Monday, January 23, 2012

[NetGalley Review]: "The Night is Mine"

The Night is Mine by M.L. Buchman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 1, 2012)
Genre: Contemporary Romance--Military
Summary (
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

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My Review:

What do you get when you combine a high-paced adventure with a sexy SOAR couple and a bit of edge-of-your-seat suspense? One hell of a ride!

Emily Beale, Captain in the rarely heard of SOAR division of the Army, is not a wimpy heroine, nor is she the social butterfly her mother had always hoped for. Instead, she's a tough woman, strong. One who knows what she wants (to fly) and does whatever is needed to accomplish it. As the only woman in a male-dominated career, she's had to work her a$$ off—literally—to get where she is. It's not easy earning the respect of the me she works with. But she's found that a good a$$-kicking or two goes a long way to helping to smooth the road...

I loved Emily's character. She was talented and smart, brave and motivated—she knew what she wanted to do and she didn't let anyone stand in her way. I can respect that. She was also a more complex character, I came to realize,with a few surprises up her sleeves. She's definitely not your typical blonde (no offense to anyone!) nor is she your usual heroine. And yet this fit, because she was herself, pure and simple.

Major Mark Henderson, aka “The Viper”, has a reputation for being tough. He never jokes, he never makes a mistake, and he rarely compliments one of his men—even when they do their job correctly. But Emily brings out all of these things in him. Not a good thing when showing any interest in her can get him court-marshaled! Oh, but it would be so tempting, just to be able to kiss her—just once. But when he does, he realizes that once will never be enough....

Mark was also a good, enjoyable character—he seemed to be a perfect example of the male species: strong, hardworking, brave...and did I mention sexy? Oh yeah, Mark is definitely a keeper! I loved seeing his character struggle to come to terms with his feelings for Emily. I also loved that he took what he wanted and didn't back down from a challenge. Watching him get tossed around by Emily was practically the highlight of the book. It proved that Emily could handle herself, and that Mark had a real soft spot for her, though he'd never back down completely just because of her gender.

The Night is Mine was a fantastic book, full of adventure, action, suspense, and yes, romance—of both the tender and steamy variety! It was a high-paced roller coaster, and one that I didn't wish to leave until the very end. I enjoyed all the back story, details and descriptions that Buchman put into the book, though, yes, there were a few times when said rich details got in the way of the story (few and far between). Even though it is fictional, the story was written with enough attention to details to make me believe, if only for a moment, that I was reading about an actual SOAR team, that I was there with Emil and the rest of the Night Stalkers. It was an interesting storyline for me, and one that I hope to see more from in the coming years!

4 STARS! A wonderful debut of a novel, The Night Is Mine provides all the thrills of a great suspense novel and all the romance one could wish for. M. L. Buchman, you've done a great job at making the Night Stalkers come alive! I shall be looking for future books by this author, as well as recommending this one to any fan of military romances!

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Until Next Time,
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M. L. Buchman said...

Dear Book Queen,
Thanks for the great review! I loved writing this book, it was just too much fun! A chance to write a powerfully strong heroine and the man she deserves, but can't stand, but can't ignore. So glad you liked it. Definitely more to come!
ML Buchman

C.S. Maxwell said...

WOW---you got M.L. himself reading your review--Congrats!
I just realized that I didn't follow you back, sorry--but it's been corrected :)
I, too, want to read more of this series.

The_Book_Queen said...

First off, thanks so much for stopping by---it means a lot! :D Emily is definitely a very strong heroine, and though they both wished to fight it, the chemistry between her and Mark was very steamy. :D Always a plus! I can't wait to see what will be next in this series--will it revolve around the other two women that were joining the Night Stalker crew at the end of this book, or some of the men of the group?

;) I was very surprised--and very happy when I saw M's comment. :)

As to the following mistake--don't worry, believe me, I'm lousy at remembering to follow back as well (but I am getting better!). LOL. Glad to have you aboard, hope you enjoy the blog! :D

Thanks for stopping by!


M. L. Buchman said...

Hey TBQ & C.S.,
She my first Black Hawk heroine, gonna have to give her a "too perfect" break. :) If you liked the world and strong heroines, Kee Smith (book 2) should be right up your alley. She's a mess. A glorious mess, but a mess.

The series premise is four seats in a DAP Black Hawk, 4 heroines. Pilot, gunner, mechanic and copilot, in that order; though I didn't plan it that way, that was their doing.

I rather hoped the world building wasn't too heavy. I was seeking to balance that with the love story to build a kick-butt thriller romance. We'll have to wait 6 months and see what you think of the next one.

Also, I'll be touring a bunch o' blogs in February talking about writing, heroes and heroines, research, and story. I'll be posting where I am each day on my own blog if you want to drop in (I even get my act together to post on occasion!)

Thanks and Enjoy!
ML Buchman

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, please don't take it the wrong way when we said she seemed a bit too perfect--Like I said on C.S.'s review, I'd rather she be strong and a bit too perfect than whiny and a bit too perfect. :D

I do look forward to Kee--a "glorious mess" sounds like an interesting character! :D LOL.

Oh, that is going to be one kick-a$$ team then! Loving the idea of this series more and more now!

The world building, to be honest, was a bit heavy, but I did enjoy it--it wasn't your typical romance, which is always a plus as it helps to keep the genre alive! But, with any fictional series, the first book is always a bit heavy on world building, so I don't hold it against you! :)

I'll definitely be dropping by your blog, especially during the tour dates---it's always interesting to me to hear how the author comes up with the story and characters, etc.

Thanks again for stopping by!