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September 2, 2015

Loved It: Too Hard To Handle by Julie Ann Walker

Series: Black Knights Inc 8
Format: eGalley
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romantic Suspense

"The Man" is back
Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan's number one priority.

And this time she's ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she's excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can't forget. And a secret that's going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.

3.5 Cauldrons: Liked to have loved it more 


Anybody in for a romantic suspense that starts in Cusco, Peru and ends in Chi-Town? Julie Ann Walker's latest Black Knights Inc. installment, TOO HARD TO HANDLE, is yet another great whirlwind adventure. It's a Snowden-like plot complete with high velocity chases, big ammos, demented assassins, and mile-high sexy time.

For those who are unfamiliar with the series, Black Knights Inc. is a group of former military operatives who are now doing black ops missions on the D/L for the President of the United States. Their missions are basically covert counter-terrorism acts with a big helping of HEA romance. The series doesn't have an overarching arc, you can maybe get away with reading the books out of order or standalone, but I wouldn't recommend it. Except for Hell on Wheels and Thrill Ride, the books have a formula where the current couple are introduced in the previous book, and their love story concluded in the next installment. 

Like in the case of Dan and Penni here, these two met in Full Throttle, sparks flew, then their mission ended and they went their separate ways. Problem is, Dan and Penni can't get each other off their respective minds, and Penni took it upon herself to seek out Dan and finish what they started in Malaysia. And now we have TOO HARD TO HANDLE

I love Dan and Penni, they're good people, honorable soldiers, and heroes in every way. Dan fits the definition of what a knight is, while Penni is one badass chick. They complement each other perfctly. A girl who can face-off with a hulking Russian counter intelligence gets big props from me. As for the other stuff, Dan is a widower and a recovering alcoholic so he wasn't keen on being in a serious relationship when Penni came along. Penni took it in stride... until she found out that Dan's a widower.

You have to be really brave... to be in love. Knowing that something terrible can happen and your heart can get smashed into a million tiny pieces. Knowing that you're giving someone that kind of power over you. Knowing that you have that kind of power over another.

See, Penni prides herself in being a go-getter and laying her cards on the table. Sure, Dan withheld his widower status from Penni, but given everything they went through, not to mention Dan baring his soul to her, I expected Penni to accept the situation with more grace versus moving back to DC, sulking, and making things difficult for both of them. #dramaqueen

There are also other "kinks" here that I don't find super. Like having sex in the plane's restroom with the bad guy sitting in the cabin albeit shackled; or the bomb that Penni dropped towards the end. Not sure if it was always there or if it was an afterthought considering all the events and the timing of said bomb; lastly the confrontation with the bad guy was a tad underwhelming for me.

I still loved TOO HARD TO HANDLE in spite of the things I wasn't crazy over. The camaraderie between the Knights shows solid brotherhood without being homoerotic, the dialogue is LOL-funny, the romance is sizzling, and the action is definitely thrilling! Black Knights Inc. has grown so much since the first book, and I'm sure it'll just keep on getting better moving forward. It goes without saying that I'm looking forward to the next installment, Zoelner and Chelsea's romance looks like it's going to be crackalackin!












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47 comments:

  1. THis series sounds good and full of action. I was a bit disappointed by the ones I tried in the genre but I should try these ones.

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    1. Ooh then you should try this. I think the first book is lendable, let me know if you're interested and I will look into loaning it to you.

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  2. Oh hello. Black ops, you say? I love those guys! Sign me up. :)

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    1. They'll love you too *adds your name to the list*

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  3. I love black ops and romantic suspense, Braine, so even if Penni annoyed you in a few instances, I think this series is for me!! Great review my friend :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I think this series is for everyone who loves romance! The HEA's are so hopeful

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  4. Still need to start the series. Glad that the overall story overcame the little irritants.

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    1. I remember you won a set from me, right? Get to it!

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  5. I am totally hoping this comes to audio :) :) If not I will be picking up the book.

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    1. The first book went FREE last month, I'm guessing you missed it. It's really good, impossible not to get a rush

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  6. I want to say I grabbed one of these books a week or two back when it was free. I might be getting it confused with another author, but I don't think so :D Plane bathrooms don't sound like a fun place. It's small enough where one person has issues just walking in it lol

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    1. I think this is it! Book 1 was free for a time last month.

