Series: The Night Stalkers

Bring on the Dusk by M.L. Buchman

Bring on the Dusk by M.L. BuchmanBring on the Dusk (The Night Stalkers, #10) by M.L. Buchman
Series: The Night Stalkers #10
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 3rd 2015
Pages: 416
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Name: Claudia Jean CaspersonRank: Captain, SOAR - 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Motto: Night Stalkers Don't Quit
Name: Michael Gibson Rank: Colonel, Delta Force – Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta ("The Unit")Motto: Without Equal
Mission: To go together where no one else can, and to get out alive with no one the wiser
Five nations surround the Caspian Sea, five nations desperate for the vast resources there, and willing to go to war. It will take all of Claudia and Michael's ingenuity to avert disaster. As they discover how right they are for each other, it will take even more to breach the walls they've so carefully built around their hearts...
The sixth book in M.L. Buchman's military romantic suspense series featuring the exceptionally kickass heroes and heroines of the Special Ops Aviation Regiment (SOAR).
The Night Stalkers Series:The Night is Mine (Book 1)I Own the Dawn (Book 2) Wait Until Dark (Book 3) Take Over at Midnight (Book 4)Light Up the Night (Book 5)Bring on the Dusk (Book 6)
Praise for Take Over at Midnight: "Quite simply a great read. Once again Buchman takes the military romance to a new standard of excellence." -Booklist "Dangerous top-secret missions and sizzling love scenes." -Publishers Weekly"M.L. Buchman's writing is so realistic that one almost forgets it's fiction." -Long and Short Reviews

Reviewing M.L. Buchman’s books is like stumbling over many stepping stones because I never quite know where to begin with the bundle of contradictions that each book presents. The military detail and action are never lacking but sometimes even those get too much for me, to the point where I think character growth could have been sacrificed for that.

‘Bring on the Dusk’ is no different: Buchman’s heroes and heroines are larger than life, almost removed from reality, but the further they are from Emily Beale and Mark Anderson are they allowed to finally be themselves and not get overshadowed by the near-untouchable couple of his first book. Yet the tender way he writes about his characters shine through, his striking prose reaching mythical proportions as he guides them through instances in which they get closer and fall in love. Consequently, I’m always left scratching my head at them; empathising halfway but not fully there, digging in but never reaching the bottom of them.


Light Up the Night by M.L. Buchman

Light Up the Night by M.L. BuchmanLight Up the Night by M.L. Buchman
Series: The Night Stalkers #8
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 2nd 2014
Pages: 337
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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.