Black Knights Inc #9; Interconnected standalone
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…
I’ve been out of the BKI gang since the second book and jumping in to Wild Ride reminded me of how much I love Walker’s writing and it made me regret having not kept up with this series. This book had a great suspenseful element that married perfectly with a budding, sexy romance. I couldn’t have asked for a more fun or sexy novel than I got with this one.
Ozzie and Samantha were so very fun to read. They had such animosity between one another in the beginning due to career choice and circumstance that it became the seed that blossomed into this powerfully strong romance. I think what I enjoyed the most was Samantha, though. She was so hungry for success, but inherently blind to truth. As a journalist one could see where that would hurt her, but it just went to show how driven she was to become something. And when she was wrong, she wasn’t afraid to be graceful in her way to fix the mistakes she made and admit to it. It was impossible not to become enamored by her strong character, and how that made her so endearing to Ozzie. As a man so used to his life, taken down by injury and struggling to overcome both the physical and emotional aspects, I adored how raw he was. Walker blended masculinity and vulnerability so well with him and I fell for him in every way. They had fantastic banter and humor that came across so easily on the pages and that created a great romantic connection on its own.
Walker’s writing and perspective are refreshing and enjoyable to read. I read this book with such ease and speed because I couldn’t–didn’t want to–put it down. If you’ve never read this series before, you can start here, but be prepared to need to read the rest of the series because you’ll want to know every BKI guy. Wild Ride was just that: a wild ride. It wove a sexy love story with suspense and sprinkled in great wit and playfulness in order to make an amazingly well-rounded novel. I can’t wait to go back to read the ones I haven’t read and read the new ones as they come out.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find Julie on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.