Friday, February 1, 2013

Wait Until Dark by M.L. Buchman

Title:  Wait Until Dark
Author: M.L. Buchman
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Night Stalkers #3
Main Characters: John and Connie
Release Date: February 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Name: Big John Wallace
Rank: Staff Sergeant, Chief Mechanic and Gunner
Mission: To serve and protect his crew and country.

Name: Connie Davis
Rank: Sergeant, Flight Engineer, Mechanical Wizard
Mission: To be the best...and survive.

Two Crack Mechanics, One Impossible Mission

Being in The Night Stalkers is Connie Davis's way of facing her demons head-on, but mountain-strong John Wallace is a threat on all fronts. Their passion is explosive, but their conflicts are insurmountable. When duty calls them to a mission no one else could survive, they'll fly into the night together—ready or not.

My Review:
I've said it twice before (on the other two reviews for the books in this series) and I'm going to say it again....I LOVE this series. I am not normally a reader that likes a lot of description or detail and these books have that, BUT it works for me. I don't know if it's the whole military aspect (which I truly do love after spending 20 years listening to dh's stories from work) or if it's just ML Buchman's writing voice, but I love the feel that I get when reading these books. I've never in my life even been in a helicopter, but I can picture each and every aspect that he describes of these...and it's interesting. Believe me, I've spent my life going to military airspace museums....this is not something that I normally find real exciting, but ML writes the details about these helicopters in a way that I really enjoy.

But let's get to the heart of the book: Connie and John. Connie is not a normal part of these crews. She's been brought in to fill in for Kee (heroine from Book #2) who is on her honeymoon. Not being part of the group is a normal thing for Connie. She's always been different, an outsider. She's incredibly good at her job, but the nature of the high-risk missions that these crews go on means that everyone on the team has to be able to work together, fit in like a well-oiled machine. Connie's history is a lot of what sets her apart. Her mother died when she was three, her soldier father was KIA when she was 13. She never really ever had a place to belong, to fit in, to call home where she could be herself. Connie's tough, but at her heart, she's a girl dying to fit in...not only in John's life, but in these teams. Watching her when she'd breakdown was just heartbreaking, but *sigh* I loved it when Big John would come in and swoop her up...even when he was angry with her.

Big John is the opposite of Connie. Everyone loves him and he's instant friends with just about anybody who walks up to him. What first catches his eye about Connie is her incredible mechanical skill. She spots things and hears thing in the engines before him...and that's never happened before. He comes from an extremely close-knit Oklahoma family that we get to see very closely in the middle of the book. I liked that little insight into how different his home life was from Connie's. I loved this guy and how he would sit back and just observe Connie trying to figure her out...and eventually succeeding at it.

The thing I love most about these books is the teams that fly these helicopters. The teams of SOAR are the best at what they do and they've gone through the training and missions to do it. These are the guys that are always getting shot at on a daily basis on the front lines. As a result, they form a bond that's incredibly strong. I love to watch the way they all interact throughout these books. This one was especially good because the strife between Connie and John reflect back on that team. Their team is headed up by Major Emily Beale (heroine from Book #1) and I loved how much we got to see of her in this book, especially the interactions between her and her husband, Major Henderson. *major swoon here...gah, I love how they continue to be so good together even two books later*

My number one love, love, LOVE about these books is that they truly show the stresses that military members go through, especially the incredible highly trained Spec Ops guys. These guys are out there every day risking their lives for the American way of life and it's an amazing thing. Just reading these books makes me love them more for their sacrifices that they make, day in and day out. A military life is not easy, but for those guys (and girls) on the front lines, they are doing it and doing it damn good! Thank you, ML Buchman, for this series, for these characters, and these stories. I'm hoping that Tim falls in love next...I spotted a certain auburn haired pilot who seemed to catch his eye....

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

oh good! I am thinking about using my Discover a New Love credit on this one. I have the other two (haven't read them) but I think I will love them :)