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I Belong

Review of Light up the Night by M.L. Buchman

Light Up the NightTitle: Light up the Night

Author: M.L. Buchman

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Military

Series: The Night Stalkers (Book #8)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 337 Pages

ISBN-10: 140228697X (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

ISBN-13: 978-1402286971 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Name: Trisha O’Malley
Rank: Second Lieutenant and AH-6M “Little Bird” Pilot
Mission: Take down Somali pirates, and deny her past

Name: William Bruce
Rank: Navy SEAL Lieutenant
Mission: Rescue hostages, and protect his past-against all comers

They both have something to hide

When hotshot SOAR helicopter pilot Trisha O’Malley rescues Navy SEAL Bill Bruce from his undercover mission in Somalia, it ignites his fury. Everything about Trisha triggers his mistrust: her elusive past, her wild energy, and her proclivity for flying past safety’s edge. Even as the heat between them turns into passion’s fire, Bill and Trisha must team up to confront their pasts and survive Somalia’s pirate lords.

Quick & Dirty: A Night Stalker pilot and Navy Seal, dangerous mission can they find a forever love?

Opening Sentence: “Second lieutenant Trisha O’Malley waited ten kilometers off the North coast of Somalia for the mission “GO!” moment.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Trisha is a pilot in the Night Stalkers, and Bill is a Navy Seal embedded in Somalia. They meet when she comes to rescue some hostages and realizes his cover is blown and saves his life. They end up back on the ship and begin to get to know each other amidst all the dangerous missions going on. When Bill’s mother dies and Trisha pulls a stupid stunt and is sent on leave. She joins him in Vermont where they really begin to get to know each other as she helps him navigate through the emotional turmoil and the aftermath of his mother’s death.

When they decided to move down to Boston, Bill stumbles across Trisha’s secret, that she is really wealthy and has nothing to do with her family. When she finally comes clean about being told to leave and decide if she can be a team player, Bill helps her deal with that and come to terms with what working in special forces means. You have to be a team player. Upon returning they realize they are falling in love, but will they survive all the danger ahead.

Since I always love to tell you guys, nope I have not read any other book in this series. Honestly, I had a bit of hard time in the beginning. The writing is great, but too technical and not enough emphasis on the main characters. You really don’t start getting to know them until they go back to Bill’s home and bury his mother. I am glad I stuck it through because it did change my opinion on the the book. I am not a huge romance fan anymore, and I usually avoid military genre in general (prior military and my husband is a combat vet). I could complain about some things, but honestly I won’t because unless you are in the military you really wouldn’t know why I was complaining.

That aside, I did like seeing so many women in pilot roles for the Night Stalkers and I did love Trisha, although I felt like she was almost too perfect, she had some minor flaws, but all in all she was pretty great at everything! Bill however, I really enjoyed him as the main male character, he was thoughtful, considerate and smoking hot! This was a good read. I would have liked to see quite a bit more romance, a more cohesive plot and more character development.

Notable Scenes:

“If she’d unleashed a strike and gotten past his guard, no question it would have stung.

He watched her go. He wasn’t about to go chasing after some pint-sized Night stalker.

But, damn she was worth watching.”

The Night Stalkers:

1. The Night is Mine

2. I Own the Dawn

3. Daniel’s Christmas

4. Wait Until Dark

5. Frank’s Independence Day

6. Peter’s Christmas

7. Take Over at Midnight

7.1 The Night Stalkers Special Features

7.2 Ghost of Willow’s Past

7.3 The Sword of Io

8. Light Up the Night

9. Christmas at Steel Beach

9.1 Heart of the Storm

10. Bring On the Dusk

11. Target of the Heart

11.2 Dawn Flight

11.3 Night Rescue

11.4 Flight to Fight

12. Target Lock on Love

12.1 Christmas at Henderson’s Ranch

13. Christmas at Peleliu Cove

14. Zachary’s Christmas

15. By Break of Day


FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Casablanca provided me with a copy of Light up the Night. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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