Series: The Night Stalkers #15
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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 discovered M. L. Buchman not too long ago when I had the opportunity to review Target Engaged and I can’t get enough of his writing. Every one of his books I have read since then is absolutely worth the sleep I give up to read it. If you love to watch action movies and watch things blow up or love military romances, then you definitely should read this series because it combines both of those things, and also because it has some of the most baddest women ever!
Captains Kara Moretti and Justin Roberts are new to the Night Stalkers. Kara is the first UAV pilot on the team and Justin joins the team as the pilot of the largest helicopter the team has. With these two, their differences are more obvious that their similarities. While Kara is of Italian descent, born and raised in Brooklyn with the spitfire temperament to go with it, Justin is Texan cowboy all the way to the bone and as laid back as can be. But it’s what they can do as a team that is a thing of beauty. Professionally, they are in sync and work so well together but personally, it’s a whole different story. Kara’s shields are almost impenetrable but Justin’s southern charms works its magic on her and completely strips her of all shields.
Kara is the new Air Mission Commander, a very unexpected and unlikely choice at that and on the heels of a successful operation finds herself recruited for a rescue mission within the borders of an ally nation that leads to the discovery of a terrorism plot and an America traitor, both of which must be stopped by all means possible. Justin is a very important part of the mission plan but when he and his crew get into trouble, Kara is right in the thick of things as the team rushes to rescue them.
BY BREAK OF DAY begins with action, not just the flash and bang kind, but the tactical planning that takes place before and alongside, the split second decisions that make the difference between success and failure or life and death and the fast missions that will have the reader on the edge as the tension builds up. The story is exciting, intense and absorbing. The technical details and military terminology, while sometimes a lot to take in, give the story a richness and depth that it would otherwise lack. It’s also a fascinating glimpse of what military intelligence and special operations as well as behind-the-scenes relations with other countries, even allies, looks like.
While Kara and Justin’s characters were a bit stereotypical, they were still great because they both brought something to their professional partnership and personal relationship. I really enjoyed the camaraderie between the women and men as well as catching up with couples from previous books. It’s always a thrill to read this author’s books because of the varied backgrounds of the characters and the skills they bring to the team.