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Hell on Wheels (Black Knights Inc. #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  8,149 ratings  ·  638 reviews
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. Unf
Mass Market Paperback, 349 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published August 1st 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

DNF after 15 pages

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The style of writing is the thing that bothered me. Every single thing in every sentence was described. I just don't feel like reading that sort of thing.

Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
2 1/2 to 3 stars

Debut book

Overall Hell on Wheels was a fast paced, action packed, and somewhat entertaining read. Unfortunately, however, there was just too much going on in this cliché-ridden book–one too many distractions.

For instance, there were too many secondary characters given a point of view. It seemed like every time I finally felt a connection to the hero or heroine, the author would change the scene and I would be give the point of view of a secondary characters involved in the overal
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Bitchy, Skanky & Not Sorry ⚓️
Spoilery Rant Fest Ahead...

....As Told by My Ever-Helpful Animal Friends.

***Enter at You Own Risk***

In light of all the great reviews, this was disappointing and underwhelming on many levels.


I kid, I kid. But for realz though.

First of all, I know this is a romance novel and, in light of that, the tactical/military-istic aspects of any story like this are supposed to take a backseat to that romance.


The Knights were super lame, dude.

I get that the whole "motorcycle operation" is suppos
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

Hell on Wheels is the first book in the Black Knights, Inc. series and author Julie Ann Walker’s debut novel. It’s fun, sexy, and fast paced, and kept me guessing as to the 'who, what, why and how' right to the very end.
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
3 stars – Romantic Suspense

Thoughts Before Reading:

Bad boy biker and black ops soldier lusting after his best friend's good girl sister and a studtastic, yummy as sin hunk in a tight black t-shirt on the cover?!!! SOLD!!!!

Thoughts After Reading:

This is a pretty good romantic suspense debut and a promising start to a potentially exciting new series, but I didn’t really care for the lead H/h. I was also hoping for a bit more heat and steam to the love scenes, especially considering the yummy cove

3.5 stars

She was thinking of gunshot wounds and blood and slugs, and he was thinking of boobs?

"You men," she grumbled with disgust as she backed away, moving toward the sink and the washcloths stacked there, "You really only have a few brain cells, don't you?"

"Yep," he chuckled, the sound low and intimate and still so totally foreign to her ears. "But they're committed."

Nate "Ghost" Weller and Grigg Morgan have been best buddies forever. They had gone through the Marine Corps and sniper training
LOVE this book! Julie Ann Walker introduces some of the sexiest, smartest characters I've read in years. Once you meet the men and women of Black Knights Inc., you'll be stomping your feet waiting for the other books in the series to release. Walker blends action, suspense, and some oh-so-delicious chemistry to craft stories that will hook you from page one and have you tearing through 'til the end. A must read.
Cyndi Delia
Run don't walk, to preorder this fun sexy hell of a read! Walker ranks right up there with authors like Lori Foster, Maya Banks, and Lora Leigh. This exciting book has plenty of humor, heart, and steam. Brillant lovable characters and Walker s dynamic writing make this book one the best I've read this year!
Julie Ann Walker’s first book in the Black Knights Inc. series was pretty great. Period. Hell on Wheels was edgy, raw and deals with some pretty disturbing issues; however, Walker combined this artfully with humour, joy and an extremely passionate love story.

“He figured he wasn’t suffering from phantom-limb syndrome, but phantom-friend syndrome.”

“…that pretty much summed it up when it came to his relationship – or non-relationship – with Ali Morgan. Lust and guilt. The two were so intertwined

Well done Ms. Walker. You have given us a rousing novel full of secrets and suspense. I can’t wait to read the next book in this exhilarating series and see what you have in store for the Black Knights.
If you are looking for a fast paced read that keeps you hooked from the first to last page, a tale that will have you laughing out loud one moment and wiping tears the next, an inspired exciting love story, this book is a must for you!

