Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

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…

Titles in the Black Knights, Inc series include:  Hell On Wheels – In Rides Trouble – Rev It Up – Thrill Ride – Born Wild – Hell For Leather – Full Throttle – Too Hard To Handle – Wild Ride

Title:  Wild Ride
Series:  Black Knights, Inc #9
Author:  Julie Ann Walker
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  April 4, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

With the majority of the BKI crew out on missions, this one truly becomes Ozzie’s book – and well worth the wait for this handsome geek to get his story told.  Samantha has been on the edge of the Black Knights for years.  A determined reporter, she got the gut instinct that tells her that BKI is far more than everyone is letting on.  So far her questions have gone unanswered, but now she’s hot on a story that puts a MC dealing guns to possible terrorists, and while she doesn’t want to believe BKI is involved – it’s still a story that she’s going to follow.  Which puts her right in the cross-hairs of some very nasty people.

Ozzie may be sidelined, recovering from a serious injury from the previous mission, but that doesn’t mean he’s down and out.  Sam has wound her way into his affections, heck maybe she’s even got a part of his heart already – but she’s at the least a friend, if a pesky, nosy one and no one messes with friends.

I believe everyone who’s followed the Black Knights, Inc series has been waiting for Ozzie’s story – and in Wild Ride, did we ever get the perfect story for him.  There’s more to Ozzie than meets the eye or even more than we might have suspected over time.  Emotions will run high, the tensions from inside and outside situations will finally bring Ozzie to his lady – even if she might just be the most dangerous (emotionally to him) person he’s ever dealt with.  They both have issues, they certainly make mistakes and assumptions that make what they’re facing even more troublesome… but in the end their attraction for each other will finally take flight, and what a ride that will be.

I completely enjoyed Wild Ride.  It’s fun and sexy, dangerous and full of tensions, as well as adding a few new faces around the shop.  Although each story in this series could be read as a stand alone title, it’s far, far better as a series followed from start to… where we are now.  I would not hesitate to recommend this story or the entire series to any reader who enjoys suspense, danger, sexual tensions, finding that perfect for you partner and the tight knit community that this series provides.  It is indeed a wild ride, one you will not want to miss

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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