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Hell on Wheels

(Black Knights Inc. #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  13,552 ratings  ·  1,009 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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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Spoilery Rant Fest Ahead...

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

***Enter at Your 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 su
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.

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 overa
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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 t
3 ½ 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 cov
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance fans
Recommended to Carmen by: BookBub
Ali's brother and best friend Grigg has been murdered. Ali knows it isn't just the simple accident she's been lead to believe it is - she knows her brother was involved in some clandestine government operation. She goes to Nate, Grigg's best friend and brother-in-arms. Nate has always had a huge crush on Ali - since he first met her at age 17 - but never ever acted on any of it out of loyalty to Grigg. Ali's always had a huge crush on Nate as well. You'd think now would be the perfect time for t ...more
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Stand-alone book 1.

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. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.

She’s the good
Sam (AMNReader)
I said it was readable.

It almost went and made a liar out of me.

Okay to be honest, it was readable. But it also tried really hard not to be. from calling dollar bills “George Washingtons” (no.never) to referencing Ashton Kutcher on punked, it really read like someone trying too hard to stay current and failing like your 69 year old grandfather that wasn’t even current in his day.

I didn’t love reading paragraphs about their firepower.

I also didn’t enjoy when the hero, Nate, said to the heroine,
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Lisa Kay
★★★½✩ 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.

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!

Entire review posted here: http://www.guiltypleasuresboo
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
Hell on Wheels kind of annoyed me. Okay, it really annoyed me. This book was disappointing and definitely underwhelming in my eyes. I was expecting more since this is the opener for the Black Knights Inc. series.. but

The beginning did get me hooked.. but then it just fell so flat. I didn't really care about what was happening in this book and I also didn't connect to any of the characters. This book is basically about a secret ops team that rides motorcycles.. or whatever. It was weird and I co
D.B. Reynolds
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series(Black Knight Inc.) by Julia Ann Walker, Nate has been best friends with Grigg for twelve years and was the last person to see him alive so it's his job to tell Grigg's parents the news of his death as well as Griggs sister Ali while trying to remember what Gigg said about staying away from Ali. fast forward to A few months later Ali is sure she is being followed and is pretty sure it has somthing to do with Grigg so she can't think of anyone else to turn to ...more
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Nate Weller also known as "Ghost" has loved Ali from afar but he knows she could never forgive him for what he had to do and withdraws from her. Ali Morgan, never thought that she would be going to the one man who practically ignores her. Her brothers best friend Nate. But when she gets mugged  and being followed, she knows that her life is in danger. So she goes to Nate and the Knights for help. She knows t
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was just ok for me. I was a bit bored with Ali and Nate and Rebecca and Frank. It just seemed like he did everything he could to stay away from her because of his promise to her brother but also due to secrets he had. It was just too much of the back and forth bickering between them.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Big Joe  Rossi
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @45%
Horribly edited. Multiple POVs that are hard to decide who is thinking.
Just could not get into flow of book. Liked the storyline.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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)
I read this ages ago. Guess I forgot to star it. I don't remember much, except that the guys weren't good at their job, and were overly serious. The author killed off someone important and I hate that in a romance. The pseudo OW stuff was lame and Nate was an unromantic asshat. Oh yeah, and my biggest pet peeve... 10+ years wasted for no good reason! Never did pick up anything else by this author. Not my cup of tea I guess.
Krista Hendrix
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! First time I've read this author. Always nice to find a new author I like.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. 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. Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. And if those views happen to come with a blue sky and ...more

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