead. Not knowing who to trust, he vows to protect Cassie at all cost despite the fact that guarding the beautiful novelist is a serious distraction. ( )
  treehousereader | Mar 16, 2016 |
“Material Witness” action did not have a moment of rest throughout the entire book. In the first chapter, the bar is blown to pieces by bullets in a shooting and it just continues that action until the very last page. So if the action isn’t something that draws you in, maybe the love story behind it will. Cassie is the star witness to the shooting and requests Jake to be the agent in charge of guarding her. But he does it all too well and Cassie starts to develop feelings for him. However, Jake has seen what love can do and it has not represented itself in a positive light. He is weary about his developing feelings for Cassie but that does not stop him from putting his life on the line for hers.
As the reader, you will find that *spoiler alert* little by little walls begin to break down, feelings are unveiled, and traitors are discovered.
I found that I enjoyed this book because to me it was action packed and had a romantic side story that was moving. I liked that the character Cassie took control of her life when she was in protective custody. She demanded that Jake be her protector, no ifs ands or buts about it. I also liked that since she was a writer of this genre that she knew a lot about the FBI’s policies, the police policies, and the law so she knew her rights and knew eventually what was going to happen to her. She was a strong chick.
Jake was just sexy. Undercover detective. Protector. Need I say more about his character? The answer is no.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~ ( )
  BookWhisperer | Aug 7, 2012 |
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