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Review: REV IT UP by Julie Ann Walker

I wasn’t so sure about Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker when I started reading it. Once I got past the prologue the feel was just a little different than the first two and I liked those so I was unsure about it. I worried a little that Michelle, the heroine was going to annoy me a bit with her narrations of why she should not be with Jake, the hero. However, it didn’t take long for the book to really take off and take me for quite a ride. Rev It Up indeed.

16035439Jake enters the story as simple as you can imagine. He shows up at the Knights shop and says he is there for Michelle. We get an “I love you” right away from this guy. What hero does that? Normally they are so confused about what they want and fight the love, but not in Rev It Up. The love is there. It’s Michelle that fights it. Okay, well then Jake fights it a little bit later. Walker adds in several twists and turns to her story and always seems to let her readers ride those out with the characters which is kinda cool. While I like to know everything all at once, a book is a journey to be lived out.

The adventures in Rev It Up are a little more intense than previous books in my opinion because we are in the head of the crazy villain Johnny when he does some very evil things. I had a tough time with those but when justice was served it was all that much better. Walker continues to put the characters we know and love into different and original situations.

Back to the romance between Jake and Michelle. It is unlike other romance stories. It is like real life where you can love a person one minute and hate what they do to you the next and get completely irrational because of the hurt. There were a lot of back and forth moments between Jake and Michelle. Blame and bad decision making on both of their parts. It was incredibly moving to watch them work it out.

Another pleasure to reading Rev It Up is the appearance of former main characters and getting to watch Frank and Becky of In Rides Trouble (Book 2) was quite fun. Walker introduces future characters in such a great way too. The are weaved expertly into the current plot but also set up their own plot. I can’t wait to read Rock and Vanessa’s book next! If you like romantic suspense, you really need to check out the Black Knights, Inc series. It’s so good.

Reviewed by Amy

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About the Book:

Title: Rev It Up (Black Knights, Inc, #3)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks 

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Summary:

He Never Misses A Target

Jake “the Snake” Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly-and with lethal force. That’s also how he broke Michelle Carter’s heart. It was the only way to keep her safe-from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle’s loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow…

She Aims To Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to “love her and leave her.” But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake’s hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he’s wrapped around her heat, he’ll never let her go…

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