Friday, January 16, 2015

{Heather #Review} Romantic Suspense: FULL THROTTLE by Julie Ann Walker


FULL THROTTLE by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc #7
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 2, 2014)
Format: ebook via Netgalley

STEADY HANDS, COOL HEAD…
Carlos “Steady” Soto’s nerves of steel have served him well at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing has prepared him for the emotional roller coaster of guarding the woman he once loved and lost.

WILL ALL HE’S GOT BE ENOUGH?
Abby Thompson is content to leave politics and international intrigue to her father – the President of the United States – until she’s taken hostage half a world away, and she fears her father’s policy of not negotiating with terrorists will be her death sentence. There’s one glimmer of hope: the man whose heart she broke, but she can never tell him why.

As they race through the jungle in a bid for safety, the heat simmering between Steady and Abby could mean a second chance for them - if they make it out alive…



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REVIEW:
Full Throttle is part of the Black Knights, Inc. series, although it can stand alone. It follows the story of Carlos Soto and Abby Thompson. Abby is the daughter of the President of the United States and Carlos is part of an elite group of ex-military security experts. When Abby is kidnapped, it’s on Carlos to get her safely back.

On the surface, the story line sounds intriguing. And in fact this was my favorite part. The captivity didn’t take up the entire story and although they were saved at the last minute, I was able to suspend my disbelief for much of what happened.

What I really didn’t enjoy was pretty much the entirety of the description and the dialogue. I really did not enjoy Carlos’ near constant description of both his dirty thoughts and the effect they had on his body. He and Abby are both horned up to the point of inappropriateness. At one point they make out to the point that they don’t notice an elephant until it charges the tree they are behind. Really? Really?? Abby’s “cursing” is, I think, meant to be cute, but is annoying instead. She also displayed an awful lot of naiveté for someone who has been the president’s daughter for a number of years. I just didn’t really like them or enjoy being in their heads. As well, Abby’s guilt over her best friend’s death was illogical and weakened her further in my eyes.

The reason this book got two hearts is purely because of the secondary characters. Specifically, Dan and Penni. I hope they get their own book in the future. Penni, especially, was able to be complex, flawed, believable, and entertaining all at once.


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