Hot Point

Firehawks, #3

This exciting contemporary romantic suspense story is a great addition to the series. There is a nice build-up of both the romance and the danger as the story progresses, and one gets an enlightening picture of the challenges faced by those who deal with the sometimes massive fires that threaten nature and civilization. It is always fascinating to see the characters from the ‘Nighthawks’ series, but the glimpses of them in this particular story keeps them firmly in the secondary character category. I wasn’t quite sure that the adventures at the end of the story were quite as integrated into the overall book even though they were quite exciting but I definitely enjoyed getting to know the main couple in this story. I love the blend of awkwardness and competency that each displayed and the passion and expertise that Denise has for her vocation makes her a great fit for the elite group that has a secondary purpose other than the stated mission for MHA. One of the things that endears characters to me the most is their ability to be humble and have a sense of humor in addition to being the best at something and both Vern and Denise fit that perfectly. Despite the fact that I am behind on reading the other books in this series, I had no trouble reading this as a stand alone, although my curiosity is definitely piqued by the allusions to prior events. This author is great at creating charismatic folks who have adrenaline-stimulating adventures and this story was another wonderful example of his talent and I look forward to reading more tales in this exciting series.

“Hot Point” by M.L. Buchman is part of the ‘Firehawks’ series that centers around a group of firefighters who are part of Mount Hood Aviation (MHA). The presence of expert SOAR pilots both challenge and inspire the others, but there are additional ties that bind a close-knit subset of the unit. Pilot Vern Taylor is slowly becoming integrated into the elite group that pilots the Firehawk helicopters, but his biggest surprise is discovering the woman behind chief mechanic Denise Conroy, whose competency and steely exterior is well-known, as is her nickname “Wrench”. Sparks fly as Vern and Denise work out the parameters of a relationship that leads them on expected paths, but they must keep it from turning into a conflagration that will destroy them both.

Book Blurb for Hot Point


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


Master mechanic Denise Conroy-with a reputation for being as steel-clad as the aircraft she keeps aloft-shuns useless flyboys who don't know one end of a wrench from the other.

Firehawk pilot Vern Taylor-known for unstoppable charm and a complete lack of mechanical skills-proves his talent for out-of-the-box thinking with every flight. He's a survivor and a natural-born heli-aviation firefighter.

When Denise and Vern crash together in the Central American jungle with wildfire on one side and a full-fledged military coup on the other, their newly forged partnership is tested to the max. They have each other, but not even their formidable skills combined can protect Denise and Vern from the conflagration sweeping the jungle...and their hearts.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 4.00