Review: HELL ON WHEELS by Julie Ann Walker

Loved this book so much! I first heard about Julie Ann Walker when I attended the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon in April 2014. I saw this book and just knew I had to have it. I bought it, set it aside with all the other books I purchased when I got home and went on on with life. Lately it has been calling my name. Why oh why have I waited so long to read this? Hell On Wheels is a well written, fast-paced, romantic suspense story that had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page.

13088406Nathan “Ghost” Weller is a former Marine Sniper working for Black Knights, Inc, a covert special ops group. Alissa Morgan is the younger sister of Nate’s brother in arms, Grigg. His death and Ali’s stalker have seriously raised some questions that the Knights must find the answers to. This is my first introduction to Walker’s books and let me tell you, I am hooked. I love her writing, the descriptions she provides whether it is during the action or intimate scenes and the exciting plot.

I found Nate to be a little annoying, a lot likeable and very sexy. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and all that guilt he has bottled up make him so damn broody but also vulnerable. To see him ripped open and breaking down into tears, caused me to break down into tears. He is also a complete badass when it comes to protecting people. He understands the risks and knows not to cross the line when unnecessary.

Ali is the perfect person for Nate. She constantly surprised me when it concerned him. It was refreshing to see a strong woman shown in a different light. She wasn’t a physical or strong willed woman. She was strong because she had to be for her brother and Nate even though she hated what was happening. She had to see things through no matter what the cost because of her love for Grigg and Nate and she wanted her life back to the way it was.

Hell On Wheels is an intense story. The scenes where Nate is reliving the worst situation of his life are gripping and heart wrenching. I literally had tears running down my face feeling his pain and anguish. Walker does an phenomenal job of putting the reader into the story in these types of scenes. She balances the agonizing scenes out with the lovely, sweet romantic scenes, though. The ones where you squirm a little in your seat because of how hot the two main characters are together.

Hell On Wheels starts off the series and we get to meet many of the other Black Knights. It sets up Frank and Becky’s story well and we learn a bit about Ozzie, who I already love with his fun personality but fierce loyalty to his fellow operators. If you are looking for a captivating romantic suspense book, I highly recommend you give Hell On Wheels a try.

Reviewed by Amy About the Book:

Title: Hell on Wheels (Black Knights Inc, #1)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Book Summary:

He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted…

Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.

She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length…

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?

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