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

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"Mondello's latest, a pulse-pounding, pitch-perfect addition to the romantic-suspense genre. 

Cassie Alvaraz, a mystery writer in Providence, R.I., is smart, funny and attractively down to earth. She's also on deadline and in need of inspiration. In search of fresh material, Maureen, her editor, suggests that Cassie dress alluringly and hang out in an infamous underworld bar. Cassie realizes the absurdity of Maureen's idea too late, but she still feels game after spotting hunky undercover cop Jake Santos. Jake can tell right away that Cassie is no prostitute, and if she doesn't get herself out of the seedy dive where he's waiting to meet an informant, she might get hurt. Just as their flirtation threatens to get heavy, gunfire rips apart the bar. When the smoke clears, a local mobster lies in a pool of blood, and Jake realizes that Cassie is the only one who got a good look at the killer. Soon the duo is on the run with, and later without, FBI protection, and the spark they first felt at the bar slowly kindles a roaring passion. Mondello brings terrific enthusiasm to this material; Cassie, the sassy heroine, is immensely likable, Jake, the dreamboat, is also a thoughtful cop, and their passion feels genuine. Action scenes are taut, while snappy dialogue manages to be by turns tough and cute. The supporting cast provides the right number of red herrings...the real hook is the nimble tone that shifts from breezy to thrilling and back again with masterful precision.

Terrific escapist entertainment, as good as anything in Janet Evanovich's oeuvre." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012 - Indie Category

From the Author

Dear Reader,

Character inspirations come from everywhere!  When I wrote Material Witness, I loved the idea of having a latino heroine as the main character who was also a crime writer.  Cassie Alvarez, aka Cassie Lang, was a lot of fun to write because...well, writers are a different breed sometimes.  We get caught up in our stories and get attached to our characters as if they're flesh and blood.  For Cassie, the terrifying fictional world she normally creates has become her reality. When I created Jake Santos, I wanted him to be a bit damaged by the harsh reality of his world as a police officer.  But I wanted to buffer him with having a support system in his family that made him real.  While Material Witness was published in June 2012, you'll recognize Jake Santos and a secondary character in Material Witness, Kevin Gordon, from a inspirational romantic suspense I wrote for Love Inspired Suspense called Yuletide Protector.  If you want to see more of Jake Santos and Kevin Gordon in action, check out Yuletide Protector.

I'm so thrilled that readers have loved MATERIAL WITNESS enough to make it my first USA TODAY BESTSELLERS LIST title.  Thank you!
Lisa Mondello

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  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JGFQ92
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she'll ever have. She's not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she'd still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie's Baby is a New York Times Bestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at and sign up for her newsletter to receive new release information at

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jutzie on July 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Cassie Alvarez writes crime novels but suddenly she feels like a character in one of her own books. She went to Rory's bar dressed as a hooker to research how her character would think. While talking to the hunky rough and tough guy, gun fire erupts, she becomes an eyewitness and her world turns upside down. Deja vu from eight years earlier all over again.

Detective Jake Santos is undercover but it seems the meeting he planned won't be happening tonight at Rory's. But he can rescue the woman who obviously is going to get herself in trouble looking like she does. Only it seems she is the one who rescues him. Jake and Cassie soon find out there is no where to run, nowhere to hide and no one but each other to trust.

I found this to be the type of book I didn't want to put down. Full of danger and adventure around each turn, not knowing who the good or bad guys were. And in the midst of all the blooms. It was uniquely written as Cassie becomes more like her strong heroine, CJ, and the real world becomes like her stories. The author did a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing who the villains were until the very end. To read more on the characters in this book you can read Yuletide Protector by Lisa Mondello, by Love Inspired.
**Sexual situations and some language
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2012
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My Review:

I am a sucker for a good romantic suspense book and this one was definitely a good one. I think one of the things that makes this book so good is the fact that Cassie is an author. In fact, that's how she ends up in this mess. She's dressed as a hooker in a sleazy bar looking for research for her latest crime novel, but she gets much more than she expects.

Jake is a cop. He's in the bar meeting one of his informants who doesn't show. Instead he finds Cassie and quickly realizes that she's not actually a hooker. He's just trying to figure out what she's up to and get her out of the bar safely when the place is sprayed with gunfire. Cassie reacts in a split second when she sees the gun and is actually the one who saves Jake. At issue, she saw the shooter and now the FBI wants her as her material witness in the murder of their undercover agent who was also in the bar.

It quickly becomes apparent that there is more at play here when Cassie's author pseudonym is leaked to the press. She doesn't trust anyone else, but Jake and insists that he helps in the protection of her.

There are a lot of interesting sub-plots happening here within the police department and the FBI. I NEVER figured out who was the bad-guy in it all and was really surprised on who the leak had been. I love suspense lines that keep me guessing. The fact that this was a hero/heroine combo that I loved helped in this book too. Cassie sees herself as a wimp, although she does try to emulate the gutsy, kick-butt attitude of her heroine C.J. Personally, I thought she was awesome...definitely kick-butt, but real enough and scared enough to be real. Jake was awesome. So sweet and sexy. *gah* I loved it when he finally gave in to how much he cared for Cassie....such a *sigh* moment. I loved his character and the fact that he has five older sisters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a GREAT read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) on August 2, 2012
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What is the book about?

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.

What did I think of the book?

You will not be able to put this book down without figuring out who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Through it all Cassie is becoming more and more like her idol C.J. and the world around her is gaining similarity from her stories. Lisa Modello is an amazing author
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dbp323 on September 17, 2012
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Okay this one was more my taste as far as romance goes. It was sweet, sexy and the scenes of love were not so explicit that it made me blush super red. The plot was exciting and the romance build was great. The book was so good it made me want to read the other books to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAC on April 2, 2013
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This book was very interesting because it was one that kept you on the edge of your seat while reading it. The mystery in the story was so believeable. This book would make a good plot for a television movie. If you enjoy romance and mystery you would enjoy this book a lot.
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