Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hell for Leather, Black Knights Inc. Julie Ann Walker.

Only a crisis could persuade Delilah Fairchild to abandon her beloved biker bar, let alone ask Black Knights Inc. operator Bryan "Mac" McMillan for help. But her uncle has vanished into thin air, and sexy, surly Mac has the connections to help her find him. What the big, blue-eyed Texan has against her is a mystery... but when the bullets start to fly, Mac becomes her only hope of survival, and her only chance of finding her uncle alive.
Mac knows a thing or two about beautiful women- mainly that they can't be trusted. Throw in a ticking clock, a deadly homegrown terrorist, and some missing nuclear weapons, and a man just might find himself on the wrong end of the gun. But facing down danger with Delilah is one passion-filled thrill ride...

For those that are not familiar with this series, Black Knights Incorporated is a elite special ops team that hides under the guise of a custom motorcycle shop. The boys handle top secret missions, and there are many adventures with these guys. Each book follows one of the BKI boys as they get tangled up with their missions, many involving their wild women, and eventually give into them. The sixth book in the series focuses on Mac and Delilah, although you got a bit of their interactions and stories in earlier novels. 

We first meet Delilah Fairchild in the previous book, Born Wild. She’s beautiful, sexy, and smart. She runs her own bar, Red Delilah’s, and has been chasing Mac for years. Four years. Ex-FBI agent Brian “Mac” McMillan has resisted her charms and advances, thinking that getting involved with Delilah would be bad for many reasons. Reasons that we learn in this book are really full of crap! Men

Still quite a bit shaken by the shootout in her bar and the death of Buzzard, a bar regular, she’s taken some time off only to come crashing back to the bar looking for help from her unlikely friends: the Black Knights. After talking her Uncle Theo into a visit with old friends, Delilah’s uncle didn’t return from a morning visit to his Marine buddy Charlie Sander’s house. Uncle Theo isn’t answering his phone, he’s not at home. He has just vanished. Delilah rushes back for help. She enlists the two BKI boys at the bar: Mac and Dagan Zoelner. And they’re both completely shit-faced! Still, she needs them and there’s no time for them to sleep it off, nurse their hangovers with French fries and a coke, and after sobering-up, go out and find Theo. The three of them head over to Uncle Theo’s brownstone to find that he isn’t there, but someone else is – that that someone is trying to take Delilah. The attacker runs off, and does appear later. They always do. 

Using BKI resources, they try to uncover what happened to Uncle Theo. They trek out to his last known location and arrive at Sander’s place to find that not only is his home empty, but the entire town is nearly abandoned. As they begin their search to discover why both men were missing, they get a call from a CIA Agent that has some history with Zoelner (hmm, book 7 material?). Using super-sleuth technology, and a bit of BKI bad-ass-ness, they are able to narrow their search. What they discover is filled with old Marine missions, current terrorists, and some government spying on the BKI boys that they are not happy with.Ozzie and Steady are in on the action as well. 

Appearances in this book from others - Boss and Becky, Nate/Ghost and Allie (who we haven’t seen since book 1) and Allie, god love her, still has her ultra clean kindergarten vocabulary. I wish would just once scream “motherfuckingshit!” Even Peanut is still around, and may have a new friend soon in Fido. 

What I loved about this book is what I loved about many of her books: It’s the kick ass women that are going after their men and breaking down their crazy, emotionally built walls and making them crumble to dust. Delilah is fierce: she’s a bar owner, forensic accountant, confident, sassy, sexy. She’s smart. She doesn’t take anyone’s crap. There’s a moment when she calls Mac on his issues that I literally snorted! She’s awesome. I totally want to hang with her and Vanessa at Red Delilah’s, drinking Jameson and Ginger Beer all day while listening to rock and roll on the jukebox.  We’d totally be friends. 

Okay, now I love BKI, Julie Ann Walker, and all things MC, FBI, CIA, SEAL, ADD, etc., BUT…seriously Mac? You pissed me off and to quote Zoelner, he needed “pull his head out of his ass” much much sooner. UGH. Stubborn Alpha. Second thing that bugged me: Delilah was pursuing you for four fricken years? Really? He’s a Texan. Man up buddy! While we heard his drawl occasionally and he did say “Darlin’” quite often, he has no excuse for NOT PULLING HIS HEAD OUT OF HIS ASS.  Okay, you are a Texan and a maybe you do mosey a bit slower than others. Seeing as how I live with one and despite quoting Randy Travis and pledging his undying love, forever, and ever amen (BKI fans, see what I did there?) it took darn near 14 years to but a ring on it. I know about that slow mosey swagger walk thing you boys do. Hmm….maybe JAW knows something about Texas men that I don’t? 
Babe. Call me and we can compare notes, yah? 

Finally, the other thing that bugged me, and maybe just because I’m greedy and always want more, was what seemed to be an abrupt ending to the book. I’m in my happy bubble, reading, reading, smile, then wha? Huh? Um….er…that’s it? It’s over?!?!  SHIT!!! I want more dammit! Ugh….how long until the next book comes out? (December people, I checked). 

As with other books, Ozzie steals the show in this book. He’s the computer geek with the love of all things 80’s, quick one liners, he’s a hilarious tell-it-like-it-is dude! If he were real, I’d totally hang out with him too and drink beer together while quoting lines from John Hughes films. He’s like Loki to Thor. We all know we watch for Thor’s hotness, but really, love seeing Loki and his quips. 

This is one of my favorite series and I die waiting for the next book to be released. I learned that JAW has signed an agreement for a whopping 12 books in this series – that’s six more to go! I have a feeling that Ozzie will be the last and final book because you do save the best for last, but hopefully he continues to appear in the upcoming novels.  

While this is a series, it’s not entirely necessary to read them all and in order. You might want to go back one book just to get the back story on Delilah and Mac, but not necessary. This can be read as a stand- alone. 

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