Body Heat

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Body Heat

Sophia St. Claire has never made it a secret that she came from a low life and that Bordertown was her home. Yet even though it was a home to her it was also a home of memories that don’t stay in the past. The thing is she has seen so many times people crossing over from Mexico for a better life yet they end up killed. Now as an adult she is seeing more executions from illegals than she can count to ten. Someone is killing them quickly and making her know that she is probably next. In each execution she feels like someone is trying to send her a message to be gone and never come back. Yet through it all she knows Bordertown will always be her home but can she stay long enough to find the killer behind it all? As chief of police she knows this is her last chance to prove to her citizens that she can stop the killings before it's too late. Can she do it or will she be a failure like everyone around her says she is?

Roderick Guerrero is back in Bordertown for a reason. He swore he would never come back but there are things in his past that need to be resolved. Rod knows everyone around him sees him for what he really is: a bastard. Not just any bastard but one of the richest men in the town. As a child he knew he would never be recognized as a real son, yet somewhere deep in him he wished for it. Like all things in his life there are secrets that will destroy people. He knows coming back to Bordertown is going to hurt people but he never knew he would see his secret crush again, Sophia St. Claire. Here is the one girl he wanted for a long time but like her also has things to prove to Bordertown. Someone out there is killing the illegals in a way to set things going. Rod knows with his help Sophia can solve this case before she gets executed as well. Can they work together to find the real killer?

Okay when I started reading this I was like maybe this would be a continuation of the last story. Yet Brenda Novak once again surprised me. She takes on the hard topic of illegals being executed. As a reviewer that lives near the border I am amazed at how well Brenda did with shinning a light on this topic. Rod is definitely a man who hated coming back but once summoned by his father he has no choice. Now I applaud Sophia for wanting to be better yet wishing she was more heroic. It was a good book and I'm definitely waiting for more of this series.

Book Blurb for Body Heat

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 to turn his life around. And maybe he's a good investigator. But as the bastard son of a wealthy local rancher, he has a history he can't get past. A history that includes her.

Rod refuses to leave town until the killer is caught. He's not worried about the danger posed by some vigilante. It's Sophia who threatens him. Because he's used to risking his life—but his heart is another story.


Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 3.50