White Heat

Department 6 Trilogy, Book 1

A dangerous cult has recently taken over the desert ghost town of Paradise, Arizona. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed—of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff, and obey his orders blindly. They’ve already tried to murder one woman and they’re implicated in the disappearance of another.

Nate Ferrentino, who works for private security contractor Department 6, has been assigned to infiltrate this group. It’s a challenge he welcomes—until he learns that colleague Rachel Jessop will be going undercover with him. Thanks to their shared history, he’d much rather go alone….

The problem is, only married couples can participate in cult rituals. So, like it or not—and they don’t—Rachel and Nate must pretend to be husband and wife. There’s no choice. Because if Wycliff isn’t exposed, if he isn’t stopped, more people will die. And Rachel might be one of them.

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A dangerous cult has recently taken over the desert ghost town of Paradise, Arizona. Members worship at the feet—and in the bed—of its charismatic leader, Ethan Wycliff, and obey his orders blindly. They’ve already tried to murder one woman and they’re implicated in the disappearance of another.

Nate Ferrentino, who works for private security contractor Department 6, has been assigned to infiltrate this group. It’s a challenge he welcomes—until he learns that colleague Rachel Jessop will be going undercover with him. Thanks to their shared history, he’d much rather go alone….

The problem is, only married couples can participate in cult rituals. So, like it or not—and they don’t—Rachel and Nate must pretend to be husband and wife. There’s no choice. Because if Wycliff isn’t exposed, if he isn’t stopped, more people will die. And Rachel might be one of them.

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Brilliance Audio
November 14, 2012
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Praise

"Novak writes an excellent romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat . . . a chilling tale that readers won’t want to put down."

Marilyn Heyman, Romance Reviews Today

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2018-08-31T20:47:00-07:00

Marilyn Heyman, Romance Reviews Today

"Novak writes an excellent romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat . . . a chilling tale that readers won’t want to put down."
"Brenda Novak has written the best high action thriller of 2010. White Heat far exceeded my expectations. From page one I was immediately hooked on this fast action plot that was like solving a Chinese puzzle box. Once again Brenda Novak has proven she is the Queen of romantic suspense!"


Suzie Housley, Midwest Book Review

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2018-08-31T20:34:43-07:00

Suzie Housley, Midwest Book Review

"Brenda Novak has written the best high action thriller of 2010. White Heat far exceeded my expectations. From page one I was immediately hooked on this fast action plot that was like solving a Chinese puzzle box. Once again Brenda Novak has proven she is the Queen of romantic suspense!"
"I’m hooked. Completely hooked! Brenda Novak’s new Dept. 6 Hired Gun series opens with a bang! I’ve got to tell you, I was bummed when I turned the last page of White Heat. It was that good! Strong writing, fast-paced action, and characters who are wonderfully likeable make White Heat a must-read. I loved it, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, Body Heat. Bravo!"

Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart

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2018-08-31T20:50:02-07:00

Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart

"I’m hooked. Completely hooked! Brenda Novak’s new Dept. 6 Hired Gun series opens with a bang! I’ve got to tell you, I was bummed when I turned the last page of White Heat. It was that good! Strong writing, fast-paced action, and characters who are wonderfully likeable make White Heat a must-read. I loved it, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, Body Heat. Bravo!"
"Whew, the heat is sizzling and not just from the Arizona desert where this exciting story takes place. Strong, well defined characters, Nate and Rachel, have a thing for each other that runs hot and hotter. Bestselling author Brenda Novak delivers a spine tingling suspense thriller that will keep you reading. A perfect beach read."

Donna, CataRomance

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2018-08-31T20:39:45-07:00

Donna, CataRomance

"Whew, the heat is sizzling and not just from the Arizona desert where this exciting story takes place. Strong, well defined characters, Nate and Rachel, have a thing for each other that runs hot and hotter. Bestselling author Brenda Novak delivers a spine tingling suspense thriller that will keep you reading. A perfect beach read."
"Brenda Novak has a strong offering in White Heat... She is able to meld a budding relationship as well as the effects of a cult expertly into one novel. If you are looking for a good book for the beach White Heat will fit the bill, unless you are supposed to be paying attention to something else, as it will pull you in from the start."

