Hell on Wheels: Black Knights Inc. Julia Ann Walker
Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.
Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits. Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.
Black Knights Inc. is a new series for me, and Julie Ann Walker a new author for me. So I was exited for this treat I gave myself, as I bought the whole series at once, a night before I went on vacation, when I panicked with the thought I didn't have enough reading material on my Kindle. Like that was even possible.
The base of the story is promising - ex-military men, motorcycle shop, worrier women - things I like to read, with the new twist of the motorcycles.
And the suspense story of the book in itself is great. It is pretty straight forward action, mixed in some dirty politicians, ex-CIA, and gangsters. Flat out gun fights against the threat on their lives, while trying to fleet across the country on a motorcycle.
The romance is bitter-sweet. They play through the 'I want you but can't have you' song-and-dance, and with the flashbacks to the past, the reasons for the push-pull comes very clear to the reader.
This being the first book in the series, there is a lot of characters introduced along the way. And not just as secondary characters playing part of this story, the author also gets into their life, struggles, and thoughts.
Yes, there is LOTS of thoughts of different people in this story. Their inner reflections described in detail. In, my opinion, way too much detail. And in details that had nothing to do with the story at hand, and went on a loop of they own. For example, a senator is called 'dude' by an gangster, and there is three paragraphs of the senator's thoughts why he was not a 'dude', and why no one should call him that. The tale the author was telling was intense, but there was so much of these inner reflections of unnecessary points, I wanted to yell "focus, and get to the point".
I really thought the warrior characters deserved a bit better, tougher, sturdier, than they were delivered. When in their inner thoughts they think "Getting old didn't only suck, it suckety-suck-suck-sucked", or instead of curse words "h-e-doubly hockey sticks" and "nucking futs" - in life or death situations, you just loose some respect, admiration towards them. Not that I encourage cursing, but if you don't like to write the words, then just skip them all together. The characters seemed very young, immature, and didn't develop much from that frame of thought.
So I have mixed feelings about this first tale of the series. While there was some deep emotions of grief, sorrow, courage, and love, and deadly action that gave surprising results, there was also these irritation facts that were dipping the scales into other direction. So only 3* for this book. But I'm intrigued enough to get into the book two, In Rides Trouble, after all, I bought the whole series, and I want to give it another chance.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me