Take Over at Midnight (The Night Stalkers)
Author: M.L. Buchanan
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: December 3, 2013
Lola LaRue, Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army’s secret helicopter regiment, is a natural at everything except relationships. She’s a professional in the air but she screws up every time she touches the ground.
Sergeant “Crazy” Tim Maloney is a goner the moment he first sees LaRue on a mission to deliver a Delta Force team into the Iranian Desert. He’s always been a ‘love ’em and leave ’em’ kind of guy, but all that changes when Lola’s in danger. Now with the stakes higher than ever, they must find a way to eliminate a threat that could destroy more than just their future.
This series gets better and better with each book. Granted, I’ve missed the first book in the series when the two majors get together, though I get the impression that events referred to in this book definitely apply to that missing book (there are references to Pres. Mathews’ late wife and a lot of guilty looks going between the majors).
I really liked how Lola was developed as a character. She had herself a really harsh beginning and it’s not every day you see a character raised pretty much by a brothel house’s cook without being encouraged toward the lifestyle herself. I also really admired that Lola considered it, but then the author allowed the natural time line to influence what happens (9/11, specifically) and what she decides to do with her life. And, as an aside, her father utterly deserves whatever torture he’s put through in this life and the next. She also has a lovely little problem with Kee Stevenson from the last book I read in the series, and I liked seeing little Dalya again. The little girl’s certainly growing up and proving herself smart as can be.
Tim – he’s a hoot. He’s got a fabulous family and really deserves his “crazy” moniker. He’s not afraid to go after a woman, be the first one to own up to feelings, and to not utterly give up on one when she shoots him down. Oh, can’t blame him for being hurt, and he was, buuuuut they also found their way to work through things.
The story was great – I learned a lot about the conflicts in the Middle East, and some of the earliest issues with Iran after the hostage situation in the 1970’s. ML Buchanan took some of the current world’s very real concerns (bioweapons being used) and turned it into a great thriller to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Lola and Tim were great as a couple, or even as a man/woman making eyes at each other without an initial plan as becoming a couple. ML Buchanan played well with the concerns that Lola rightfully would have had, as an officer having an affair/something with an enlisted individual.
I can’t help but wonder if there are going to be any more books. I think the Night Stalkers (at least the unit with the Majors) have been all paired up, so I’m not sure who could be the next subject for this series. But I certainly hope so and know I’ll eagerly read them if/when they come out.
Thank you so much, ML Buchanan and Sourcebooks!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.