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Material Witness (Heroes of Providence #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  266 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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 tha
Published 2012
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Oct 02, 2012 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, kindle
Talk about cliche. Like you couldn't figure out right from the start what was going to happen. Sucked from beginning to end. I mean seriously, you tell the cops and FBI agents, who are trying to keep you alive, that you'll go ahead with their plan if it's a certain cop who protects you and no one else. No, it doesn't look too obvious that you're looking to get laid - not! Oh, only one bed available? Oh, whatever shall we do? Give me a break! What a mindless piece of drivel.
The BookWhisperer
Aug 07, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it liked it
“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 ...more
Bette Stanek
Apr 05, 2014 Bette Stanek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WooHoo! I've found another author of crime novels that I really like. This book was non-stop action.

Cassie is crime novelist and knows her stuff. One night she's doing research in a seedy bar and the next thing she knows she's in the middle of chaos. Jake is on an undercover assignment when he sees Cassie at the other end of the bar. He knows instantly she's not the prostitute she's posing as. What the heck is she doing here? A few minutes after he approaches her and confirms what he already kn
Apr 13, 2016 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of romance and suspense
I always know that if a book is written by Lisa Mondello, it’s going to be a winner. This one definitely didn’t disappoint me. What surprised me is that it was written 10 years ago, and even then her writing was awesome.
The story centers around detective Jake Santos, and Cassie Alvarez, a novelist that writes crime stories. Researching for one of her books, Cassie goes to a seedy barr dressed as a prostitute. There she meets Jake, who is also undercover for a case he has been working on for a lo
John Ausmus
Jun 27, 2012 John Ausmus rated it really liked it

A light crime novel that was an enjoyable read. Very predictable all the way through but the like able characters were a joy to hang with. This book is a great "beach read" book for the summer.
Cathy Rodgers
This book was an "okay" read. Not great, but not horrible. Overall, the plot was predictable. But, it was free & this is a genre that I usually enjoy - so I'm not too disappointed.
Jul 29, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
It was ok, nothing special. I was expecting a lot more action and excitement but it seemed more of a whodunit story. Don't get me wrong there was still some action but I guess I was hoping more for an "on the run" storyline and some relationship development between Cassie and Jake. It started out really good and had potential to do more than just a surprise attack and an uninteresting villain. It was a shame because I liked Cassie's personality and Jake was intriguing but there wasn't enough tim ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
Material Witness by L.A. Mondello
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.
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Aug 02, 2012 Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves) rated it it was amazing
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?
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Christi Snow
Aug 05, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
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
BJ Todd
Aug 18, 2016 BJ Todd rated it really liked it
Material Witness by L A (Lisa) Mondello reminded me of some of the “cop” shows I love to watch on TV but more depth and detail so your right there with the characters. I enjoyed the fact that Cassie was an author that researched her genre seriously. I love romantic suspense with many facets going on at the same time to keep you on the edge of your seat and no loose ends. This definitely fits that bill. Look forward to SAFE HAVEN.
Jun 12, 2016 Page rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Cassie came across as caring but she didn't have "treat me like a doormat" written across her forehead.

She was scared when the situation warranted it, but she strong when she had to be. I loved that. Although Jake was in many ways a knight in shining armor, Cassie could still hold her own.

I loved the concept of the book and in some ways seemed totally believable.

I'm hoping Book 2 is on its way.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Aug 10, 2012 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This romantic crime story is exciting and steamy. The story is really about Cassie and Jake, and the strength of these characters is what makes the book so good. Cassie is a crime writer who understands how the legal system works. She’s strong and smart and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and her rights. She’s sassy and witty and is one smart cookie.

Jake is a sweet, protective alpha male. He’s swoonworthy, and the sexual tension between him and Cassie is palpable. At times this tension over
Melissa Feist
Oct 15, 2014 Melissa Feist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

Romantic suspense at its best. Had me from the start. Wounded hero and sassy heroine, great sparks, tender moments and a few twists along the way. I didn't figure out the mystery, which I love, until it was all wrapped up. HEA...perfect.
Barbara Allen
Aug 15, 2014 Barbara Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I enjoyed this book very much. I loved how the major characters reacted to each other. I will be reading this book again in a couple of months.
Jun 20, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
What a great read! Full of romance and suspense and you don't know who to trust. Cassie is a novelist, and while working on her latest book goes undercover as a hooker at Rory's Bar. Jake is an undercover cop, working on a sting, but being sidetracked by Cassie (who he figures out quickly is in the wrong place at the wrong time.) A shoot-out ensues and Cassie ends up saving Jake's life. Once Cassie's name is leaked to the press, Cassie's life is in obvious danger, and not knowing who to trust, J ...more
Carol and Gary Curtis
OK story, I didn't care for the romance. The relationship between the two leads never seemed to have a spark. Easy, quick book to read.
Mar 18, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
Loved this from cover to cover.
Mar 01, 2013 Marti rated it it was ok
This turned out to be less interesting than I thought it would be. The crime part of it was good, but it got too bogged doen in sex scenes, etc. A crime writer dresses up in a sleazy outfit and goes to a disreputable bar, where she witnesses a murder. This is where she hooks up with a conveniently single sexy cop. Attempts are made on her life--and the cop protects her. There are some interesting developments--and more sex. It is a nook book--817 pages--but doesn't go that long--maybe an excerpt ...more
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3.5 stars
Mar 23, 2016 Ash rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jun 30, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook, 2016-read
Fast read with a good tale.
Ally Cabella
Jun 30, 2013 Ally Cabella rated it really liked it
This was a quick read. Finished in one afternoon. Overall I think the plot was good. Some parts were a little predictable. There were enough twists to keep you guessing but I think some parts just kind of skimmed the surface. There could have been more to draw you into the story better. Still it was a good read and I enjoyed it.
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Jan 08, 2013 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it liked it
This romantic suspense book was full of action. From the opening scene of bullets flying in a bar killing many to the very end with the confrontation of who had been betraying the cops and FBI.
Mar 01, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
was pretty good. there were many scenes that were suspenseful. would read another if the character jake santos was in it.
Apr 26, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was fast paced and had some surprising turns. Great book to read on vacation this summer.
Jun 12, 2013 Merle rated it liked it
Not a bad story but a lot of grammatical errors in the expositroy parts, not the dialogue. Maybe a new edition?
Christina Woodworth
Mar 04, 2013 Christina Woodworth rated it it was amazing
I was really impressed with this book. I would love to see more books with this series.
liked hero and heroine. story felt rushed and the suspense choppy.
Jun 11, 2013 D rated it liked it
The story line was predictable but still makes a good read.
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