"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
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
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.