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Mad about Mia [Kindle Edition]

Millie Criswell
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Book Description

Award-winning author Millie Criswell has won a loyal following with her gift for creating unforgettable characters with lots of humor and heart. Now comes her newest confection of a novel—a story filled with delicious passion and a delirious sense of fun!

It might be hard to picture impish Mia DeNero as a bodyguard, but what she lacks in size she makes up for in determination. So when straight-laced Nick Caruso walks into her office and says he needs protection from the mob because of a book he’s writing, she doesn’t hesitate to take the job. Moving the studious author into her apartment seems like the best way to protect him from shady characters. But soon after he’s settled in, the thick, nerdy glasses come off and Mia starts wondering who’s going to protect her from this irresistible new client?

Posing as a geeky author on the run from the mob is making FBI agent Nick Caruso crazy. But if it will help him shut down a money laundering operation out of Little Italy, he can ignore the wimp jokes for a little while longer. It’s harder to ignore the sassy woman he hired to be his “bodyguard.” There are a number of things he’d like Mia to do to his body, and guarding it isn’t on the list. As things heat up—on the job and in the apartment—Nick begins to see he’s in danger of losing his heart to the woman he’s deceived, and who is determined to save his life. . . .

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Mia, younger sister of Angela DeNero in Criswell's The Trials of Angela (2002), has finally found a career that suits her: bodyguard. Unfortunately no one hires her until Nick Caruso, a nerdy author, requests her services. But Nick is actually an FBI agent eager to use Mia and her family connections to investigate a Mafia connection in Baltimore's Little Italy. She is so thrilled about finally getting a client that she doesn't check out Nick's story and even agrees to let him move in with her. It's Mia's brother-in-law, Alfredo, Nick is after, but, in a typically zany Criswell twist, Alfredo, a used-car dealer, is only connected to the Mob in his fantasies. Meanwhile Mia proves to be an excellent bodyguard, impressing her family and Nick, although he had counted on her ineptness. A perennial loner, he loses his heart to the plucky Mia but must maintain his cover to complete his mission. Once again the irrepressible Criswell provides readers with a funny and heartwarming story. Patty Engelmann
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved


“Romantic comedy has a new star.”

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Product Details

  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804119945
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 18, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDG7G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Romantic Suspense with an Italian Twist March 13, 2004
By Tbrpro
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Millie Criswell's entire Little Italy series, starting with The Trouble With Mary has been delightful. Mad About Mia is a wonderful addition to the series and I only hope that we haven't seen the last of the Russos, DeNeros and their Little Italy companions.
Mia DeNero is the ne'er do well sister of Angela (The Trials of Angela) who is now married to John Franco. Mia has opened a Bodyguard service, just the latest in a string of jobs her parents didn't approve of.
Nick Caruso hires Mia to guard him while he writes a novel about the Mafia. Mia moves him into her apartment and proceeds to introduce him to all of her family and friends in Baltimore's Little Italy. Which suits Nick as he is actually an undercover FBI agent investigating a money laundering scheme that may be run by Mia's Uncle Al.
Mia is a strong woman who also has a severe inferiority complex about her own femininity and choice of men-not to mention her many jobs. She reminded me in some ways of Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, when she mutters "everybody loves Angela"-I immediately thought of poor Robert who always feels second best.
Nick is a man who is afraid to let people too close as he was a foster child who learned the hard way never to get too attached or place to much trust with people. Nick fights falling in love with Mia, as he doesn't think there could be a future for them when Mia learns who he is and how he has decieved her.
Criswell has created a delightful community with people one wants to meet again and again. My particular favorite is
Mia's father Sam, a retired cop/transvestite who enjoys lounging around in gold lame'. While Sam is a funny character, he is also portrayed as the great father and husband he is;when it would have been easy to just make him the butt of jokes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A petite bodyguard... December 31, 2003
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FBI agent Nick Caruso goes undercover in Baltimore's Little Italy. Nick posses himself off as a nerdy-looking author writing a book on organized crime. In truth, Nick is trying to locate and shut down a money laundering operation out of Little Italy. One of the suspects is known to dine very often in the restaurant called Mama Sophia's. That is where Nick's idea to hire a bodyguard comes in.
Mia DeNero has just opened The Guardian Angel for business. She is officially, on paper at least, a trained bodyguard. However, being such a petite lady, it is hard to believe Mia could be anyone's protector. She is getting desperate for business when Nick walks in her office door. To protect Nick from the mob, she must be near him constantly. So Nick moves into her little apartment, located above Mama Sophia's.
**** Mia knows little about being a bodyguard. Nick knows little about dealing with a spitfire who is determined to protect him. It all adds up to fun and mayhem. Mia's family is huge and loaded with colorful characters that will tickle your fancy.
The only real draw back I found was that it took almost one hundred pages before I ever met the real bad guys. During this time though, I was treated to Mia's extended family. If you have read Millie Criswell's previous books, then you will see many cameos of those past characters, and find out how they are fairing. A very good read! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, pint-sized heroine is first rate September 1, 2005
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Mia DeNero has always lived in the shadow of her successful sister, Angela. A job hopper by nature, she thinks that she might have found her niche - as a bodyguard. No one is calling since they are put off by her petite stature. But soon she is hired by Nick Caruso, an author who has received death threats by the mob due to a book he is writing.

Nick is actually an FBI agent investigating whether a good friend of Mia's family has mob connections. He figures the best way to get close is through Mia, who he deems as a little ditzy, but soon finds that appearances can be deceiving. He does not count on falling for the quirky pint sized Mia, who takes her job as bodyguard quite seriously. He convinces her that they only way he can stay safe is to move in with her in her apartment above Alfredo's hangout, Mama Sophia's Restaurant. Soon they are sharing close quarters, and fighting the chemistry between them.

Nick does not do relationships. A self-described loner, he grew up in foster care, and has never managed to allow anyone to get close to him. But Mia and her quirky family, including cross-dressing ex-cop pop Sam, soon carve a place in his heart. Trying to maintain his cover is getting more difficult as his heart becomes engaged, and he is not sure how Mia will react to the truth.

This is a cute conclusion (though Donna deserves a story of her own) to the Little Italy series, which includes plenty of zing from perennial over-bearing mama Sophia and her mother in law Flora, who in a show of defiance, still refers to Sophia by her maiden name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Donna Next? May 10, 2005
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Mia is the younger sister of Angela from Criswell's previous book, The Trials of Angela. I enjoyed this story much more than some others in this series, because of the chemistry between Mia and Nick Caruso. Nick is an undercover FBI agent who hires Mia as his bodyguard; yes, it's implausible that a small little Italian girl could bodyguard a strapping guy, but Nick needs entry into Mia'a family and social circle. Under the guise of a nerd/author, he lives with Mia and it all develops from there. The romance was cute although towards the end I thought Mia turned a bit.. Maddening and immature. Donna's presence seemed to become more of a focus this time, so it seems likely that her story with Lou is forthcoming. Overall, recommended.
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