Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FULL THROTTLE by Julie Ann Walker

(Black Knights Inc. #7)
Author: Julie Ann Walker
ARC Review
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

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?"


Great to be back at Black Knights Inc head-quarters...... however brief!

Carlos and Abby have some history. However innocent their connection might have been back then, their draw to each other now is anything but innocent. A tragic event all those years ago is what separated them, and it looks like another near tragic event is what brings them face to face now. 

As daughter of the President of the United State, Abby does not enjoy a lot of freedom and has learned to live with a security detail as her shadow. When she is snatched from under their noses, Carlos manages to track her down.

Thrown together they have an opportunity to clear up some of the misunderstanding that sent each of them in a different direction years ago. But there are some things they aren't eager to share, for fear of destroying the beautiful chemistry between them. 

The struggle between loyalties is so well described, it can be felt. Julie Ann Walker outlines the internal conflicts as clearly as she does the thrilling action in this novel.

I missed the involvement of the rest of the BKI team, to whom we have relatively little exposure. The bulk of this novel plays out away from the regular backdrop in the BKI series and makes it feel almost like a spin-off, rather than part of this series. It doesn't take away from the quality of the writing, but says something about my expectations for a series' novel. 
Nevertheless, I highly recommend Full Throttle as a high intensity romantic suspense read, with clearly defined, and completely sympathetic characters.

✨Fast-paced, stimulating and stormy, second-chance novel!✨

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