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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc. #4) by Julie Ann Walker

"A first-rate thrill ride."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren't sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run...


Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn't counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there's no one in the world she'd rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight...

Praise for Black Knights Inc. Series:

"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf along with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Allison Brennan."—Kirkus

Grace's Review

Rock and Vanessa's story is absolutely thrilling!

After reading book 3, Rev It Up, where the chemistry between Rock and Vanessa just exploded off the pages when they were partnered up for a stakeout, I couldn't wait to get to their story. Julie Ann Walker surpassed any of my expectations, because Thrill Ride has shot its way up to be my favorite of the series thus far!

Oh, the suspense and intrigue levels are pretty high in this one. The side jobs Rock Babineaux has been working on has put a huge target on his back and now the Black Knights operative has gone rogue! The rest of the Black Nights Inc. team refuse to believe what he is being accused of so they set out to find him and attempt to clear his name. His partner, Vanessa, is determined to help him no matter what. Even if she finds him, do you think he will accept the help willingly? He's got some pretty strong reasons for going rogue in the first place. Rock is one stubborn Cajun who has built a fortress around his heart and Vanessa has just the right amount of tenacity and strong will to break through his walls. I loved all the situations they were put in, especially all the danger and adventure in the jungle. Ms. Walker also turns up the heat level as well creating some of the steamiest scenes of the series. From the French phrases to the way he wants to protect those he cares most about, Rock is truly one of those self-sacrificing heroes to fall completely head-over-heels for. Not only did Thrill Ride keep me on the edge, but it was also funny in several places, and then some parts turned me into a blubbering mess. The camaraderie of the Black Nights Inc. team...c'est magnifique!

Thrill Ride can be read as a standalone. Julie Ann Walker does a great job on filling in important points to get new readers up to speed on what has been going on. However, I am so happy that I decided to take the time to read this series in order. I'm really enjoying how she builds up certain story lines. For instance, the next book is about Wild Bill and Eve. The tension between them has been simmering since book 2! Goodness! In Thrill Ride Bill and Eve continue to dance around each other like two little repelling magnets, and I can't wait to see what happens in their story, Born Wild.

The Black Nights Inc. series is so addicting! I have become a huge fan of this series. Julie Ann Walker's writing is edgy, entertaining, and simply delicious to read.

***A complimentary copy was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***


Julie Ann Walker said...

Thanks for reading and reviewing! :-D

GraceDZ said...

It was my pleasure, Julie! Love, love, love this series!!!

Rhonda D said...

I will definitely be reading this one. Thanks so much for sharing with us! I love the series too!

GraceDZ said...

Rhonda D, this series gets better and better! Enjoy! :)

Angela Love said...

I loved this book but then again how can you NOT love Rock!!!! Loved the book and LOVE the series!!!

GraceDZ said...

Angela, I now have a huge soft spot for Rock. Let's all swoon for him!

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