Author: Julie Ann Walker
Pub: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel from Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: New York Times bestselling author Julie Ann Walker continues to thrill readers with her sexy Black Knights, Inc. romantic suspense series. Behind the facade of their tricked-out motorcycle shop is a covert team comprised of the most elite ex-military specialists.
“Edgy, Alpha, and downright hot!” – USA Today Bestselling Author Catherine Mann
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: “Son of a blueballed biscuit eater”…..this a great story! That quote is just one of the many hilarious phrases used by the newest heroine, Abby Thompson, in the very best book in the Black Knights, Inc. series. I have loved this series for a long time. How Ms. Walker keeps making her heroines more engaging and her heroes hotter is a mystery to me….I just want her to keep them coming. *cough*
Carlos “Steady” Soto first met Abby when he and his twin sister, Rosa, were in medical school and Abby was a eighteen year old pre-med college student with a father running for President. At twenty-five, Steady knew that Abby was much too young for him. Age isn’t the only obstacle between them, though. Aside from the security detail assigned to follow the probable next first daughter everywhere she goes, how can the son of a Puerto Rican working class family possibly find a future with the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the world? Those questions become unimportant when a life altering tragedy separates them for eight years and they don’t see each other until they are thrown together in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur.
When Abby is kidnapped by Jemaah Islamiyah, an indigenous Islamic terrorist group who killed her protection detail, Carlos Soto is the only man left with the skill and will to take on a dangerous group of highly trained and motivated terrorists. Their escape through the humid, sweltering jungle of Malaysia is a trip into hell. Besides the obvious problem of out running a group intent on recapturing the President’s daughter and killing Carlos, they have to maneuver through an inhospitable terrain, a pissed off pachyderm, river gorges and unstable bridges. It is intense! And through it all, they are remembering……….
Carlos remembers a young woman whose intelligence, good looks and charm were only out weighed by her incredible sense of humor while Abby is thinking of the terrible secret she has kept from him for all these years, a secret she knows that the fierce warrior he has become can never forgive. As they race for safety, they both discover that all of the qualities that attracted them when they were younger have grown in the years since they last met and their desire for each other is hotter than the jungle heat.
This is book seven of a series, but I think it might work just fine as a stand alone for a new fan. There are appearances by characters from previous books as well as some fascinating newcomers, but none of that will detract from this story in any way. Julie Ann Walker gives us multiple points of view, allowing us to know what’s happening on several fronts while Carlos and Abby are dodging bullets in the jungle…..and then Abby says something outrageous, Carlos laughs and I nearly fall out of my freakin chair! Pure entertainment from beginning to end!
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Have fun!