Review: Hell on Wheels- Julie Ann Walker

Title: Hell on Wheels
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc Book 1
Release Date: August 1 2012
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca- Net Galley
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Karia
Buy From: AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Depository 
Sum It Up!  Overall, the Black Knights appear to be a great new series filled with action and super hawt heroes!

He's the bad boy she's always wanted...

Nate "Ghost" Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he's done something so heinous he's convinced she'll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can't deny she's in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he's the only one who can help her.

She's the good girl he's kept at arm's length...

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he's also the sexiest. For years she's avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences... especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?  (Goodreads)

Okay, just to be clear, I struggled with the 3 1/2 versus 4 hoot rating...Why? Well, I do love the "little sister is off limits" sub-plot, but this one got a bit old fast. I get it, she is the little sister and you feel obliged to keep your hands off. But, seriously, those nearing 30 should be less concerned with "hanky-panky" and more focused on can I be a life partner to my best friend's sister. 

That off my chest, I loved Nate. The remote, aloof, emotional detached and physically broken hero is one of my favorite arch-types (see my Article on Broken Heroes May 17th). Ghost is part Native American and part something not mentioned...but I can imagine his dark black eyes and tawny skin by the way Ali describes him. Ali is sweet and kind and even her vocabulary and speech scream sunny Kindergarten teacher. Ali has believed for years that Nate and her brother Grigg walk on the dark side, but it isn't until her brother's past catches up to her that she realizes how dangerous a game they actually live(d).

The side characters bumped the book from 31/2 to 4 hoots for me. I loved Becky and Boss. Their tension and sexual innuendos were great. Their book is second in the series (due out September 1, 2012). I will be reading it for sure! Also, I hope Ozzie the computer geek/god gets his own book! The movie and song references alone would make his book hilarious. Overall, the Black Knights appear to be a great new series filled with action and super hawt heroes!

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