Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Alpha Male, Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Buy on Amazon
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The hero we've all been waiting for...
Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes
Former Navy SEAL
Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.
In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he's tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who's been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha's beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie's losing his desire to keep her at bay.
Ozzie's tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with...
“You’re worth any sacrifice, any burden, any secret. Oh, Ozzie, to me you’re worth everything.”
Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker was exactly what the title promises. A wild ride of intrigue, love, passion, humor, and her specialty—suspense. Miss Walker is a genius when it comes to telling a gripping tale which will keep you on the edge of you seat, biting your nails, while your heart is nearly beating out of your chest. Which is one thing I love about her writing.
Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes has been a staple in this series from the beginning, and the one character I couldn’t wait to read about. Always happy, charming, up for anything with a joke at the ready, Ozzie seemed to be the guy least affected by the life the Black Knights lead. This is until one fateful night in Malaysia blew his persona to smithereens, quite literally.
Ever since that night, he has changed—pretending to be the old Ozzie, fun, outgoing, and laid-back. And the only person able to bring back the old Ozzie, and not the bitter shell of it, is Samantha Tate—the one person he should avoid at all costs. Her profession as a reporter and ability to sniff out a great story anywhere she goes is dangerous not only for him, but also his family. Yet, neither one of them can resist the draw they feel toward one another. But are they willing to sacrifice for one another? Or will the secrets they each hold on to drive an irreversible wedge in between them.
I have to say, I misjudged Samantha Tate and Ozzie in the first eight books of this amazing series. They both hide behind their secrets, show the world only what they want it to see. But whenever they are together, they are able to be themselves. They are perfect for one another, yet miscommunications, preconceived notions made over time, and circumstances keep them from realizing they share the same feelings.
“You have the eyes of a warrior. Someone who has seen things, done things.”
Despite the two of them driving me insane by not talking to one another, I loved them. These characters were so flawlessly written, so very well-fleshed out, so grippingly real I couldn’t help but adore them. Ozzie is probably my favorite character ever written—he’s pretty much perfect. A self-proclaimed uber-geek, he isn’t shy about showing it, yet, at the same time he is also protective of the people he loves. His one-liners and sexy humor will make you like him even more.
Miss Walker has an unparalleled talent of combining the suspenseful aspect I love in any good Romantic Suspense, with a sexy and heartbreaking love story as well as a humor which had me laugh out loud at times. And Wild Ride is the perfect combination of it all. It’s undoubtedly my favorite in the series—it had me laughing out loud, crying my eyes out, and wanting to throw my kindle due to the suspense I was put through.
This beautiful story is another one of my #TopReads2017, and I cannot wait for the next one in the series. Julie Ann Walker is one of my favorite authors; her books are everything you could want in a romantic suspense novel, and I cannot recommend her stories enough. If you are in need of a sexy, funny, and nail-biting-and-yelling-at-your-kindle suspenseful story you won’t be disappointed with this beauty.
“Why do men name their penises?” “Ladies—“ Ozzie tried to interrupt. Michelle just barreled ahead. “Because they don’t want a stranger to make ninety percent of their decisions for them!”
~Review by Anja