Review: Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knight Inc (# 7)
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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She Needs a Hero…

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue…

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved—who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him…for the second time?

 

Review:  I’ve loved this series from book one and Full Throttle was no exception.  In fact, at book seven in the series, the Black Knight series is going quite strong.  As with most series books, this one will stand alone, but parts of it will make more sense if you’d read other books in the series.

In this installment, we have Carlos, ex-Amry Ranger turn Black Knight member, and Abby, the president’s daughter.  These two met during college and then a disaster tears them apart.  Eight years later, Carlos is assigned to back up the Secret Service to protect Abby during a conference in Malaysia.  Things go terribly wrong and they’re on the run from terrorists, but while trekking through the jungle, sparks fly and can they find a happily ever after?

I actually rather enjoyed both characters.  Carlos was a tough guy, but not afraid of his feelings when it came to Abby.  He was willing to do just about anything to protect her.  What woman doesn’t dream of such an alpha male?  And then Abby is just a sweetheart.  She’s carrying around so much guilt and is afraid for her life, but is still so likable and I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything is going to be all right.  The two of them together just explode off the page.

The best aspect of this book for me though was the plot and the romp through the jungle.  The imagery was so strong, I could feel the humidity and see the wildlife.  Ms Walker through all kinds of twists and turns into the story, although the reader is told from nearly the beginning who the bad guys are, so there’s no real mystery.  But that didn’t detract from story.  There was enough adventure and suspense on what was going to happen next.

While romantic suspense isn’t my favorite genre, I do love this series.  I’m always waiting for the next book in this series and I can’t wait to see what Ms Walker has up her sleeve for book eight.