Monday, May 25, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Full Throttle"

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 2, 2014)
Series: Black Knights Inc, 7
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

She Needs a Hero... 

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue... 

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved—who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him…for the second time?

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Reviews of Walker's Previous Books:

Hell on Wheels (#1) -- Kame
In Rides Trouble (#2) -- Kame
Rev It Up (#3) -- Kame
Born Wild (#5) -- Kame
Hell for Leather (#6) -- Kame

Kame's Review:

Carlos "Steady" Soto can't imagine he has been given the chance to help protect the President's daughter. The woman who has kept a place in his heart and dreams for eight years. The last time he saw her was his sister's funeral.

Steady is a definitely BKI guy. The setting and plot did not allow for much of his "softer" side to show, but a whole lot of his alpha side did. Abby carries the weight of her past in her heart and thinks she is not worthy for Carlos. She is quirky but not a damsel in distress. She would come up with the weirdest sayings, and she often had me shaking my head.

The plot and setting were very appropriate for a suspense novel, but to me it didn't lend itself to the romance part as much. Out of all the BKI novels I have read I would say this was the lightest in the romance department. I felt the history these characters had with each other and their connection, but the long simmer love - not so much. There was a secondary plot with another character that did bring up the steam level. That secondary plot was not completed and has me wondering if it will be visited again in another book.

The book did introduce characters in the new spin-off series and that has me wondering what will happen to all our favorite BKI characters.

Not my favorite in the series, and not enough action for me to recommend as a stand alone. I will definitely read any other books in this series - and I am currently reading the spin-off right now.

3 1/2 STARS! 

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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :)

Have you read Julie Ann Walker before? Do you have a favorite of hers?


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Sophia Rose said...

Hmm, interesting observations about the balance between romance and suspense elements, Kame. I still haven't read any of this series. I did read the prequel to the new spin-off series in an anthology. Sounds like this book may be a bit of a transition story and maybe tried to do too much.

KAMEBookReview said...

I agree Sophia - I also read the prequel - liked it - and I have done a review of the first book in the series to be here on TBQ

Sophia Rose said...

I'll look forward to the review for the new one.