Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ARC Review: Hell On Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

Hell On Wheels (Black Knight, Inc. #1)
by Julie Ann Walker
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
E-Book 380 pages
Purchase Links: Amazon  Barnes & Noble


He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted...

Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.

She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length...

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?


I love the concept of this series with Black Knight Inc. using a motorcycle shop as a cover. Hell On Wheels has some of my favorite things I love to read in a book, special ops heroes, motorcycles and a hero who has been in love with his best friend sister.  I was looking forward to this series with the amazing covers which I love, the idea for this series and Hell On Wheels synopsis sounded good but was a little disappointed with it. The plot idea is okay and liked it, but the dialogue and writing style  is different as it  does take a while to get use to it.

I felt bad for Nate “Ghost” Weller when his best friend died in a mission gone wrong and he had to tell his best friend parents and sister Ali that he died. Nate is suppose to be this Alpha Male brooding hero and he did have a few of those moments. The first half of the book he was just a Ghost, like his nickname, standing on the sidelines observing.

I did not feel any chemistry with Nate and Ali. There is more inner thoughts with them and not enough face to face time.

As for the secondary characters, Becky and Frank stole the spotlight. I was more interested in them. I could not wait for them to show up in a scene. I love reading a book with secondary characters but I do not want too much, I want little by little until I patiently wait for their story. All the characters have the same voice. Even though all the characters seem to have the same voice, I still enjoyed the bickering moments with Becky and Frank.

When I read any kind of romantic suspense I want more intensity. I felt this book was trying to have more humor in it. Do not get me wrong any book with some humor is good but it was not working in this book, especially with the use of words. It did not flow and I could not get any feelings on the characters. I love the idea of the motorcycle shop having a cat named Peanut. Who I just adored.
I will definitely read the rest of the series as Black Knight Inc shows a promising series and I look forward to seeing how the second book will be with Becky and Frank.

ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review


  1. WD--putting my surprise face on. GAH! I feel bad that you didn't like this one. But I do agree with a lot of what you said. It was slow to start for me as well, but picked up near the end. It was like the author had to find her groove. Glad to hear that you will continue to read. I think (crosses fingers) that you'll like book 2 better. I know I did.
    I sobbed like crazy when he remembered how his friend died.

    1. I wanted to love this series. I will still read on to the other books. I love the concept of this series and look forward to Frank and Becky's story.

  2. I am so sorry that you didn't like this one. I actually really like this series and I absolutely love love love Frank and Becky's book which is the next one. Hopefully you will like that one better.
    Let me know what you think when your finished reading. :)

    1. I know you all had great reviews but this book did not grab me like I wanted it too. I was looking forward to reading this series. Love the concept of it. I will still continue with it. I look forward to reading about Frank and Becky.

  3. Sad you didn't like this, I'm still in the middle of this book but I have to stop because of blog tours. Maybe you'll like the next one better.

    1. I feel like I was the only one that thought it was a so-so kind of book. I do look forward to reading the next book about Frank and Becky.


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