Note: The series was originally launched in 2002 with a traditional publisher. In 2021, the rights reverted back to Buchman and he began re-releasing them after revisions, edits, proofs, new covers, etc.
Kee Smith qualified as a helicopter crew chief, a top sniper, and the second woman to ever make the Army’s secret Night Stalkers. When she chooses her copilot as her next target, he doesn’t stand a chance.
Point of view:
3rd person. Mostly from John & Connie’s perspectives, but a few from other characters as well.
12/30/2021 – review of updated version. Note: While each book stands on its own and covers a couple’s story completely – these are best read in order because characters are introduced in previous books. Starting with The Night is Mine.
I also thought it important to share the author’s note on the re-release:
I’m thrilled to be able to offer this title in its original/revised form. Connie is one of my favorite characters (partly based on the single smartest person I ever met–she was amazing). In the original and present form Connie falls for the massive, African-American helicopter mechanic from Oklahoma. In the previously published form, my publisher wouldn’t permit an interracial couple (in 2013 for crying out loud). I’m so glad to be able to return Big John Wallace to his former/proper race. It doesn’t change the story much, but it fixes the fact that I didn’t (as a meek baby author) fight such racism when I should have.M.L. Buchman
While most of the couples have a special place in my heart… Connie is especially dear. Her visit home with John and the almost immediate bond she has with his family is so amazing. Like many of the other characters she’s carrying strong burdens of loss and not living up to perceived expectations. Without even trying, she impresses John and he’s immediately intrigued.
When they become more than just teammates and then more than friends – the consequences of what that means to both of them threatens to break them apart. Buchman is so good with the emotional impact in this book. Several places had me wiping away tears. And wanting to give Connie a big ol’ hug. Connie & John both have amazing strength and vulnerability. Their road to happiness is an amazing read.
PLUS – we get lots of action/thriller scenes throughout. Buchman does a great job again of balancing & pacing between military action and romance. It’s easy to get sucked in and read these in a day or two.
I can’t wait for Tim & Lola’s story, Take Over at Midnight.
About the author:
Bestselling author M.L. Buchman started the first of over 70 novels and 100 short stories (along with an ever-growing pile of audiobooks narrated by the author) while flying from South Korea to ride across the Australian Outback. All part of an around-the-world bicycle trip (a mid-life crisis on wheels) that ultimately launched his writing career. His true loves are military romantic suspense and political technothrillers; with contemporary romance, fantasy, and SF all vying for third place.
M. L. has designed and built houses, flown and jumped out of airplanes, and consulted to the Fortune 100. He is constantly amazed at what can be done with a degree in geophysics.
You can connect with M.L. Buchman here:
My Favorite Quotes
She smiled. The warmth of it, the force of it, slammed him back in his seat. – Wait Until Dark by @mlbuchman #NightStalkers #RomanticSuspense #ThrillerTweet
I’m a stronger woman than I thought I was. – Wait Until Dark by @mlbuchman #NightStalkers #RomanticSuspense #ThrillerTweet
We train for it constantly and plan how to beat it every day, every hour. We’re seldom disappointed and it’s why we’re still alive. – Wait Until Dark by @mlbuchman #NightStalkers #RomanticSuspense #ThrillerTweet
Before John she’d have defined “safe” as not being shot at. – Wait Until Dark by @mlbuchman #NightStalkers #RomanticSuspense #ThrillerTweet