Review: Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman

Posted May 12, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman
Pure Heat

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Series: Firehawks,
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 6, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Going into Pure Heat, I had never read anything by M.L. Buchman. I had seen the covers on other books and thought I should really read those, but never did. Caught with the option to start on their new series, I jumped. Imagine my surprise when I found out the author is male.

Injured but still recovering, Steve Mercer, knows he will never be back to fighting fires like he once did. His leg muscle mass is almost gone, so he trains in the next best way he can help with drones seeing fires in no way a man can get to. Mercer saves a fighters life, while also putting his foot in his own mouth around the hot lady that helped him. Wanting some action without the long term commitment is first on his mind, but he quickly comes to realize this woman is what he needs longterm.

Charlene Thomas has lost many people in her life. Both her father and fiance to the wildfires, and a mother. When she sees her uncle almost become tinder for a fire, she wants to reach out to the guy who saves him, but he quickly gets on her bad side. Master wildfires is her life and now she gets some help from the a drone operator.

While the book description makes it feel like there is a terrorist group out setting fires and such, really it was a very small part of the book. The two work great together as a team fighting fires and coordinating efforts. On the ground they seem to rumble. Throw in some characters from other books, I felt a little lost. Some of the technical fire fighting talk got in the way of the flow of the story. I kept expecting terrorist to leap out, or to cause problems and it really never rose up to that kind of story. The suspense just never really grabbed me.

While the love story was sweet, the sex scenes were kind of mechanical, and left me wanting more.  He would play with her nipples, they get a little busy and poof it was the next day. It seemed very stilted and uncomfortable reading. So that is why I was relying on a good suspense filled story that  I never felt I got. The two have some things to get over in both their pasts and that sometimes make them cranky pants.

Mostly this was a story of redemption for Mercer, who felt his life might be over after his accident. A story of redemption for pushing her fiance into being a firefighter when he didn’t have the skills or intuition for it. I felt some sympathy and hope for them but at times I just wanted to kick them in the pants to get off the pity party ride. Throwing in a hint of suspense with a terrorist group and a big fire that they need a lot of mind power to outwit. It just fell flat for what I was expecting.

About M.L. Buchman

M.L. Buchman’s romances have been named in Booklist’s Top 10 of the year and NPR’s Top 5 of the year. He has also published science fiction and fantasy under the name Matthew Lieber Buchman. He is happiest, no matter how cliché it may seem, when walking on the beach holding hands with the mother of his awesome kid… or when he’s writing. In addition to 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. You can keep up with his writing at

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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12 responses to “Review: Pure Heat by M.L. Buchman

  1. I had this author on my list to try too for his military romances and never got around to them. I wonder if this one is connected to those. Sorry it wasn’t as intense and exciting as the cover promised.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I have one of his military romances too. He is more of a suspense writer with a little love on the side. Not bad, but sometimes the technical details got too deep for me.

  2. Book Swagger

    I have read this author before and did not know he had started a new series. Can be a bit hit and miss, hate this was a miss for you.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks! It wasn’t horrible, it was just to into the details for me to really enjoy.

  3. I’ve only read one other book by this author, and I liked it. BUT the romance felt a bit MIA. As a suspense novel, it was good. As a romance novel, it was poor. But his covers are always great, and each story sounds interesting, so I may try another book of his soon. 🙂



    • Shari Delighted Read

      The covers are what drew me in. I agree, the suspense was good, the romance was meh.

      • *nods* Very true. I’ve found that men write romances very differently. Perhaps they just need more practice? Or perhaps we’re all set in our ways; we like our romance novels a certain way, and if they’re not that way we walk?

  4. His covers are really hot (and yes I was totally surprised way back when I found out lol). I have a couple and started on one but just wasn’t in the right mood for rom-sus so put it down. Shame this one didn’t quite do it for ya.