Born Wild

Julie Ann Walker
Born Wild
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
November 2013
Book 5 of Black Knights, Inc.
Action/Adventure Romance

"New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author Julie Ann Walker dives back into action with the red-hot romantic suspense Black Knights Inc. series! They claim they're bad-boy bikers who own custom motorcycle shop, but these special-ops guys—a mix of Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marines, FBI and more—handle the jobs too tough for the government to tackle.


"Wild" Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there's no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help...


Eve doesn't know what to do when the Chicago police won't believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc-after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there's also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time...

Book Review by JCCeleste (reviewer)
Oct 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
120 people found the following review helpful
What starts out as an innocent motorcycle ride quickly turns deadly and Eve has to admit—someone is definitely trying to kill her. The "accidents" of recent days could be explained away, but messing with her brakes is the last straw. In our first sentence, we are whisked off into Ms Walker's world; we don't have the opportunity to put on the brakes either, as the story is perfectly paced and we fly away.

I love the gritty words (which I would never actually use) and the way the text is laced with a southern drawl. Although quite different to the Cajun flavor of the first book, Mac's POV infuses the story with an earthy texture. For those who do not like colorful language in their books, be forewarned—there is a lot. But I think it's worth it, even being someone who, previous to this series, hated such language in my stories and particularly in my romances. With Ms Walker, it feels organic, as if the story could not be told any other way, so even though I had an initial shock of "I am not actually going to read a book like this, am I?", I came to enjoy the texture of the language and the pacing it engenders.

Through alternating viewpoints, we follow the adventure of Wild "Bill" Reichert and Eve Edens, two people who at first glance couldn't be more dissimilar, as they seek out who wants Eve dead and why, while battling between their hearts and what logic tells them they ought to do. After their last affair, it would be safe to say they've learned to steer clear of each other, but when lives are on the line, true colors are shown and as their relationship advances, so does the killer's plan. Will they avoid final confrontation, or will their second blossoming of love be cut short by the sacrifice their love demands?

Eve, despite what she has faced and her upbringing, is no shrinking violet. She goes in with her gun blazing, and it's awesome to see the dynamic of strong men and women who complement each other. As with Thrill Ride, we also have the sense of completion—together, Bill and Eve overcome barriers they could not have bested on their own. They slowly, naturally, gain strength and tenderness from each other to face down the demons of their past, in their hearts, and in their shifting world where few can be trusted. Even then someone in their midst is betraying Eve… but often those who are closest to us are the ones we cannot see clearly.

The romance and intrigue are perfectly balanced, and the occasional additional shifts of point-of-view give us a rounder story so we can piece together the mystery just a half-step ahead of the characters but not quite so much in advance that we lose suspense along the way.

The humor, wit and unique warmth of BORN WILD are something I associate with Ms Walker as part of her trademark style. Fans of the Black Knight, Inc. series will be enthusiastic to read this fifth installment. I am already counting down the days to the next book, due next year (Hell for Leather) which I anticipate goes over Mac's story.
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