Review: In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker

In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights (# 2)
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 314
Source: Publisher

Rebel with a Cause

Becky “Rebel” Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.

Man with a Mission

Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank’s way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it’s just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

 

Review: I found In Rides Trouble to be a much better constructed story over its predecessor, Hell on Wheels.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed book one.  But I found that at times it suffered from too much world building and some of those pitfalls that many debut authors struggle with (too many points of view, way too much internal debates, and so on).  In this second book in Ms Walker’s Black Knights series, any of those little hiccups were cleared up.

Let me tell you, this book starts out with a bang… and also picks up where the prior book left off.  You wouldn’t *need* to read book 1, but it does help a little in understanding Frank and Becky and what led to Becky to being on a boat which is being hijacked by Somali pirates.  And since this is a military romantic suspense, you know there is going to be tons of action both in and out of the bedroom with our two main characters.

I enjoyed the roller coaster ride that this book took me on.  There was plenty of fighting and suspense that kept me turning the pages.  And the tension between Becky and Frank kept me interested in how it was going to play out in the end.  Yes, I could have used a little more of the bad guy and the suspense that comes with a bad guy who is *really* causing trouble and threatening the main characters.  But in the case of this book, I think it was the one weak spot.

All in all, I think if you like romantic suspense… especially one with a military theme, you may like this series.  I know that I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see what happens next!