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    Too Hard to Handle

    From Chicago to Peru and back again, Julie Ann Walker took me on another exhilarating journey in Too Hard To Handle. Dan is a member of Black Knights Inc., a black ops group of alpha men. Penni is a former Secret Service Agent. A few months ago an op they were involved in together not only brought them extremely close, but the op also had devasting results. Ever since, neither Dan nor Penni have forgotten the other. Now Penni has gathered her courage and sought out Dan for some unfinished business. Little does she expect to find herself in Peru embroiled in another op with him, and more danger. To survive and complete the op, their lives are on the line yet again...and if they do, will the unfinished business be the end of them or just the start? I liked the different settings in Too Hard to Handle. Not only was I in Peru, I was in Chicago as well, at the BKI compound I can picture so well thanks to Julie Ann's descriptiveness! The whole concept of BKI and the people who work there is fascinating and enthralling...because it seems so real, so dangerous, and so unexpected. I liked Dan and Penni's story. I really liked Dan as a hero in Too Hard to Handle. He has had his fair share of struggles, and it was so nice to see how he's worked through things, how he handles what life has thrown at him, and the inner strength that seems to be innately part of him. I just really liked him, cared for him, and felt like I knew him. Penni took longer to grow on me. I didn't always like how she handled some things, the assumptions she makes, and the decisions she takes upon herself to make. However, having said that, they were difficult decisions to make, and there are complexities involved that don't make things easy for Dan and Penni. Julie Ann Walker managed to totally surprise me with parts of this plot. I had no idea what was coming! I liked how she did this, without really giving any early hints so that I was just as taken off guard as the characters! I liked this unanticipated twist of the plot and subsequently the relationship of Dan and Penni. The secondary characters in Too Hard to Handle mainly involve the other members of BKI, and I liked how they were woven in and present in the plot, but not overwhelmingly so. I would not recommend reading Too Hard to Handle as a stand alone. The other books in this series build on each other between the plots and the characters, and to have a good grasp of what is going on I'd recommend reading the series in order. Julie Ann writes it all in Too Hard to Handle. With action, danger, suspense, alpha men, and romance, the intriguing plot threads tie up nicely together. Fast paced and difficult to put down, I'd recommend Too Hard to Handle to any romantic suspense reader.
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    Too Hard To Handle

    Ahh... Dan's story is heartbreaking on the one hand and gives hope on the other. What a strong and brave man he is. Penni is just as strong a character and brave too.
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    Amazing Addition to the BKI series

    ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-1/2 - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Shirtless man standing in an aggressive pose in front of a motorcycle. Old-world architecture and a gloomy sky lend a gloom and doom type feel to the "first impression". As a fan of the author and series, it would not have mattered what the book was about, I'd still have read it. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. After a catastrophic mission in Malaysia, Dan returns home only to turn back around and head out on another assignment. Unaware, Penni heads to Chicago to confront him, regarding what happened back there between them. No longer a Secret Service Agent, Penni's hoping that maybe Dan can be her future, until she learns about his past. Will they find a way to work things out or will it be just Too Hard to Handle? Both characters are wonderfully strong and smart. The secondary cast consist of the BKI crew and a few new fun additions, old and new bad guys & the ever-loveable Peanut. Dan and Penni had an instant connection that drew them together regardless of them fighting against it. It was soul-deep yet scorching hot. The dialogue and interaction is always life-like and I look forward to the unexpected names, phrases and physical interaction between the BKI crew... so much fun to read. The plot was exciting and suspenseful, heart-felt and emotional, fun and witty. TOO HARD TO HANDLE possessed the 3Ds: Depth, Dimension, and Dynamics - all while flowing at a seamlessly perfect pace. There were come conflicts that popped up now and again, most of which were handled and resolved in a timely and efficient manner. I'd suspected Penni's motive several times throughout the story, so I was not not surprised by that scene. In fact, I even figured that that scene would be almost exactly as it played out. While that was not terribly detracting, it made the situation anticlimactic to a degree. I am disappointed in the ending and feel it would have greatly benefited from an epilogue. There is still a bad guy on the loose. Penni and Dan receive an implied HEA, but even their story left plenty of gaps in it. Not as solid as I'd hoped for. Overall, however, I am very pleased with the body of the story and look forward to the next BKI installment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.4 ~ Stars: 4.5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    full of suspense & chemistry

    What a fast paced and engaging novel! Walker combines suspense with subversion and plotting to create a remarkable and unmistakable BKI novel. Backed up by chemistry and characters you really get up close and personal with this story is one to remember. The lingo dialogue really makes these characters. It’s so easy to see and hear them. Dan’s confusion over feelings, beliefs, and events become apparent, taking his larger than life personal and making him real, human. The dichotomy between super secret, blacker than black ops and a true romantic really makes Dan stand out in this series. The way that Penni quotes various pieces of literature and movies in her inner monologue had me liking her even more. It gave me lots of insight into her personality. Suspense and chemistry abound throughout this novel. Walker grabbed my attention and held it throughout. I could barely put this one down. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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    Does not disappoint

    I loved this book. Was very happy when dan got his own story. That he wasn't lost. As always Ms. Walker does not disappoint, an enthralling story i couldn't put down
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