Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc #8)

toocover64895-mediumAuthor: Julie Ann Walker

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: “The Man” is back
Dan “The Man” Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He’s hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan’s number one priority.

And this time she’s ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she’s excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can’t forget. And a secret that’s going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.


Review: Okay, gotta give Ms Walker some credit with this book. She handled a situation in a very unique way that I haven’t seen before. If you are reading the Black Knight series for the first time and you’ve chosen this one–or if you’re like me, old and unable to remember all the details from the last book–you’re not going to know a couple of key facts that will make this book very interesting. And one of them even PENNI doesn’t know. But I’m zipping my lips and letting YOU discover the secrets within! 😉

Penni’s looking for Dan. After their mission together in Malaysia, she wasn’t sure she was going to ever see him again. When she got home to D.C., she realized how much she cared for him–and she was pretty sure he felt the same way. She really wanted to talk to him–face-to-face–and see if she was right. Bad things had happened to her and her Secret Service teammates on the mission in Malaysia–just terrible–so it was no surprise that she’d quit her job. When she hits Black Knights in Chicago, though, it’s a little difficult to get through to Dan. He’s gone! But everyone there is incredibly encouraging that she go where he is…so she does.

Dan is on a mission in Peru to find the second CIA traitor holding enough confidential information to blow the world sky high. But they’re not the only group trying to find him. A mysterious gun-toting Russian’s in town as well as that weird feeling Dan’s got that he’s being watched–which might be a third potential competitor for the prize. When Penni shows up in the town square, at first he’s elated. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since their mission in Malaysia. But when things start getting dicey and their lives are in danger, he’s not so thrilled that she’s in the line of fire.

Losing his wife Patti two years earlier to a crazy gunman on the grounds of Black Knights Inc had slaughtered Dan. He’d dived into an alcoholic haze and only recently had been able to pull himself out of it. Falling for Penni so soon after was scary–he wasn’t sure if he EVER wanted to love someone again. When she appeared in Peru he realized that it was a moot point–he already cared about her. But what if she got hurt, or worse, killed? He’d never be able to take that. So what’s he going to do when they’re both placed in a dangerous situation where they’re risking their lives?

Penni’s got a secret to tell, but what she doesn’t realize is that there are things SHE doesn’t know about Dan. Important things. Things that are going to rock her world even more than the bad guys chasing their six.

Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc series continues with steaming hot action under the sheets and on the streets with Dan the Man and Penni DePaul shooting ’em up and risking it all in this international thriller that’s sure to please current lovers of the series as well as new readers alike. Thanks!



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