My favorite hero is not usually the ex-military tattooed biker type. I lean more towards the millionaire playboy. Or Scottish laird in a kilt. Or vampire. But there is just something about this series that I really love. Part of it is that it’s set in Chicago. Part of it is that it’s just well-written and enjoyable and there is great chemistry between the main characters in each book. Plus there is always enough written about the characters that will be starring in the next book that you feel like you already know them and want to see what happens to them to keep you reading the series.
The series takes place in Chicago in a motorcycle shop that is actually a cover for a covert government agency. The guys who work there are a secret special ops team masquerading as workers in the shop. Each book stars a different couple and the series forms a continuous story which makes the most sense when read in order. Characters who will star in the next book in the series seem to play a larger secondary role in the current book.
I had previously read the fourth book in this series when I got a free advance copy. I passed it along to someone in our romance book discussion group and she mentioned last month how much she enjoyed it. I had picked up the first three books in the series over the summer and had advance copies of books five and six, so I decided to read them this month so that I could pass them all along to her at tonight’s meeting.
The series (in order):
Hell on Wheels – Nate “Ghost” Weller and Ali Morgan’s story. Ali is Nate’s best friend’s sister so he sees her as off limits. But when she’s targeted and in danger, he makes it his special mission to keep her safe. The more time they spend together, the less able they are to deny their attractions to one another.
In Rides Trouble – Frank “Boss” Knight, the leader of the Black Knights, Inc. is using Becky Reichert’s motorcycle shop as the cover for the secret government organization he heads. He feels he is too old for her but cannot help being attracted to Becky. When she ends up as a hostage, he is willing to do anything he can to save her.
Rev it Up – Jake “The Snake” Sommers and Michelle Carter’s story. Michelle is Frank Knight’s sister. Jake and Michelle previously had a relationship, but now Jake has to keep her and her son safe from danger and prove to her that he can be a different man from the one who broke her heart.
Thrill Ride (previously reviewed on this blog back in April: (https://juliereviewsbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/thrill-ride-by-julie-ann-walker/)
Born Wild – Bill “Wild Bill” Reichert, Becky’s brother, and Eve Edens’ story. Eve finds herself turning to Bill and the Black Knights after repeated attempts on her life that the Chicago police chalk up to being accidents. She needs protecting and Bill is willing to protect her when she asks.
Hell for Leather – this book will be out in May but I got an advance copy – Bryan “Mac” McMillan and Delilah Fairchild’s story. Delilah runs the Knights’ favorite biker bar hangout. When her uncle is in trouble, she enlists their help to find him. Delilah has been propositioning Mac for as long as he’s been coming to her bar, but he feels like he needs to stay away from the type of woman he perceives her to be even though he is very attracted to her. Delilah’s missing uncle leads to terrorists and missing nuclear bombs, but even though there is danger all around them, Delilah and Mac find they cannot fight their attraction to one another.