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D.B. Reynolds
I loved this book. Loved the set-up, the characters, the writing. It was full of realistic action, and wrenching flashbacks, and peopled with characters you quickly came to know and love. Walker doesn't flinch from the dark side of her story and I respect that. I'm hooked and waiting for book #2.
Lisa Kay
The heroine threw up way, way too much; I didn't buy some of the plot; saw some things coming a mile away; and we didn't learn much about the hero. Nevertheless, all this made for a good "buddy read" discussion. Still, some nice scenes in a book by a first-time author; I'll continue the series. ...more
Sexy black-ops operatives on motorcycles – I was sold! And the premise lives up to the promise, absolutely.

Unfortunately my problems have overshadowed the enjoyment I was hoping to get out of this book. The largest one was Nate’s dialect. His mashing of several words together into a single word not on was irritating to read, it was an effort in translation every time it happened – which was at least once a page. I know people talk with dialects, I hear them in my head clearly, but I don’t need e
Wow. I’m officially a fan of Julie Ann Walker and the Black Knights Inc. series.

I have to start off by saying, my heart completely broke for Nate. What he went through and what he had to do…it’s just unimaginable. I also really admire Ali for all she had to go through in the book. I don’t know how I would have handled what she went through. There were a few scenes between that brought me to tears. (view spoiler)
Why I read it: Jane from Dear Author tweeted the other day that she was enjoying In Rides Trouble, the second book in this series. I requested it and this one from NetGalley. Of course, being me, I started on book 1.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) 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
I absolutely loved this book! The mix between romance and suspense was well done (by my standards - meaning there was a bit more romance than suspense, but it was not sex sex sex by any means at all). I was also really surprised by the level of emotion that Julie Ann Walker brought forth in this book - to the point where there was one scene that I was actually in tears and another where it almost happened again, something which is very rare for me.

I thought the premise of the book was really int
Hell on Wheels
3 Stars

Nate Weller has been in love with Ali Morgan from the first, but he is determined to keep her at arms length to protect her from a secret that could destroy them both. Ali has other plans, however, and when she becomes the target of a shadowy conspiracy, she naturally turns to Nate and his fellow Black Knights for help.

The story has potential, but the plotting is problematic and the writing style is jarring.

The basic premise is solid with a group of former special forces o
In one heck of a ride, Hell on Wheels lifts its reader up and hauls you along on a tale worthy of Mission: Impossible. Nate Weller, black-ops if ever there was one; is back from the sand, bringing with him memories of torture and the death of his best friend. He has to be the one to tell Grigg’s parents he wasn’t coming home this time – or ever. A bad enough task alone but when you add in he also has to tell Grigg’s sister, Ali. Ali who has kept him awake since he was 21 and she was 17. Ali the ...more
The BookWhisperer
What is so glorious about special ops military men? I don't know, but please give me more. I loved everything about this story from the characters all the way down to the chop shop. It was a rollercoaster of emotion with the added incentive of not only one steamy and intense romance, but the building of yet another. I must actually admit that I find myself more drawn to Becky's character a little more than Ali, but please don't let me miss lead she was a rocking character as well. She is far fro ...more
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5 Stars

Julie Ann Walker is an incredible new romantic suspense author who has delivered in a big way with her Black Knight, Inc. series. This is the first book and it absolutely consumed me. I fell in love with the characters and her remarkable writing style.

Nate Weller is part of an elite team of Special Ops. They take the jobs to covert for anyone else to handle. Their headquarters are housed in a tricked out custom bike shop that they use as a front t
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Blog rating: 3.5/5

I’ve always liked the setup of the hero being the best friend to the heroine’s brother. The story starts with the heroine, Ali’s, brother Grigg dead and Nate having to deal with the events that led to his death. Ali is now being followed and only has one place she can turn, to Nate and his Black Knights Inc. A group running a motorcycle shop as a cover but are really working secret ops headed by Frank Knight. Ali needs help and turns to
Julie Ann Walker's debut novel Hell on Wheels is a fast paced and exciting start to her Black Knights, Inc series that left me eager to read the next instalment. After several years of reading mainly paranormal stories I've recently rediscovered my love of contemporary romance and romantic suspense in particular. I can't seem to get enough of these alpha military heroes who are hunky, strong, protective and possessive but also surprisingly sweet and caring towards the women in their lives.

