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He's the heartbreaker she left behind...

He Never Misses a Target

Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly—and with lethal force. That's also how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe—from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow...

She Aims to Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heart, he'll never let her go...

321 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published October 2, 2012

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Julie Ann Walker

34 books2,642 followers
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 sunshine? All the better! When she's not writing, Julie enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, fishing, cooking, petting every dog that walks by her, and... reading, of course!

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#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)
#8 TOO HARD TO HANDLE (Dan and Penni)
#9 WILD RIDE (Ozzie and Samantha)
#10 FUEL FOR FIRE (Dagan and Chelsea)
#11 HOT PURSUIT (Christian and Emily)
#12 BUILT TO LAST (Angel and Sonya)

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#0.5 HOT AS HELL (Mad Dog and Harper)
#1 HELL OR HIGH WATER (Leo and Olivia)
#2 DEVIL AND THE DEEP (Bran and Maddy)

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Profile Image for Carmen.
2,064 reviews1,908 followers
July 29, 2015
I hated this book. And the more and more I read it, the more and more my hatred grew. It was so horrible.

Jake shows up after 4 years of absence, looking to 'lay claim' to the woman he ALLEGEDLY loves. Michelle. He last saw her 3.5 years ago when she showed up at the Navy SEAL base to pour her heart out to him, and he said some horrible horrible things to her. Like that she's a gold-digging slut. And "all I ever wanted was a piece of that grade-A ass." And "You keep that sinfully luscious mouth of yours wide like that, babe, and you'll have Preacher down on one knee pledging his everlasting love within a week." How about "Don't you go thinking you're any different from the scores of other girls I bagged at the [club]. The only thing that sets you apart from them is the fact that you never got me off."

*Carmen excuses herself to be sick.*

Our hero, ladies and gentlemen. Now. Would you ever allow a man back into your panties after he said such things to you? NO. You would never, ever engage in any sexual contact with him ever again. Y punto. End of discussion.

So this book's whole entire premise is already beyond the abilities of MY imagination. I don't care if he shows up, three years later, on his knees, begging me to give him another chance, claiming that he loves me. I DON'T GIVE A CARE. You didn't only lose your chance, asshole, you blew it into smithereens.

She tries to call him. She writes him letters. She's still trying to have a life with him. He ignores it all. Why is she trying so hard after he's obviously shown her that he's a piece of shit?

So already this book is grating my cheese, right? I mean, I can't even with this shit. What an asshole.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. There's other problems. Let's talk about them.

I'm going to ignore the little problems, like the fact that our asshole hero thinks the fact that Michelle is putting on lipstick indicates that she wants to impress him and have sex with him, or the fact that the author refers to breasts as "funbags." Yes, funbags. That's just exactly the terminology I want used in my romance novels. NOT.

No, let's focus on the bigger problems. Like the fact that "our hero" keeps fantasizing about Michelle down on her knees sucking him off. This is REALLY disrespectful and skeezy. I do not want to read a romance (Romance!) in which instead of reading about love and sweet things and stuff like that, I get this. I mean, I don't care if the MCs engage in this in the bedroom, the problem I have is that what's running through his mind while looking at the heroine isn't something like "She's so smart/pretty/fun," or "I want to kiss her" or "I love her" or "She's such a great mom to her son" or "I've missed her so much" or something it's like "I really want to see her lips wrapped around my cock."

Listen... there is NOTHING romantic about that. It's skeeving me out and making me view him as a creeper.

Another problem I had: there's one black person in this novel - the babysitter/nanny - and she is brutally murdered and I mean it is really icky. And I have a soft-spot for babysitters and nannies. It was just very disgusting. And they refer to her "milk-chocolate skin," which makes me rabid.

Let's see, what else?

Oh, yeah. He is always using force to get what he wants from her and he doesn't take 'no' for an answer. I was cringing at how many times he is physical with her, grabbing her and shaking her or

"Get. On. The. Bike. Shell," he grumbled, dipping his chin, glaring out from under his sandy brows.

"Get bent, Jake," she choked, hoping he mistook her anguish for anger.

"Okay," he sighed, swinging from the back of the bike. "You asked for it."

He lifted her into his arms as if she weighed nothing.

"Hey!" she squawked, her tears vanishing as she smacked him repeatedly with her beaded clutch. "Put me down, you big jerk!"

He's such a bully, I hate it.

"I said no!"...

