Title: Flash of Fire
Author: M.L. Buchman
Series: Firehawks #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The elite firefighters of Mount Hood Aviation fly into places even the CIA can’t penetrate.
FROM WILDFIRE TO GUNFIRE
When former Army National Guard helicopter pilot Robin Harrow joins Mount Hood Aviation, she expect to fight fires for only one season. Instead, she finds herself getting deeply entrenched with one of the most elite firefighting teams in the world. And that’s before they send her on a mission that’s seriously top secret, with a flight partner who’s seriously hot.
Mickey Hamilton loves flying, firefighting, and women, in that order. But when Robin Harrow roars across his radar, his priorities go out the window. On a critical mission deep in enemy territory, their past burns away and they must face each other. Their one shot at a future demands that they first survive the present-together.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
Strong men and even stronger women, ferocious fires and secret government missions all taking place in and around helicopters. This series is fast, intense and full of action. But it also manages to pack in a decent romance and complicated characters, which ticks so many of my boxes that I can’t help but enjoy it.
Especially when the hero is like Mickey. Admittedly, I wasn’t overly impressed with his intro, since he’s busy sizing up the new female members of MHA, looking for his next good time. Yet somehow, somewhere during his first few scenes, he changed and became amazing. Not just because he’s a super talented pilot who isn’t intimidated by the incredible women around him, but the way he supports Robin without undermining her is great to read.
When it comes to his feelings for Robin though – I loved him. He’s adorable. And so confused. She baffles him completely, which is fun to watch, although rather less so when it leads to hurt. Yet he doesn’t sulk (too much) and keeps on supporting her. I loved so much about him, right up to the end. He’s great.
Robin is a little different. She’s prickly and arrogant and has quite the chip on her shoulder. She would be easy to dislike, and yet I didn’t actually dislike her. There’s a lot of good points about her, not least the way she forms friendships with the other women in MHA. However, her attitude to Mickey grated a little bit. I’m all for switching things around and having the woman being a commitmentphobe, but her reasoning felt pretty flimsy, yet she stuck to it so rigidly. Until she didn’t. The transition could have been a bit smoother for me.
Also, why does nobody ever think to ask what would have happened if she’d had a son? Or are the women in her family magically adapted to only have daughters?
Anyway, for most of this book the romance is the main focus as the MHA team battle a monster forest fire. The action is fast and furious, and mostly revolves around how exhausted everyone is. Which leaves more time for the romance to evolve and flourish and hit a few rough spots. Then things switch over to the secret mission, which for me was less interesting than I think it could have been. Great for cameos if you’ve read all of the related books, maybe not so much if you haven’t. It did give the book a chance to go overseas and bring Robin and Mickey into the covert side of the MHA fold, but in terms of this book and the relationship between Robin and Mickey, I didn’t find it as gripping as what had gone before.
I also would have liked a bit more of an explanation at the end about how exactly things are going to work out now, because I have a few questions. But hopefully they’ll shake out in the next book.
Overall this is a solid, enjoyable, action-packed read perfect for those who love strong characters, both male and female, and a romance that offers a real partnership. I’m still pretty new to this series – so if you’re also here for the first time, you can easily pick it up and find plenty to enjoy without worrying about the many, many other books in multiple series that have gone before – but so far I’m finding it fun and will definitely explore more when I get a chance.
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