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ISBN# Unavailable
December 2008
Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker, CO 80134
350 Pages
Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 Cups

Lavinia “Vinnie” Esposito teaches criminal justice classes to many who are already working in law enforcement. She is dating a state trooper named Marcus Richmond. She is Italian American. Extremely independent, she allows the men in her life to think they are in control, at least some of the time.

Marcus Richmond is a Rhode Island state trooper and Vinnie’s main squeeze. He is quite protective of her and, like most of the other men in her life, thinks he has some control over her, but it is an illusion.

When someone hits the left rear corner of Vinnie’s car and sends her car into a tailspin and then off the road to totter on a ledge, she keeps her cool, but just barely. At first she thinks this is just an accident; that is until she runs into Tony, a man who may have an axe to grind. Strange things begin happening not too long after that, such as hang up calls to name one. As the seemingly unrelated accidents begin to pile up, and her boyfriend, friends and family are becoming concerned for her safety and welfare, Vinnie cannot help but wonder who has it in for her. Is it Tony, the man she helped put in the loony bin two years before? Or is there someone else who wants to harm her?

I truly enjoyed Dirty Trouble. Vinnie is quite a character, and her sense of humor had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. I love her philosophy of letting the men think they are in control, while she goes merrily on her way and does what she wants. That just totally cracked me up! You really get the sense of the fact that the men really don’t know what hit them by the time she is done with them. The suspense is well drawn out in this book, and I really was not sure who the culprit was until I got to the end. That, in and of itself, makes this book one to be enjoyed. I do not like being able to figure out who the bad guy is in the first couple of chapters. The secondary characters are just as well drawn as the primary ones and the author’s world building is exemplary. If you enjoy some great humor along with your romance and suspense, then you simply must read Dirty Trouble, you will not be sorry!

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