M. L. Buchman, author of I Own the Dawn, is one of very few male romance writers. Buchman leans on his testosterone: his Night Stalker series turns a passion for military helicopters into a fundamental characteristic of his heroines. These women are the ultimate alpha soldiers—although it should be said that the novels do not glorify the American military.
What they do glorify is a military chopper with four seats—“the nastiest gunship God ever put on Earth and only the best flew in her,” as the heroine of I Own the Dawn, Sgt. Kee Smith, puts it. Kee is a tough-talking girl who grew up on the streets and fought her way into being a helicopter gunner.
Since I’m both squeamish and a pacifist, I tend to avoid military romance, but Buchman made Kee’s obsession with a Black Hawk helicopter fascinating. The fact that Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III, a first lieutenant copilot in her chopper, is a blue blood (albeit alpha) aristocrat didn’t hurt either. This is a classic tale of socioeconomic opposites who fall wildly into love—and passion. I loved it!
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