By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

By Break of Day by M.L. BuchmanBy Break of Day by M.L. Buchman
Series: The Night Stalkers #15
Format: eARC
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Military, Romance
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Captain Kara Moretti flies high in her MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV. It is the Night Stalkers' eyes and ears in the sky, and being behind a remote control and one step back from the action has always worked for her… and her love life.

Right until Captain Justin Roberts walks straight through her shields and into her heart. Justin is a pilot who loves being right in the middle of the fray. Together they'll go where life, limb, and heart are at risk in the Mongolian wilderness. But Justin learns there's something more important than missions - Kara.

I am a big fan of military romances, especially when it well written. I spent a lot of time being a military wife, and I’ve heard the lingo and the stories enough to know when things just don’t sound right in a book (nothing drives me more nutty then when an author gets ranks wrong when its so easy to use google). I have to say I really thought the military aspects of this book were done so well. I know very little about how different hardware works, and even less about helicopters, but the author was able to explain things in a way that wasn’t so over technical that I was confused, but informative enough to where I understood; and better than that though all of the detail served the plot, it wasn’t just showing off details just for the sake of doing it. So all of that really made me happy.

The thing that stuck out the most to me about this book was Kara. Our heroine is new to the unit, which is a very specialized unit that walks among the elite ranks. She is new, but very capable. She’s also after some time been put into a leadership role, so she’s calling some of the shots during missions, which can be a highly stressful and hard thing to do. I think it says a lot about her in how the people in the unit react to her, they all trust in her and believe that she’s doing the right thing. Plus she has this great ability to think on her feet. I love that she’s a strong woman. And watching her get close to Justin, our hero, was just all the better. When it came time for Kara and Justin to couple up if you will, neither one them was more in charge then the other, they are partners in really every sense of the word. They know each others strengths and weaknesses and are there to back each other when needed and to be silent support when not needed. It really was a fantastic dynamic, and it made me really proud to see two people on such equal footing.

Now Justin was interesting to me, he does come off as maybe a little more youthful for lack of a better word. He really enjoys his job and believes in what he is doing. And really he is trying to find his place in the unit, fitting into the pre-existing dynamic. He’s a cowboy in every sense of the word, which I loved, especially his hat. He’s also a very capable pilot and a very loyal person in general. And in terms of the romantic elements, man is he good. I liked that maybe he was more in tune with his feelings then Kara was, or maybe just more willing to face them then she was.

There was a lot going on in this book, and really just enjoyable from beginning to end. It was suspenseful, and interesting, it had great character development and emotional moments. It really everything I want in a suspenseful romance, very impressed. I’m looking forward to reading more of this author in the future, as well as more of this series.
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About M.L. Buchman

M. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.

In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.

He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics.

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