"Uh-huh," he took a page from her book and rolled his eyes. "And remember what happened the last time you said "no?" Do you need me to throw you over my shoulder again and haul your sweet ass inside?"

WTF? Do you think it is okay to treat other people this way!??!!? No, it isn't. Because you're bigger and stronger than her, she has no rights to assert herself or her wishes? It was SUCH a blessing that you were out of her life for four years. I wish you'd never come back.

I spent the whole book praying for this "hero" to catch a stray bullet and die.

He has sex with her, and when he's all like, "Well, what are you going to do?" And "These things happen" when she's obviously hugely upset and already a mother and he's a fucking asshole. She (for VERY understandable reasons!) does not want to have this guy's kid. I can't blame her!

And to add a final jerkbag cherry to the whole thing, we have fat-shaming in this book as well.

Carl shook his head, taking a bite of the perfect cookie he'd finally managed to locate. It was obvious from the paunch around Carl's belly, he didn't do much surfing anymore, and he partook of his cookie stash far more than he should.

Fuck you, asshole. And just for your information, I'm saying that in a perfect imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'd take a sweet guy with a belly over an asshole with a six-pack ANY DAY OF THE WEEK, jerkface. Where the fuck do you get off judging this guy? Asshole!

Anyway, I won't discuss this book's ending with you, but let me just tell you that it made my head explode it was so enraging.

How's the sex, Carmen?

*glares* Even if the hero hadn't been such a piece of shit, it was boring.


Tl;dr - DO NOT READ THIS. It is horrible on many levels.

P.S. I'm not even going to complain about this not being available in Spanish. As far as I'm concerned it shouldn't even have been published in English!

P.P.S I forgot to mention that he says "yo" all the time. "Yo, mama!" when he's really excited. Just think about reading the inner monologue of someone who uses the word "yo" as much as normal people say, "uh" or "well." It would have been laughable if I didn't hate him so much.
Profile Image for UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish.
1,166 reviews1,633 followers
July 21, 2013

Rev it Up is the third book in Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights, Inc. series and my favorite of the three, so far. The story was both action-packed and poignant, opening with a heartbreaking, intense scene that had me feeling anger, sadness and loss. From the very first pages the tortured hero, Jake Sommers, grabbed hold of my heart and didn’t let go.
Soldier. Hero. Ladies’ Man. He’s the one who broke her heart...

Career soldier Jake “The Snake” Sommers has made a few mistakes in his life, but none so terrible as forsaking the only woman he’s ever loved. But he’s finally conquered his inner demon, the one that thirsted only for blood. So, now he’s back. And he’s not leaving without Michelle. Unfortunately, her enemy has other plans. Plans to see her dead.

Mother. Warrior. Lover. She’s the one he left behind...

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for abandoning her all those years ago. Now he’s suddenly back, after she’s finally begun to make a life for herself. But her safe, orderly world is about be blown apart. With a psychotic Las Vegas mobster gunning for her, she has no choice but to turn to Jake. Only there’s more at stake than her life. As they all head for a showdown, something that was never meant to be revealed is suddenly thrown into the light. And with a secret this hot, there’s bound to be an explosion.
I’ve enjoyed all three BKI stories but this one drew me in on many levels. A truly emotionally tortured hero, a widow whose husband served with Jake, raising her small child alone, fighting the memories of her own dysfunctional childhood that we learned of in the last book… yes, this story has it all and kept me turning the pages faster and faster wanting to find out what happens next, yet not wanting the story to end.

One of the things I most love about Ms. Walker's writing is her ability to take us from poignant to sexy to funny to intense... and she does it so well that you can actually imagine yourself there, caught up in whatever it is that's taking place. And I love that! I want to be drawn in. I want to feel the passion, the fear, the hope... to be engrossed, enthralled and captivated by the story and the characters, and with Rev it Up that's exactly what I got. I can't ask for more than that!

My thanks to netgalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, the pleasure was mine.
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2,485 reviews247 followers
March 27, 2013
I tried, I swear I tried, but really I couldn't bear this idiocy. I don't know what other people's idea of romance is. I don't think mine is something like this.

I find awful that a woman's life is on hold because eons ago she loved a prick and could never overcome this love. (It's demeaning to her husband and whatever love she had for him, too.) I find awful that he expects to come back to her life and she has to roll with it. I find awful that a brother wouldn't stand on his sister's side and would choose his fellow soldier. At least do wonder why she's taking a stand.