Nate i
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

BAM! Julie Ann Walker’s Hell On Wheels starts out with a bang and just keeps on rolling. An excellent read that I did not put down; it grabbed me from page one, threw me in the emotional wringer and refused to let go until the very last word.

Nate “Ghost” Weller is an ex-marine sniper, who along with his best friend, joined an elite and very covert special ops team, Black Knight’s Inc. Using a custom bike shop as a front, this team of alpha males take the government missions that no one
Jun 25, 2012 Alexa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alexa by: Goodreads First Reads winner

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

First off, I just loved the fact that some of the book was set in my hometown Jacksonville, NC. That was really neat!

Hell on Wheels was about the relationship between Ali and Nate and how they worked together to take down the person who killed Ali's brother and Nate's best friend. I really liked the premise, but I felt only half the book was about the main characters. I think part of the reason the perspective switched to other characters was to
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This genre, romantic suspense, usually isn't my thing, I find the plots a tad predictable and the characters, the hot, but emotionally unavailable ex-soldier turned covert ops getting into the situation of protecting the little woman pretty stereotypical...

And this book is all that but I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. Nathan "Ghost" Weller has had a thing for his partner and best friend Grigg Morgan's little sister forever but of course in line with the "best buddy code" she is strictly off
Sia McKye
Julie Ann Walker writes a fresh suspense that touches your emotions and revs up your libido.

In the heart of the Windy City, is Frank Knight’s high tech custom motorcycle shop, Black Knights, Inc. It creates some tough bikes made to order. They do a good business. Since it’s a bad section of Chicago most people don’t think twice about ten-foot high brick wall topped with rolls of razor wire surrounding the huge compound. Pivoting cameras and a manned security gate are just precautionary protec
Capri (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
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 writi ...more
Excellent start to a new series. After her brother's death Ali has been experiencing some odd things. She is being followed, her home has been broken into, and she was mugged. Feeling as though it might have something to do with her brother, she goes to Chicago to talk to her brother's best friend Nate. Nate and his friends run a motorcycle shop that is a cover for a special ops team. Ali had always known that there was more to her brother's activities than he'd said and now that was confirmed. ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

This review was posted at Under the Covers

I must seriously be the odd one out. Everyone has absolutely loved this book and although I enjoyed it, I didn't get to the total adoration. Mainly because of the hero and heroine. The writing in the book is great and the concept of this series is awesome. I mean you can't go wrong with hot ex military working as a private operation and the coverup is...a motorcycle shop. Can't get sexier than that! *fans self*

But then we meet Nate. Although I t

So this book was an emotional roller coaster, I mean I'm going to drown in my own tears.

Main characters in this book are Nate and Ali, they know each other since Ali was 17 and Nate was 21, it was love at first sight, but Nate didn't act on it, because Ali's Grigg’s little sister and Grigg is Nates best friend. Can it get more complicated?! Of course it can. Grigg is dead and his little sister is in danger, so she runs of to Nate who works for organization called Black Knights, Inc.

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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 a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Black Knights Inc. (8 books)
  • In Rides Trouble (Black Knights Inc., #2)
  • Rev It Up (Black Knights Inc., #3)
  • Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc., #4)
  • Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5)
  • Hell for Leather (Black Knights Inc., #6)
  • Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc., #7)
  • Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc., #8)
In Rides Trouble (Black Knights Inc., #2) Rev It Up (Black Knights Inc., #3) Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc., #4) Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5) Hell for Leather (Black Knights Inc., #6)

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