02 Apr '13
A Vicky Review – Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker (5 Stars)
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.
Vanessa Cordera hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist very long, but she knows how to read people-no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…
This is a fantastic fast paced story – I loved the tension between this couple when they were trying to stay away from each other in the previous book and it was just ratcheted up another level for their story. Although the main events only take place over the course of a few days the ‘relationship’ didn’t seem rushed as we had the groundwork already set.
Rock is a fantastic character – he’s one of the Knights but also has his own stuff that he’s involved in which ends up totally back firing. He does everything he can to protect the Knights, even if that means he has to leave them behind. He cares for them too much to bring any harm to them. And OMG that voice!! I just want to meet someone who has that accent and calls me ‘Chere’ – I think I would probably melt in to a gooey puddle right then and there.
Vanessa hasn’t been with the Knights all that long and she still feels like she needs to prove herself to them – that she is as strong or as tough as the rest of the team but what she doesn’t seem to realise is she is just as essential as everyone else even if her strengths are different. Her feelings for Rock were something she tried to deny but Rock had her pegged from the start and knew if he got involved it wouldn’t just be a fling.
This is probably my favourite in the series so far – all the action and drama kept me turning the pages and totally enthralled and Rock was just a beautifully accented, tortured bonus. I wouldn’t recommend reading this as a standalone, although you probably could, but you’d miss out on so much including the first time that Rock and Vanessa get to work together.