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    Exciting Read!

    'Wild Ride' by Julie Ann Walker is book Nine in the "Black Knights Inc." series. This is the story of Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes and Samantha Tate. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me this was a standalone book. The Black Knights are a team of people actually working for the Government but only a few Government people know about them. Ozzie is one of the members and he knows that things have to be kept secret. But when Sam starts to looking around for information it ends up putting her in danger and that doesn't leave Ozzie many options. This was an exciting, drama filled romance that was hard to put down!*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*
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    Lacked the Flair, but Fit the Situation.

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Cover is different, less vibrant. But, as a BKI book and it being written by JAW, it's an auto-read for me. I've been looking forward to Ozzie's book for some time now. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> Third-Person This book had a emptier feel due to the lack of cast members from BKI. It also did not feel as vibrant and action-packed. Setting stays in Chicago. BKI is working with a skeleton crew at home base when the bane of their existence for the past half-dozen years, Chicago Tribute investigative reporter, Samantha Tate, finds herself in a potentially deadly situation. Ozzie's relationship with Samantha is low-key, at best, but the feelings that are developing for the smart and sexy reporter make him protective of her and when her safety is gravely compromised, he takes it upon himself to keep her in one piece. For the first time since the bombing (see FULL THROTTLE [BKI #7] ), grief, doubt, pity, and self-loathing are not fighting to consume him. Their chemistry and interactions are mostly enjoyable and entertaining. Secondary cast consist of a handful of the BKI members (mostly wives), Samantha's co-workers, a gang, an MC, and a few law enforcement officers. The dialogue and writing was on-point for this series and author. The flow was super smooth. There were plenty of dynamics and conflicts along the way. Most everything was resolved before the end. No big surprises nor blatant predictability. The conclusion is wrapped up pretty well, however I am now concerned that Ozzie's repairs may be degrading - which is scary and worrisome. Overall, fans of Romantic Suspense will be pleased with this addition to the series, but more likely not overjoyed. While it fit the current pace that Ozzie's at, we tend to expect a faster-paced, more action filled story set in exotic or remote locales. But, that said, it is NOT a disappointment, and I think you'll agree that Emily and Christian really try to steal some scenes *big, hopeful grin* . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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    Superb

    A truly fantastic read. I really enjoy reading BKI they keep me totally hooked. Can't wait for the next one.
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    LOVED IT!

    It has been a couple of years since I downloaded the first six (if I remember correctly) Black Knights Inc. books onto my Kindle and left for a vacation. I have been a fan since that day and I have loved Ozzie like that annoying little brother since the first book. This story, even though book 9 in the series, could be read as a standalone. But I think to get the essence of Ozzie, the kid he was, the fun and carefree man-child, and how he has grown, matured, and how that explosion that damaged his leg changed him, you should go back for at least a couple of books. Ozzie is worth it because he is just that lovable, loyal, beautiful, fun person inside and out. I was nervous about the book because my expectations were SO high for this story, but Ms. Walker delivered and delivered well. Samantha and Ozzie's chemistry has been sparkling since the very first time they met. They fit together, as the Wild Ride demonstrates, they really get each other. They have this connection that it seems like they can see into each other's souls and just get the thoughts, feelings, and the pain and joy that is there. If only Ozzie could be open and honest with her, and tell her who he really is and what he stands for. The story is well balanced between the building of the physical relationship, on top of the friendship, Samantha and Ozzie have and the suspense and action that is lurking around them. The atmosphere is intense because of the secrets, the attraction, the misunderstandings, and the danger and threats just add to it, making it potent. There are moments that were so real, so filled with malice that, that I felt it in my being (violence against women that might be a trigger to some). There were moments of such brokenness from Ozzie, the inner thoughts of the happy-go-lucky man, that nearly broke my heart while tears were running. There was fun, sexy, passionate, banter, and ribbing that made my smile. And there are the moments of cheer, joy, and happiness that made me swoon and sigh. I missed the rest of men of the Black Knights, but Christian and Emily provided some interesting entertainment that made me look forward to their book to come out. A riveting, entertaining, and an intense story filled with love, passion, danger, and peril. The larger than life Ozzie and sassy Samantha finally got their story, and it was worth the wait, with a perfect timing, I would say. ~ Five Spoons
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    A delightful read!

    Wild Ride is book nine in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julie Ann Walker. Though this book could be read out of order I feel you should at least read Full Throttle first. A big life altering event happens in Full Throttle to affect our lead hero Ozzie. I had a pleasant time reading Ozzie and Samantha’s story. It had action, mistrust, secrets, danger, and passion. Our leads had good chemistry and we get to see previous characters. I loved the banter between Ozzie and Christian. It was so much fun and Samantha showed that she could hold her own with Ozzie on the silly comments, 80’s bands, and more I did have a few issues: - First, that Ozzie and Samantha didn’t really talk honestly or openly until close to the last 20-25% of the book, having this happen made things drag. They could have wrapped up some issues sooner and since they didn’t it took away from the romantic relationship. At least in my eyes. - Second and my main issue was Emily and Christian. I loved having them in the story, don’t get me wrong, secondary characters are great and gearing up for another couple even better, but so much page time was spent on these two instead of the main couple Ozzie and Samantha. And, to top it off the next book Fuel for Fire isn’t about Emily and Christian, it’s Dagan and Chelsea’s. Why waist so much page time on a couple that won’t have a book next? Wild Ride was a delightful read in the Black Knights Inc. series and I do so love Ozzie. Rated: 3.5 Stars
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