Joyfully Reviewed

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:44:40-07:00

Joyfully Reviewed

"Brenda Novak has a strong offering in White Heat... She is able to meld a budding relationship as well as the effects of a cult expertly into one novel. If you are looking for a good book for the beach White Heat will fit the bill, unless you are supposed to be paying attention to something else, as it will pull you in from the start."
"...this gripping, twisted tale draws readers into a brutal, starkly drawn world of white heat and dark deeds."

Library Journal

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:26:29-07:00

Library Journal

"...this gripping, twisted tale draws readers into a brutal, starkly drawn world of white heat and dark deeds."
"There are a lot of things to appreciate about a Brenda Novak novel. She certainly knows how to creep out the reader and her plotting is always spot on. Each character is distinctive and memorable and she knows exactly when to ratchet up the suspense and the sexual tension and when to back off."

Ana, I Read Romance

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2018-08-31T20:32:25-07:00

Ana, I Read Romance

"There are a lot of things to appreciate about a Brenda Novak novel. She certainly knows how to creep out the reader and her plotting is always spot on. Each character is distinctive and memorable and she knows exactly when to ratchet up the suspense and the sexual tension and when to back off."
"This is an action packed, revealing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, not only to find out what is going on in Paradise but also because you can’t wait for Nate & Rachel to finally agree they cannot live without one another. . . Brenda Novak is one of the best storytellers."

Sue Grimshaw, National Romance Buyer at Borders True Romance Blog

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:37:34-07:00

Sue Grimshaw, National Romance Buyer at Borders True Romance Blog

"This is an action packed, revealing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, not only to find out what is going on in Paradise but also because you can’t wait for Nate & Rachel to finally agree they cannot live without one another. . . Brenda Novak is one of the best storytellers."
"Chilling, thrilling and oh, so hot, Brenda Novak sets off her latest trilogy with spectacular characters and an interesting yet unnerving plot in White Heat! While always fabulous, Ms. Novak’s books share a nice balance of the heat needed in a romance and the thrill of a non-stop page-turner. And White Heat certainly lives up to her brand. You are not going to be disappointed whether you are a die-hard romance fan or simply a thrill-seeking reader. . . Don’t miss this book!"


Heather R., We Write Romance

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2018-08-31T20:48:23-07:00

Heather R., We Write Romance

"Chilling, thrilling and oh, so hot, Brenda Novak sets off her latest trilogy with spectacular characters and an interesting yet unnerving plot in White Heat! While always fabulous, Ms. Novak’s books share a nice balance of the heat needed in a romance and the thrill of a non-stop page-turner. And White Heat certainly lives up to her brand. You are not going to be disappointed whether you are a die-hard romance fan or simply a thrill-seeking reader. . . Don’t miss this book!"
"There are many things to love about Brenda Novak’s writing — her characters are always fresh, the danger real, the plot well-paced, the romance hot, the setting ideal, and the action gripping. A must read book to what’s proving to be a must read series!"

Kelly Moran, Book Pleasures

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2018-08-31T20:51:06-07:00

Kelly Moran, Book Pleasures

"There are many things to love about Brenda Novak’s writing — her characters are always fresh, the danger real, the plot well-paced, the romance hot, the setting ideal, and the action gripping. A must read book to what’s proving to be a must read series!"
"White Heat is a fast-paced romantic suspense. The plot is interesting and I found the description of life within a cult frighteningly credible. Ethan was clearly an egomaniac, and I found the depiction of his quiet sidekick, Bart, far scarier . . . a compelling read — bound to appeal to readers who like action-packed romantic suspense which isn’t depressingly dark."


Sarah, Monkey Bear Reviews

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:53:19-07:00

Sarah, Monkey Bear Reviews

"White Heat is a fast-paced romantic suspense. The plot is interesting and I found the description of life within a cult frighteningly credible. Ethan was clearly an egomaniac, and I found the depiction of his quiet sidekick, Bart, far scarier . . . a compelling read — bound to appeal to readers who like action-packed romantic suspense which isn’t depressingly dark."
"A fast-paced romantic thriller guaranteed to keep you entranced to the climactic end."

