Harlequin Intrigue
ISBN: 0373696078

The Only Man a Desperate Mother Can Trust...

Investigating a cold case is SWAT cop Mitch Bradford's worst nightmare—especially when it involves a kidnapped infant. But thanks to an injury, he'll have to settle for following Emily Wentworth instead of breaking down doors and cuffing criminals.

The prime suspect in a mysterious disappearance, Emily has always claimed she was framed. And as he earns the trust of the incredibly desperate—and unbelievably beautiful—mother, every instinct tells Mitch to believe her. Then new evidence unfolds, revealing an elaborate conspiracy and forcing Emily into a deadly spotlight.

Now, torn between loyalty to the badge and his promises to Emily, Mitch may have to make the ultimate sacrifice if he's to bring her little boy home.

Cursing under his breath, Mitch Bradford yanked his collar up against the bitter Colorado wind. Where was Emily Went-worth going? He stalked across Colfax, on a stretch of the street known as a candy store for illicit drugs and prostitution. He could've been home alone in front of the fireplace, his bum leg propped up, nursing a stiff drink and a double dose of ibuprofen. The irony didn't amuse him. He'd been tapped for the Wentworth case because of his injury. One more reason to kill the guy who'd shot up his leg during his last SWAT operation.

Mitch ducked his head and plunged forward into the night, ignoring the exchange of money on the corner. He would've busted the dealer any other time, but he refused to let his suspect out of sight. When she approached a group of gang-bangers, he tensed and reached for his weapon.
They circled her.
Two murders last night in the neighborhood. No time to be subtle.

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Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high-tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission's motto: "When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe."

Devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts, Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award. By day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. Robin loves to interact with readers. You can catch her on her website (www.robinperini.com) and several major social networking sites.

ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
ROBIN: People being unfair to others. This comes in so many forms. We all know life isn't fair, but it drives me crazy when others blatantly disregard fairness. I wish more people would live life according to the Golden Rule. Treat others like you would want to be treated. I think we'd all be a lot happier.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
ROBIN: Interestingly enough, I told many more stories than I wrote when I was young. I think this came from my Great Aunt, because she always told me stories when I was little. I began babysitting when I was twelve years old, and whenever I put the kids to bed, I would make up a story with them as the hero or heroine. Typically dragons, princes, princesses, inescapable towers, and evil villains were involved, though many a stuffed animal ended up in the adventures. Turtles, lambs, bears and pink ponies would be kidnapped and carried off to the tower, and of course a small but brave prince or princess would fly to the rescue on the back of a vanquished dragon. 

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
ROBIN: Great question. I think if there was a movie I could watch over and over again, it would be My Fair Lady, with Singin' in the Rain a close second. I love musicals and I just loved the transformation of Eliza Doolittle.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
ROBIN: Darth Vader, hands down. From the first movie, when he seemed to be the devil incarnate, through his redemption, the arc of the Star Wars IV, V and VI truly shows the complexity that can be created in villains. One of the great characters of all time.

ANGI: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
ROBIN: I would want to travel to Elizabethan England and talk to Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. I was always fascinated with the Tudors and their dynasty, and Queen Elizabeth's political savvy and strength are inspiring. I would love to get to know the woman behind the history books. 

ANGI: What does it mean to love someone?
ROBIN:  Talk about a question that people have been trying to answer for eons, but I'll give it a shot. To me, loving someone means putting their needs before your own, opening yourself up to vulnerability and sharing with someone not only your strengths, but also your weaknesses. Being there not only when it's joyous and easy, but also when it's painful and heart wrenching.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning expressed it so well.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

ANGI: What’s your favorite kid joke?
ROBIN: What's black and white and red all over?....Answers…hmmm….could be a newspaper, or a zebra with a rash or a sunburned Zebra….I'm sure there are way more. I wanted to go with a homicidal panda bear, I am a romantic suspense author, after all, but…yuck!

 ANGI: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
ROBIN:  I can't believe I'm telling everyone this. <sigh>. Okay, so when I was a kid, someone—probably my Dad or brother (because they're both teasers)—told me that if I blew my nose my brains would come out through my nose. I know, I know that's not really true. I took anatomy for crying out loud, but to this day, I have a REALLY hard time blowing my nose. I have to focus very hard, and typically blow one nostril at a time, very gently. And if I can avoid doing it, I will. At all costs.

