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Special Agent Francesca (Undercover FBI Book 1) by [Barbour, Mimi]
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5 stars -Quite a balancing act!!!

"Mimi Barbour has carved her own place in the world of espionage and thrillers. She walks a high wire without a net and is as good as any writer in the marketplace today balancing romance and humor and hardcore suspense. If you are searching for pure, unadulterated entertainment, read Special Agent Francesca.

Francesca is determined to prove that she has the talent, the skills, the dauntless determination, and the courage to become a first class undercover agent. She knows the risks. She is not afraid to take them. However, she never realized that one of those risks might be falling in love with a man she can't afford to love. She has more than one battle on her hands, and readers get to ride along to discover how she solves her personal dilemma, as well as the crime confronting her. It is definitely a ride worth taking." ~ Reviewed by Caleb Pirtle, (CEO-Book of the month Club)



"Master of Character Development!
As a writer myself, I think that one of the true marks of an excellent author is solid, believable character development, and in my opinion, Mimi Barbour is the master of character development. Special Agent Francesca is a complex woman who can use her martial arts skills to take down the toughest of thugs, and then spin her feminine wiles effortlessly to lure a criminal profiler to her bed. After learning who her father was from the mother who chose career over child, Francesca makes a conscious decision to meet him face-to-face no matter the outcome....

Story line development in this thriller is excellent as well. The twists and turns keep the excitement rolling until the end. As always from Ms. Barbour, a great read!"
~reviewed by Flo Barnett              

From the Author

Mimi Barbour - New York Times & USA Today Best-selling author started writing the Undercover FBI Series after she'd finished her popular 6-book collection, The Vegas Series. Not realizing how much fun it was to be in control of life and death matters, Mimi soon got a kick out of the power  she found writing romantic suspense and realized she had a knack for keeping readers turning the pages. She's never regretted her decision to publish these Suspense blockbusters. The reviews are positive and prove the readers love the characters, the compelling plots and the constant action.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3512 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sarna Publishing; 1 edition (April 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JGFJ8HQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two at love. You will also have visit from other Las Vegas cops from the Vegas series. All in all Mimi never disappoints, I loved the book and highly recommend.
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As a writer myself, I think that one of the true marks of an excellent author is solid, believable character development, and in my opinion, Mimi Barbour is the master of character development. Special Agent Francesca is a complex woman who can use her martial arts skills to take down the toughest of thugs, and then spin her feminine wiles effortlessly to lure a criminal profiler to her bed. After learning who her father was from the mother who chose career over child, Francesca makes a conscious decision to meet him face-to-face no matter the outcome. Fortunately for the special undercover agent, John Hampton welcomes the daughter he never knew existed with open arms. Barbour fleshes out not only Ham's character, but the rest of Francesca's extended family as well. Her step-mother, Mattie, is a warm, loving woman who makes Francesca feel like she'd been part of the family since forever. Little sister, Caireann wonders aloud as to what took her big sister so long to come home and tells the FBI agent that she's been sorely missed.

Story line development in this thriller is excellent as well. The twists and turns keep the excitement rolling until the end. As always from Ms. Barbour, a great read!
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I found this captivating, it has a richness, with three dimensional characters and a riveting plot. The opening chapter is fierce, grabbing the reader by the throat and not letting go. The following couple of chapters are both violent and then poignant, arousing a different set of emotions, with a domineering highly intelligent mother Kathleen Donovan and an introverted daughter, Francesca, an undercover FBI agent who hides her introversion under a brittle mask. The author cleverly combines the harsh elements with sensitive emotive qualities to develop a complex personality that fascinates and ensnares Sean Collins, a psychiatrist and LVPD profiler. The author has the reader on the edge of her/his seat as the plot develops. Francesca can kick ass as hard as any man, she’s a force to contend with in a fight against the odds.
In the first couple of chapters she finds her long lost Dad, John and siblings, so I am not giving away any spoilers, Then just as she bonds with a step-mother whose as warm as buttered toast, the plot explodes and Francesca brings out the big guns on one roller coaster of a ride.
Vibrant complex characters, a twisting plot, chilling and inescapable, a real page turner.
Highly recommended
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This lady had a lot of emotional baggage from her past, yet she overcame it and ended up with a new family. I liked the fact that Francesca hated to fight, yet she seemed to end up in lots of situations where she needed to use her black belt skills. From an overprotective mother, to a new found father, to a romance, Francesca somehow manages all, and manages well. A fun read from a super author.
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I love this new book! It"s a book that stands quite nicely on its own; however, if you have read the "Vegas" series there's a great tie-in. I hope that this is only the first in a long series. The book definately makes me want more-and soon. Francesca is a little-bit on the Lone Ranger side when it comes to her job as an FBI agent. The feds don't like it, but I sure did. Write fast Mimi!
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Special Agent Francesca Donovan can't wait to start her new life as an undercover FBI agent in Las Vegas. All her life, she's been trying to prove herself to her mother, the Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI, and now she gets the chance to do just that - if only she doesn't mess up her first assignment! Other than that, she just has to pop by and introduce herself to the father she just found out she had... and try not to fall in love with her new partner, Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, who's posing as her fiance.

Mimi Barbour takes you on a wild ride with Francesca and Sean as they work undercover to clean up the gang that has been threatening hotels in the neighbourhood. It's pretty light and funny reading, with Francesca's sass and Sean's reactions providing a lot of comic relief. Special Agent Francesca is definitely not a serious girl, so don't expect anything deeper than an entertaining afternoon read.

Parts of story are steamier than I usually read (this is NOT for the kiddies) and there were times I skimmed through thinking "Am I really reading this?" so that contributes a little to my ambivalence between a 3 and 4 star rating. (kind of a 3.5?)

Also, some strong swearing involved. Just saying, cause this deviates from my usual fare.

I received a free copy for review from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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