Wow!!! This awesome book definitely lived up to its title. Julie Ann is a brilliant writer, and her Black Knight series is one of my romantic suspense favs. Her books are always full of non-stop action, suspense and hot smexy lovin'. I've been a hard core addict ever since I got my hands on Hell On Wheels, book #1 in the series. This self-confessed BK junkie voraciously devoured the first three books, and still I wanted more. Naturally I was deliriously happy when I got my greedy hands on this book, and couldn't wait to get down to reading. I was going to take my time, savor the high, make it last. Huh? Good intentions aside, I rushed through this book like a bat outta hell. Completely caught up in the story, those pages kept turning....and turning....and turning. I was sucked into this story and I just could not put it down. Too soon it was over, and I didn't want it to end. Just as I knew it would, Thrill Ride more than lived up to my anticipation.
It was in the last book, Rev It Up, that we saw how the wind was going to blow. Rock was headed for trouble with his shadowy side job, and Vanessa was inviting herself along for the ride. And what a ride it was, more like a never ending adrenaline rush. The action scenes in this story were nothing less than spectacular. The vivid descriptions had me right there with Rock and Vanessa on their wild flight through the jungle. Then later on, Vanessa’s anguish at Rocks "death" was almost tangible.
Like the first three BK books, Thrill Ride featured characters that I connected with. I felt that Rock was perhaps the most fascinating of the BK operatives, and easily got his reasons for involving himself with the sinister Rwanda Don. I understood the Knights sense of comradely and brotherhood, and got how Rock was trying to protect his brothers. It came as no surprise that his friends would put it all on the line for him. Remember I've read these books and know just how tight these guys are. I also enjoyed seeing Vanessa holding her own amidst a bunch of macho operatives. Despite the action/suspense part of the story, it is at heart a romance, and Julie Ann did not disappoint in that part either. The love scenes were as hot and steamy as I'd expected.
Julie Ann Walker is a mega-talented author, who fast became one of my very favorites. She is amazingly gifted at pulling the reader into the story, and it was her BK series that jolted me out of a long reading slump and brought me back to the romantic/suspense genre. It is an outstanding series, with each book featuring different plots and unique characters. None of the same old recycled plots that many authors are guilty of. Her compelling characters, action filled stories and intriguing plots have made Thrill Ride one of the most entertaining new releases out there. I loved it, and feel that the readers will agree with me when I say, Julie Ann outdid herself on this one.
So, did this junkie get her fix? The answer is....for now. Just like a junkie looking for their next hit of smack, I'm already jonesing for the next book coming in September. Built for Speed will feature Wild Bill and Eve, and I get a feeling it's going to be down-n-dirty and as raw as it gets. I can't wait to get my greedy hands on it.
Thrill Ride was an awesome read, and I have no problem recommending it. And if you've not tried this series yet, then I suggest you do, because you really don't know what a treat you're missing.
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 Cordera 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...