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I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to read, watch TV or go to movies. I could use some suggestions. I like most any genre. So, dear readers, have you read any really amazing books recently; any TV shows you can't live without watching each week. How about movies (old or new)?


  1. Welcome back Robin !!
    I'm so excited to see this book in print. What an awesome feeling for your Golden heart winner!

    Hugs to you and don't forget to breathe while you're writing all those books!

    1. Thanks, Angi! So glad to be back! It's so cool to see the book out there...in 'real life'. I'm so excited about the other books, too. It's a whirlwind, but awesome.


  2. Ahhhh, u definately need to see Storybrook. It takes fairytales and makes a parallel world in tha present time. I love that show and think it was an awesome idea. Hope u have the time to watch it. Im not sure where u are so I dont know times and day. Definately worth checkin out. You'll be hooked like me and my whole family. (Including my "manly" husband) lol Enjoy! Kristi Sloan-Pearson

    1. Ooooh, Kristi. Storybrook sounds fab. I'm going to have to find out the schedule.

      I hadn't heard of it since I've been in my writing cave for a while, but it's on my list now! Thanks again!


  3. Robin, I have so many comments about your blog I don't know where to start. First, congratulations on all your success, and two, loved that you mentioned Colfax, and got it right. Yay, Denver, close to my stomping grounds.

    Third, blowing your nose, you poor thing. You were traumatized. Here, let me get you a tissue ;)

    And lastly, I haven't watched much TV either, but I have gotten hooked on NCIS Las Angeles. I've fallen in love with Sam, aka Mr. LL Cool J. (don't tell my husband )

    Great blog! Best wishes!

    1. Oh, one more comment. Great, great picture of you and Angi! You two make me smile!

    2. Hey Donnell--my reply to you went into cyber-heaven :-(. Sorry. I was SO appreciative that you took the time to stop in. And thanks for the Colfax comment. I had an expert help me out on that :-).

      RE: nose blowing...Yep...traumatized. My dad and brother need to pay for therapy LOL...

      NCIS LA, LL Cool J...I'm definitely putting it on my TBW list :-).


      And thanks for the congrats. It means the world to me.

      All my best,

  4. No, no, no--your father (my Italian uncle) was wrong. When you blow your nose too hard, your brain comes out your ears. I'm loving FNDING HER SON. Look forward to all your books!

    1. Cousin Jane! So glad to see you....

      LOL. My ears. Oh no

      Thanks so much for the kind words about FINDING HER SON. I'm SO glad you like it! :-)


  5. I recently read Eve by Iris Johansen. It was hard to put down.

    1. Oooh...love Iris Johansen. Ugly Duckling is one of my faves of all time! I'll put EVE on my TBR pile!

      Thanks for stopping by.


  6. Love the interview. Brings back good memories of when I was young and all the Great stories my parents told. I now find myself telling the same stories to my kids.I't crazy what you remember.

    1. Hi Kiki--

      Isn't it true how we tell the same stories generation after generation. I'm so glad you stopped by. Thanks for the kind words about the interview.

      All my best,

  7. Great interview! The book sounds very good.


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you liked the book info!

      It's actually been a great day for me in regards to book stuff. A cool article on RTBookReviews mentioned me (http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/big-names-short-stories-authors-writing-series-and-full-length-romance). What an honor...if not a little stunning!


  8. Great interview, Robin. I'm so with you on the Golden Rule. My pet peeve is people who don't treat others with respect and fairness.

    1. Thanks, Anita! Ditto on your pet peeve. I'm SO glad you stopped by!

      All my best,

  9. Fantastic interview! I love learning about the author I read. You rock on the Favorite Villian!! I think he is the best....So much so that Darth Vader showed up at my wedding. My hubby was in heaven!
    My hsuband and I have recently gotten into the HBO special Game of Thorns. We watch in on netflix now. It is great.

  10. Hi Mel!

    Thanks SO much for stopping by. Love that you love Darth Vader :-). Showed up at your wedding...would love to hear more of that story.

    I've heard Game of Thorns is good. Another on my To Be Watched pile. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Happy reading,

  11. CONGRATULATIONS! BN100 is the winner of an autographed copy of the book and trading cards. You can email me at robin (at) robinperini (dot) com with your snail mail address and I'll send you a copy asap.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'll be at Romance Bandits (http://www.romancebandits.com) with another giveaway opportunity on Sunday, March 18.

    All my best,