Max is a former Navy SEAL, recovering from life-threatening injuries received on an operation in Afghanistan. Paige is a scientist who is about to need a warrior's assistance. Paige also has a rescue dog named Max (yes, the same name as the hero), and he brings a nice touch to the book.
Max is an Alpha male, Rice's specialty, and Paige is a little less helpless than Rice's heroines sometimes appear, which I consider an improvement. They have an instant-lust relationship, and the suspense regarding Paige's work just adds to their quick bonding. This story is exactly what Rice's readers expect from her, in other words.
I could easily see this novella expanded into a full-length novel, and I actually wish Rice had gone that route. Otherwise, a very satisfying, quick read.
My overall personal rating of Fatal Heat is a B+.