I just read the entire series to be able to accurately review this book. I found that while I enjoyed reading a military romance about a division that never gets written about I found my eyes glazing over quite a few times when it started using acronyms (I kept forgetting what they stood for) and when describing the helicopters (I've never actually seen a military grade helicopter so couldn't really picture what they were talking about). I've liked the character of Big Bad John from the beginning and was glad he was going to have a nice romance, but I'm not sure how much I liked Connie. She had absolutely no personality until the last chapter. From John's POV we read that she was funny and loving but we were never shown that part of her. My favorite part of the book was when they visited his family. I must say that even though I didn't get into the military aspect of this series I did recommend it to a friend of mine who is a Security Medical Evacuation/ Air Medical Supervisor working in Saudi Arabia. I though he'd get a kick out of them. I'll still probably read the next book just because I'd like to see Crazy Tim get tamed.”
“This is book 3, but it does work well as a stand alone.
Both were in the previous book, but this is their time. Connie is the dedicated mechanic, the soldier who forms no attachment. She feels weird and that she does not belong. I kind of felt that I I understood where she was coming from. Yes she has issues, but that is who she is. While Big John is nice, fits in and is just a good guy. A perfect fit? Well not exactly and that is what makes it good. They first fight their attraction and then they have lots of other things to deal with. They grow.
Is there lots of military action then? Yes and no. Military yes, action, mostly at the end. That part I liked the least. Sure it was suspenseful but by then I just wanted to know everything would be ok between these too. And I rather watch and read the truly suspenseful bits in books (yes I like movies ;)
Suspense, romance, a bit of nice family life makes it into a good book.”
Name: Big John Wallace
Rank: Staff Sergeant, Chief Mechanic and Gunner
Mission: To serve and protect his crew and country.
Name: Connie Davis
Rank: Sergeant, Flight Engineer, Mechanical Wizard
Mission: To be the best...and survive.
Two Crack Mechanics, One Impossible Mission
Being in The Night Stalkers is Connie Davis's way of facing her demons head-on, but mountain-strong John Wallace is a threat on all fronts. Their passion is explosive, but their conflicts are insurmountable. When duty calls them to a mission no one else could survive, they'll fly into the night together—ready or not.
Sergeant Connie Davis is a chief mechanic for a special forces helicopter unit (Night Stalkers). Having lost both her parents at a young age, Connie has never really had any other family. Her life has consisted of a mechanical career, first on helicopters then in the military on a helicopter. Never developing emotional attachments, Connie’s life has been spent mostly alone even when in a group.
Staff Sergeant “Big” John Wallace is a flight engineer. He doesn’t know what to make of the reclusive and virtually silent Connie Davis. She is extremely intelligent and seems to be almost in tune with the mechanics around her. Learning his new team mate may teach him more than he expected.
Their Night Stalker team is chosen for a top secret mission. Connie must learn to lean on those in her team or they just might not survive an explosive threat.
I found this a slow building, captivating life story that took hold in a rather stealthy manner. Wait Until Dark was highly descriptive and the obvious familiarity with military enhanced the story telling. My heart hurt of Connie as she faced her demons, demons her life had placed in her path. I loved watching John’s patience and understanding, when dealing with Connie’s peculiarity. Peculiarity, that made her unique and special if you only just looked.
I did not read any other books in this series and had no problem following this story. It definitely can stand alone with no assistance although I will be back reading this series because I really enjoyed M.L. Buchman’s writing and want more. Wait Until Dark is a 5 Star Military Romance!
This ARC copy of Wait Until Dark was given to me by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date Feb. 1, 2013.”