This series is a wishful thinking on the part of the author, writing contemporary and mistaking it with fantasy. I do believe if you write contemporary, it has to be real, not some kind of fairy tale. Didn't we survive the Harlequin phase?

Anyway, I was cringing for all the third of the book I was reading. So I said myself? Why? Did I do something for which shall I be punished? (Well, there was that chunk of chocolate I ate today, but it can't be, can it?)

Sorry fans, keep loving her. You have all the reasons to. Just don't grab me in the rush to buy her books.

For the rest of the world, you can read Romancing the book's review:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/.... She loved it.
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1,030 reviews24 followers
March 2, 2023
I thought that this book was good
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892 reviews385 followers
September 22, 2012
Cover & Title - 4 out of 5.
Favorite Character - Franklin

This is my first read in this series & my first book by this author. I found the story interesting & I liked the chemistry between Jake & Michelle. I managed to feel a connection to all of the characters even though i hadn't read the rest of the series.
I laughed quite a lot while i was reading the book, which is always a plus. I also liked that there are kickass females in the book, i get so fed up with girls who are totally pansies who depend on the men to make everything alright. There were a few surprises thrown in a long the way to keep the interest levels up.

I would recommend this book & I would read more by this author.

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1,037 reviews158 followers
October 3, 2012
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Jake is back in town to win back the woman he loves. He’s known and loved Michelle for years, but four years ago, hurt feelings, anger and miscommunications drove Jake to push Michelle at his best friend. They married and Michelle was pregnant when her husband, and Jake’s best friend, died in combat with Jake at his side. Jake, still fighting the demons in his head, lashed out at everyone, including Michelle when she begged him to come home. He stayed away, but now he feels like he’s healed enough to come back and try to rekindle the love they had so long ago.

Michelle is a single mom raising three year old Franklin and has just recently been introduced to her brother, Frank’s, team at Black Knights, Inc. The only problem with that is there are prices on the BKI team members heads and that extends to their families, which puts Michelle and Franklin at risk. Frank’s solution is simple, move in with him at his work compound, or let Jake stay with Michelle at her place. Michelle is still so angry and hurt by how Jake treated her years ago, he called her horrible names, gave her no hope that he’d ever want to be a part of her life, all because he was fighting within himself. Michelle has a soft heart though and she slowly falls for Jake, if she ever really stopped loving him at all. They try to work out their relationship while trying to find out who is out to get the BKI team members and their families.

I liked the story well enough, but I found myself bothered by a few things. All of the books in the series are overloaded with slang and pop culture references. The references are toned down in this one, but the slang is still there. Each character has a phrase or two that they seem to overuse, in this case Jake is a California surfer guy, and I cringed a little every time he said or thought “yo”. I don’t know if it was his (for the most part) laid back attitude or the laid back surfer language, but I had a hard time warming up to him as a hero. He loves Michelle, there’s no doubting that and he’s fierce, but there was something missing that made me not fully connect with him and by extension the romance.

Michelle, for all the horrible things Jake said to her years ago, is incredibly forgiving. However, she keeps one whopper of a secret from him that alters their future completely. It’s explained how the events in their past went down and Michelle made as much of an effort as she could to get Jake to come home so she could talk to him, but the truth is, she still kept this from him and for a character that I otherwise enjoyed, this was a big no-no. I did like how she “got” the men. Having lived around the life her brother leads, she’s very sensitive to what these men go through and will sit and listen to any of them talk, if and when they need to. She’s very nurturing and once she starts to open back up to Jake, she makes it easy for him to talk and get everything out.

This story has a different feel to it than the previous two books. The main series storyline is still building, but it’s not centered around the Black Knights, Inc headquarters, which was very front and center up to this point. I overall liked the story, but there was just something missing with the romance for me. Part of it might be the connection I never really got with Jake, and it felt like they went from out of love to in love as a couple pretty quickly. This isn’t my favorite of the three books out so far, but I still enjoy the set up for these men and there are a few guys I’m anxious to get stories for. This was a good read, but ultimately Jake just wasn’t for me.
Profile Image for Brianna (The Book Vixen).
667 reviews10 followers
December 27, 2015
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: I’ve been hooked on this series since book one.

What I Liked: After the prologue, Rev It Up starts up right where In Rides Trouble left off. The prologue was the most intense part of the book. It just, POW! The prologue sets up the background story for Jake and Michelle. And their romance is not your traditional love story; it’s quite complex.

