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Product Details

  • Series: Black Knights Inc. (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402282699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402282690
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

When the Black Knights are told that one of their own, ex–Navy SEAL Richard “Rock” Babineaux, has gone rogue and the government’s entire intelligence apparatus is out to get him, they take matters into their own hands. Vanessa Cordero, their communications specialist, uses her language skills to track him down in Central America but also unwittingly leads the CIA to him. After a wild chase through the jungle, where it’s a toss-up whether a bullet or their own passion for each other will get them first, the Knights capture Rock and help him escape while they figure out who set him up. In the process of doing this, Rock and Vanessa give in to their this-may-be-the-only-chance sexual tension, and it becomes obvious that Bill and Eve, two supporting characters, are not far behind them, and may be the subject of the next installment in Walker’s series. A great, fast-paced, and sexy read that lives up to its double-entendre title and to readers’ expectations for Walker’s books. Catherine Mann readers will also love Thrill Ride. --Mary K. Chelton


"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf along with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann and Allison Brennan." -

"I absolutely love Julie Ann Walker. Her stories are always addictive and packed full of heart pounding action. " - The Book Whisperer

"Julie Ann is a brilliant writer... She is amazingly gifted at pulling the reader into the story." - Night Owl Reviews

"An intriguing mix of fast-paced action and sizzling romance! Walker delivers a story that is wrought with sexual tension. " - Fresh Fiction

"Walker does an excellent job of juggling multiple POVs, including showing readers the inner thoughts and motivations of the villain. It's definitely a book that's not to be skipped! 4 1/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"A wild ride that kept me on the edge of my seat and threw me curve after curve." - The Book Reading Gals

"Walker knows how to write a sizzling hero that makes you weak in the knees. " - Where's My Muse?

"An exhilarating ride full of action, romance, and lots of humorous intrigue." - Darkest Addictions

"A total adrenaline rush." - Book Lovers Inc.

"A great, fast-paced, and sexy read that lives up to its double-entendre title and to readers' expectations for Walker's books. " - Booklist

More About the Author

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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To learn more about Julie, visit Or follow her on Facebook: and/or Twitter: @JAWalkerAuthor.

Black Knights Inc. Reading Order:
#1 HELL ON WHEELS (Ghost and Ali)
#2 IN RIDES TROUBLE (Boss and Becky)
#3 REV IT UP (Jake and Michelle)
#4 THRILL RIDE (Rock and Vanessa)
#5 BORN WILD (Wild Bill and Eve)
#6 HELL FOR LEATHER (Mac and Delilah)
#7 FULL THROTTLE (Steady and Abby) Coming December 2014!

Customer Reviews

Julie Ann Walker does a bang up job on Rock's and Vanessa's story.
Book Lovin Mamas
Julie Ann Walker creates well rounded characters & great story lines!
Sharon C
Thrill Ride has the right blend of romance, action, drama & suspense.
D. B. Tan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars

Let's just start out and say this book certainly lives up to its name. In book four of this intense sexy series we are treated to a lot of action, a lot of suspense, a lot of humor, and a passionate love story entwined throughout. It is one of my absolute favorite romantic suspense series.

Every time I read a book in this series I'm so impressed by the situations and the original story lines. The predicaments these guys and gals find themselves in and the resources they use to get themselves out goes to prove that Ms. Walker has an immense talent for writing suspense.

This book focuses mainly on Rock and Vanessa. Of course the rest of the team is involved as well, but this is truly their story. I absolutely love these two people together. Vanessa is strong and determined, but she has a few insecurities and flaws that Rock helps her overcome. She is willing to give up the one person she truly loves just so he has a chance to clear his name and live a normal life. Her decision isn't an easy one and it just goes to show how deep her love for Rock is. Just as expected Rock is furious that she betrayed him and in typical pissed off man fashion, he spits off a lot of poison towards her. They have an obstacle course of situations in their search for the person responsible for him going rogue. Then after that hurdle they have to somehow bury their past behind and claim the future they both deserve.

The addition of side characters we have come to know and love from the previous books just adds a new dynamic layer to the mystery and suspense. It's nice to catch up and get a small snippet of how things are going with them.

Walker's books are always entertaining. Her characters are realistic and unique.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 3, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you haven't read the other books I would suggest reading them first so that you can get to know the characters. There is a lot of history and it will make this book that much more personal.
I love this series and I have read and re-read all of the books more than a couple of times. Julie Ann Walker is my favorite author.
As soon as Thrill Ride was on my kindle on April 2nd I started reading and didnt finish until last night.
The action scenes had me on the edge of my seat; they were amazing and i literally found myself holding my breathe.
I spent a lot of time crying during Thrill Ride. I am not talking about tearing up...i mean crying and having to walk away from the book to take a deep breathe. Rock got himself into a bad situation and tried so hard to keep the BK's out of it. His only concern was to protect his brothers. Of course, they were having none of that and jumped right in to help Rock. The turmoil that all them were going through was so heart breaking.
The relationship between Rock and Vanessa is wonderful. They are both strong and the tug-of-war between the two is amazing.
The banter between Ozzie and the guys is better than ever in this book. I just love Ozzie...especially when Boss has had enough and puts a stop to it.
As with the other books Thrill Ride has a lot of humor, wonderful love scenes, a dynamic cast of charaters, strong brotherly bonds, strong women keeping up with the guys and a rollercoaster of emotions.
Hell on Wheels will always be my favorite book in the series. However, Thrill Ride has hit my heart in such a strong way that I am still feeling it now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on April 5, 2013
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I had high hopes for Rock's story however Vanessa's behavior throughout the story left me frustrated & disgusted. Maybe she is suffering from ptsd from her previous job but in no way did she resemble a highly trained government agent. She was just an emotional limp noodle throughout the story, what about her duties as a communication specialist for BK??!!! I'll take Becky over Vanessa any day.

I think Rock deserves a better mate. I love, love his character.
I will continue reading the series because I love the supporting characters especially Ozzie & I can't wait for Bill/Eve 's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth H on April 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of their own, Rock Babineaux, is accused of going rogue, no one of the Black Knights Inc. team believes in his guilt. Attempting to clear their team mate, a group of Knights search the globe for their missing friend.

Vanessa Cordova has been drawn to Rock from their first meeting. She will do everything in her power to help Rock, even if he ends up hating her.

Caught up in a world where you are being hunted by the good guys has not made the last 6 months easy for Rock. When, the dynamo, Vanessa comes crashing back into his life he must do everything he can to keep his heart from giving in to the emotions she stirs deep inside. Now he isn't just trying to save himself but Vanessa as well.

Why was Rock framed for something he didn't do? Who is behind this black ops? You'll have to read Thrill Ride and find out.

I really enjoyed reading Thrill Ride. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for the special ops romance novels. There was lots of action, mystery and intrigue. The first half of the book had me riveted to the pages but then it started to slow down...don't get me wrong, I was still invested in the outcome and interested to discover who the elusive identity of RD. The story pace just seemed to drop off, keeping me from absolutely loving it. In the end, I found Thrill Ride a good read with strong characters and just the right touch of humor.

This ARC copy of Thrill Ride was given to me by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date April 2, 2013.
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