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Body Heat (Dept 6 Hired Guns #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  724 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Twelve people have been shot at point-blank range and left to rot in the desert sun. It's Sophia St. Claire's job to do something about it. She's Bordertown, Arizona's new chief of police—and she's out of her depth.

Help arrives in the form of Department 6 hired gun Roderick Guerrero. As far as Sophia's concerned, his involvement only makes things worse. Maybe he's managed
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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Body Heat
4.5 Stars

Intense and exciting from the very first page.

The characterization in this book is exceptional. Each and every person in the small town from the hero and heroine to the lowliest deputy and the town prostitute are well written and no one is superfluous.

The balance between the romance and the suspense is excellent. Rod and Sophie have incredible chemistry and their lively banter is highly entertaining. Despite her inexperience with law enforcement, Sophie is always in control an
Kelly Moran
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
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 annu ...more
The second book in Brenda Novak's exciting Dept 6 Hired Guns series. A fairly new author to me. I find that Ms Novak's style of writing works very well for me. A good balance of suspense and romance. The characters were likable and well drawn. The plot engaged me from the beginning and held on until the end.
The Bordertown Chief of police , Sophia St Claire has a killer on the loose,not everyone is happy with her new status apart from that someone has been killing undocumented immigrants a point blank.
It's a thrilling story with enough adrenaline rush, here some paragraphs from the book :
-The man laughed. “You think I’m a dirty cop—like the kind you have in Mexico?” José didn’t answer. “Forgive me. I am not trying to offend you, señor.” “Your smell offends me, amigo. You being where you don’t belon
Bob Clarkson
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brenda Novak does her homework and this book proves it. Bordertown, AZ does exist in our universe but it certainly could based on actual towns in Arizona.

I grew up in Douglas, AZ years ago when walking across the border meant you wear going to visit relatives or buy fresh slaughtered beef in Agua Prieta (Stone or Hard Water).

Douglas sits on the border and is the northern end of a long valley coming up from Mexico. The valley has a history as being a preferred route to Los Estados Unidos by bandi
Mina Ramsey
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After searching for book after book that could live up to the standards of my picky reading habits, I finally found a book that was intriguingly and deliciously good (yes, I used delicious to describe a book). As a college student who is going to school to become an English major, and hopefully an author, good books are becoming harder and harder to find. I almost didn't read this book because of the cover ( you know what they say, dont
judge a book by it's cover). This book surprised me because
Twarla Hill
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bordertown Arizona's new chief of police Sophia St. Claire was frustrated that her job is on the line since she couldn't solve who is killing illegal Mexican crossing the border for hopes of a better life. The count is now up to 12 dead and in desperation Roderick Guerrero (Rod) was asked help. However, Sophia jilted the half-breed at their high school prom so this was the perfect opportunity to not only show off his ex-Navy Seal training, but he could repay her by getting her fired. Too bad Rod ...more
Dracula Raupe
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The city council meeting was far more crowded than any Sophia had attended before. She sat nervously in her uniform at the front of the room, facing the five council members who'd fired her. Paul Fedorko gave her a fleeting, apologetic smile, Liz Torres flushed every time their eyes met and Richard Lantus acted preoccupied, as if this was business as usual. But this wasn't just another meeting. In the week since Gary and James had been arrested, they'd buried Stuart Dunlap and Leonard Taylor. Sh ...more
Myra Marquis Johnson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again I am not disappointed! What an amazing story line. Having lived in Sierra Vista and Southern Arizona I found many of the conditions, discriminations, and descriptions to be spot on...excellent research was done!

This book had me spellbound from the beginning. It was filled with action, romance, danger, mystery, regret, forgiveness, hope, and promise...and well 12 murders to be solved!

The fact that so many UDAs were killed and yet not that many people in Bordertown really cared until o
Lynn Hill
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Teenage love scorned, brutal murders, he done it! No he done it! Falling in love again! Who really done it, wow! What a page turner! Read this awesome book to find out who is doing what to whom, you will be very surprised. I sure was!
Maryann Sulic
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had never read Brenda Novak's mysteries and this was exception. Liked the characters especially Rod. This kept one guessing until the very end.
April Mc Vey
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot easier to read into than the first book. Really enjoyed the surprise thriller ending
Rebecca Cecil
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another awesome read by Brenda Novak. Loved the twist and turns that make you wonder. I had guessed the killer before the end and I was right. But what a great book.
Gabrielle Viszs
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je remercie Mélanie des éditions Harlequin pour l'envoi de ce livre dans le cadre du partenariat avec NetGalley.

J'aime beaucoup la couverture et le format du livre – il s'agit d'un poche. Sombre, cachant le visage de la femme, je me suis demandée ce qu'il en était réellement. Je dois dire que j'avais lu le résumé et il me tenait énormément. Je n'ai pas été déçue une seule seconde. D'ailleurs, je dois dire que cette histoire a été lu en deux petits après-midi.

José et Benita Sanchez quitte le Mex
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Book two in Novak’s Heat series brings forth a topic that is just as volatile as the one in White Heat. Immigration is an issue that many of us feel passionately about. Even before I got into the book, I knew it wasn’t a topic that I would want to read in a fiction novel. The religion in White Heat was fanaticism at its finest and something that I didn’t take issue with at all. It was so extreme to one side that it was something that I could read while feeling somewhat detached. Not so with Body ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Ok for romantic suspense but generic writing. Contrivances and stupidity bothered me.

