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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc., #4)Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402282699
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Suspense
Series:  Black Knights Inc.-1,2,3
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


He's Gone Rogue

Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.

She Won't Back Down

Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun 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 they’re about to get very tight…

My Review:

I am sorry that I have been a bit slacking on reviews lately. I have been reading and drafting reviews but haven't had time to type them up. I am in the middle of a family emergency so my mind has been elsewhere.

I love this series and I have been looking forward to Vanessa and Rock's story for a long time. I am not even that much of a romantic suspense fan but I love this series to bits and little pieces.

I loved Vanessa. She was so strong and smart. In a way that was completely natural and not at all Mary Sue. I loved how she never really fell apart. I find that is rare in most romantic suspense novels. I liked Rock as well. I did have moments where I wanted to smack him upside the head. But he definitely had his reasons so I could understand but still, I wanted to smack him upside his head. He acted like a jerk to Vanessa not because he was a jerk but because he had his reasons. And it was clear throughout the book that he did love her so I can excuse his jerkiness.
I loved Thrill Ride. It was a bit slow going on the start but again, I've been a bit distracted lately. It did prove to be a great diversion during a time of great stress. Oddly enough, I loved the action sequences. Usually they are the throwaway part for me in a romantic suspense novel. I like that they never became overwhelming or took over the focus from the romance. I also did know who the bad guy was until the end of the book and the buildup was great. The chemistry between a Rock and Vanessa was perfect with a great amount of conflict and tension. That's always a good thing.
This is part of a larger series but can be read on its own. But I highly recommend reading all the books in this series. I've loved each and every one of them.


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