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  7. Agreed, there are much better places for a steamy moment than an airplane bathroom lol

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    1. My thing with it is they went through all the trouble catching this big fish. The last thing I want to do is to not have eyes on him, regardless if there are two agents guarding him outside.

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  8. Yay for great reads! I so need to read something in this genre soon. For some reason this time of year always makes me ready for them. ;)

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    1. Me too! I mean I don't do holiday reads but there are certain books I crave depending on the season.

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  9. *Jams to Hard To Handle by The Black Crowes* LOL! This title made me start singing it. I think I'll try the first book and go from there. I really don't want to read them out of order. Especially with some hot black ops running around. Great review!

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    1. Good decision! You'll have fun riding with these boys anyways ;)

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  10. Dude, airplane bathroom? Ew. Aside from being cramped, what about hygiene? Once again, ew. Lol, I sound like a germaphobic old lady... Oh, well. :P

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    1. Hahahaha, I didn't think about that. I was more concerned about safety protocols than anything else. Like it's a moment where "yeah, let's add plane sex because it's good!"

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  11. Hey Braine love the series premise and I'm a huge sucker for alpha heroes, black ops and HEAs hmmm. Sounds like my kind of series. Thanks

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    1. I know you like suspense so I think this series is something that you can enjoy

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  12. I don't get the whole airplane bathroom, seriously why?

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  13. I really enjoy this series but I'm so behind but I don't like those kinks either. Ew. and Really? Still, I also love the whole gang so I do think this one is going on my tbr eventually! :)

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    1. You've been warned, but still read it because outside the gratuitous sex, it's still hella good.

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  14. Haha .. did the bad guy know they were getting it on? That's kind of funny. I'll definitely read these in order, though.

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    1. I'm assuming not, or if he did, he really can't do or say anything as he's gagged and shackeld lol

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  15. Haha! I'm laughing at the bad guy being shackled while they're getting it on! Gotta join the mile high club when you can!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. Exactly! I think one has to be super limber to execute it good

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  16. THtH sounds like a good read, Braine. I always forget how much I like romantic suspense. I have one book from this series on my shelf...I'll have to make sure it's #1. It'll take me awhile to get to THtH, but I'm really curious about these things you mentioned about Penni and a bomb dropping. *sigh*

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    1. I love romantic suspense. It's exciting in a lot of fronts, the action and the romance side. Can't take a breather when you read one lol

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  17. Good to hear you enjoyed even with some issues

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    1. I don't think I will dislike any of the books in the series. Just putting that out there :)

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  18. I've heard so many good things about the series but I DNF'd Hell on Wheels, I was listening to it on audio ando couldn't handle the narration. :( I had other issues too but maybe i should try again. I want to find out what happens with the root beer sucker guy!
    I think that's taking the Miles High Club to a new level, don't you?!

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    1. Skip it then and move on to book 2. I have to admit, I wasn't fangirling over book 1, but trust me, it got better from book 2 up

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    2. I've had to do that with another series lately. Totally different genre, historical romance. It's a pet peeve though of mine that I have to read them in order.

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    3. I've had to do that with another series lately. Totally different genre, historical romance. It's a pet peeve though of mine that I have to read them in order.

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  19. Yes please. I went to one click book one, because this is right up my romantic suspense alley..and um I own it..probably because of you!

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    1. Disclaimer: Book 1 is a lukewarm start, it gets better in book 2

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  20. WOAH this one sounds like they have some really sizzling action scenes in here! Definitely some great characters! Lovely review Braine.

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    1. Yup, action both in and out of the bedroom *wink wink*

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  21. I love the BKI series, but I need to catch up. It's good to hear the camaraderie between the BKI members is still there.

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  22. Fabulous review. I Loved this book & the series. The BKI is one series I look forward to picking up each new installment. I never noticed until you mentioned it, but it kind a bothers me now how Penni acted a little drama queenish & moving back to DC. She should have stayed. Oh well I a so rapped up in the story at the time.

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