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Tuesday, August 7

Title: Material Witness
By: L. A. Mondello
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Part of Bewitching Blog Tour
BookWhisperer Rating:
About the Book:
Who does she trust when she’s living the real life horror of one of her crime novels…

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 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 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.

“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.

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