Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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.
Funny, sexy, exciting, these are some adjectives I would use to describe HELL ON WHEELS by Julie Ann Walker, book 6 of her high adrenalin series, Black Knights Inc. If you're unfamiliar with BKI, JAWalker describes them as "Sons of Anarchy meets 007" but without the misogyny, moral conflicts and the crimes are not committed by the Knights.
HELL FOR LEATHER is the latest BKI installment and it's as witty and hot as the previous novels of the series. What I love about Black Knights Inc. is even if the plot and main characters change in every book, there is a sense of continuity with every installment so it feels very much like a series. It helps that previous MC's come back for cameos and the next couple is introduced so we're warmed up for their story. Plus all the books have HEA so the hopeless romantic in me is sated and happy. Now if you're wondering if the books can be read as stand-alone, I think you can because there's no series plot but you might feel "left out" over the inside jokes because the Knights are like family, both by blood and brotherhood.
HELL FOR LEATHER's theme is about extremists and terrorism so expect abductions, government conspiracies, covert operations and top secret info. I loved the chase, the close calls, the CSI-like break-down of crime scenes, and as the villain's POV is interwoven in the story, I felt the threat they posed which heightened the suspense and anticipation for the next chapter. JAWalker's getting better and better at creating these intense situations, pushing it a little further with each book which I love because it keeps the series from getting stale.
The romance is very JAWalker-formula. What I mean by that is in all the Black Knights Inc. books, the females are the aggressors and the males are the ones who shy away and exercise prudence. It's sweet and endearing really but at some point, I can't help but be amused and annoyed because it's quite obvious that when the right lady is in the picture, no Knight would be able to turn their back away from her. It's the same thing with Delilah Fairchild and Bryan "Mac" McMillan. Mac can refuse, avoid, and spank the monkey as much as he wants but Delilah's no match for him. Don't get me wrong, Delilah didn't throw herself at Mac nor was she slutty, she just knew what she wanted, was sure of it, went after it and used her feminine wiles to convince Mac that she's The Girl. The romantic tension is everything you'd want in a romantic suspense novel, the last few chapters heralding Delilah and Mac's HEA is nothing short of sweet, gooey and cuddle worthy.
He knew there was something he should be remembering right now. Something important. But the way she was moving against him made it impossible to latch onto a single thought. She was sos sinuous, so... goddamn sexy. Like a cat. Like a cat with boobs. Great, glorious, gorgeous books--excuse the alliteration. -Mac
If you liked Stephanie Tyler's Defiance or Section 8 series or Maya Banks' KGI or if you just like hot men on motorcycles, give Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc. a try, you won't be sorry.