Jake is not an arrogant macho man who thinks he’s invincible. He knows there is danger present and he takes caution. He also realizes that Michelle can handle herself so there’s no need for him to act like a overbearing superhero. And when he does need to leave her side, he leaves her well-armed.

Just when you think you know all there is to know about Michelle, there’s more. Something big and something I sure as hell didn’t see coming.

There’s a secondary romance blossoming in Rev It Up and it’s between Rock and Vanessa. The chemistry between them is definitely there. And speaking of Rock, what the heck is that guy’s other job??

I can tell the author has researched militant aspects in these novels and it makes the stories feel authentic.

What I Didn’t Like: Not a damn thing.

Memorable Moment:

“Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t sneak into your room while you sleep and slit your throat should you hurt her.”


He pressed up against her, butt to nuts in military speak.

Overall Impression: Rev It Up is the best book in the series so far. This series just gets better and better with each installment.

I had a little impromptu interview with the author on Twitter. I asked if this series will continue on and she said “Absolutely!”. She also revealed that Book 4 will hit shelves in April, and Book 5 six months after that. There will probably be 10-12 books in total for the series. Book 4 will be Rock and Vanessa’s story (yay!). When I asked if Billy and Eve will be getting their own book she said that they will play secondary characters again in Book 4 and that Book 5 is their story. And it’s “sooo angsty”. I cannot wait!!
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1,274 reviews308 followers
September 16, 2012
Ahhh. Julie Ann Walker always leaves me torn. I really enjoy her storylines... even if there's very little to guess at where the villains are concerned. They're a little different and can be exciting. And I like the emotional upheavel all of her characters have to work through to find their happily ever afters. And oh I LOVE that so far every couple has known each other for years so the insta-lust factor they all get hit with seems so much more believeable because they have a history and actually know the other person.

But man alive there are parts of the actual writing that just are not my thing. Walker loves cliche sayings and name dropping and for me after a while that gets incredibly old and just leaves me a bit frustrated.

Rev It Up and it's oh-so-sexy cover was fairly entertaining. There's a hit out of the Black Knights and Jake winds up protecting Michelle who he desperately wants a second chance with. There's some drama from the past, some life changing secrets being kept and danger all around. So yeah it's got some excitement to it.

Yo I'm a surfer dude! Alright so I really liked Jake. Michelle was a decent heroine but Jake stole the show for me. He's a big ol hunk of a guy and knows what he wants. He's a little damaged and tortured over his past. He's a stand up guy though and I loved that he actually showed his emotions and didn't try to hide them away. Other than his penchant for surfer dude lingo and Yo, mama's thrown in he's pretty awesome. So I did enjoy him and his story quite a bit.

One thing I think Walker does fantastic with is pulling in secondary storylines and future couples and sparking an interest in their stories. Despite my frustrations with the actual writing style she still has me wanting to see what happens next. I swear she's like crack!

While I don't think we're really a great match up of author/reader I know a lot of people who absolutely adore this series. So, do I recommend it? Eh, I guess, yes, in a way. It's a decent romantic suspense but it's just an average series for me. Fine for killing time with some sexy biker/military men and women but not something that really rocks my reading world, ya know?
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2,157 reviews120 followers
June 17, 2013
Another great book in this series! It started off with a whole lot of action, and kept up the pace fairly well. Of course, there was romance in there, and it was good too...a little on the heartbreaky side, but I loved it!
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991 reviews106 followers
May 18, 2015
I usually don't mind I even like it but this one wasn't done well.Although I enjoyed the story ,it could have been better if the author had paid attention to the details.
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2,472 reviews18 followers
October 2, 2015
Two-haiku review:

Is she in danger?
He once loved her, now protects
Can they work it out?

Should read in order
Begins right after book 2
Unexpected twist

Re-reading series, September 2015
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3,343 reviews1,017 followers
November 2, 2012
I have really enjoyed the previous stories in Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc series but I have to say that Rev it Up was my favourite book so far and it has left me eagerly waiting for the next instalment. We met Shell in the previous book when she was introduced as Frank's sister, she is a single mum to her young son Franklin but we didn't really know much more about her background as Frank had worked hard to keep her out of his life at Black Knights Inc. When Shell introduced her to the rest of the group while Frank was in hospital she picked the wrong time to let people know about her connection to him. With a face from the past looking to get revenge on the team they have all had a price put on their heads and are now facing the constant threat of assassins trying to take them out. The Knights aren't too worried - their compound is secure and they all know how to look after themselves - but when they realise that the assassins have their families, and Shell in particular, in their sights things escalate into all out war.

