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White Heat (Dept 6 Hired Guns #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,114 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
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
ebook, 448 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published 2010)
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White Heat
3 Stars

Similar premise to Cheyenne McCray's Chosen Prey although the balance between the romance and suspense is slightly off.

The cult and its leader are suitably creepy and depraved but the only reason they pose a threat is because Nate and Rachel are so woefully unprepared for their assignment. The lack of background on Department 6 and its operatives, the wobbly professionalism of the undercover agents and the heroine's somewhat TSTL actions all undermine the promise of the plot.

This book is 90% suspence and 10% romance and part of me wanted to only give this one 4 1/2 * for the lack of discribed love scenes but the story was just too good to do that. There are two love scenes and the second owe is a little more detailed but mainly both are about a paragraph and more about the emotions that are felt by both H/h.

Rachel (h) had grown up with a religous zelot for a father. Not aloud to do much of anything (birthdays,holidays, visting friends, dating, college) until she lef
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
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Why I Read this Book: I have been reading quite of few romantic suspense novels lately and what I found out is that I really enjoy reading this sub-genre. I am also fascinated with CSI and forensics. So when I came across this book, it caught my interest. Though, I was a bit concerned about the religious cult element and I had hoped it wouldn’t be too overbearing. So much for wishful thinking.

What I Liked: The plot was well thought out. The religious cult that th
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Brenda Novak isn't kidding with this book. Ethan Wycliff is the dazzling religious leader of the Church of the Covenant which has raised suspicious all over town after the attempted stoning of one of their women – for sleeping with her husband. Another young woman has gone missing and her parents aren't leaving the Covenanters alone until they find her.

In steps Department 6 – a group of retired special forces men and women, police officers, and investigators, where both Rachel and Nate work. Rac
Manda Collins
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, suspense-plots, friends to lovers plots
Recommended to Manda by: NetGalley
Another chilling romantic suspense read from Brenda Novak. When Nate and Rachel are sent by the private security firm they work for to infiltrate an Arizona cult, they know it's going to be tough. Since the two shared a night of passion six months ago, that ended badly, neither of them is looking forward to the assignment which will include their posing as a young married couple interested in joining the cult. Rachel, whose father was a religious zealot knows it won't be easy, but neither of the ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I love Brenda Novak. I started reading her when she was still writing Harlequin’s. Her first few romance suspense books didn’t impress me, but I’ve always liked her writing style. Sticking with her was a good choice. She is now an auto-buy author for me. The characters she writes are simply amazing. Some of the things that they have gone through and still must go through makes you want to keep reading.

This is the first book in her new Dept. 6 Hired Gun series. It’s a weird name. Quite a mouthful
Patti TheLoveJunkee
My thoughts:
The storyline of White Heat caught and kept my attention: Private investigators infiltrating a religous cult (the "Covenanteers") to find missing women and bring the cult down if indeed there are shenanigans afoot (and you just know there are!). The investigators who are playing husband/wife, Nate and Rachel, have a weird history both apart and together. I'm not sure how to go into it without spoilers but here goes:

Rachel's father was a religious zealot/cult leader and she left when
Kelly Moran
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sensation ever since. Other titles include: Trust Me, Watch Me, Stop Me, Dead Silence, Dead Giveaway, Dead Right, The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Murder, and The Perfect Liar. She also heads an annual fundraiser for diabetes ...more
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”. Building on the delicate balance of pressure, the layers seem to effortlessly slide into place creating the intricate balance required for excellence in suspense.

The stage is set as Rachel Jessop and Nate Ferrentino—private security contractors with Department 6—receive their risky assignment. Tasked with infiltrating a secretive and re
Suzanne Barrett
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
White Heat is Book 1 in Brenda Novak’s new Department 6 series. Set in the SE Arizona desert, the fast-paced story involves a dangerous cult led by Ethan Wycliff, a former Charles Manson admirer. Wycliff has organized a religious group who call themselves the Church of the Covenant. The rituals they do are anything but Christian, but since Wycliff–the Holy One, the Alpha and Omega–exercises full control over his followers, no one seems to have the courage to leave.

One member has been stoned, ano
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate Ferrentino and Rachel Jessop work for a private security company called Department 6. Their latest assignment is to stop Ethan Wycliff and his loyal followers of the Church of the Covenant. Ethan has a thing for women. Ethan idolized Charles Mason. Ethan is just as ruthless as Mason. He had his followers attempt to stone a woman to death.

