*ARC Received from the author for an honest review*
OH. MY. GOD. There are some authors that are one-clicks. You know, you purchase every word they write no matter what. Julie Ann Walker is one of mine. Now I’ve loved the BKI boys from the start but the minute Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes opened his wise-cracking mouth above his nerdy tees..I WAS STOLEN. Ozzie has been my #1 man in the JAW world and I have been WAITING for him to finally get his HEA…..and ladies and gents…did he ever!!!!
I was so nervous going in to this read as I new that the heroine picked for Ozzie was the one and only Samantha Tate; the bane of the BKI secret world. I thought she was annoying. I thought she would grate on my nerves and make me hate her. I could not have been more wrong. Not only is Samantha Tate made a brass and ass; this chick is seriously made of no fear. Now we know Walker likes to have her heroines BE just that…heroines. But Samantha’s heroics took my completely by surprise and learning her horrid backstory of WHY she’s such a bloodhound when it comes to the hows and the whys just helped her dig her way right into my heart and sit her pretty little ass down.
Also, as most romances ho, we have the typical either “will they/won’t they” trope. But pair that with Walker’s insane ability to provide heart stopping action alongside heart wrenching emotions and moments and you have one hell of a..WILD RIDE. (Ah the title always makes sense at some point!) The climax of this story eclipsed after Samantha is caught up in the real world’s version of Sons of Anarchy, the Basilisks’ gun running business and gets target on her back. And of course Ozzie has to come to her rescue when the big bad snake’s got her dead to rights. But I won’t spoil how that goes down…oh no. Just don’t read on if you want to be spoiled at all….
Ready?….Walker threw in one last jaw dropper when FINALLY…after 6 YEARS. Samantha Tate learns BKI’s true identity in THE best way possible (I feel like I’m using a lot of full caps in this review but trust me…its worth it). Emily’s genius plan to lay it all out for Samantha had me grinning like a damn fool. But ooh no that wasn’t ENOUGH. We learn that Ozzie’s charm and nerdy ways are due to one tragic past…one that solidifies that Ozzie is the heart of the BKI crew. (#TeamBecky….read and you’ll get why).
After this ride I can’t wait for our next BKI adventure which will be Zoelner’s book (missed most of the boys in this one!) but after that…Emily and Christian? Gods that’s going to be a crazy ride.
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…
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Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!