In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc, #2)
Released: September 4, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
Book two in Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc series and I’m enjoying. This is a black ops suspense type series, but it is on the lighter side with lots of humor and over the top situations. This is Frank and Becky’s story, who we meet in book one. Frank is the top dog at Black Knight Inc, a group of ex-military men who go on super secret assignments. Years ago, Becky’s brother suggested to Frank they use Becky’s custom motorcycle shop as a front for this secret op group. While Becky obviously knows these men are involved in secret government affairs, she has never been asked to be an operator for the group, nor is she allowed to sit in on their meetings. This frustrates Becky to no end, as she thinks she is just as tough as everyone else involved in this operation.
Frank is 12 or 13 years older than Becky and has had a crush on her since the first day he saw her. But being that much older than her and kind of being her boss of sorts, he has stayed away from her. But the sexual tension between them is off the charts. Becky feels the same way about him, and yet his huge, serious demeanor and presence has scared her enough to keep her distance over the years. When this book starts, Becky is on vacation with her friend Eve in the Indian Ocean when their fancy boat is over take by Somalian pirates. Kidnapped and held for ransom, all they can do it wait and hope the Black Knight inc boys can find them and rescue them (which they do of course!). Frank and Becky’s brother Billy along with the hottie Angel, come to their rescue. During this event, Frank becomes badly injured, and everyone arrives back in Chicago, all more beat up then when they started. From here, it is just a story of the two of them dancing around each other until one of them finally makes a move.
I liked this one a little more than book one. I think the sexual tension is better and the suspense part is more fun to read about. All the characters are very likable and the author does a nice job with bringing in supporting characters to make the world feel very full. They joke around a lot, and I like that all the men are so intense and bad ass. What can I say? I’m a black ops ho.
I did have a few disappointments. First, while there is great sexual tension, there is not a great pay off with the sex. There is really only one scene. Fail. I needed more. And I needed the sex to be a little intense and dirtier. I guess you can say the sex scene fit the tone of the book, a little silly. But I don’t want that kind of sex. I want hard core sex that only super secret black op military men know how to have damn it! So I really hope books in the future bring that part out more.
Second, and I mentioned this is the review of the first book – there is a lot of over the top, slang words used, and in particular slang words for curse words in this book. Frank says ‘Keerist’ instead of Christ. Becky says ‘dill-hole,’ and Eve. Oh god Eve. On multiple occasion she says ‘cheese and rice’ instead of Jesus Christ. Just fucking curse people!! (see what I did there?).
Seriously, y’all are bad asses, cuss like one please.
Otherwise this is a fun book, and I very much look forward to book three.