Early Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

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Sexy heroes who moonlight as motorcycle mechanics? Yes, please! 😉

Early Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Full Throttle by Julie Ann WalkerFull Throttle by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #7
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on December 2nd 2014
ISBN: 9781402294518
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Abby Thomson never thought that she’d be a target for kidnapping, not even as the younger daughter of the President of United States. Then it happens, and all she can do is hold on until help comes. Because she knows it’ll come, even if it’s in the form of a guy she’d rather not see. Beggars can’t be choosers, after all…

All his skills doesn’t help Carlos Soto hang on to what’s left of his heart when he’s sent to rescue Abby. She’d broken it all those years ago, and now she’s back in his life, running for their lives.

I was excited when I realized that the action takes place in the jungles of Malaysia, a place I’ve never had the privilege to explore. On the other hand, I couldn’t quite reconcile the JI’s terrorist activities in the country of my birthplace. I did mention a few linguistic idiosyncrasies that I noticed in the text, but I can’t blame Walker for them – nobody’s going to notice who didn’t grow up with a language that’s only used in one country in this whole wide world. 🙂

Once the action starts, it goes fast and furious until the hero saves the day. I did think that sometimes things got a bit too crazy, like who would really be doing the dirty deed in the middle of a rainstorm in the middle of the jungle as they’re on the run from terrorist killers? These guys, that’s who.

All in all, Full Throttle is a fun read. I especially love the motorcycles (no surprise!) and the ribbing the Black Knights crew give one another. Give this a whirl if you’re a fan of heroes who ride to the rescue.

drey’s rating: Pick it up!

Have you read Full Throttle? What did you think? And if you haven’t, keep reading for an excerpt and a giveaway!

Read an Excerpt:

So far, so good…

The hum of the Ducati was reassuring, as was Abby’s tightened grip around Steady’s waist. They were riding down the devil’s own washed–out, rutted, rock–filled hell of a rubber tree logging road, and for the first ten minutes of the harrowing journey, while she’d still been suffering the lingering effects of the sedative, it was just as difficult to keep her on the bike as it was to navigate the frackin’ jungle track.

But now they were clipping along at a steady, if decidedly slow, pace. No JI goons could be seen in his rearview mirrors—-though it was hard to tell exactly, given the fact that the forest encroached from both sides and above. And if his calculations were correct, a half hour or so more should see them entering the lovely kingdom of Thailand.

See, he wished he could call and tell Dan, sometimes it’s better to Lone Wolf McQuade things…

Abby squirmed against his back, interrupting his thoughts and alerting him to the feel of her supple thighs pressed against the outsides of his hips and legs. Which, in turn, immediately focused his attention on her soft breasts—-and distended nipples?—-grazing his back.

Okay, so who was he kidding? Like he hadn’t been keenly aware of each of those things since the first moment. Even while worming his way through the dense undergrowth of ferns and vines after escaping the encampment and hiking back to the Ducati, he’d been hard–pressed to concentrate on anything other than the feel of Abby squeezed all nice and tight against him. Abby’s soft skin touching his. Abby’s sweet smell—-even sweaty and bedraggled, she still emanated a soft cloud of dryer sheets and cocoa butter lotion—-filling his nose and making his head spin.



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About Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.


  1. Romantic suspense is enthralling, captivating and involves action and all of this contributes to an enjoyable and memorable book.

  2. I love romantic suspense novels because the hero is usually not always the knight in shining armor that one would expect. I like the hero to have a dark side and a lot (but not all) of the romantic suspense novels I’ve read have that in the male leads 🙂

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