Series: The Night Stalkers #8
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 2nd 2014
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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.
For a while now, I couldn’t really get into M.L. Buchman’s other books despite the very tight writing and the superb technical bits and the military know-hows that many romantic suspense novels lack for the primary reason of his other characters never really being able to live up to the untouchable Mark Henderson and Emily Beale. Henderson and Beale remain his hallowed, golden couple and even after they’ve long ridden into their civilian sunset, they continue to cast a long shadow over other his other books (and couples) and I can’t ever shake the nagging feeling that these 2 – as much as I kinda liked them in the first book – can do no wrong, which then made me start to resent them. The other couples needed to stand on their own feet and on their own character merits, which I thought they never could do, not when Beale and Henderson were often looking over their shoulders.
There’s also something a little off-kilter with the style of writing and the chips on the shoulders of his female characters that always make me think twice about diving into a Buchman book, but William Bruce and Trisha O’Malley’s story was one that I wanted to read simply because there wasn’t an active presence of Henderson and Beale in there.
And yes, they’re personable, likeable enough for me to want to see how Buchman continues with his Night Stalkers series.