Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Title: Wild Ride
Author: Julie Ann Walker
My Rating: A+

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Black Knights Inc #9
Main Characters: Ozzie and Sam
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The hero we've all been waiting for...

Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he's tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who's been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha's beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie's losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie's tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with...

My Review:
Wow...I've always loved Ozzie and looked forward to his story, but this one surpassed even my high expectations. It was so, so good!

Ozzie has not been the same ever since he almost lost his life and his leg a year (or maybe 2...I can't remember) ago. Every day he lives with the lingering pain and knowledge that he's just not going to get back the mobility or ability to operate that he had before. That means he will eventually be asked to leave BKI. An operator who can't go out into the field is a useless operator. He's in mourning, and everyone around him knows it. 

In the last year, Sam and Ozzie have developed somewhat of a friendship. She's a reporter who knows there's a story inside BKI beyond the custom motorcycle shop story that they feed everyone else. She's determined, but she also really likes and is drawn to Ozzie. So, when she gets information that condemns the motorcycle club of being criminals, she's devastated...and then feels betrayed especially when she thinks Ozzie is trying to kill her. 

The setup of this story was fabulous. Just because of how devastated both Ozzie and Sam are by what they see as betrayal...it's easy to see how close they are, despite the label of just friendship. And then when it becomes apparent that it's not Ozzie Sam has to fear, that's when the story really ramps up. 

I loved this one so much. Sam and Ozzie together were fabulous. Most of the rest of the BKI crew were gone...besides the WAG's left behind...and Christian. As a result, there were some of the best bromance scenes I've seen in this series so far between Christian and Ozzie. So many scenes where I was laughing out loud and giggling. 

It was just a really good book. The emotions were seriously deep, especially for Ozzie. He's always been the laidback, charming guy, so to see him NOT that way was so painful. That made him finding his HEA even that much sweeter. Who knew all the pain that charming smile hid? I loved the book and have fallen in love with this series all over again. Bring on the next book....then the one after that is Christian's. Yes...can you say sexy British accent? I love him...and all his snark. 

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