Body Heat

Body Heat

by Brenda Novak
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Anonymous 5 months ago
This book was very exciting! I read it in one sitting! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
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judithannhillard More than 1 year ago
It is too bad that Ms. Novak has not hired on an editor who lives in the states about which she writes (especially a series of books, such as the HEAT series). I could have told her, for example, that Nordstrom has never been at Fiesta Mall and never will be. They anchor only the highest quality, top-dollar malls of which are precisely TWO in the entire state of AZ (Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center). Places like Florence, AZ have never been quaint, especially after housing the state penitentiary there years ago. And what was once remote and tiny, Apache Junction is filled now with seemingly endless public golf courses, tract homes, and nauseatingly neat rows of double-wide mobile homes inhabited largely by "snowbirds" (AKA, winter visitors) and retirees who have moved to that far, far easternmost suburb of the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix Metro area). Furthermore, when she names the long-awaited baby of the main character Lauren Elizabeth, it would be helpful if she did not initially call the baby Lauren, and then in a later chapter call her Elizabeth. Then, most confusing of all, calling the same baby Isabella in the following book of the series. Whew. I felt like a detective myself just figuring out who she was talking about. Even with these issues, and a couple of typos I would have caught (and did), I love her character development and she spins a fairly good yarn. It makes me wonder, however, if her books set in Florida, Mississippi, and other states are dotted with the same sets of annoyances for locals as the Heat Series were for me as a long-time Arizonan.
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Novak is a best-selling author, and it's easy to see why from reading this fast-paced suspense set in the heart of illegal immigration territory. Young, petite Sophia St. Claire is an engaging (if nontraditional) police chief, and Roderick Guerrero is a hunky SEAL operative whose presence in Bordertown shakes up everything from the murder investigation to Sophia's own desires. This story features enough interesting characters and sub-plots to keep any reader engaged, though at times the amount of backstory needed to fill in Sophie and Rod's pasts felt a little heavy. Novak does a compelling job bringing to life a town plagued with illegal immigrants and the lengths to which the citizens will try and prevent them from crossing the border. I always enjoy a story set in a small town, where beauty salons back up to saloons and no one, including the town's most upstanding folk, is quite who or what they seem. There's also no lack of chemistry between Sophia and Rod, who crossed paths as high school students and discover after fifteen years that attraction still runs as deep as ever. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Sophia turns the tables and rescues Rod from a precarious situation. She's a tough chick, no doubt about it, from her tattoo to her Harley, and she stands up for herself and her man even when her job is on the line. My one criticism of this story is the amount of baggage Sophia and Rod both struggle with. I'm always a little wary of authors who give their main characters every possible emotional difficulty, and I think Novak falls into that trap here. I'd like to enjoy a hero and heroine who are successful because of their pasts, rather than in spite of them. However, when all is said and done, Body Heat is a fast-paced, enjoyable read. Novak provides plot twists and turns galore, so the reader isn't really sure until the closing pages who's responsible for killing the illegals or who's out to ruin Sophia's job and reputation. The plethora of minor characters - all well developed - will keep you guessing to the end. If you're a fan of romantic suspense, this story set in the hot Southwest will satisfy. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Body Heat is the second in a series of books by Brenda Novak that features the private security firm Department 6. But you do not need to read the first book (White Heat) as this one has different characters. In this novel, twelve people have been executed as they try to cross the border into Arizona. Sophia St. Claire is the Chief of Police in Bordertown and is overwhelmed with the murders and doesn't appreciate when Roderick Guerrero (former SEAL and current employee of Department 6) helps in investigating the murders through the instance of his father. Seems that Rod and Sophia have some history and the more they spend time together, the more the chemistry between the two ignites. This novel delves onto the immigration conflict and the prejudices amongst the people. This book is a romantic thriller that is enjoyable.
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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
It was a horrible experience that jump-started New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Novak's career-- she caught her daycare teacher drugging her children to get them to sleep. Deciding she needed to work from home, she penned her first novel, and has been a household sensation ever since. Other titles include: Trust Me, Watch Me, Stop Me, Dead Silence, Dead Giveaway, Dead Right, The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Murder, The Perfect Liar, and Mother, Please. She also heads an annual fundraiser for diabetes research every May. Brenda resides in Sacramento, California with her husband and five children. New Chief of Police, Sophia St. Claire, has been catching flack ever since she took the job in Bordertown, Arizona. She's the youngest to hold such a position and she's a woman, not to mention she got where she is after the last Chief was fired for questionable behavior. A point most in town resent her for. But twelve people have been shot and left to rot in the hot desert sun, leaving Sophia feeling in over her head. Department 6 operative Roderick Guerrero's involvement isn't helping. The bastard son of a wealthy local rancher has returned to town to aid in Sophia's investigation, but they have a shared history they can't get past. Maybe he's different. Maybe he's grown up. But as they hunt for a ruthless killer hiding among them, it isn't only the desert that's sparking heat. This is Book Two in the Department 6 Trilogy, with White Heat coming before, and Killer Heat releasing after. The hero and heroine meet, or rather are reunited, after a few chapters in this story. There is such insane chemistry between them, and clever bantering, that I couldn't help but feel disappointed in the first part of the book, as once they were together, they shadowed everything else. That's not really a knock on the book so much as an applause for good characters. Usually in a Brenda Novak book the reader is in the killer's head as much as the main characters. Not so in this one. We are in tune to other suspects, but this book is different because there's not just one bad guy, making for a compelling read. What stands out most of all is the well-researched immigration issues, and it comes at you from all sides. You'll walk away from reading this with an entirely different aspect than when you went in. Bravo! A highly recommended read from a stand alone author. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer, Bookpleasures
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