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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc., #1)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 349 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Military
Series: Black Knights, Inc
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's
Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.

Hold On Tight...

Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits.

Rough Road Ahead

Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.
My Review:

This is my first non-Lisa Kleypas book in a little over two weeks. It was a nice break because it was so different.

I liked Ali. I did. She reminded me of every Kindergarten teacher I have ever met (pathologically cheerful yet with a look as though they've been through intense combat). She did have a tendency towards vomiting every other page. I found that to be extremely obnoxious especially because Walker did not skimp on the details of every vomit episode. It did not serve any purpose for the character other than to make me, the reader, ill. Nate was almost able to make me forget about the vomit episodes. How can you not like Nate? He was a bit cold and unapproachable but he was generally a good guy. He also had a good reason to keep his distance but to tell you would, of course, be a spoiler and as much as I like them, most people don't.

I really did like this book a lot. The black ops plot is always one of my favorites. The language was a bit choppy but it characterized the book really well. Ali and Nate also had great chemistry. I did wonder about his attraction to her at some points but in general I liked them together. I also loved all of the secondary characters. I can't wait for both Becky and Frank and Ozzie and whatever lucky woman ends up with. I may be being a bit nitpicky but there were two things that really got on my bad side. (1) the vomiting all the time and anywhere. Did this woman ever keep any food in her stomach? At least the heroine admits that it's not normal. It did creep me out that they had sex right after she vomited. Call me a prude but even though she brushed her teeth, there are remnants and it's disgusting. (2) the constant use of "H-E-Double hockey sticks". I get she doesn't like to curse but pick something else. It got repetitive. But aside from these two gripes, petty as they may be, I did devour this book in a little under two hours and I did enjoy it.

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