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"I felt a real connection to the characters... It was an exciting, intriguing read."
-First for Women Magazine on Killer Heat

Novak "builds her characters and plot by adding genuine and recognizable feelings-from angst to passion to terror and beyond... A great end to a wonderful series."
-Suspense Magazine on Killer Heat

Body Heat "is a definite page-turner."
-RT Book Reviews

"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 on Body Heat

"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." -Midwest Book Review

With "distinctive characters and a nail biting plot, Novak's White Heat is flawless and easily a Best of 2010 contender."
-Suspense Magazine

"Novak writes gripping romantic thrillers."
-Library Journal

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 40 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at To date, she’s raised over $1 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

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  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JSJSK6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including four Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.4 million. Please visit to see how you can help.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Pineview, Montana fifteen years ago, Alana O'Toole vanished without a trace. The disappearance was never solved as the case went cold. One of Alana's two daughters Claire suffered another loss last year when her husband David began an inquiry into what happened to his mother-in-law only to die in an accident.

With a need to know and to pay homage to David, Claire begins an investigation into her mom's disappearance. Her former boyfriend Isaac Morgan offers to help her though he thinks her probe is a waste of time; he still loves her and feels bad with how their relationship ended badly. However, he becomes fully engaged when he finds evidence that David did not die in an accident; making him think the man found something that required his silence. Someone they know may have killed her mom and murdered her spouse.

This is a terrific small-town amateur sleuth in which the romantic subplot enhances the prime story line of someone apparently silencing those getting close to the truth. Like the lead female, readers wonder if the culprit is a family member as her paralyzed sister and her step parents want her to drop her obsession. As the killer has to be In Close to Claire with Pineview being a tiny town, fans will relish this tense psychological thriller in which an unknown predator kills anyone who learns the truth.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Casey Dare on October 29, 2011
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Still mourning the loss of her husband, Claire O'Toole finds documents that reveal her late husband's investigation into the disappearance of her mother fifteen years prior. With this discovery, Claire's determination to continue the investigation rushes forward and non-stop action ensues. Was her husband murdered for getting too close to the truth? Did her step-father do it? Her step-mother? Her sister? Someone close? Someone she loves? Will her search destroy what's left of her family? And will her ex-boyfriend, now her co-detective, destroy what's left of her heart? Or will he heal her?

Novak's reputation for world-building and depth of characterization shines brilliantly in this well executed romantic suspense. I eagerly awaited this book and boy was it worth the wait! It is so rare that I can get through a book and not identify the villain. In this book, I never figured it out until it was revealed in the end. I'm only sad that I have to wait months for her next release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MBC on November 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Brenda Novak is the most spectacular writer. You will fall in love with her books! It's hard to say which is my favorite because I enjoy them all but this one I gotta say is one of the top :) I cannot wait until her next book comes out!I have read them all from her romantic Dundy books to her romantic suspense trilogies. They all capture you and take you for a ride. Keep up the great work Brenda
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on January 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Claire's mother went missing when she was a teenager. It's a mystery that has never been solved but always disturbed Claire. Claire has always been the caretaker. Her sister was paralyzed in a sledding accident and since then Claire has doted on her but it gets tiring as Leanne's attitude deteriorates. Claire's husband died in a horrible hunting accident. Since then Claire has just barely been living. She's decided to get on with her life and the first step is finding out what happened to her mother, Alana.

No one wants Claire looking into her mother's disappearance. That quickly becomes evident to her as she is attacked at her mother's old studio. The last person she expects comes to her rescue: Isaac Morgan. Claire used to be in love with Isaac but he never wanted anything more than sex and then she married David. However, she cannot deny the heat that course through her when he's around.

Isaac never forgot the one that got away. A torch burns bright within him for Claire and he cannot stand the thought of anything happening to her. If she is determined to go on with this investigation then he is going to help her and protect her while he's at it. If she happens to land back in his bed Isaac is cool with that as well. Danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine and if they're not careful Isaac and Claire could pay the ultimate price.

Brenda Novak's In Close is a gripping nail-biter. There are some scenes in this book where I was holding my breath fearing the outcome. I found In Close to be an exhilarating novel harboring a sexy couple and heartwarming romance. I loved everything about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Claire's mother and following Claire as she finds the clues is fantastic fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcela - The Bookaholic Cat on May 9, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Close is the third book in the Bulletproof Trilogy by Brenda Novak.

I was really looking forward to this book, I thought it will be Pretty Boy/Rex's story. Sadly it wasn't. This book is about Claire O'Toole and the investigation on the disappearance of her mother fifteen years ago. We met Claire in book two (In Seconds).

I had some problems with the story and the characters. Even though I tried I couldn't connect with Claire. Her behavior felt childish and she cared too much what other people thought about her. She was a people-pleaser to the point of sacrificing her happiness for underserving people as her sister Leanne. Claire also asked difficult questions and when she got answers she didn't accept them despite being the truth.

Isaac was the character I liked the most. He has regretted the decision he took years back in regards to Claire. At the time he wasn't ready for what she wanted from him. He had issues and traumas he needed to deal with before being ready for a relationship. Now he is sure he wants Claire and is willing to do anything to be with her. I loved how protective of her he was and how without expecting anything in exchange he took the reins of the investigation on his hands.
Their relationship felt rushed. I understand they had a past together but it was too much too fast.

I didn't like any of the secondary characters starting with Claire's sister Leanne. Her behavior was inexcusable and her story was left with many unanswered questions.
One of the problems I had was that Laurel and Myles felt completely different from the characters I loved in In Seconds. It was as if they were not the same characters but completely new ones.

My final thought: I was a little frustrated with In Close.
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