WHITE HOT - Nina Bruhns
Men In Uniform , Book 2
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-24398-5
August 2012
Romantic Suspense

The Bering Sea - Present Day

Only a few steps ahead of the Chinese black-ops team chasing him, Lieutenant Commander Clint Walker decides to stow away on any ship leaving Dutch Harbor.  After making it onboard the cargo ship Ile de Coeur , Clint searches out the captain to ask for help and is surprised to find the captain is a woman.  Just as surprising is the attraction he feels for her.  In the middle of a sensitive mission with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world on his tail is not the best time for his libido to wake up, but Samantha may be too difficult to resist.

Sam Richardson didn't get to be Captain because she's the daughter of the company's owner—in fact, her father would prefer her working a more “womanly” job in an office.  So it's vital that she succeed on this run that was set up for her to fail.  Agreeing to allow a Naval Intelligence Officer to work as her first-mate is a little risky, and may get her in trouble with her father, especially since she fired the first-mate he'd assigned to the ship.  But Clint quickly proves that he's a good worker.  He's also proving to Sam that her heart and body aren't quite ready to give up on men completely.

When they do give in to the passion between them, it's hotter than either had expected—and cut short by a high-jacking.  Sam is sure that it's pirates, even though piracy isn't usually a problem this far north, but Clint knows that the team after him has found him.  Now it's up to Sam and Clint to save themselves and the crew.

WHITE HOT, the second book in the Men In Uniform trilogy, picks up right where RED HEAT left off, but with Clint leading the action.  He's managed to get the micro card off the floundering Russian submarine trying to make it to the U.S., but the Aleutian Islands aren't near enough to a navy base to help him, so he'll have to do this the hard way.  Sam has fought hard to be able to captain her own ship, and she's had people working against her the whole way, including her father.  While Clint's mission involves national security and Sam's involves proving she can do her job to her father, both are pretty serious about their work, and this attraction couldn't come at a more inconvenient time.  But sometimes fate has a way of bringing people together when they most need to be.

An engaging romantic suspense, look for WHITE HOT.

Jennifer Bishop