Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

Title: Full Throttle
Author: Julie Ann Walker
My Rating: B

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Black Knights, Inc #7
Main Characters: Abby and Carlos
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
She Needs a Hero... 

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue... 

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved—who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him…for the second time?

My Review:
The BKI books remain to be some of the best military/romantic suspense books out there. Overall, I enjoyed the set-up of this book. The fact that Abby is the president's daughter and the suspense line with her worked really well. I also liked the backstory for her and Carlos and the events that happened that changed their lives completely back when they were in college.

I loved Carlos and Abby and their sizzling chemistry. It worked that they didn't have a clue about what the other was feeling because they were caught up in their own "unrequited" drama. But on the other hand, they did have that combined history that held them together, despite the fact they haven't seen one another in 8 years. 

The setting was great with the trek through the jungle. I liked the teams cooperation. And I really, really enjoyed Dan and Penni's side-story. It was interesting to see how the political story was interwoven with Abby's botany side and how all that tied to her life as the president's daughter. We got to see Carlos and Abby use their medical skills and both those scenes were really good, but OMG...Ozzie. I don't know if Dan and Penni will get their own story. I hope so, because there were definitely unresolved issues there and I like the combination of her being a secret service agent. 

But there was one little niggling thing about this book that drove me nuts. Both characters would have thoughts throughout the text in italics. Those thoughts were so over-the-top silly that it took away from the story and really affected my enjoyment of the book. If simply every phrase written in italics in this book had been taken out, this book would have been SO MUCH BETTER and I could have given it an A or 5-star rating. 

But it was still a good one and I still enjoy this series. It will be interesting to see if a certain SEAL team helps to expand the series even further...or is Julie Ann Walker setting up for a new series? hmmm...Regardless, I look forward to more great books from her.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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