Friday, January 27, 2012

The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman

Title:  The Night is Mine
Author: M.L. Buchman
My Rating: A+

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Night Stalkers #1
Main Characters: Emily & Mark
Release Date: February 2012


Publisher: Sourcebooks

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Sexual Intensity: mild

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions. (SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.) 

Buchman's heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes

My Review:
I don't even know where to start this review because I loved this book so much. Seriously, from page 1, I could not put this book down and when I was sitting at the 97% point in the book, I still couldn't see how there was going to be an HEA. OMG, it was so good, so suspenseful, and so entertaining. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

So I could start with the amazing heroine of the story, Emily Beale. She is one kick-ass chick! She is the only woman to ever make it into the highly competetive world of SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment of the Army.) She adores her job. She lives to fly her helicopters into high-stress, combat zones. She has made her way in this all-man world and has done it by being faster, tougher, and better than anyone else. When she is pulled out of this world though, to be put in the White House as the First Lady's personal chef and bodyguard, she is not happy.

Then there is the hero of the book, Major Mark Henderson. Everyone who has ever worked for him, including Emily, will tell you that he's a hardass. There is no pleasing the man. If you do well, then next time you better do better. He never lets anyone see his human side and is deeply hiding his attraction for Emily. He is ticked off when she suddenly is taken out of his command...not only because he is attracted to her, but because she is the best pilot in his unit. When there is an incident stateside where Emily is hurt, he has to be there, at least for a few hours, to check on her. He can't do anything else.

All the way through this book, the action and suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat. Never have I read such detail about flying and the intricacies of different helicopters with such passion and interest. I am a girl and I don't get into mechanical things, but reading Emily describe the different helicopters and her passion for each of them, was just incredible. The action sequences in this book left my pulse pounding and MY adrenaline levels higher. The entire book is just so well-written. Lots of detail, but never so much that you get lost or bored. It gives the entire book an incredible air of authenticity.

Then there is the romance. Mark is a Major, Emily is a Captain under his command. The regulations are very clear...NO romance allowed, but when Mark is pulled into Emily's undercover operation, things get very blurry very quickly. They both know that there is no future. They both love their job too much to give it up. These are two people who are passionate about their lives and jobs in the military, but they are also passionate about each other. Like I said, the story kept me guessing up until the very end. I just couldn't see a good resolution for this one.

I feel like I should end this review, but there were so many other layers to this story that were so good. Like the fact that Emily's childhood best friend and secret crush is now the President of the US. Her father is head of the FBI. Her mother hopes to somehow change her into the proper society wife. Then there are the peripheral stories which I hope will show up in future books, like the Delta, Michael. Did I mention how well this book was written? Just a superbly well-rounded, seriously entertaining story. REALLY INCREDIBLY GOOD BOOK!!!

BTW, I received a copy of this book as an e-book from the publisher. When I finished it, I knew that I wanted it for my keeper shelf and had seen it in my local bookstore. So the day after I read the book, I went out and bought a print copy so that I could have this book in print to re-read over and over again.


Felicia Sparks said...

A+--- gets an automatic spot on my TBR since you have never steered me wrong :)

Aurian said...

Wow, quite the review! I want to read it! So, on the wishlist it goes.

M. L. Buchman said...

Wow! I'm blushing! It sounds like you had almost as much fun reading it as I did writing it! THANKS!
ML Buchman