Friday, November 22, 2013

SUNNY: ARC BOOK REVIEW "Born Wild" by Julie Ann Walker


She's got three rules:

1. Trust no one… Eve Edens has been abandoned, used, or manipulated by almost everyone she's ever met. Born into ridiculous wealth, she's dealt with the petty jealousies and sordid little resentments for nearly thirty years. But after three botched attempts on her life, she can no longer ignore the truth. Someone wants her dead.

2. Avoid the bad boys at all costs… William "Wild Bill" Reichert, the wonderfully sexy boy who abandoned her years ago, is back in town. Only he's no boy. Now he's a covert operative - and he's all man. When Eve hires Bill to help her discover who is behind the attacks, Bill soon comes to suspect it's someone much closer to Eve than she dares to believe.

3. And never fall for the same ruse twice… The search for the killer takes Bill and Eve deep into the dark secrets and strange world of the rich and famous, and into the heart of red-hot passion re-ignited by the peril that threatens to consume them both. But does Eve dare risk her heart on Bill a second time

I find it hard to write reviews for this Black Knight series.  I often enjoy the stories, but with the exception of one (book 4), I find the writing difficult.  It feels like the author is trying too hard to be hip by filling her sentences with slang:  "Shit on a stick. Why the hell does life, and matters of the heart in particular, have to be so craptastically complicated?"  Punctuating the story with slang makes the it fun, but when it happens over and over again, it gets tedious and makes if hard to take the character seriously.

Having said that, I like the characters in the Black Knight series.  It is a good romantic suspense with hot alphas and damsels in distress.  This one has a good storyline with unforeseen twists and turns.  Having read a few books in the series, I enjoy reconnecting with previous characters. This part is fun.

If the author could scale back on the inner voice and the loose language, I would enthusiastically recommend this book.  Book 4, Thrill Ride, set the precedent, so I know it can be done. Unfortunately, I can't say that I really enjoyed this read and wouldn't run to the store to purchase it. I will cross my fingers that the next book will be better.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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