Thursday, June 28, 2018

Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker

In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

Welcome to Black Knights Inc.

What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the North Side of Chicago is actually headquarters for the world's most elite covert operatives. Deadly, dangerous, and determined, they'll steal your breath and your heart.

After a mission-gone-sideways forces Jamin "Angel" Agassi to change his identity, he's determined to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate kingpin once and for all. That's going to be the easy part. Keeping Interpol agent Sonya Butler from discovering who he really is—and blazing another trail into his heart—is the challenge.

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Book 12
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the twelfth and I suspect final book in the series (even if I wish it weren’t true!). You most definitely should read them all and read then in order. However, I would suggest that you have some light reading in between as these are high speed, full on books which take all your energy and adrenaline. The plot flowing through all the books has been brilliant and the romances have been SUPER hot each and every time. I think these would make an amazing set of films.

In this book Angel gets his happily ever after – which is somewhat unexpected, but absolutely the most romantic, sad, moving, intense story – and actually, so do Ace and Rusty... finally.

As we learn about his background and find the only woman he ever loved is mixed up with “Spider,” it is all a bit of a shock, but obviously the layers are hidden and interwoven so who really knows what’s what! Sonya is certain that she’s met someone special, but in the completely wrong setting. The fact that she is reminded constantly of Mark, her first love, is not helping.

As we see everything unravel, we can only be patient as the strands of the story reform and BKI brings order to chaos. Such a wonderful ending to a really excellent series. Most definitely on my reread list, but I reckon even the second time around I will be worrying about them all!

Since I had only found this series with the last book and loved it, I knew I wanted to read this one too.

Sonya Butler is trapped with the world's worst criminal mastermind and she can't believe she is stuck there. But he has evidence against her that could ruin her for good. So, she has to bite her tongue and wait until she gets free. When Spider, the criminal, has Jamin “Angel” Agassi sitting at his desk and wanting him to steal for him, Sonya can't believe her eyes when she sees a picture of who he used to look like. Could it be possible he was, or just a carbon copy of the man she loved 10 years ago?

Jamin “Angel” Agassi works with the Black Knights Inc. and now he is undercover to help capture Spider. The man responsible for a lot of bad things happening on the dark web. Angel has let himself get captured to infiltrate Spider’s compound and can't believe his eyes when he sees Sonya standing beside Spider. She can't work for him because when he knew her 10 years ago, that wasn't the Sonya he knew.

Can Angel rescue Sonya and capture Spider? Will Sonya find out who Angel really is? Can Angel and Sonya move from the hurt feelings and past to have a future? Will they both survive Spider when he finds out who they really are?

I love a good romantic suspense and this series has all the feels and suspense to make it a great story. I have to make time to read the rest of the series soon. If you are looking for a great romantic suspense, I recommend this one but would suggest starting from the beginning. I know I have missed so much just reading the last two. So grab them and enjoy!

Built to Last is the final instalment of the Black Knights Inc and it gives us Angel’s story. It is a pretty unique second chance love story among the usual action, danger, and catching bad guys we’ve come to know and love with this series.

Angel and Sonya cross paths for the first time in 10 years when Angel is “captured” by the criminal mastermind known as the Spider. Angel himself is a pretty cool, calm, and collected guy, even if he is a little scary. When I learned what he has given up for the greater good and to save the world, I wanted nothing more than for him to have his happy ending with Sonya, who we learn is a good woman.

We also get a second romance between Ace and Rusty, who are dancing around each other. The two men provide us a good dose of verbal sparring as we wait for them to get their act together.

I loved the two romances combined with the action, which is great too. I loved watching Angel, Sonya, Ace, Rusty, and the Black Knights Inc team bring down the biggest of the big bad guys. I had fun with the danger and life or death situations and seeing the good guys win in a way you only can when such situations are fictional.

But I think my favourite thing about Built to Last is we get to learn ‘where to next’ for each of the Black Knights Inc couples we’ve met over the years and I thought the finale was perfect. It has been a pleasure reading this series and I’m going to miss these guys and gals.

I just love these Black Knights Inc. boys! Built to Last might have been my favorite of the series so far just because it’s action packed from page one to the final page and I loved it!

Angel is a Black Knights Inc. operative gone undercover to capture Spider, a man who has been haunting his team for a long time. Angel was an operative in his “previous life” who had extensive facial reconstruction surgery to take on a new identity – as Angel. This mission is hitting especially close to home for him because his ex from that previous life seems to be Spider’s girl Friday. Spider is blackmailing Sonya into working for him and she’s reluctant and sassy every step of the way. She also has an odd feeling she’s met Angel before – he reminds her so much her ex, who she watched die…

I really loved that this book literally never has a dull moment, one scene to the next – I couldn’t put it down. As much as I loved Angel and Sonya, because they’re both amazing and so perfect for one another, I think my favorite part of this book was Rusty and Ace’s story – this book was almost a 2-for-1 deal and I loved it! Usually I’m not a huge fan of (actually… I usually HATE) authors flipping back and forth so much from one couple to another, but Julie Ann Walker does a brilliant job with it in this book. I hope we’re set to get more from these BKI men!

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 Built to Last (Black Knights Inc. #12) by Julie Ann Walker to read and review.

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