For the Love of Pete

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Dante Torelli is an undercover FBI agent assigned to protect a mob informant and his family. But when the informant's hiding place is blown, a baby girl is snatched by a ruthless hitman. Now, Dante must save the toddler, uncover the traitor in his department, evade various bad guys, and deal with the toddler's sexy aunt, all before the biggest mob trial in Chicago history, set to begin in just three days.

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Overview

Dante Torelli is an undercover FBI agent assigned to protect a mob informant and his family. But when the informant's hiding place is blown, a baby girl is snatched by a ruthless hitman. Now, Dante must save the toddler, uncover the traitor in his department, evade various bad guys, and deal with the toddler's sexy aunt, all before the biggest mob trial in Chicago history, set to begin in just three days.

When Zoe Adler's stepsister went into the witness protection program because of her sleazeball boyfriend, she wasn't supposed to tell anyone. Except the two sisters have always been close, and Zoe has been babysitting her niece, Pete, since her birth. What harm could it be to secretly get Zoe an apartment in the same building where the FBI is keeping the family under protection? So when someone inside the FBI turns and a hitman snatches Pete, Zoe is right there. During the shootout, she jumps into a sexy, uptight FBI agent's car and hangs on as he pursues the hitman. No matter what it takes, Zoe is going to bring her niece back.

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HOT covers all the must-have ingredients for an unforgettable story: great characters you enjoy, a story that grabs your interest, and the much needed chemistry between the couple that keeps us frantically turning the pages. HOT is a refreshing, funny, tug-your-heartstrings read that deserves a Perfect 10 from me, and I'm very particular! If you like HOT stories, this is just the book you need to look for this month.
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Solid tension and its light, entertaining style, it's a fluffy but fun guilty pleasure that'll help you through the January blahs.
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Yes, HOT is certainly the right word to describe this sizzling contemporary romance."
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A fabulous story! This built in intensity until one could hardly wait to see the sparks that would fly when they inevitably met. The determination of both was wonderfully portrayed, as was their growing desire. A truly exciting and intriguing book, this was one that could not be put down until the end."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446619189
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Harper/ Elizabeth Hoyt lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic, but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

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    For the Love of Pete

    Special Agent Dante Torelli (Lips of Sin) has been assigned to watch over mob informant Ricky Spinoza and his family, which consists of girlfriend Nikki and baby daughter, Pete. Zoey Addler is Nikki's sister, and though she isn't supposed to know where the family is hiding, has moved into the same apartment building to be close to her niece.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>When the FBI agents on duty are killed and baby Pete is kidnapped, Zoey and Dante team up to find the little girl. Throw in the Gupta sisters, some grade 1A very, very fine mangra kesar, a mob hitman and his baby son and what you have is a fast read with lots of adventure and some romance.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>For me, this book was just okay. I didn't feel the chemistry between Dante and Zoey, some of their thoughts and actions seemed a little immature. Their characters also seemed a little flat. I was put off by the language of the hit man -- I get it, he is a hitman -- but in one paragraph it seemed like every third word was **** this or that. I felt it just went a little overboard. The Gupta sisters did grow on me as I read on, and their bickering and stubbornness provided some comic relief. It was a cute story and had some twists, especially near the end, but it wasn't one of my favorites. Since this is a new author for me, I will try her again.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper

    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Jan09<BR/><BR/>I had a good time reading ¿For The Love of Pete¿. No tears, no frowns, not even sniffles. Just smiles, laughter, and a happily ever after! (Oh wow, that rhymed!) Julia Harper¿s latest is a charming blend of humor and romance, with the added spice of some action and suspense. But nothing too `heavy¿--oh no, instead it¿s a feel good read from beginning to end.<BR/><BR/>Zoey cannot believe what she¿s seeing. Mr. Lips of Sin himself is trying to take HER parking place, the one she shoveled the snow from herself! No way is he gonna get away with that. So she throws herself on the hood of his car, then they argue. But in the middle of their argument, they both see a man with a gun running from the building in front of them! Zoey throws herself in his car and tells him to floor it. The chase is on¿<BR/><BR/>Dante isn¿t quite sure how he ended up chasing a mob hit man who kidnapped a baby which was then re-kidnapped (??) by two elderly Indian women in saris. Within an hour of setting off on the chase, this buttoned up FBI Special Agent is on the run himself¿accompanied by the free spirit aunt of the kidnapped child. It¿s becoming very clear to Dante that the FBI mole he was sent to sniff out has instead managed to turn the tables. Now he just needs to: clear his name, find and expose the mole, track down the kidnapped baby, figure out what in the hell the Indian women have to do with any of this, and keep himself from falling in love with Zoey¿what? Where did THAT come from? He¿s not the love at first sight kind of guy¿right?<BR/><BR/>I began smiling on page one when Zoey threw herself on Dante¿s car. The sheer zaniness of the plot and characters was enough to brighten the very rainy afternoon I spent reading this book. You¿ve got a bumbling hit man with anger management issues who¿s actually henpecked by his wife, two Indian grandmas who are searching for the best ingredients for their about to open restaurant¿s signature dish, an FBI mole who has other agents and some local cops on his payroll, a big name mobster trying to have the star witness in his upcoming trial killed, and a whole other cast of characters that each have foibles of their own. And the piece de resistance is the pairing of our hero and heroine, two very different personalities who discover that trust is the most important ingredient in the love recipe.<BR/><BR/>The setting is perfect, the mystery has just enough clues and red herrings to keep you guessing, the action is fast is furious, the dialogue is witty, and the sexual tension is edgy. Oh and the humor¿it¿s very difficult to add comedic elements to a suspense story, but Julia Harper has done a bang up job. ¿For The Love of Pete¿ is the perfect read to lift your spirits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Loved this one!

