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Review: TOO HARD TO HANDLE by Julie Ann Walker

If you like romantic suspense with super sexy, passionate scenes that make you squirm a little while reading, you must read Too Hard To Handle by Julie Ann Walker. She will have your heart racing one minute and melting the next. It’s a wild ride with the main characters, Dan and Penni. One you won’t want to miss!

I didn’t get the chance to read Dan and Penni’s intro in past stories (Walker sets all heroes/heroines up in prior books in the BKI series) but I do remember when Dan lost his wife and that was unbelievable and heart breaking. I couldn’t imagine how Dan was going to heal and move on but am so glad for Penni! The easy going way between Dan and Penni is refreshing in romance when you have to build up a conflict at some point between them. This one was great. I was a little bummed how quickly Penni put the breaks on between her and Dan but I probably would have felt the same way in that situation. The ending, however, was perfect.

As with all of the Black Knights books, the camaraderie between all the guys is just awesome. They know when to joke around, when to call each other on their $hit, and when to buckle down and get to business. It’s like coming home when I read one of these books! In Too Hard To Handle, we are also treated to Dagan and Chelsea’s budding romance. I look forward to reading their story because it’s going to be a feisty one.  If you like romantic suspense, give the Black Knight’s series a read. While each of them build off of one another you can pick up any book and find enjoyment reading it as a stand alone.

Title: Too Hard To Handle (Black Knights, #8)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

 

Review: THRILL RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

Rock and Vanessa! What a couple. I haven’t read so much emotion and heartbreak in a while and I have ready plenty of romantic suspense books!  I also haven’t shed tears over a book or characters in a very long time like I did while reading Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker. 

This Black Knights Inc Series book gives us Richard “Rock” and Vanessa’s story. The story opens with the Knights finding out that Rock has gone Rogue. Or at least that is what the CIA wants everyone to believe. Walker does a fantastic job with the show of any scene whether it is a super action packed scene or a sexy love scene. In Thrill Ride, I felt like I was actually sweating in the jungle with Rock and Vanessa and I felt my heart bursting into pieces right along with the characters at other times. I also felt the love the two of them shared in the more private moments all the way down to the bones. The panic. The heartbreak. The joy. It is all wrapped up in this one.

Watching the Knights take charge, kick some ass, dupe others, and just take care of what is theirs is what makes me continue to read this series. The bond they have is truly unbreakable. Walker does a tremendous job of individualizing each story she writes in the Black Knights series to the characters. Her plots are original and engaging. The chemistry between the characters is always palpable and the love scenes are spot on with the characters and plot and oh so passionate and sexy.

As with all the other books in this series, Thrill Ride sets up the next book’s main characters. In this one we are privileged to read about Bill and Eve. Their characters are as different as day and night it seems so I can’t wait to see how that will turn out. If you like romantic sense with bad ass, lovable, black ops heroes and strong, ballsy heroines, give Thrill Ride a read.

Title: Thrill Ride (Black Knights, #4)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: WILD RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

Wow. Just wow. I absolutely l loved Ozzie and Samantha’s story! Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker gives us everything the title states. Emotional highs and lows, drama, suspense, action, despair, and joy.  All of those things are packaged into a story that will grip you from the first page all the way until you close the book. Since I am not able to read a book in one sitting, every night when I had the opportunity to sit and read I couldn’t wait. I would rush through the daily things that had to be done in order to spend time with Ozzie and Samantha. I love that in a book!

I have read the first four books in the series and then jumped to this one (#9) and realize there is probably a lot more Ozzie I missed in past books that I can’t wait to go back and read about. He is a geeky, 80’s loving, hottie who has the biggest heart I have seen from a hero in a long time. Samantha knows how good Ozzie is and miscommunication and assumptions are what take their relationship on a rocky ride from friends to lovers to something else. Walker did a phenomenal job with the flirting and love scenes between Ozzie and Samantha. The feelings and descriptions of the scenes were so passionate and the interruptions comical. The ending of book as it related to Ozzie and Samantha was absolutely perfect.

Walker writes a wicked good suspense story. The villains are crazy evil, elevating the reader’s heartbeat quite a bit, and the action scenes are done so well that it is easy to picture it play out. The addition of previous and future characters of the series are always a nice addition and they are why I like to read a series.

The only hesitation I have with Wild Ride is that while I am looking forward to Christian and Emily’s story (we are treated to their feelings for one another in this one), I am not sure I will be able to handle their buildup and courtship. They both annoyed the way they talked to one another. I was sort of hoping their relationship was wrapped up at the end of this one because of that. That is the first time I have felt like that with any of the characters in this series, so it surprised me.

Wild Ride is a fantastic romantic suspense story. Whether you have read all of the other Black Knights books by Walker or are looking to start, give this one a read. It can be read as a stand alone and is very hard to put down. While your heart will be racing many times during the story, it will also be filled with joy at the end.

Title: Wild Ride (Black Knights, Inc, #9)

Author: Julie Ann Walker

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received via NetGalley

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.

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Review: IN RIDES TROUBLE by Julie Ann Walker

Can I just say I am loving the Black Knights series by Julie Ann Walker? The second book in the series, In Rides Trouble is tense and powerful and just freaking awesome. In this one, it isn’t so much the action that I loved but the palpable chemistry and verbal sparring between Frank and Becky. We watched their strained interactions in Hell on Wheels and watching the two of them come to terms with their love for one another is just as explosive as you would expect.

13088405Frank, aka “Boss” is several years older than Becky and the leader of the Black Knights, but it’s her shop that they use as their cover so there is already an interesting meshing of personalities. When we left the two of them in Hell on Wheels, Becky had wanted to become an operator with the rest of the crew but Frank was not having that (more so out of fear than his confidence in her abilities I suspect), so she up and left for some time away. Her time away ended up on a lovely boat with her best friend hijacked by pirates. Of course it was Frank and the Knights to her rescue. That was fun to watch.

Aside from the exciting action of the rescue and other danger that lurkes throughout the story, I was all in when reading about Frank and Becky. I love their back and forth play. I think Becky’s brother Bill said it best when he noticed their verbal sparring was a form of foreplay. That didn’t go over well with Frank when it was brought to his attention. Bottom line is Frank doesn’t think he can have Becky and she has no idea why.

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