Review: In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc. #2)
In Rides Trouble is the second book in the Julie Ann Walker-penned Black Knights Inc. series and continues following the members of an elite spec ops known only by a select few while they masquerade as motorcycle mechanics in Chicago, Illinois. The team is led by Frank "Boss" Knight but the heart of this mish-mash of clandestine operatives is Rebecca "Rebel" Reichert, owner and head designer and fabricator of the motorcycle shop that stands as the front for Black Knights Inc. headquarters. Frank and Becky's back and forth was introduced to readers in the first book, Hell on Wheels, and it was clear to almost everyone except themselves that what they had going on was a lot of verbal foreplay. Here, we get their intense love story with all the sexual tension and bickering to be expected, resulting in one heck of a ride.
Frank Knight and Becky Reichert have had the kind of relationship that resorted a great deal on Becky pushing Frank's buttons while he enabled her Dum Dum addiction. As obvious as their attraction was to everyone in Black Knights Inc., Frank refused to give in to his baser instincts, keeping in mind that the thirteen-year age difference between the two of them--she was twenty-six to his thirty-nine--was just one of the reasons nothing could happen between them. Add to that she was the sister to one of the BKI members and his father's history and Frank simply believed maintaining nothing more than a platonic relationship was best. But Becky's been in love with Frank for the better part of three and a half years and battling pirates for her merely reiterates that he's the only guy for her...until she learns about his secret.
Frank and Becky are a fun couple to read about because these two are passionate about whatever it is they're into, whether it be Black Knights Inc. or taking care of Peanut, aka the world's butt-ugliest cat. You can feel that passion when it comes to how they feel about each other. When it was first hinted that Frank was seeing someone, I admit that I was taken aback because I couldn't recall it ever being mentioned in the first book. When she finally makes her presence felt in the story, I actually had my mouth hanging open for a second or two, but I had to keep my fingers crossed that there would be some sort of explanation or resolution to the whole situation because Frank and Becky are two people who simply had to be together. No one seemed to be a more perfect match than these two, if only to balance each other's idiosyncrasies.
The whole kidnapping by pirates angle presented a great way for Frank to play hero but I loved that Becky was never one of those women who was a damsel in distress. She kept her cool and kept her wits about her, refusing to allow herself to be overcome by fear or doubt because she always knew that she would be rescued by her guys. The introduction (and later recurrence) of television reporter Samantha Tate makes me wonder if she'll end up with one of the BKI guys, though I have yet to see her name in any of the blurbs of the books that are currently part of the series. There are a few other new people who are brought into the story that will be featured prominently in books three and four, giving the Black Knights Inc. series a feeling of longevity, which I quite like. In Rides Trouble more than met my expectations and gets 4.5 stars. ♥
Date Read: 29 August 2015
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