Author used too many bad guys. Police chief Sophia is searching for a serial killer. Early in the story we see Leonard plant bugs in her home, car and office. He uses what he hears against her and causes problems. Next Sophia talks to someone and the reader learns he is also a bad guy who plans to harm her but she doesn’t know it. Other bad guys are added later. It’s a conspiracy of people Sophia trust
Suzanne Barrett
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Body Heat is Book 2 in Brenda Novak’s new Department 6 series. Set, as was book one, in Arizona’s southeastern region, Body Heat tackles a newsworthy problem facing Arizonans today–illegal immigration. The focus of the story, though is of illegal aliens–UDAs who are being murdered after crossing into Arizona.

As the story opens–and it has chillingly been told in the viewpoint of one of the victims–twelve UDAs have been murdered, and it is up to Bordertown’s new Chief of Police, Sophia St. Claire,
Jeanne Dembenski
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Love the hint of romance but the suspense and intrigue are amazing I am seeing a whole new side to an author I have read for years but always in a softer genre Love this trilogy
Christi Snow
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
It took a long time for me to get into this 95 before it got interesting. I am not sure I would have kept with it if I wasn't reviewing it for another source, but after that point, this book became SO GOOD! I could not put it down...great book!!! I am so glad that I stuck with reading it because it turned out to be a fantastic read!

Full review reposted from my book blog Smitten with Reading:

My Review:
Honestly, I really did not enjoy this book the first 94 pages, but then a history be
Paranormal Suspense
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Storyline: Sophia is the new chief of police in Bordertown and need to find out who has shot twelve people point-blank range and left their bodies in the sun to rot. The thirty-year-old Chief turned her life around and went from nearly becoming a Hell's Angels member to a career in law enforcement, but her history uniquely qualifies her to understand the people with whom she works. However, Sophia is short on experience with this type of criminal activity, and the investigation founders with few ...more
Becka Nash
I feel I must first qualify my review by saying, prior to deciding to read this series, I was reading a lot of pure hard core Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers. When looking around for my next book/series, this series was recommenced and on sale. I have read multiple books by Brenda Novak before, so I immediately purchased the entire trilogy.

I found the first book in this series torture to get through, but since I purchased the entire trilogy, I thought I'd give this a try.

Why are all her female leads
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The second installment in Department 6 series has Roderick Guerrero, the best friend of the heroine in the first book, as the hero. The topic of this book is really in the now, illegal immigration. Brenda Novak apparently did a lot of homework. She painted a realistic picture of the problem with sympathetic presentation from both sides of the fence. I can't help but sometimes felt like I was reading a documentary. That is not typically a bad thing. I do love my reading meaty. But the pacing can ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà un livre au contexte historique plutôt actuel, original et que je n’ai jamais lu ni vu utilisé.
Bien que je ne me sois pas attachée aux personnages principaux, j’ai trouvé que les différents protagonistes principaux comme secondaires étaient bien décrits même si cela tend parfois à de la caricature pour certains d’entre-eux, comme l’ancien shériff par exemple.
Tous ces personnages sont néanmoins largement plausible dans tous les petits villages ou tout le monde se connait et croit connaître
Melanie Chabrol-
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great book about Department 6 operatives. Roderick Guerrero left Bordertown never expecting to go back after his mother died. Sophia St. Claire was now the Chief of Police and he especially did not want to run into her again after she stood him up in high school. Of course he had changed but some old memories still hung around even after leaving the Navy SEALS and joining Department 6 but she needed help even if she did not want to admit it. So far, twelve undocumented aliens had been mu ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, romance
This was a suspense story overflowing with emotional and political detrius. The youngest female police chief in Arizona finds herself trying to track down someone who's been killing illegal immigrants in the desert with only the help of her 2-person department. She's hindered by the man who would be chief and all of his friends and supporters. Enter the bastard son of a town father, now a former Navy SEAL and investigator. He's half Mexican, and has something to prove to nearly everybody in town ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Gave up about half way through. The heroine got on my nerves big time. Reviewers of this book praise the heroine for not being TSTL, really? What she does the first night the hero is in town is stupidity of monumental proportions. I found her awful and annoying. I quite liked the hero and wanted him to find another love interest. It would have made for better reading too. An extra star was added for the interesting premise of the book and the research (but no stars for the semi-reactionary polit ...more
Jay Jessmer
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Much better by Ms. Novak with the 2nd installment in the "Hired Guns" trilogy. Brisker pacing, better characters and more plot focus. Simpler is sometimes better, and that's the case with "Body heat" vs. "White Heat". I loved the small town turmoil going on and all of the players involved. I love a story that keeps you guessing throughout and trying to solve the riddle, and this one delivered in that area. It played out like a game of "Clue", with a wide variety of suspects and motives. Everyti ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent novel by Brenda Novak. The main characters, Rod & Sophia, are so heartbreakingly real and you instantly get swept up in their lives and the chaos around them as it continues to build. Sophia's life has grown out of control with a serial killer loose in the town she's become police chief in and someone's increasingly intent on making sure she doesn't hold that title for long. Enter Rod, at the request of his father who lives in the town along with the FBI & things go fro ...more
Tonya Burrows
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
One thing that really bothered me about this book (without being too spoiler-y) was the way one of the bad guys' attitude suddenly flipped from no, no, no we can't kill Sophia to wanting to do it himself.He had to be talked into a murder for hire plot, but then at the end he suddenly goes after her with the plans to rape and kill her. It gave me a huh? moment. Otherwise, this book was a solid read. Not my favorite Brenda Novak book, but entertaining all the same.
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It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a
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