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.
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“Don’t be silly. I work here, just started tonight and I have no intention of losing my job. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’d better return behind the bar before I get fired.” Exasperation crushing his better judgement, his voice rose again. “Lady, don’t you get it? I don’t want you going back in there.” Now losing her cool, Cassi pushed her chin out and returned his glare. “And what you want doesn’t matter to me.” “Oh, yeah? Let’s just see about that.” Before she could react, his arm swooped around her waist and hauled her close. His lips assaulted hers, not with cruelty or hardness. She wouldn’t have stood for that. Instead, he kissed her with longing, sweet and soft, drawing a surrender she couldn’t fight. Her moan brought him back to earth and her hands entangled in his shoulder-length hair dropped to her sides. His eyes turned luminous, the blue darkened to a smouldering black. Shock appeared in his expression and most likely matched the astonishment on hers. “That’s not fair. You can’t kiss me.” Weak, her knees threatening to give way, she leaned her forehead against his chest. “Too late.” His husky reply sent tremors throughout her insides and the melting process inside her ramped up. He enclosed her in his arms and then he stared over her head for long seconds as if gathering his thoughts. Finally, with both hands on the sides of her face, he lifted it so he could see her clearly. “Can you at least tell me why you’re here?” His husky voice, low and questioning, didn’t demand this time, instead it cajoled. “I can’t.” She used her eyelashes to hide behind. “Why not?” “Because I don’t like lying to you.” “Well that’s a start. How about just telling me the truth? I figure I know what you’re up to anyway. So you might as well come clean.” He placed his lips against her forehead and left them there a few seconds before ending the caress. “Just so you face facts, honey, if you’re trying to fit in with that bunch, you’d be like a rosebud in a garden of snakes.” “I’m learning. My biggest problem is understanding their language. There’s so many slang idioms mixed in with their cuss words, it’s confusing.” Trace stiffened. “Damn!” His eyes gored her determination, fracturing it for a few seconds. “Please don’t. Look, I was thinking we can help each other.” She looked at him and read the truth in his eyes. He meant it. Pushing him to commit, she asked, “Can we talk tomorrow?” “How about later tonight?” “I don’t get off ‘til two.” “I’ll be waiting to give you a ride home.” He pointed to the car lot. “I’ll park at the far end by the chain link fence. I drive a black Affinity. But if you want, I can hang around inside?” “No! I’m going to have to explain you to Sam anyway. We can’t be seen being chummy.” “What do you intend to tell him?” “That you arrested me for prostitution a while back and part of my probation was to stay out of places like this.” She shrugged, as if the lie came easily to her. “What!” Daggers shot from his eyes. Before he could say more, she spotted the security guys returning to their posts by the entrance. With both hands to his chest, she pushed him away, catching him off guard. Thinking her in trouble, they slowly approached. “I told you, cop. My probation is done. I’m free and I can do what the hell I want. So back off.” She whirled around. Followed by the two watchers, she headed inside.
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!
Mob Tracker Series Book 3
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?
How can he help himself?
Mob Tracker Series Book 4
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.
How can he?
She needs him…
Mob Tracker Series Book 5
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.
Mob Tracker Series Book 6
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…
And be ready to pick up the pieces.
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.
The Undercover FBI Series – At this time there are 7 standalone books to the series, with the 8th in the pipeline.
I started writing these books back in April of 2014, when I came up with the idea of standalone, fast-paced, conflict-driven romantic suspense stories. A friend of mine had built his own plane and took me for a ride. All I could think about was how cool it would be to have a character in law enforcement who could fly her own plane. (Special Agent Francesca, Book #1)
The FBI connection came soon after when I decided I wanted it to be a series about kick-ass characters and not be restrained by their gender. I mean there are as many strong, powerful, classy women in that arena as there are men…. Right?
After I started writing Special Agent Francesca, I’d found my niche. It was fun… pure unadulterated joy to let my imagination roam while I forced her into conflict after conflict that would test her mettle. Since I love humor, it seeped through and many of my reviews have mentioned that the book is enjoyable for that reason.
After I wrote the first book, my hubby asked me to write the next one with a male protagonist, and he suggested I call the agent Finnegan. Just the name sparked all kinds of entertaining situations and it became my Christmas book for that year. This time, I added a secondary character called Joker who was Finnegan’s Irish, bar-owner father. (It was the name my husband always used for his own Dad.)
That’s when I realized the beauty of having people I know being slipped into my fictional stories. Turns out, The Joker became a favorite – if most of the reviews are to be believed. Since then, almost every book in the series has a character from my own life and it’s been a hoot to take the best from those I love and let the world see them as I do. (Special Agent Charli – the character Poppa John is a dead-ringer for my beloved pops. In the book, he’s funny, adorable and smart – just like the real Poppa John used to be. (Many of his fictional high jinks are factual) If you go to the book’s Amazon page and read the reviews, you’ll find that most readers mention this person and seem to love him.
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