Fresh Fiction

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2018-08-31T20:48:53-07:00

Fresh Fiction

"A fast-paced romantic thriller guaranteed to keep you entranced to the climactic end."
"White Heat is full of passion, adventure, mystery, and red hot action. The courageous way Rachel holds her own even when she feels things are turning against them made me want to stand up and cheer. . . Whether you are a fan of steamy passion or intense action. . . Brenda Novak has made sure to catch the reader from beginning to end."

Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:38:35-07:00

Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More

"White Heat is full of passion, adventure, mystery, and red hot action. The courageous way Rachel holds her own even when she feels things are turning against them made me want to stand up and cheer. . . Whether you are a fan of steamy passion or intense action. . . Brenda Novak has made sure to catch the reader from beginning to end."
"White Heat is a strong, suspenseful read. . . an intense, gritty story. . . I’ll be curious to see what adventures the Department 6 crew encounters next."

All About Romance, B

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2018-08-31T20:33:07-07:00

All About Romance, B

"White Heat is a strong, suspenseful read. . . an intense, gritty story. . . I’ll be curious to see what adventures the Department 6 crew encounters next."
"Tendrils of barely contained tension fight to escape the pages as Novak — an expert in romantic suspense — introduces readers to her newest trilogy in White Heat... Distinctive characters and a nail biting plot, Novak’s White Heat is flawless and easily a Best of 2010 contender."

Shannon Raab, Suspense Magazine

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:40:48-07:00

Shannon Raab, Suspense Magazine

"Tendrils of barely contained tension fight to escape the pages as Novak — an expert in romantic suspense — introduces readers to her newest trilogy in White Heat... Distinctive characters and a nail biting plot, Novak’s White Heat is flawless and easily a Best of 2010 contender."
"Novak expertly blends romantic thrills, suspenseful chills, and realistically complicated characters together in a white-knuckle read that is certain to keep readers riveted to the last page."

Booklist

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:27:04-07:00

Booklist

"Novak expertly blends romantic thrills, suspenseful chills, and realistically complicated characters together in a white-knuckle read that is certain to keep readers riveted to the last page."
"If it’s by Brenda Novak, it is h-o-t, and White Heat is definitely that. Ms. Novak’s narrative of the hot, dry desert had this reader turning down the thermostat — well those reasons plus the combustible chemistry between Rachel and Nate. This is a very well crafted kick-off to the author’s ‘Department 6 Heat’ series, with all stories set in Arizona."

Reader to Reader

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:31:00-07:00

Reader to Reader

"If it’s by Brenda Novak, it is h-o-t, and White Heat is definitely that. Ms. Novak’s narrative of the hot, dry desert had this reader turning down the thermostat — well those reasons plus the combustible chemistry between Rachel and Nate. This is a very well crafted kick-off to the author’s ‘Department 6 Heat’ series, with all stories set in Arizona."
"White Heat is a thrilling ride of danger in the Arizona desert. ...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."

ParaNormal Romance Reviews

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2018-08-31T20:41:42-07:00

ParaNormal Romance Reviews

"White Heat is a thrilling ride of danger in the Arizona desert. ...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."
"Brenda Novak blazes a steamy trail with the first book of her new trilogy. ...She engages the reader with multiple viewpoints, intense action, and mounting passion. White Heat delivers a satisfying suspenseful romance."

NovelTalk

White Heat by Brenda Novak
2018-08-31T20:29:49-07:00

NovelTalk

"Brenda Novak blazes a steamy trail with the first book of her new trilogy. ...She engages the reader with multiple viewpoints, intense action, and mounting passion. White Heat delivers a satisfying suspenseful romance."
"Fast-paced and suspense-filled, White Heat . . . will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat. Brimming with danger, betrayal, plot twists, sensual love scenes, suspense, deceit, wonderfully complex characters, a captivating plot, a truly monstrous villain and plenty of action, this story is unforgettable . . . I eagerly await the release of the next book in this series…be sure to grab your own copy of White Heat. You will be glad you did!"

Dottie, Romance Junkies

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2018-08-31T20:46:15-07:00

Dottie, Romance Junkies

"Fast-paced and suspense-filled, White Heat . . . will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat. Brimming with danger, betrayal, plot twists, sensual love scenes, suspense, deceit, wonderfully complex characters, a captivating plot, a truly monstrous villain and plenty of action, this story is unforgettable . . . I eagerly await the release of the next book in this series…be sure to grab your own copy of White Heat. You will be glad you did!"
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