by Michele I. Khoury


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Impacted by the recession, twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna is down to her last few dollars and days away from living in her car when a successful businessman buys a painting and commissions another. As their relationship evolves, she's seduced by his charm and mesmerized by his luxurious lifestyle until she discovers he's a drug kingpin. As her world turns upside down, she struggles to survive vicious brutality. Miguel Lopez is a cocaine supplier with a weightlifter's physique and 'the rules do not apply to me' attitude. Maniacal and ruthless, he has no qualms about killing anyone who interferes with his distribution network, including Gina. Dedicated to eradicating illegal drugs, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia spent months and hundreds of thousands of dollars working undercover to buy his way up a dealer chain to identify the moneyman. When his fourteen-year-old daughter overdoses on cocaine, he traces the blow to Lopez. As Bobby's mission becomes personal, he makes emotional decisions, which negatively impact civilians and his job. Unable to let go, he risks his career to orchestrate the biggest drug sting in Southern California. What happens isn't what he expected. When a deputy district attorney meets Gina at a party, he is smitten. As his attraction grows, so does Gina's involvement with the DEA's case, of which he is the designated prosecutor. Mindful of his professional ethics, he tries to stifle his feelings. Sex and violence permeate the twists and turns of this cautionary tale about choosing one's friends well.

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ISBN-13: 9781684097708
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.86(d)

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Busted 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Gina is a struggling author, just trying to keep from living in her car. She sets up in the park to sell her paintings (this is illegal, by the way). She spots two men in a scuffle. Needless to say!!!!! These two men change her life….and not necessarily for the better. I started out enjoying Gina. She has a good, kind heart. Then she makes some stupid decisions. I understand why…she needs the money or she is going to be kicked out of her apartment. Gina lives in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA. Lots of rich and powerful people live here, including drug dealers! Her contact with this side of Laguna Beach lands her in some serious trouble. This tale covers just about everything. It is suspenseful with a small side of romance. There are several places where the characters state the obvious and the story is predictable. But it moves at a rapid pace and keeps you entertained till the very end. I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Gina McKenna is a starving artist. She is trying to sell her paintings to get by. Once day she sees two men and one buys her painting and requests her to paint another for him. This leads to Gina being swept off her feet by rich Jason Cavalieri. Unfortunately Jason’s money comes from drug trafficking with his partner Miguel Lopez. Miguel has reservations about Gina and thinks that she is a weak link in their business. Then Jason and Gina are arrested at dinner, processed, and find themselves in prison. There Gina has to fight for her life since Miguel is determined to keep her quiet. Enter DEA agent Bobby Garcia. Bobby lost his 14 year old daughter to an over dose of cocaine from Miguel. If that didn’t make this case tough enough, he also finds himself drawn to Gina. Although he is trying to approach this case with an open mind, he finds it getting harder and harder by the day. And poor Gina wants nothing more to get through this and start her life fresh. This is a great story. Gina is just trying to make ends meet when she finds herself deep in trouble. There is a lot of action and I was hoping that everything would work out in the end. I really enjoyed this story and will be looking for more books from Michele Khoury. I received Busted from Author Marketing Experts for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Busted by Michele I. Khoury is a riveting story with characters that readers will enjoy. Twenty-four-year-old artist Gina McKenna is literally broke and she is about to spend the last of what she had left when a rich businessman buys one of her paintings and asks her to do more. She is slowly sucked into his world of wealth and opulence and, when she falls for him, she discovers that Miguel Lopez is a ruthless drug lord and he kills anyone who comes between him and his business. A new player comes into the game, DEA Special Agent Bobby Garcia, who has been looking for any means to bring down the mastermind behind the drug distribution network in Southern California, a mission that quickly turns personal with the overdose of his teenage daughter. There is a lot waiting for the reader in the plot as relationships become complex and dangers multiply. Who will be left standing when the curtain falls? Michele I. Khoury’s novel is a gem, the kind of story for readers who love suspenseful plots, character-driven writing, and well-developed conflicts in what they read. I loved the cast of characters and Gina is well-thought out and developed with mastery. The reader will love the role she plays in the story and how she evolves through it. Yes, there is content for mature readers like steamy sex, violence, and foul language. The story is fast-paced and absorbing, the writing balanced, with impeccable world-building. Busted is a page-turner, as exciting as it is entertaining.