Hop on and hang on tight to this great, entertaining ride!
by Julie Ann Walker
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402267134
- ISBN-13: 978-1402267130
Genre: Romanctic Suspense
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Ali thought she was close to her big brother, Grigg. She and her parents are devastated when Grigg’s best friend, Nate, delivers the news that Grigg was killed in a freak accident at the motorcycle shop where they worked. Ali has suppressed a crush for Nate since he seemed to always ignore her or dismiss her.
There is a lot Ali doesn’t know. Grigg and Nate are part of an elite black ops team and Grigg was tortured before being killed in action. Also Nate isn’t immune to her, but he does his best to ignore his attraction to her since Grigg warned him off years ago.
Nate is dark and quiet and apt to respond with one word sentences, especially if faced with Ali. Ali on the other hand gets nervous around Nate and tends to run off at the mouth.
Shortly after they learn that Grigg is dead, Ali starts feeling like she is being followed. After barely escaping a mugging she speeds off to Chicago to seek help from Nate. As soon as she enters the high tech machine shop with the ultra level security Ali suspects that this is more than a designer motorcycle shop team. It is discovered that Grigg took part in an 'off the books' operation and apparently sent secrets on a zip drive to Ali. She insists on going along to retrieve the drive as she really wants to uncover all the secrets. But there is one secret that Nate will never reveal.
I loved the fast paced action of this story. The mob participation and bungling is a little bit of a stretch but it provided opportunities for danger and action. The intense chemistry, resistance and passion between Ali and Nate makes a great romance. Ms. Walker's style is sleek and intense with a side of humor. There was some rough language but not so much that I couldn’t read right on past it.
There was a good secondary tension between Becky, the top notch mechanic and operative wanna be, and the team boss, Frank, who won’t allow himself to think of her beyond her great fix-it skills. They just rub each other the wrong way and I expect there will be another revved-up story for those two.
I would be glad to read more in this fast, tense series. If you like suspense, action and strong romance elements you will want to check out this book and the Black Knights series by Julie Ann Walker.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ali's reaction to being stalked and nearly mugged:
She felt like her life had taken on the relative dimensions and kinetic energy of a tsunami, and she had nothing but her own two hands as protection against the coming onslaught. Page 78.Nate stays on alert:
So yeah, the best thing for him to do would be to stay exactly where he was. Watching. Waiting. With five rounds of angry lead that could quickly affect an attitude adjustment in any unfriendly individuals. Page 179.
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