Special Agent Finnegan
by Mimi Barbour
Series: Undercover FBI, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 3, 2014
When Special Agent Finnegan O'Reilly gets shot, and the news brings on his father’s heart attack, he decides to cut out the undercover assignments for a while. The O'Reilly has suffered enough and Finn can’t be the cause of more. Then his boss forces him to take on one more case. Playing a role right in their own pub to expose the serial, suicide killers rampaging New York City, he’s to be their next target. His part – to be a married man who cheats on his wife – seems more like real life than playacting.
Renée Knight has no scruples when on the job as a New York City cop. Her disguises have become a permanent fixture in her life, and no one really knows her except for the father she loves fiercely. The man whose suicide she doesn't accept nor will she leave alone. If it means going undercover in a pub where the killers hang out, she’s their girl. If it means playing the wife of the pub owner, no problem. But they never intended for her to fall for this guy, she does this all on her own. Now she has to hire the killers to arrange his suicide. And catch them before they carry it out.
A romantic suspense filled with plenty of action and steamy chemistry, Special Agent Finnegan is the first book I’ve read by author Mimi Barbour. Colorful characters, good dialogue and two separate mysteries kept me turning the pages to uncover what would happen next. Set in New York City, Ms. Barbour reminds us of the dedication and sacrifice law enforcement agents take to keep the rest of us safe.
On leave from the FBI due to an injury received in the line of duty, Finnegan O’Reilly is unsure what his future holds. Guilt over his father’s heart attack, and having to shoot a youthful suspect, Finnegan thinks it might be time to change careers. Summoned back to work early, he finds himself reluctantly agreeing to take on a new undercover assignment that will take place in his family’s bar. Trying to catch a “serial suicide killer”, has Finnegan pretending to be married to a New York City detective, falling in love was not a part of the plan.
Undercover at a local college, Renee Knight is determined to catch a rapist who grows bolder with each attack. She’s also determined to get the local FBI to declare her father’s “apparent suicide” a homicide. Attracted to an agent she keeps “running” into while talking with her dad’s friends, Renee is pulled into a joint investigation with the FBI and finds herself posing as the agent’s “wife” and working in his family’s pub. Falling for Finnegan O’Reilly was not a part of her assignment.
Ms. Barbour does a good job developing both main characters; Finnegan and Renee have just enough in common to make a relationship between them believable while their differences make them attractive to each other. Both dedicated to helping their fellow man through law enforcement, they approach their jobs with an attitude that will not accept failure. While Finnegan is dealing with guilt over having to kill someone in the line of duty, Renee looks forward to getting a chance to maybe giving a violent offender a taste of his own medicine. I easily connected with both characters and found their steamy attraction to each other believable and hot!
The secondary characters are well developed and I fell in love with Finnegan’s dad, Collin O’Reilly aka The Joker and The O’Reilly. He’s funny, loveable and reminded me a bit of a jolly leprechaun. Both Finnegan and Renee’s bosses are dedicated to their jobs, driven to succeed and care about their agents. The “criminal masterminds” are also well developed and are an interesting mix; both evil and cunning, they are successful because they are determined to stay out of jail and have really thought out their crimes.
Will Finnegan and Renee be able to catch the “serial suicide killers” and bring them to justice? Will their steamy romance last beyond this particular case? You’ll have to read Special Agent Finnegan to find out. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
My rating: 4 out of 5 Crowns
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.
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