"Exciting thriller in the Arizona desert!"

Six months ago, Rachel Jessop did something she still regrets. For at that time, Rachel waited for her boss in Department 6 in his bed naked. It wasn't making love with him that Rachel regrets, oh no. It's those three little words she uttered afterwards. She's still trying to salvage her pride. So when Nate Ferrentino—her boss—tells her he'll be her partner on her next assignment, Rachel is less than pleased. Not only will they be working together, but they'll have to pose as a married couple in order to infiltrate a religious cult. Something else Rachel isn't happy about since her father raised her in one. After trying everything she can think of to get out of the assignment, or at least have a different partner, Rachel resigns herself to dealing with it. Nate has already tried, unsuccessfully.

So now they're on their way to Portal, Arizona, the nearest so-called town close to Paradise, where the Church of the Covenant is located. Rachel becomes a bit irate when the air conditioning in Nate's truck dies and they both have to suffer in the heat, but when they get to their destination, Rachel is enraged when she sees where Nate has arranged for them to live. It's nothing but a broken down trailer with an outhouse. An outhouse for goodness sakes! At least there's two bedrooms so they won't have to sleep in the same room.

Will Nate and Rachel be able to infiltrate the Church of the Covenant? What of the missing girl? Will they be able to find her? And the big one, will they be able to keep their hands off each other, or will they fall in love?

WHITE HEAT is a thrilling ride of danger in the Arizona desert. Brenda Novak does a fantastic job of bringing the Arizona desert to life, from the monsoons that come out of nowhere to the suffocating heat. Her characters are all realistic, from Rachel dealing with her upbringing by a strict religious father, to the deaf girl in the restaurant in Portal. And then of course, we add in the sexual tension between Rachel and Nate and this is one fantastic story and I highly recommend it. If you like romantic suspense, read WHITE HEAT, you won't be sorry you did. Can't wait for the next one in the series to come out.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted August 14, 2010


Paradise? In name only…

Nate Ferrentino and Rachel Jessop are operatives for Department 6, a private security company, and they’re going undercover to expose a new and dangerous cult.

This group has taken up residence in the Arizona desert, in a ghost town called Paradise. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed--of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff. On his orders, they tried to stone a woman to death. And they’re implicated in the disappearance of a teenage girl.

To expose the Church of the Covenant, with its arcane rituals and debauched practices, Nate and Rachel must pretend to be married. That’s the only way they can get in—but being Nate’s “wife” is the last thing Rachel wants. She and Nate have a one-night history that’s just an embarrassment to her now. But they don’t have a choice. Wycliff has to be stopped.


White Heat
(Dept. 6 Hired Guns Series: Book 1)
by Brenda Novak

MIRA Books
July 1, 2010
Available: July 27, 2010
ISBN #0778327957
EAN #9780778327950
400 pages
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