Series: Bulletproof

Seriously Scary Bad Guy! In Seconds by Brenda Novak

Posted January 19, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Seriously Scary Bad Guy! In Seconds by Brenda NovakIn Seconds by Brenda Novak
Series: Bulletproof #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on January 1, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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"They're back..."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.

The Crew, a ruthless prison gang with ties to Laurel's brother, will never forget and they'll never forgive. And now that they've finally tracked her down, they'll stop at nothing.

Sheriff Myles King, who happens to live next door with his thirteen-year-old daughter, appoints himself Laurel's personal guardian. His growing attraction to her could change his life--Myles is beginning to picture marriage and family. But it could also "end" his life. If he can't save her, everything he's built, everything he wants, could be destroyed. In seconds...


Best read after reading Inside (Book #1 in the series)


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 her she should be worried.


What works
The action is fairly subtle in the beginning as Myles and his team start to methodically work the case. But always in the background are the other points of view from the killers, Laurel and her brother Virgil. The tension slowly rises until you can no longer put the book down (around the halfway mark). Myles and Vivian’s relationship advances in the midst of all this but is definitely secondary to the suspense. Still a good romance.


The bottom line
I found the development of all the secondary, related stories well executed as they converged seamlessly at the end. It was a stunning climax that kept me up in the wee hours reading. The Crew…still scary and formidable. If you’re wondering what happened to Rex (Pretty Boy) McReady, you’ll just have to read and find out for yourself. I really enjoyed the story as I’m always more about the suspense.


Sexual Content: Sex with mild details

About Brenda Novak

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.

Glad I Was on the Outside! Inside by Brenda Novak

Glad I Was on the Outside! Inside by Brenda Novak

Posted July 24, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review, Hot & Deadly | 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure I would be able to connect to a story involving a prison setting and was even reluctant to try. Well, I got over that after the first couple of chapters. Quick summary Virgil Skinner spent 14 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He was just exonerated but it comes with strings attached. He’s got to go back inside, undercover at another facility, Pelican Bay, to help the Feds dismantle a seriously dangerous gang. Peyton Adams is the prison’s chief deputy warden and she’s got to keep him safe while he’s there without blowing his cover.   The romance Virgil is the penultimate tortured hero! So much of this story takes place outside of the prison while he and Peyton […]