Monday, January 13, 2014

In Rides Trouble review

In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker is the second book in the Black Knights Inc. series and is an okay action oriented romance.

The set up for In Rides Trouble was fairly obvious in the first book, Hell on Wheels, and unsurprisingly features Frank, aka Bos,s and Becky, mechanic extraordinaire. Frank is a clear alpha male - he has to be to head up the team of special ops - but Becky is not in any way a subservient or even shy female. They butt heads hourly it seems - but they both like it that way.

Frank, however, has massive issues with the age gap between the two and that's why he refuses to give in to what is obvious to everyone around them - that they belong together. It's a fairly ridiculous excuse but he has issues from his past so I was willing to overlook that especially once it is fully explained. However, Frank betrays Becky in a pretty heartless way although not in the way the reader is led to believe throughout the book. That kind of betrayal - and it was a betrayal - was not acceptable to me from one half of the romantic lead couple. Also, it throws Becky completely out of character because it is the ONLY time she comes across as a doormat instead of a strong, independent woman. It just didn't fit with the rest of her character at all. Between the betrayal and the character incongruity, my opinion of this book dropped from good to barely okay.

There are a number of new characters introduced and future books set up within In Rides Trouble including Angel and Snake, two characters who seem quite interesting and it is only because of them that I will continue to read the series. Hopefully, going forward there will be no more unforgiveable betrayals and characters will be completely congruous.


Rebel with a Cause
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.

Man with a Mission
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

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