Hot Point by M.L. Buchman….Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway



Title: Hot Point

Author: M.L. Buchman

Series: Firehawks, #3

Pubdate: August 4th, 2015

ISBN: 9781402286940


Pulled apart by past mistakes. Driven by a passion neither could deny.


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.




A Note From the Author: Part of the fun in any relationship is the discovery: what we share and what is different. In my latest release, Hot Point, I had so much fun with that in Vern and Denise’s relationship.

Everyone has always seen Denise Conroy as the cool, even cold mechanic, most especially herself. But Vern Taylor, a plain-spoken Seattle pilot of the wildland firefighting helicopters that Denise services, has become the chink in her armor.

He has no idea how that happened, not that he’s complaining, but as he discovers new depths to the person behind the cold steel façade, he’s powerless to do anything other than hope it keeps happening.


She didn’t kiss like steel.

She kissed like wildfire, flashing to full heat in the blink of an eye. She’d kissed him barely ten minutes ago, the fire line only twenty miles and six minutes from the Missoula airport, and his body was no closer to recovering than the moment she’d hauled his lips down to hers.

He was glad she’d been in back long enough for him to make a few discreet adjustments to his clothing or he’d have been in pain.

Did she have any idea what she’d done to him?

Did he?

It was the fantasy of the gorgeous woman in the Italian sports car come true. The unadulterated joy she revealed in her driving had been nowhere to be seen this morning.

Then, POW!

She’d come running toward the chopper—like in one of those movie scenes. Then, for reasons he still didn’t dare ask about, she dragged him down into a blazing hot kiss.

He really needed to pay attention to what the hell he was doing. They were descending back into the Missoula Aerial Fire Depot for another load of retardant, and he didn’t remember how he’d gotten here.

He talked to the tower and settled beside Emily’s Oh-One.

The Zulies’ ground crew clearly had this down to a science. His chopper was still rocking on its shock absorbers when he heard the loud clunk of retardant hoses hooking up to it. They ran dual two-and-half-inchers, which meant…

“You’ve got seventy seconds if you want off,” he informed Denise.

“Are you kidding?” She sounded breathless, wound way up. “I thought roller coasters were fun. I had no idea.”

He kept his attention on the tank fill. He needn’t have bothered. The loading team roared up to twenty gallons short of filled, then topped off at a thousand exactly using the reaction time to shut down the pumps. Three seconds later he heard the double-slap on the outside of the chopper, signaling that he was good to go.

He had the rotors humming even as the verbal confirmation came in over the headset.

A dozen feet aloft, Denise spoke over the intercom, her voice so calm and steady that it wholly belied the breathless gasp of moments before.

“I really liked kissing you.”

Beautiful, charming, and spoke her mind without games. Who the hell was she?


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About the author:

M.L. Buchman has over 35 novels and an ever-expanding flock of short stories in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year,” Booklist “Top 10 of the Year,” and RT “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of the Year.” In addition to romantic suspense, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and 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 a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.




  1. I look forward to reading this one.

  2. sgatlantisrulz says:

    This sounds exciting. Good review, Thanks.

  3. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!

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