THRILL RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

 In Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Series


Author: Julie Ann Walker
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC (Copy in exchange or honest review
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+

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Explicit language, Sexual Situations, etc.

Contains no spoilers

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Thrill Ride is exactly that. It is pulse-pounding action with a smattering of lusty sex. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Not because I thought the writing was bad or the story uninteresting, I just found parts of it slightly annoying. Take the overuse of the male protags Cajun French. It became grating after a while, but hey, that isn’t enough for me to discourage you from this highly popular series. If you like your guys tough, tattooed and ready to ride then this one might be right up your alley.

[note color=”#ffdddb”]SYNOPSIS: He’s Gone Rogue

Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.

She Won’t Back Down

Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…


THE LOWDOWN: Thrill Ride is a funny, fast paced thrilling and erotic story. The book is sexy from front to back, but not only in the way the writer drafts the sex scenes. It literally oozes raw masculinity. The male lead is Rock and he is a total badass, ex Seal who is wanted by the CIA, yet every move he makes in the story is done with passion and that ramps up the steam, the Alpha for those who love this buzzword. Not only does he win gun fights with only his fists, but he is self-sacrificing and a crier to boot. But he is flawed. Not like you think. His character is literally flawed, in my eyes at least. He makes corny statements and references and speaks Frenglish (my term for Cajun French/English). A couple Mon Dieu’s here and there I can stand, but every paragraph where he speaks or thinks is littered with these small snippets of French. Don’t get me wrong, I love the language, lived in France as a child, but I hate – H.A.T.E. when authors feel the need to incorporate, ad nauseam, regional dialects or phrases. It slows down the pace and aggravates – well me at least.

The other issue I had were the lusty references during critical action. I can’t really buy that two highly trained operatives who are stuck in a Costa Rican forest, at night, with absolutely no weapons and who are running from a tactical assault led by two teams of CIA agents armed with enough weaponry to take down the Taliban, would actually stop in the middle to think about having sex.

Non! Je ne le crois pas du tout.

Loo, it didn’t deter me from reading on, but it definitely drew an eye roll and a “Come on people…really?” I also found much of the banter cheesy, but characters that make hokey and dated comments easily embarrass me, so please disregard because these are my personal nitpicky peculiarities.

But for all the parts that made me grimace in embarrassment, or shake my head in disbelief, there were many aspects that I found alluring. For instance, the growing love between the two leads was sweet, but also brutal. It was the perfect blend of compassion and defiance. Each one wanted to be with the other, but was unwilling to see the forest for the trees. The road to achieving happiness was long and bumpy with several roadblocks in between. I felt the sub characters were well drafted and vivid and I loved that I could pick up this book, read it and not feel like I missed out not having read the previous three.

FINAL WORD: So, if you are in the mood for some action, sappy love, steamy sex, corny lines and badass men on bikes, take Thrill Ride out for a spin.



Sara O'Connor
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