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In Seconds (Bulletproof #2)

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Laurel Hodges has changed her identity twice. She's been on the run for the past four years, trying to outdistance the gang members who blame her for the death of one of their own. She's finally found peace and stability in the small town of Pineview, Montana. But just when Laurel thinks she and her children are safe...the nightmare starts all over again.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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A bit of background
The story resumes four years after the attack on Laurel and her children. She's left the witness protection program, changed her name to Vivian Stewart and is now living alone with her children in Pineview, Montana, still hiding from The Crew. She's fallen in love with the community though still keeping most people at arms length, even her next door neighbor, Myles King, the county sheriff. But when someone from the town is brutally murdered, Laurel/Vivian's instincts tell he
Mrs. Badass
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Grade: B

I’m going to start this review by issuing the following statement:

“I thought that Pretty Boy was going to end up with Laurel.”

Twas not the case. When I first saw this title available on NetGalley, I was so excited. I was all “YES! Laurel and Pretty Boy!” Imagine my surprise when I saw the names listed as Myles and Vivian. O.o. I figured, eh- they HAD entered WITSEC, so perhaps these are their new names. But they weren’t, and after I got o
Jul 24, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Vivian Stewart (aka Laurel Hodges) has been in hiding with her two children in the small Montana town of Pineview for two years. Four years ago Vivian had been involved in a shooting of several gang members who were after her brother Virgil and had targeted her and her children as a way of getting to her brother. When one of the gang members was shot he vowed to get even with Vivian and Virgil.

Sheriff Myles King, thirty-nine year-old widower and Vivian's neighbour has been attracted to
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Mira
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Bulletproof series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but read Inside first anyway.
Steam Level: Steamy

Laurel Hodges has been on the run for the past four years. Having been hunted by members of a ruthless street gang, The Crew, in ord
Manda Collins
Oct 10, 2011 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Karen Rose, Linda Howard, Laura Griffin
I wasn't sure I was up for another book spent running away from crazy gangbangers, but Brenda Novak proved me wrong. Part small town romance, part woman-in-peril story, IN SECONDS tells the story of Laurel Hodges, who has hidden herself and her children in a tiny Montana town in an effort to escape the aforementioned gangbangers. She's changed her name, changed her looks and until now has managed to steer clear of the bad guys. But thanks to a phone call made in a moment of weakness, the bad guy ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

If you haven’t read book 1 in this series, INSIDE, I would highly recommend reading it prior to this story. It picks up a gang storyline that ran through Virgil’s book and all the loose ends that we were left with conclude in this, his sister Laurel’s story. We rejoin the characters 4 years after Virgil and his gang ties threatened not only his life, but that of his sister's and her kids. At the end of Inside, it looks like Laurel and Rex, Virgil’s best f
Jul 09, 2011 Christa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I am a fan of Brenda Novak's books, and this goes on the list as one of my favorites by her. Novak's Bulletproof series deals with prison gangs and their retribution when members try to leave the fold. When I picked up the first book, I wasn't sure that the subject matter was going to make for a romantic suspense novel that I would enjoy, but the author has done a great job with making these books interesting and the characters sympathetic.

Vivian Stewart is living with her two children in a smal
A fast-paced romantic suspense that keeps you turning page after page til the end. In Seconds is the second book in the Bulletproof series. The first book was Inside. Although, I think they can be read as stand-alones, I recommend that you read them in order. Vivian Stewart aka Laurel Hodges has settled comfortably in Pineview, Montana, with her two children. But when a murder is committed, she wonders if The Crew has somehow found her. She lives next door to Myles King, the sheriff of Pineview ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Steffi rated it really liked it
I’ve read Inside (Bulletproof Series 1) a while ago and absolutely loved it. You can imagine how excited I was for In Seconds when I saw it available on netgalley. It is really necessary to read the first book in the series. In Seconds cannot be read as a standalone. Too much has happened in book one that still has a high impact on the second book and Laurel’s life.

