Thursday, February 14, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - "The Night Is Mine" by M.L. Buchman

Emily Beale
Mark Henderson

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
NAME: Emily Beale      RANK: Captain     MISSION: Fly undercover to prevent the assassination of the First Lady, posing as her executive pilot.

NAME: Mark Henderson, code name Viper     RANK: Major
MISSION: Undercover role of wealthy, ex-mercenary boyfriend to Emily

Their jobs are high risk, high reward:  Protect the lives of the powerful and the elite at all cost. Neither expected that one kiss could distract them from their mission. But as the passion mounts between them, their lives and their hearts will both be risked…and the reward this time may well be worth it

The Night is Mine is Book 1 in the Night Stalkers series. 
This book is a LOT more complicated than the summary would suggest. I am really torn about how to rate this book. This is a highly suspenseful story (+), if a little implausible. (And frankly, the thing with the President is a little uncomfortable) The biggest critique I have is it is mired in too much jargon. I've learned more than I ever wanted know about piloting a helicopter. Actually, I didn't learn that much because I had no context to understand the specialized language. I guess I could've carried around a helicopter manual and that might have helped. So I was going to give this story an average review, but then.....

But the end was great... and asked a superb question: Who do you choose? Torn between the man of her childhood dreams - the one she grew up next to, the one she has had a mad crush since she was a kid, the one she has dreamed about all her life - and the man who supports her, understands the women who she is now, the woman she wants to be, the man who sets her on fire.  One is the fantasy from childhood, the other represents who she is now.  I like books that pose those kinds of dilemmas. 

One suggest to the author, maybe you might want to rethink the title of this book.  I had no idea how the title connected with the story.  

You have to have a level of patience for the details, but the overall story is really good and the ending is, sigh, satisfying.

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