The mission is really risky but nothing that Rachel can’t handle. Of course things would be a lot better if Rachel didn’t have to pretend to be wife to Na
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't make the mark in so many ways. The constant practically word-by-word replay of the main conflict (how many times do you have to tell the reader?) and the unbelievable/unprofessional actions of these supposedly super-trained elite force members (I'm not talking moral issues here but how many people they exposed themselves to as being undercover--NOT!) and the completely unsupported and basically unexplored end. The whole book built up to the end--of course, it's an action/thriller. For tha ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense novels and I’ve never read one by Brenda Novak but after reading White Heat I’ll be looking for more of her books. I really enjoyed the main characters. Rachel and Nate wish they could forget the embarrassing event that took place several months earlier but they must maintain a professional attitude in an uncomfortable situation. And talk about uncomfortable – everything from the ride to the location, the grimy trailer where they stay until going to the co ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
White Heat by Brenda Novak

A contemporary romantic suspense novel where private security investigates and tries to infiltrate a closed religious compound. Rumors of orgies, stoning and a missing person make the self proclaimed leader the target of the investigation. Knowledge of the so called rituals made me worry about the heroine when she went in alone. Sexual history and tension between the hero and heroine made their cover as a couple believable.

Nate Ferrentino and Rachel Jessup work for a pr
Melanie Chabrol-
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was quite interesting! With this trilogoy I think we could read it in no particular order. Being the first one it just introduces you to the other characters. Unlike Cynthia Eden's Deadly series one relates to the next.

Paradise Arizona is sooo hot, it is "white hot". Nate and Rachel just happen to be paired up on an assignment pretending to be a couple.Their goal it to find out what happened to Martha. There are rumours going on at the PARADISE CLUB. Is the cult really cold blood and
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I ended up really enjoying this one and now I can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy!

I enjoyed Brenda's mix of romance and suspense very much but I'll say that there was MORE suspense/thriller to it than romance.

It was good though, because there was a ton of tension building between the two main characters which made you want to keep reading.

I liked the story line a lot! I've always found cult behavior quite interesting so this book kept my mind racing.

Overall, I had no complain
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The detail in this book and plot were amazing. Usually I don't care for so much in depth detail but I loved it in this book. It was just so well written! There is a good deal of focus on Nate and Rachel's relationship which is great but it's balanced with good details of their mission in Paradise, Arizona to infiltrate the cult of Ethan Wycliff. It's the perfect blend as neither side is neglected. They're woven together so well, you won't want to put it down until you've reached the end! Amazing ...more
Jane Stewart
I was not interested in the characters or the bad guys.

I didn’t care about the characters. The climax and how it resolved seemed generic. I listened to the first third and then jumped to the last few chapters.

The audiobook narrator Cris Dukehart was ok in what I heard.

Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 11 hrs and 31 mins. Swearing language: none that I heard. Sexual content: probably at least one sex scene. Setting: current day mostly Arizona. Book copyright: 2010. Gen
Ruth Turner
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

Loved it!

I don't particularly like romantic suspense novels but this was a good read; not too much romance.

It was so well written that when I finished the last page I had to give myself a shake to bring me back from Portal, Willcox and Paradise and the people I'd met there.

Great storyline, great characters, fast paced with enough tension to make me hide my face in my hands and peek through my fingers!
John Hanscom
A combination of romance novel, mystery, and soft core pornography.
Two-haiku review:

Arizona cult
They both go undercover
As husband and wife

Exciting suspense
Scary--they had no backup
And suddenly love
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Department 6 Novel
Category: Suspense
Myra Marquis Johnson
I am a huge fan of this author. My first exposure to her was one of her historical novels which I loved so I searched for more. I then found her Whiskey Creek series and I was hooked. I read everything I can of her novels and I am very close to finishing her earlier releases. I have found that it doesn't matter the genre it is Brenda Novak has not failed in sweeping me away and into the pages she has written. This one had some romance but it was on the back burner so to say...this was more of a ...more
Jess Lawson
This book is like night and day. You go from under cover agents looking into a cult to a love story like the flip of a switch back and forth. I normally enjoy Brenda's work but I must say this one just did not do it for me. I am at a lost on if I want to finish the department six series. The love making scene in the trailer almost seemed like the hero forced himself on the heroine to me. I must say I am extremely disappointed in this one.
Lynn Hill
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Brenda Novak! What a very intense book. Undercover agents that have to go into a cult but have their own issues to make the mission that much more difficult. Another winner Brenda can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Rebecca Cecil
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
White Heat was a very good book. Some weird stuff going on in this story line. But great book.
Kimberly Gallup
The story line was good. I did not like how the author switched between people paragraph to paragraph. It would have been nice to have clearer division.
Jessica Woods
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really strong characters and dangerous situations for a fast-paced and action packed romance with a nice HEA.
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