Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker

In the eleventh installment of Julie Ann Walker’s bestselling Black Knights Inc series, a charismatic, brooding former SAS officer is partnered with a bossy, beautiful former CIA agent to track down his old enemies. When the pursuit turns hot and oh-so-sexy, who will come out on top is anyone’s guess...

He puts the hot...

Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

In hot pursuit.

Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they're for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can't help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Christian Watson is a former SAS agent now working for the BKI; he is trying to move past what made him leave his homeland of England. Being back is only bringing the pain and guilt he feels, and he wants to leave and fast. When a group of reporters shows up at the cabin where he and a few other operatives and their office manager are staying, they have to get creative to escape.

Emily Scott, office manager for the BKI, has tagged along on this mission to keep everyone out of trouble. She is former CIA and after a disastrous exit – a fellow agent fell in love with her and that love turned to hate – she had to leave a job she loved. She is loving her job at BKI and steering clear of any relationships and especially love. Because love is not in the cards for her.

While Christian and Emily are always bickering back and forth, the banter seems to be flirting. And everyone on the team can see it. So they give into their passion. Some kind of friends-with-benefits. But Emily tells Christian to not fall in love with her. It will all be over then.

What happens when he does fall in love? Will she tell him that she is already in love with him? Will the team ever catch Spider?

I thought this was a good story, although Emily seemed to be a little wishy-washy at times. Maybe it is because this is the first book in the series I have read and haven't learned her ways. I did enjoy the storyline and hope to go back and read more in this series soon.

Hot Pursuit is the 11th book in the Black Knights Inc series and I've read all 11 books. Christian and Emily's romance is a good addition to the series but was probably my least favourite.

There is a lot I liked about this story. Christian and Emily's banter is good fun and they make a great match. Their bedroom scenes are incredibly hot. The action as our Black Knights try to get out of England is good. I also loved the scenes between Ace and Rusty and I'm very much hoping that Ms. Walker branches out and gives us an m/m romance story in this series.

What did I dislike? The overuse of every single British slang term available. The story felt deliberately drawn out – I would have preferred less time in the characters' heads musing about things and more action.

The big problem for me, however, was the rather large spoiler for It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. Our heroine refers to the CoHo book, which is cool. Unfortunately, Emily gives the crux of the story away. So if you haven't read It Ends with Us and you want to, make sure you read it before reading Hot Pursuit.

Hot Pursuit had its good and bad points but it is still an enjoyable read and as long as Ms. Walker continues to write books for this series, I'll continue to read them.

This is the eleventh book in the series, and it makes an awful lot more sense if you have read the previous installments. Each book gives us a fabulous continuation of ongoing political/criminal intrigue and also the romantic entanglements of the BKI team.

We left part of the team stranded in the UK and with the addition of Rusty in the mix. One of the team is particularly anxious about being back in the UK – Christian has no love of the country of his birth, and has memories from his times in the SAS which he would rather put behind him. The fact that the woman who he thinks he is in love with is also there, and in a dangerous situation for which she is ill prepared, is adding to his stress. At one stage there is one of the funniest scenes that I have read in a long time – which did a great job of setting the relationship between Emily and Christian in context.

Slow burn is almost too fast to describe these two – and all the people around them are just waiting for them to sort themselves out. It is hugely enjoyable to get both their thoughts and expectations.

One of the best things about this installment is that the underlying plot is not complete, and so more books must follow! And there are more relationship issues to be resolved... I love that it leaves me wanting more, but that it doesn't feel like it is a cliffhanger.

In my reviews for at least the last two books I’ve said at the end I couldn’t wait for Christian and Emily’s story and I loved every page of it!

Emily is a former CIA operative who lost her job when a relationship with her partner went south. Now she’s finally found a permanent home with the BKI team and no matter how handsome or charming Christian is, she’s not willing to chance losing her spot at BKI by getting involved with him. Christian has had a thing for Emily since first laying eyes on her and now that she’s out in the field with him on their current mission, staying away from her has become impossible. When Christian has a gun pointed at him and Emily steps between him and the gunman things change for them both. The two decide to try a friends-with-benefits relationship to scratch the itch they have for one another… but feelings are quick to get involved.

This book is laugh out loud funny, I seriously cracked up laughing through about 90% of it. Christian and Emily are an absolute trip together and then you add in the antics of the rest of the team and this makes for a book you won’t want to miss out on. I was also super impressed with how much of the other boys from BKI we get to see in this book, I’m already so excited to read Ace’s story I hope it’s the next to release!

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 Hot Pursuit (Black Knights Inc. #11) by Julie Ann Walker to read and review.

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