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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 6, 2014
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.