My rating: 5 of 5 gargoyles
After the last book in the series, I seriously thought the series was at an end, what with Major Beale being pregnant and looking to leave (though thankfully she shows up in the Fire series now out), but with the publication of Light Up The Night, I was happy to discover that was not the case.
First – I’m in awe of the technical knowledge Mr. Buchman has regarding SOAR and the people/equipment that serve in our military. These books pay tribute to the serious responsibilities they have (in this case fighting Somali pirate) and acknowledges that our soldiers are people too.
Now, onto the book itself. Trish, as one of only a very small handful of female SOAR pilots feels like she has a lot to prove, not just to the military, but herself. She lives in eternal awe of Emily Beale. Unfortunately, that leads her to be a little reckless at times and she does get appropriately warned by her SOAR commander and given time to think about whether or not she’s willing to play by SOAR’s rules.
SEAL Bill has spent a long time digging into the Somali pirates but is rescued by Trish when his cover is pretty much blown and he’s about to get killed through some bad intel. He’s not happy about the rescue and lets Trish have it once they land on the carrier even after he realizes she’s a woman and expects to get some flack because he chewed out a woman.
These two both have issues that have to be dealt with and I really respect Bill for his dealing with his mother for so long and then Trish coming along to help him sort out the tragedy of losing his mom.
The romance between these two progresses fairly naturally and with the understandable caution given they are in different branches of the military and likely to be separated for long periods of time should they actually get together. Still, in the end, love finds a way and I’m happy to say these two got the HEA they truly deserved.
Glad to have read it.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.