We first meet Laurel in Inside. She is Virgil’s sister and was involved in partly bringing down The Crew. Virgil, Peyton, Laurel and
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Sep 01, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
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(More like 3.5 feathers!)
In Seconds
(Bulletproof # 2)
by Brenda Novak
Romantic Suspense

In all honesty, I was hoping for a romance between Laurel and Pretty Boy aka Rex McCready because of the build-up in INSIDE, the first book in the Bulletproof series. So when I started reading IN SECONDS and soon found out that this was not the case, I was a little sad about that. But nevertheless, Brenda Novak pulls this one off with ease!

Laurel Hodges, the heroine of this novel, was
I received this one from netgalley a long time ago, and never got around to reading it (it's the second in a series, and I had to wait to get the first in the series from the library..).

This author writes a really great romantic suspense. She just seems to get the balance between the romance and the rest of the plot just right, and knows how to involve other characters, without diminishing from the story between the two main characters.

This one follows on from Inside, and you do really need to
More Suspense Than Romance
Four years ago, Laurel Hodges' brother was exonerated and released from prison after serving fourteen years hard time for a crime he did not commit. The relief and hope she'd harbored for a future with the brother she loved didn't last beyond the first attempt on her life. The Crew saw to that. A vicious gang with a long reach, her brother Virgil had joined them out of necessity when he was in prison. They weren't exactly amenable to his leaving it when he got out. They
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: After reading Inside , the first book in this trilogy, I’ve been dying to read the rest of the books.

What I Liked: The characters in this book were extremely well-developed. I am completely terrified of Ink; he literally scares the shit out of me. He’s not just a ‘regular’ criminal or gang member; this guy is ruthless and past of the point of being delusional. What he plots to do is terrifying and unnerving. The author’s ability to paint a
Aug 25, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: August 30th
How I got this book: NetGalley

I loved the first Bulletproof book by Novak and when I saw the 2nd come up on NetGalley, I knew I would have to read this book. There was so much story left to tell between Laurel, Pretty Boy, Virgil and Peyton. And while I was a little disappointed that Pretty Boy and Laurel did not end up together, I really liked this story!

We pick up a few years later in
Dec 13, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, library
I loved this one too! It is the second in the series so there are characters I already know well and I care about them. There's been a time jump from the first book so we get to learn more about their lives and what's happened.

In this case, Laurel has been in a small town for 2 years and has been developing a relationship with her next door neighbor, sort of. She's been trying not to have a relationship with him. He is the sheriff with a teen daughter and a widower of 3 years. Myles is wanted b
Kerry  sullivan
This book was a real surprise. It was a tight and fought with tension the whole way through. The threat level is kept high the whole way through and delivers a first class suspense story. Nothing was wasted in this story, the characters were well developed and interesting and the plot was simple but truly effective. This culminates in a real page turner that will stay with you for a very long time.
Jun 28, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was full of romance and suspense. I thought we would be seeing Laurel and Rex get their happily ever after, but that was not the case. I think that may have made the book even better. Laurel moves to the small town of Pineview, Montana. She has started up her own business, and essentially, a whole new life. This new life includes her neighbor, the sheriff, Myles, but she tries to stay away from him because she has so many secrets. Everything starts to fall apart when the people who are tryi ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Loved this one even better than the first! Intense suspense from cover to cover with just enough romance to have me pulling for Laurel & Myles. A Must Read!
May 30, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series and it will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole story. Laurel Hodges is hiding again and she is tired of running. When she finds a home in Pineview, Montana, Laurel changes her name and tries to settle in but one of the main reasons she wants to stay is her neighbor Sheriff Myles King. Even though she tries to hide her feelings about the Sheriff, he realizes there is something between them but there are also secrets that he did not understan ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Taylor rated it it was amazing
In Seconds by Brenda Novak is a bittersweet story about surviving the worst when you didn’t think you would. In Seconds by Brenda Novak is the second book in this new, hot series. In this book readers get to see a new side of Laurel, a character who has survived so much, and yet still has the strength of will to fight for what she has achieved. Along with Laurel we as readers also get to see other familiar characters and their points of views. But the most intriguing part of Laurel’s story has t ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Tiffiane rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was my 2nd Brenda Novak read. I requested this one and book 3 in the Bulletproof series from netGalley and knew I had to read book 1 first for the series to make any sense.

