Sweet Retaliation Mob Tracker Series Book 1
by Mimi Barbour Genre: Romantic Suspense
A virgin librarian with hot-chick potential, the conflicts in her story won’t let you put the book down. Be prepared for an all-nighter…
She watches the mob kill her twin and is too frozen with fear to stop them. How can she live with that cowardice eating away at her self-respect? Revenge claws at her sheltered existence until she can’t breathe. Though she’s naïve, she isn’t stupid. When she finds a stash of loot in her brother’s gym locker, she has the means.
Now all she needs is the guts to make every one of those low-life gang members pay.
People might think detectives are hard-assed cops with no home life, but Trace McGuire has a dying mom he loves fiercely. Already stressed over his personal problems, he takes a bullet for a virgin beauty hiding while mobsters shoot her brother.
This chick draws out every protective instinct he thought had disintegrated over years on the job and he becomes invested – in her hot body, her plans for retaliation and her fighting spirit.
Helpless, he watches her enter the seedy underworld that’ll eat her alive.
Then he sees her fight.
And wonders if they’ll survive her.
What the hell was she doing following her brother, especially at night? Cassidy Santino didn’t do darkness. Not in the slums of a city like Las Vegas when, molasses thick, it threatened and terrified.
Gagging, sweating, she’d reached the end of her backbone. Thoughts of giving up and retreating gobbled up the small amount of bravery still hanging on by a thread, making her hesitate. Then worry for her twin, Raoul, kicked in.
Biting her lip, she eased forward so she could see around the rickety fence into the semi-lit alley behind a big warehouse. A group of men milled about in a circle. Two of them were head-to-head in a heated discussion. Adrenalin kicked in when she saw her brother step out of the circle.
Raoul’s shoulders were hunched in the same way he’d hold himself when their father had intimidated him as a boy. She watched him flinch and start to turn away. Then the man he’d been arguing with let out a bellow, backhanded him across the face and shoved hard. Before she could get her bewildered brain to accept the incident, Raoul went down and the other men crowded in and began kicking him. No! Stop!
Her mind screamed the words, but her voice didn’t connect. It froze. When she opened her mouth fear struck her mute. Though she tried to release her rage, to force sound past the blockage in her throat, not even a peep escaped. She’d never felt so useless in all her sad, ineffectual years. Forcing her limbs to move, she fell forward onto her knees but couldn’t get her leg muscles to function.
Infuriating seconds ticked by as she watched the men work her brother over like he was a soccer ball, rather than a human being. God! Please…
Movement, shuffling, a voice called out from another direction. “Police. Stop what you’re doing and back away. Get your hands up. Do it now!” Thank you, Lord! Confidence arrived with the authorities, and Cassi felt a flood of energy. Springing to her feet, she started forward. Before she went two steps, one of the assailants stepped over to Raoul, extended his arm and a gunshot changed the rest of her life. She heard her twin grunt and saw his body jerk.
Fear vanished under her instinctive urgency to get to Raoul. She ran. To help him, save him, give up her life for him. He was all she had in the world, the only one who mattered.
Blinded by grief, unaware of the loud gunplay going on around her, she fell to her knees next to his lifeless form. Before she had a chance to understand the danger, a man dashed out, swept her to the side and covered her with his own body.
“Keep down.” Rough, his hands hurting, he pushed her head under his chest while she wiggled to get back to Raoul. “Stop it. You’ll get us both killed.” His voice, hard and angry drew her attention. She shook away from his hand and looked at him, trying to explain that the injured man was her brother and he needed help. When their eyes met, the bit of light from the building’s illumination revealed his face.
Deep blue eyes, encircled with a dark outer ring of pure determination, penetrated for an instant, an order clear and visible that only a man in command could produce. Compelled to obey, but overridden by her need to get to Raoul, she kept pushing at him, until she felt him jerk and heard his grunt of pain.
One of those monsters had shot her rescuer. Disbelief overwhelmed and in seconds the relentless fear returned. Imprisoned and helpless, the horror of the moment clawed at her sanity. Surrendering to its magnetic lure, darkness claimed her, and she knew no more.
Sweet Justice Mob Tracker Series Book 2
Cassidy Santino is closing in on the mobsters who murdered her brother and there’s no way she’s giving up her quest for revenge. She’s working at a seedy bar where the gang members hang out so she can dig up information that might lead to finding his killers. When jealous hookers and sleazy barmaids try forcing her to leave, she fights back. For the love of an old rascal who owns the neighborhood gym, she helps train his protégé in the boxing ring. For her sanity, she clings to her relationship with the one man who makes life worth living..
Detective Trace McGuire loses his mother, the person who’s meant everything to him until Cassidy Santino explodes into his life. This chick’s got him so tied up that he’s willing to shirk responsibilities in his job and cut her slack for interfering in his investigation. But, when Cassidy keeps putting herself in danger from the lunatic who owns the bar where she works. That’s where he draws the line. He's determined to protect her, even if she fights him every damn inch of the way. And man… can this girl fight!
