Also in this series: I Own the Dawn
Series: The Night Stalkers
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 1st 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Military Romance
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.
Emily Beale is the first woman to fly for the SOAR, which is some of the best black hawk pilots in the coutrny or even the world. Over the past couple months, she has been ordered to go on dangerous missions, so she has been working her tail off to prove herself. But she is shocked when CNN does a feature on her, which didn’t exactly point out her flying talents, more of her cooking techniques and her being a woman…not what she needed at all. Makes Emily pretty pissed to be portrayed as a sex object. So she shoots the computer that is relaying the feature. Nothing wrong with displaying her true feelings. Major Mark Henderson, her CO, has called her up on a dangerous mission. She performs a miracle which saves on the black op members and puts the focus even more on herself. When there have been some threats made against the first lady, the first lady is insistent that Emily gets hired on as her pilot and her personal chef. Really?? Emily is not happy about this new assignment especially when it takes her away from flying, and from the one man that is untouchable but his kisses breath a spark she never imagined she would find. As she comes to the White House, she comes face to face with a childhood friend and crush she had for years, none other than the President himself. Soon Mark is joining up with her to discovering who is really after the first lady, there is a threat and it may not be toward the first lady at all, but someone else and only Emily will be able to discover the real threat before its too late.
Mark Henderson, is a military man and one of the best when it comes to flying Black Hawks. He is proud to be the leader of the SOAR. Mark takes after his father, who is a retired military officer and went on many dangerous missions. Mark unfortunately refuses to get married, because he saw the hell his mother was put through every time his father was called away and refuses to do that to someone he loved. What he doesn’t expect is to be drawn to one of the best pilots under his command, and giving into his desires for her could cost him his whole career. Mark is quite the hero and boy was he hot in this book. I love heroes that are badass, and he fits the picture.
Major Mark “The Viper” Henderson stood two paces inside the rolled-back flap of the tent, one foot still buried in the machine. Six feet of clichéd soldier. Broad shoulders, raw muscle, and the most dangerous-looking man Emily had ever met.
He is military, but has a sense of humor, one of the best pilots and knows how to fight. What I found most likeable about his character, was how driven he is and I really liked the reason behind him not having settled down yet. You see how much he would like that, but he is more concerned about the wife he would have and how much grief and pain he would put her through. It has shaped him to be the best of the best. And despite his toughness on the surface, he is sweet and tender on the inside. Love the mix in a hero.
Emily Beale is a Captain, and even though she has always loved cooking and is pretty talented at it, her true love is flying in the skies. Ever since her father took her up in a helicopter, she knew that was what she wanted to be. She has fought hard to make a good name for herself and become the first woman to be part of SOAR, an elite band of military pilots. And it wasn’t easy to prove to everyone on the team including her CO that she is dang good at what she does. We see how flying is natural to her as breathing, and giving it up would practically be a death sentence for her. In the beginning, we see how good Emily really is, and she has pure talent when it comes to flying in dangerous situations and bringing everyone home. “never leaving anyone behind” is her personal motto. She is quite the entertaiining character. I love how sassy she is, can bring a guy to his knees on the mat in seconds, and can cook like a professional chef. She has this tough side that is vital because she is a woman serving in the military, but she has passion and dreams too. She craves love and to be accepted for who she is, but is more than willing to wait for the right man to come along who will encourage her to pursue her dreams. I quite loved Emily, because despite how tough she is, she has a soft side to her character that shines through in this book. Seriously, though, reading this makes me want to learn to fly Black Hawks.
Plot and Story Line
I just want to say WOW…this story was so phenomenal, and boy I can’t wait to read more of this author. I love that this author is male and writes romantic suspense. That is so amazing to me, I don’t get a chance to read too many male romance authors, but now he is one of my favorite when it comes to this genre. M.L. Buchman has a way of bring intense and action filled books to life, and boy did I feel it in The Night Is Mine I absoultely couldn’t get enough of this one. The plot was so surreal and kept me on my toes from beginning to end. What I liked the most is how there is so much more to the story than the blurb reveals to us. Much of the book is about Mark and Emily at the White House and on their undercover mission. But we see how well they fly together, and how talented each of them are and Emily really pulls a few moves on Mark that just livened up the story even more. I could believe how much I got sucked into this story, but it did. Normally I never know with Military themed romances, but this one had me hooked from the first page. What was also fun was seeing a old friendship between Emily and Pete (the President) at first its a bit awkward because of how long they haven’t seen each other, and it might seem like a love triangle, but it really isn’t. Emily may have had a crush on Peter when they were younger, but one Peter is married, and Emily is totally attracted to Mark in a very real way. Now Mark was so fantastic and quite works his way into, working undercover. Technically he isn’t even suppose to be undercover, but when Emily gets hurt, he comforts her and thus begins their secret and forbidden love affair and ends up helping her and posing as her beach bum boyfriend. The romance was pretty different but I quite had a ball with it. It had its edgy moments, but there was so much sweet and tender scenes it just made me fall for Mark and Emily even more.
He slid a hand around her waist and pulled her across the tile until he could tuck her under his arm. Until she leaned her head on his shoulder. He leaned his cheek on the top of her head and just let her breathing ease as he rubbed his hand up and down her back.
She wasn’t a wreck; she was a miracle.
And the President was an idiot for ever letting her slip through his fingers.
Those eyes inspected him. Looked at him until he wanted to look away to preserve his soul. They saw through him, inside him. No secrets were safe from those eyes.
They have so much in common in the important aspects, and where they are different just adds more to their relationship. There were so many fun elements that made this book become a winning story for me. Can’t wait to read more of these “Night Stalkers” and I am so ready for more Emily and Mark and more badass military pilots.
Quite a great cover, love the male yumminess, and those abs, just perfect. Love the White House imagery in the background, and the “night” background…very mysterious yet a danger appeal to it as well.
The Night Is Mine is a crazy adventure that takes us from the desert into the danger zones of America’s capitol. Who said flying was never dangerous or fun? Well we get both, a story that takes us to the edge, with kick ass characters, vivid details, and some stunning action that will make you feel like you have literally jumped right into the suspsense of it all. One Hell Of A Rollercoaster that takes the reader to the edge!!
The Night Is Mine (1)
I Own The Dawn (2)
Wait Until Dark (3)
Take Over At Midnight (4)
Light Up The Night (5)
Bring On The Dusk (6)
By Break Of Day (7)