I quickly read book 1 and absolutely loved it. I was hoping this one would be just as fast paced as book 1, but found that it flowed a little bit slower than book 1. I had a rough time getting through the first 50-75 pages, but then all of a sudden, things just took off and I was engrossed with the tale. I think it may ha
Jul 27, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
I stumbled across the first book in Novak’s Bulletproof series ‘Inside’ a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. When searching through NetGalley for some new books to review, I was extremely pleased when I saw ‘In Seconds’ the second book in the series. With a fast beating heart I sent in my request, and my journey with Laurel and a surprise new love interest continued.

I’ve enjoyed these characters from the beginning of the series, and loved getting wrapped up in the Hodges/Skinner families
Oct 16, 2011 Viohlet rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Lisa Phillips
Aug 02, 2011 Lisa Phillips rated it really liked it
N SECONDS is book 2 in the Bulletproof trilogy from NY Times bestselling author Brenda Novak, due for release August 30th.
Personally, I love a good “Oh no, there’s a gang of heartless murderers out to kill us” story!
Packed with drama and suspense this book shamelessly racks up the body count as an LA prison escapee gang-banger goes on a rampage through rural Montana. He’s searching for Laurel (who we know as Vivian), who broke away from WitSec (witness protection) and separated from her family a
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Mar 18, 2013 ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥ rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.35 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4.0 / Romance: 3.75 / Suspense: 4.50 / Sensuality: 2.0 // Laughter: 0 / Tears: 1

Brenda Novak:
A talented author who wrote a thrilling, entertaining romantic suspense novel that featured almost equal amounts of romance and suspense.

In Seconds: 4.35:
A book featuring the slow building, escalating suspense as the heroine tries to come to terms with her feelings toward her mother and the man next door all while trying to keep her children (and herself) sa
Terri Armstrong
Oct 11, 2011 Terri Armstrong rated it it was amazing
“In Seconds” by Brenda Novak:

Vivian Stewart’s (formerly Laurel Hodges) life with her two children and purse design business has once again become the backdrop for several murders, this time in Pineview, Montana, the newest place she’s run to in order to escape her former existence.
Realtor Pat Steuben’s wife Gertie, finds him murdered inside one of their cabins for rent. He was beaten to death.
Sheriff Myles King—the head lawman in Pineview—is determined to find Pat’s killer. It quickly becomes
Cocktails and Books
Laurel Hodges has been on the run for the past four years. Running from a past that has nothing to do with her or her children, but one that could claim all three of them at any moment. Having left WitSec (Witness Protection), along with her brother and ex-boyfriend, she's determine to build a life for herself and her children regardless of who's after them.

Myles King, Sheriff of Pineview, Montana, has had a thing for his neighbor Vivian for the past two years. Little does he know Vivian is hidi
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Sep 14, 2011 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
This book picks up a few years after Virgil's story. Laurel Hodges (Vivian now) along with her two kids decided to separate from her brother and his wife and WitSec due to The Crew finding them after they had gone into WitSec. She ended up in a small Montana town. It starts off with a murder in the normally peaceful town. Laurel is afraid that The Crew has found her again. Her neighbor is the Sheriff (who is a widower with a teenage daughter) who she had done everything in her power to avoid up ...more
Lis Carey
Sep 19, 2011 Lis Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
Vivian Stewart is living a quiet life in small-town Montana, raising her two children and running her purse design business. But Vivian Stewart has a past, under her real name of Laurel Hodges, her friends and acquaintances don't suspect. Her uncle murdered her stepfather, at her mother's instigation, her brother Virgil spent fourteen years in prison for the crime before being cleared, and joined a prison gang, The Crew, in order to survive. When he quit the gang after getting out, the gang deci ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read about in this town. This one comes first and In Close after. I read them backwards. I was kept in suspense except for information about a few things about Clair in her story. So yes I will read more of Brenda novels in the future.
Vivian (Laurel) for the last couple of years lives in Pineview, Montana with her two kids. Vivian has had a rough life but she is in a good place now. Vivian keeps her past and tries not to get involved with anyone. So she won'
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