Monday, August 3, 2015

Hot Point by M.L. Buchman & Character Spotlight

Mount Hood Aviation Profile

Full Name: Robin Harrow (heroine of Firehawk #5, 2016)
Occupation: substitute Firehawk pilot (filling in for 1 season for a pregnant Emily)
Height: 5’9”
Hair Color: blond
Eye Color: blue
Age: 26
Originally from: Tucson, AZ

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: I come from a long matriarchy of desert truck stop owners. Single women, born that way and going to die that way. I’m still not sure how discovered helicopters. Did my two tours, but six years in the Army Air National Guard was about all I could stand. The drawdown grounded me back in the states and I’m not good at sitting still. Firefighting seemed like a good way to keep my feet in the air for another season.

What is the hardest part of your job? What is the most rewarding? Hardest part? What the hell to do when your butt is on the ground. Most rewarding? Getting to heave ten tons of helicopter across the sky—damn cool job for a girl.

When not working, how do you spend your time? Fishing isn’t much bigger in the desert than skiing. Never was exactly the outdoor type, and while I enjoy a good book, they move kinda slow. Have any movies handy? Tom Cruise is pretty cute even if he is old.

If money was no object and you had 3 weeks of vacation what would you do with your time?Give me a warm beach and hot man and I couldn’t give a rat’s ass where I am.

Title:  Hot Point
Series:  Firehawks #4
Author:  M.L. Buchman
Publication Date:  August 4/15 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  352pgs
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My Review:

I love Buchman’s writing. He invites you into the world of his characters, bringing each aspect to life in a big way. I love the technical aspects of the novel. It made everything so much more real for me. The action and firefight was unmistakable. His vivid descriptions bring everything to life in an unforgettable way. The plot also intrigued me and kept me guessing.

Buchman did loose me a little with the main characters in this one. Denise’s perpetual insecurity contradicted with her career on the front line. I felt as if she went from one extreme to the next within moments. The relationship between her and Vern was a sweet romance. His genuine caring drew me to him. These two did complement one another throughout the tale.

Once again Buchman has created a fast paced, action intensive novel that takes readers deep into the lives of his characters. It was a unique addition to the series and one that I enjoyed reading.

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