cover image I Own the Dawn

I Own the Dawn

M.L. Buchman. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $6.99 mass market (416p) ISBN 978-1-4022-5813-8

Buchman follows The Night Is Mine with another rousing mix of romance and military action thrills. Sgt. Keiko “Kee” Smith reports for duty at a forward airbase in the Pakistan mountains. She’s the new gunner on a tricked-out DAP Hawk helicopter piloted by Maj. Emily Beale, the only other female member of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and co-piloted by impossibly sexy and improbably named Lt. Archibald Jeffrey “Archie” Stevenson III. Kee envies Beale’s chemistry with her husband, also a major, but assumes Beale married her way to the top. Determined to prove that she earned her position, Kee pulls off an A-plus performance on her first mission, gaining the team’s admiration—and custody of Dilyana, an orphaned 11-year-old girl rescued from the firefight. As Kee slowly bonds with Dilyana and falls for Archie, Buchman blends tender feelings with military politics and action to keep readers riveted. (Aug.)