Pure Heat

Firehawks, #1

This enthralling novel gives glimpses of the challenges and dangers of fighting wildfires even as it sets the framework for another intriguing series by this talented author. It is wonderful to get a chance to see a beloved couple from a previous series settle seamlessly into new roles which utilize their well-honed skills and the unexpected developments in this story promise even more adventures to come. The poignant and heartwrenching experiences that each of the main characters has undergone make this an emotional read even as the heartpounding adventures escalate with every fire that they fight. The heat sizzles between Merks and Carly as well as in the forests around them, but fortunately, moments of levity lighten the tension that escalates as the story unfolds. Another great tale that provides a thrilling and entertaining story and whets one’s appetite for more information about all of these characters.

“Pure Heat” by M.L. Buchman is the exciting introduction to the ‘Firehawks’ series that is loosely connected to the impressive ‘Night Stalkers’ series. Steve (Merks) Mercer has retrained after a horrific accident ends his career as a well-respected smokejumper but he is still dealing with the aftermath when he joins the close-knit company that includes the remarkable Carly Thomas, known as the ‘Flamewitch’. Merks’ facility with handling the relatively new drones to help identify various aspects of the fires he is drawn to fight may give him a chance to impress Carly but her own painful history makes it difficult for him to get close to her. Fortunately, having Majors Beale and Henderson (retired Army SOAR pilots) as part of the company will provide plenty of opportunity for Merks to expand his skills as well as get to know Carly better...but he may not be ready for all of the challenges thrown his way, or is he?

Book Blurb for Pure Heat

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.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 4.50