Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hell For Leather by Julie Ann Walker

Title: Hell for Leather
Author: Julie Ann Walker
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Black Knights #6
Main CharactersMac and Delilah
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Only the most urgent crisis could force Delilah Fairchild to abandon her beloved biker bar and ask the surly Bryan "Mac" McMillan for help. Her uncle—the man who raised her—has vanished into thin air, and Mac is the only person with the right connections to help her find him. What the ex-FBI agent has against her is a mystery...but when the bullets start to fly, Mac is her only chance of finding her uncle alive. 

Mac knows that beautiful women can't be trusted, but he has to put his natural wariness of Delilah aside in order to help her. With the clock ticking, Mac and Delilah find themselves holding on to each other in the wildest adventure of their lives.

My Review:
I've read all the books in the Black Knights series, but this one had a very different vibe to it. There is a LOT of mental thought and self talk with the two main characters in this one. On one hand, it was fun because both characters are snarky and full of delusional self-honesty...they tend to argue points back and forth internally. But on the other hand, there was so much happening in their heads that I think the story on the page suffered a bit for it because there was less action on the page and between the characters. They were too busy talking to themselves all the time. I did enjoy the snarky, fun, feel of it. I just think that maybe there was a bit too much of it and it hurt the overall story a bit.

This book is about Mac and Delilah. Delilah is the bartender who saw one of her favorite customers get gunned down in the last book. She's had a hard time dealing with that... a bit of PTSD that isn't helped when her uncle (who's like a father to her) mysteriously disappears. She enlists the Black Knights for their help when the cops tell her that her uncle hasn't been gone long enough. 

Mac has had a crush on Delilah for 4 years, but he has some personal issues that means he will NEVER pursue her. So instead, he treats her with indifference and stoicism although what he's feeling inside while he's around her is very different that what he projects (this is where all that internal self-musings come into play in this book). 

Overall, I enjoyed their relationship although I think that Mac held onto his reasons for resisting her for too long. And when the details of all those reasons finally came out, I thought his character was even more idiotic. There hits a point, even for fictional characters, when you have to grow up and a man in his thirties should be past that point, in my opinion. But despite that irritating niggle, I did enjoy the two and the chemistry between them. I liked how Mac kept doing things that he knew would get him in trouble emotionally, but he just couldn't resist the pull to Delilah especially when she was upset. And in this book, Delilah is more than a little emotionally fragile which isn't the norm for her. That temporary vulnerability in her worked for me as a character drive that pushed the two together. 

The suspense story line was pretty good and I liked the addition of the CIA agent, Chelsea and all the tension between her and Dagan...there is definitely a good story to come between those two. 

Overall this wasn't the best in the series, but I still enjoyed it. It was a bit more snarky and funny than normal and it remained a book that totally kept my interest from start to finish. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review...although I do also buy print copies of this series for my keeper shelf. 

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