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Fans of Brenda Novak’s romantic suspense stories will not be disappointed by this her latest novel, White Heat.

This time the author takes the reader on an exciting, dangerous adventure in the town of Paradise, Arizona, where a fearsome, charismatic new leader named Ethan Wycliff has set up his own cult in the middle of the desert.

A young woman and former cult member has disappeared, and Department 6’s private security agents Rachel Jessop and Nate Ferrentino are called to the case. Rachel would rather, much rather go on her own. After all, not only does she find Nate distractingly attractive, but she also doesn’t want to be reminded each minute of her existence of the humiliating situation she experienced with him six months before. Nate, on the other hand, doesn’t think she should be assigned to the case. He believes it is too dangerous.

Posing as a young married couple, Rachel and Nate go undercover and try to infiltrate the group. Soon, the true nature of the cult begins to reveal itself: its primitive, patriarchal views and, especially, its shocking views about marriage and relationships. As danger escalates, and the number of missing members rises, the couple must put aside their personal feelings in order bring the crazy leader and his helpers to justice.

The story is told from two points of view: Rachel’s and Nate’s. Novak keeps the description to a minimum and focuses on dialogue and action scenes, making the novel move at a fast pace. As in other of Novak’s books, the characters are incredibly sympathetic in spite of their flaws—exhibited especially through the natural, entertaining dialogue. The constant bantering between the hero and heroine is fun and adds a touch of humor to the frightening scenes. Of course, the relationship between the protagonists is explosive, so fans of romance won’t be disappointed.

Novak has a gift for building compelling plots and creating characters the reader will identify with and care about. White Heat is pure entertainment from start to finish.

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