Monday, May 5, 2014

Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman

Title: Pure Heat
Author: M.L. Buchman
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Firehawks #1
Main CharactersCarly and Steve
Release Date: Mayy 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:

These daredevil smokejumpers fight more than fires.

The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can't penetrate.

She lives to fight fires...

Carly Thomas could read burn patterns before she knew the alphabet. A third-generation forest fire specialist who lost both her father and her fiancé to the flames, she's learned to live life like she fights fires: with emotions shut down.

But he's lit an inferno she can't quench...

Former smokejumper Steve "Merks" Mercer can no longer fight fires up close and personal, but he can still use his intimate knowledge of wildland burns as a spotter and drone specialist. Assigned to copilot a Firehawk with Carly, they take to the skies to battle the worst wildfire in decades and discover a terrorist threat hidden deep in the Oregon wilderness—but it's the heat between them that really sizzles.
My Review:
I've never made it any secret how much I adore M.L. Buchman's Nightstalker series, so I was thrilled to see that he was writing a new series based around Wildland Firefighters. So you can imagine my surprise and elation to find my two favorite Major's in this book...Major Beale and Major Henderson...the H/h from the very first Nightstalker book. They have a little girl now so that's required a change in careers for the two and I loved where they have gone...into the Oregon forests. 

But the mc's in this book are Steve and Carly. Steve is new with this firefighting outfit. He's served many years as a smokejumper, but an accident last year left him unable to get out on the front lines of the fires. Instead, he now runs drones that can watch the movement of the fires and help the home base plan its operations against them. While still doing an extremely vital job, this is a transition time for Steve and he needs to see that he's still providing a vital aid. Having a bum leg has been a blow to him physically and mentally and he's still trying to find his stability after the fact. 

Carly is a lifelong wildland firefighter. She grew up with her dad fighting the fires so she's always been right in the middle of it all. As a result, she's truly a part of the forest she lives in. She can read the fires and provide expert advice on how to handle them. Unfortunately, she has her own scars too. She lost both her father and fiance to forest fires and could actually hear the fires take them over the radio transmissions because she was there both times. As a result, she's not really anxious to put herself out there again emotionally. 

There was so much to like about this book...
*I loved the whole wildland firefighter aspect to the story. Those men and women live such incredibly dangerous lives with very little credit. They work long, hard, painful hours and it's nice to have a series focused on that. 
*I loved the connection that Carly and Steve found in planning their attacks on the fires. These are two people that know how fires move and grow and watching that connection between them grow because of that was awesome. 
*The scenery--I'm a mountain, forest girl and the whole book was spent outside in those kinds of areas. The scenes were set up so beautifully and visually in this book. Even though I was reading it, I felt like I was on a mountain vacation (and obviously, this is NOT referring to the forest fire scenes.)
*The Majors-- I love them and that they have made a transition (somewhat) to civilian life for their daughter. The scenes between them in this book with their baby simply melted my heart. I also loved the scenes where Kee showed up, too. 
*Something I've always loved about M.L. Buchman's writing is that it's very tecnical...something that I am not. But he manages to write these in-depth descriptions and explanations so that they stay interesting and intriguing. I always feel like I learn something by reading one of his books. I especially loved the drone technology in this one. 

The description of the big fires in the 30's and 40's got to be a little too much there at the end when I just really wanted to concentrate on the story, but I understand that was a real occurrence and M.L. Buchman was trying to give it the credit that the fire and those who fought it deserved. 

A great start to this new series that absolutely will be another must-buy for me. I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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