Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

The hero we've all been waiting for...

Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes
Former Navy SEAL
Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he's tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who's been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha's beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie's losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie's tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with...

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Book 9
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

It has been a long wait for geeky hottie Ozzie's story. It took me a little while to warm up to the story because Samantha, our heroine, was not really doing it for me. But with a little patience on my part and Ozzie explaining to Samantha why Matt Smith is the best Doctor (which I'm not sure I agree with), I got sucked in.

Ozzie is very much the star of this story and for me it is all about him. I did end up liking Samantha simply because he did and how she felt about Ozzie. Ozzie is funny, clever, sexy, and courageous. Although his courage deserts him when it comes to asking Samantha for what he really wants. A serious relationship with her.

As always with the stories from Black Knights Inc, Wild Ride has plenty of action, drama, and heat. By the end, I was in tears and I was left happy.

This is an intriguing story that will suck you in from page one and have you unable to put it down. I really enjoyed the characters, the mystery, and the sexiness!

Samantha Tate is a reporter that has had a hunch for years that the Black Knights are into more than just motorcycles. She’s just been unable to prove it… even after befriending Ozzie, one of the members. The Black Knights are actually a US government-funded black ops group, but it’s top secret and highly classified, so keeping their names and faces out of the press is a top priority. Ozzie’s job is to distract Samantha and keep her from getting any information that could be dangerous to the Black Knights’ members. Only the more time they spend together the more their attraction grows, and when Samantha stumbles upon some information about guns being run through another MC and winds up with a target on her back, Ozzie will do whatever it takes to protect her.

This book is filled with just the right amount of anguish, sarcasm, intrigue, and wittiness to make it a book you won’t want to put down, while at the same time ever end. I will have to say that as much as I loved Samantha and Ozzie, I’m completely obsessed with Christian and Emily. I cannot WAIT for their story – I kept wanting to speed read through parts in this book to get to the next glimpse of Christian and Emily! Really looking forward to the next book in this series… I hope it’s theirs!

This is the ninth book in the series, and they just keep delivering the goods! I would recommend that you read them in order, but if you are impatient to start this one, then that’s just fine.

The nosey reporter story is not new, but when the reporter is researching a super-secret, under the wire organisation, hiding behind a biker set up, things get a little more real than usual! Throw in Ozzie and nothing is quite as expected. He is healing and frustrated until his new mission becomes keeping Samantha in his sights. Admitting that she may be the one is not exactly his intention, but it is becoming harder to deny.

As always, there are layers and layers to the story, with mysteries and danger always just waiting to be resolved, and the plots work brilliantly as ever. Even if you can see one coming, it can take you by surprise the way it plays out. But as ever, the Black Knights ride to the rescue. Then add in the crew members that we see from previous books, the newbies who are joining the party, and suddenly hours of reading pleasure have been consumed.

Ms. Walker, please just keep writing about this wonderful group of people, they are reading gold.

Julie Ann Walker is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She'll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Ride (Black Knights Inc. #9) by Julie Ann Walker to read and review.

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