Review: Full Blaze by M. L. Buchman

Full Blaze by M. L Buchman
Series: Fire Hawks (# 3)
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Fire Air Attack Pilot Jeannie is damn good at flying and fearless when it comes to fighting fires. But she needs former CIA agent Chris Jackson’s crazy ideas and out-of-the-box thinking when they’re paired on a mission to stop the Indonesian Army from using a wildfire as cover to annex East Timor. They’ll use the fire itself to protect the sovereignty of the nation and drive Indonesia back to its border.


Review:  Jeannie and Chris’ combined skills could extinguish the dangerous threat, if they can only master their unexpected attraction.

I started this book with some amount of skepticism based on previous experience with the author’s work. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy reading this title.

The story started out with a bang, however, as it progressed it started to lose its flavor. At first the author’s description of the wildfires and the process of fighting them was fascinating, but after sometime it became tedious which led to the story being boring. It was difficult to understand most of what I read due to the author’s penchant to use a lot of technical language. The story was mostly focused on fighting fires and less emphasis was placed on the romance between Calvin and Jeannie.
Full Blaze is classified as a romantic suspense, however, I will have to disagree with the classification as it did not elicit the emotions that I have come to expect from reading this genre.

The best part of this story for me is the way in which the main characters were portrayed. Their struggles and their feelings were real and was easy to relate to. Calvin Jackson is a photo-journalist who likes the thrill that comes with being close to the fires. He has a past that he wishes not to share. He had a hard life growing up and in a bid to distance himself from his past, he changed his name and joined up with a fire unit at the age of sixteen. He is a loner and never stayed in one place for too long. He avoided all types of relationships as he did not want to get too attached to anyone. This changed, however the day when Jeannie rescued him from a raging wildfire.

Jeannie is a fire attack pilot who works for Mount Hood Aviation. When she first met Calvin her opinion of him was not very flattering, but this changed the more she got to know him. The attraction between them was intense and they both tried to fight their feelings, but this proved to be an exercise in futility.

Jeannie had her own demons to deal with. She had suffered a devastating loss which led to her leaving her home in Australia and joining Mount Hood Aviation. She is good at what she does. Jeannie came across as being tough and a no nonsense female, but it was clear she had some deep seated insecurities.
Together, these two made a great team.

Overall, for me this was an ok read. I do believe that there are readers out there that would enjoy this book. It was just was not my favorite.