Black Knights Inc. #3
He's the heart-breaker she left behind...
Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly—and with lethal force. That's also how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe—from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow...
Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heart, he'll never let her go..
The characters of Black Knight Inc. grow on you, and by this third book I've learn to care about the gang, wanting to know what is happening. And in this third installment I actually found the secondary storyline between Rock and Vanessa a bit more interesting than the one between Jake and Shelley.
The suspense in the story is a bit predictable. But the tension grows page by page, because the reader knows what is coming, and the characters seems so unaware of the present, constant danger. There are few twists that took me by surprise, so points for that to the author.
Jake and Shelly have a past filled with secrets, pulling them apart, putting any possibility of future together in danger. Even with all the troubles and problems, the chemistry is strong, the attraction is there, something they can't fight against.
I like that they have past, that they know each other, and it is not some 'lust-at-fist-sight' romance. But the issues between them are so huge, that when one life-or-death situation seems to solve it all, it feels rushed, not believable.
Little Franklin is the star, the attraction of the book. What a character, I love him! Other thing I love about this story is, that there is less of the inner dialog that irritated me so in previous books. Jake and Shelly are doing an okay job as the hero and heroine, not my favorites, but somehow they seem to match. I get that Jake is a surfer dude from California, but that doesn't mean he has to say 'yo' constantly, yes, I wanted to scream again. I still have the feeling the characters in this series are being sold short with some of the things the author is making them do. Or they just need to grow up, cause more of the immature behavior continues in this tale.
And never before have I wanted to scream so many times while reading a series, so I guess it really is getting the emotional reaction out of me.
I'll continue to read the series, cause I bought them all, and because I want to read about Rock and Vanessa. End result: 3*