Thursday, July 30, 2015

review || HOT POINT { blog tour } by M.L. Buchman

Sourcebooks Casablanca | August 4, 2015 | Romantic Suspense
Firehawks, book 10 (book 3 of Emily Beale trilogy)


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.

The third in M.L Buchman's firefighter romantic suspense series featuring a team of daredevil smokejumpers who fight more than fires. The elite fire experts of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can't penetrate
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{ about m.l. buchman } .

M. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics.

{ emily beale profile } .

Mount Hood Aviation Profile

Full Name: Emily Beale
Occupation: lead pilot Mount Hood Aviation
Height: 5’10”
Hair Color: straight blond
Eye Color: blue
Age: 34
Originally from: Washington D.C.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:
West Point graduate, age 20. The Screaming Eagles of 101st Airborne, 5 years. Captain, then major, SOAR—the Night Stalkers of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Retired honorably from military service on account of unplanned pregnancy with my husband. Lead Firehawk pilot Mount Hood Aviation firefighting since that time. What else do you want to know?

What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding?
One of the greatest challenges of being in command is, paradoxically, not to command. When I see that one of my pilots has guided themselves to exceed any prior definitions of personal excellence, then I know I have achieved what I set out to do.

When not working, how do you spend your time?
My top priorities are my husband and my child.

If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?

My husband likes to fish. I would take him to the best trout stream on the planet, which may well be the one that runs through his parents’ Montana ranch. I would be sure to bring a good book. Perhaps several…he does enjoy his fishing.

{ review } .

Whenever I pick up an M.L. Buchman book, I know that it's going to be heavy on the military/firefighting lingo, with a decent amount of romance in there, too. And coming from a guy? I can't help but like the romance just a little bit, simply because well.. The man parts are more... male-driven. Go figure -- a man writing male-driven romance.

The first book I read of his was THE NIGHT IS MINE -- and I loved it. I loved I OWN THE DAWN just as much, but at that point, the series fell off my radar. The last NIGHT STALKER book I read I wasn't the biggest fan of, but loved the little cameos from people I 'knew'.

Then I was introduced to his FIREHAWKS series and again, I remembered the things I both liked and disliked about his writing.

When I think of M.L. Buchman, I think of Emily Beale, and I think of Cal and his photography skills, as well as Cal and Jeannie hiding in the water as a blaze flashes over. Those things all said, I knew going into the book what to expect.

...and then I was taken a bit aback with the first few paragraphs.

Now... M.L. Buchman is great with descriptions, but he certainly pulled them all out for the opening of this book. We start with Vern flying a bird that he's pretty sure is on it's way down -- just the day after Emily signed him off to fly solo. Not only does he not want to disappoint her, he knows it doesn't look good to crash an expensive helicopter on your first day riding solo. On top of that, the mechanic that would be fixing his bird? Well, she has a bit of a reputation and if there's one thing you don't want to do, it's get on Denise Conroy's bad side.

Vern isn't exactly a spring chicken when it comes to flying, mind you. He flew for the Coast Guard for years before starting to fly for firefighting. He knows his way around a bird, it's just the fixin's of said bird that he's not the best with -- that's what mechanics are for, right?

When the two of them crash in an Central American jungle, though, their skills are put to the test. In close quarters, it's expected (from the romance reader) that feelings are going to pop up and ignite (no pun intended, I swear), so watching them battle their situation, the fires, and their feelings was a ride to be on.

I always get what I expect out of an M.L. Buchman story -- he hasn't disappointed me yet ( -- oh! He has a new series coming out starting December, and it's a Delta Force based -- looks promising!).

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