Cass is determined to find the female who was there the night the gang murdered her brother. If the missing woman turns out to be the killer, then she has to pay. Walking the nightly tightrope at the bar where she’s employed, staying out of the clutches of the she-devil boss who wants her, and dealing with the L.A. scumbag who’s taken a dislike to her, the battles are constant. One thing she can’t bear to lose - the affections of the detective whose patience with her stubbornness is fragile. When he’s taken hostage, life goes into an even deeper spiral of conflicts and tension.
Detective Trace McGuire can’t bear to watch the love of his life being sucked into the darkness and dysfunction of the Lipstick Club where she bartends. He wants her free of the nightmare and goes to great lengths to make it happen. But when they take him prisoner, how can he help her?
The challenges that Cassi faces in this last book are enormous. Trace has been kidnapped, and every passing day destroys her hope that he’s alive.
The US Featherweight Champion seeks revenge in a rematch that Cassi refuses to even talk about. But she worries how her rejection will affect Arlene and Rusty.
The female witness of her brother’s murder is still at large. Always in the back of Cassi’s mind is the craving to learn the truth and finally get her revenge.
The Vegas mob she works for is entangled in a gang war, and patrons of the Lipstick Club become even more dysfunctional. She’s forced to hide from the crazy-assed, she-devil gang boss who wants her and is closing in.
All Cassi yearns for is that Trace will soon come back to her - alive.
Trace faces his imprisonment with an intense determination to break free - but how? His cell is impregnable. Every waking moment, he’s filled with the need to get back to Cassi. Though the girl fights like a hellion, she’s as soft-hearted as an angel, and he can’t stand the thought that he might die before ever seeing her again. Visualizing her world of turmoil and danger, he won’t give up.
Hooker turned nanny, Faith Whitely, known to her johns as Sunshine, has struggled to be a decent person all her life. And her options were never the same as the good girls in town. Growing up with a sick mother and limited resources, she does the best she can until a man she loves dies in a violent, intolerable situation where she blames herself. Then her world crumbles into drugs and self-hate. She’s saved by the sound of a baby’s cry, an unmanageable child who she bonds with and then needs as much as she wants his daddy.
Any luck Steven Corella has with the women in his life has been all bad. Sensitive, a man who works in a job unsuited to his inner nature, he manages to fool the world. When he finds he’s to become a daddy, the tough-guy personality he’s been portraying all along turns real. He hardens his heart and hides behind thick walls of protection he’s carefully erected. And then Sunshine enters his world, and nothing makes sense anymore.
Leni Santino’s happy life turns upside down from five words uttered carelessly, “Sergio Mandalas killed your cousin.”
Stunned speechless, her heart closes and the hard facade she’d warn in the past returns. Everything she loves becomes meaningless.
While her wonderful Mani, the man who gave up his future for her, died senselessly, how can she carry on, knowing his killer walks free?
When her long-lost mother, a woman she’d never met, appears to warn her that a blackmailer has found out the family secret, everything spins unbearably out of control.
Detective Mike Kowalski loves the spirited boxing chick in every way a man can idolize his woman. But he feels her slipping away. With the help of their friends, he tries to keep her safe. In the end, the choices were hers to make. All he could do was stand by and watch…
Mimi is an incredibly busy NYT and USA Today award-winning, best-selling author who has seven series to her credit. The Vicarage Bench Series – Spirit/Time -Travel tales that have a surprising twist / The Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Elvis Series – Make an Elvis song a book / Vegas Series – 6 books full of romantic suspense, humor and gritty conflicts / and… the fast-paced, edgy, humorous, romantic suspense, Undercover FBI Series /The Holiday Heatwarmer Series - puppies become cupids. And the latest, explosive Mob Tracker Series - six books full of conflicts and characters you'll hate to leave.
Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”
**1st place prize of the 2015 - Chanticleer Reviews - Clue Awards. Special Agent Francesca
**A TOUCH OF PASSION, has just become the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers' Choice Awards.
You won’t believe how I came up with the idea for this series?! Turns out I was at the Emerald City Convention in Seattle for Oct of 2016 when they had a question period at one of the dinners. All the editors and agents were at the head table and willing to share their knowledge. They mostly agreed that one of the upcoming surprising yet successful topics for new themes was about mob crime. They could see interest widening and sales booming.
Sitting at the table between my companions, I let my imagination flow and began plotting. The next thing I knew, I’d visualized the perfect heroine, a tender, naive, virgin librarian whose twin brother gets scooped up by a neighborhood mob in Las Vegas.
I even imagined the opening scene where she follows him one night to try and stop him from his folly, only to see him being murdered by three thugs of the very gang he’d joined.
From then on, she changes… has to. Can’t live with the image of her wallowing in a pool of her own fear while they kill her brother. Revenge becomes her reason for getting up each day, and she claims hers in a way the police detective who saves her by taking a bullet for her at the initial scene would never have suspected.
Each book in the series takes us deeper into her vendetta to find the person whose finger pulled the trigger. In the end… the shocking end, she’s slammed into a wall of disbelief and forgiveness becomes her only option.
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