    This was just a fun book and a great read. I thought that the plot and character development was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Ok story

    The story was good although a couple of minor characters actually hurt the story instead of enhancing the story. Great chemistry between hero and heroine.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Never Again

    Never again will I read another book by Julia Harper. I love Elizabeth Hoyt so I thought her alter ego would be just as good. I had to force myself to finish this book (I can't stand not finishing a book). It was okay in some parts, but come on a 9 month pregnant lady with an u-zi? It was ridiculous. I'm sorry if I offend people who liked the book, but this is my personal opinion.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

    Fast paced action¿

    For The Love Of Pete<BR/>Julia Harper<BR/>Hachette Book Group.com, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 0446619183<BR/>Reviewed By Kay R. for ReviewYourBook.com, 01/09<BR/>5 stars<BR/>Fast paced action¿<BR/>Zoey Addler¿s niece was kidnapped by the mob to silence her father. Zoey enlisted the aid of Special Agent Dante Torelli. Dante was working undercover to find a Rat in the FBI. Things heat up quickly between searching for Pete, staying one-step ahead of the mob, and their growing attraction for each other. <BR/>For The Love Of Pete by Julia Harper is a fast-paced, page turner. The characters work well together. The plot is just what this reviewer wants in a suspenseful romance.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    On-Your-Feet Romance with Humor

    Author, Julia Harper grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, then went to college at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she majored in anthropology and took Shakespeare classes for fun. Julia now resides in central Illinois. This title, For the Love of Pete, follows her other title, Hot.<BR/>FBI Special Agent Dante Torelli¿s mission was to keep a federal witness to the Chicago mob and his family safe until he could testify. Secretly though, he was brought in undercover for the FBI to draw out a corrupt agent. When the agents on duty are murdered, he is framed for it, and the witnesses baby daughter is kidnapped, Dante finds himself on an unexpected adventure through Illinois with a civilian, Zoey Addler- who also happens to be the baby¿s aunt. Throw in two elderly Indian women on their own mission for secret illegal saffron, and Dante is just about to lose his mind. Dante likes peace and quiet- Zoey never stops blabbering. Dante follows all the rules- Zoey does what she wants, when she wants. Dante hides his emotions- Zoey wears hers on her sleeve. On the new mission to clear his name, rescue a kidnapped baby, chasing down matrons obsessed with contraband spices, and a killer on their tale- Dante and Zoey don¿t need the attraction between them, nor do they expect it. But both will do anything and risk everything for The Love of Pete.<BR/>Every once and awhile you read a book that is so clever you can envision it on screen. This is one of those books. I would like to see this adapted to a screenplay. Car chases, crazy Indian women, a kidnapping, the mob, an FBI investigation gone wrong, a heated love story- what more could you want?<BR/>This is set in the Midwest, in Chicago, Illinois mostly, and I was very happy to see an accurate portrayal of climate, setting, traffic, etc. Coming from Wisconsin myself, you¿d be amazed at how often it can be misconstrued. The plot flowed well, the characters were adorable and relatable, the backdrop was realistic, the Indian women were hysterical as secondary characters, and the dialog was downright brilliant. I couldn¿t put it down. <BR/>For the Love of Pete is a laugh-out-loud, clever, and enchanting tale¿A breath of fresh air for the romance genre! I very much look forward to more of her books.<BR/>Kelly Moran,<BR/>Author and Reviewer

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    This is a wild zany Chicago joy ride

    In Chicago, poet Zoey Addler is stunned when she sees hit man Neil Janiowski abducting her baby niece Pete. However, the spunky woman reacts instantly leaping into the car of FBI Special Agent Dante ¿Lips of Sin¿ Torelli insisting he give chase. Dante needs no urging as his current task is to keep Pete's father safe especially from the mob, as he is under a federal witness protection program.<BR/><BR/>Needing a minute to take care of business Neil leaves Pete and his own infant son alone in the car. Indian sisters-in-law Savita-di and Pratima Gupta hijack his car in order to regain the valuable top quality saffron he stole from them. The two women are stunned to realize they have children inside the vehicle. Meanwhile Dante struggles with keeping impish Zoey in line as he tries to find and rescue Pete. However, besides losing his heart, he may lose his freedom as someone inside the agency has set him up as the kidnapper.<BR/><BR/>This is a wild zany Chicago joy ride from the moment he with Lips of Sin steals sassy Zoey¿s parking spot, the only one not buried under January snow and never slows down as the opposites fall in love. Readers will laugh out loud at the antics of Zoey as she drives Dante crazy with her chatter, comments, and overall insanity; he had no choice but to fall in love. Fans will enjoy Julia Harper¿s second jocular Midwest FBI romantic suspense (see HOT).<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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