Shell had her heart broken by Jake four years ago when he pushed her into the arms of one of his friends. She married Preacher but was left to raise her son alone when her husband was killed in action. Jake has always loved Shell but he had his reasons to push her away all those years ago and he has stayed away ever since because he blames himself for Preacher's death. He has never stopped loving her though and now that he has finally dealt with his inner demons he has come back to prove how much he cares and to convince her to give him a second chance. Shell is understandably wary of Jake, she never really got over him and refuses to let him break her heart all over again. She also has a very big secret that she is terrified he will uncover.

Jake may have acted like a complete ass when he walked away from Shell all those years ago but at least he has the balls to admit it and try to put things right between them. I have to admit I fell hard for Jake, he was so sweet and open with his feelings towards Shell that I just couldn't resist him. I loved that he was so understanding and patient with her as she kept pushing him away and that he was determined to break through her tough outer shell and show her how good things could be between them. The spark between them practically leapt off of the page and when they finally give into their passion it was well worth waiting for. I also have to mention that I loved little Franklin, he is such a cutie!

Along with the hot romance the story also has great friendship and banter amongst the team, we see more of the characters we already know and love and get to know some new faces too. I absolutely can't wait to read Rock and Vanessa's book - I can already tell they are going to be off the charts hot & I really do have a thing for a man with an accent so Rock already makes me melt! The action was great too, scenes towards the end were particularly dramatic and had me on the edge of my seat. Rev it Up was a fantastic instalment to a great series and I can't wait to read the next book!
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7,013 reviews834 followers
October 2, 2012
Rhayne's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

5 Stars

I really can’t say enough about these books. Every time I read a new Black Knights, Inc. novel, I am completely blown away that this is her first series. Ms. Walker has such a remarkable talent for letting these stories play out in your mind. It seems as though you are part of the scenery watching it happen. Rev it Up is book 3 in the Black Knights, Inc. series. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first two books I can’t express to you enough that you’re missing out on an incredible, thrilling, sexy series. They are crammed with extremely hot alpha men who know how to make things happen, and some incredible, strong willed women who know how to push all their buttons.

We continue with this book only a week after book two ends. It picks right up where we left off. This story is packed full of past and present situations. There are more twists, turns, ups, and downs, than a roller coaster ride. I really don’t want to give too much information on the actual story line. I feel as though by doing so it will take away from the suspense and enjoyment you get when you read the book.

Jake is back in town after being gone on assignment for 4 years. He knows that he made mistakes in the past and he has finally neutralized the demons that have been haunting him. He is ready to claim the only girl he has ever loved.

Michelle is doing her best to give her son, Franklin the stability and love that she never had as a child. After losing her husband on a mission in Afghanistan the only thing that is important to her is his happiness. She wasn’t prepared for Jake to show back up in her life and she sure as hell wasn’t prepared for him to be the one to protect her and Franklin from a Psycho killer.

I love these two together. Their chemistry is consuming and their funny, sexy dialog adds an additional kick to the plot. I love that we continue to see the other Black Nights we met in the first few books appear and play a large part in this story. I love the way that she is able to scatter humor throughout every page. Even in the most intense moments, she throws a one liner in there that catches me completely off guard and makes me laugh-out-loud. I really just love everything about this story.

We get teasers all through this book about Rock and Vanessa. I am anxiously waiting on pins and needles to see what is in store for those two.

Even though this is the 3rd book, it does give enough character depth and information for you to be able to read it as a standalone just fine. I don’t really recommend that at all because the first two were just as amazing as this one. It’s fast paced, but not in a way that seems rushed. The action is exciting, the sex is headboard rocking hot and the emotions are real and very intense. It’s everything I look for in a book.
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Author 14 books92 followers
December 10, 2020
Career soldier Jake “The Snake” Sommers has made a few mistakes in his life, but none so terrible as forsaking the only woman he’s ever loved. But he’s finally conquered his inner demon, the one that thirsted only for blood. So, now he’s back. And he’s not leaving without Michelle. Unfortunately, her enemy has other plans. Plans to see her dead.

Mother. Warrior. Lover. She’s the one he left behind...

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for abandoning her all those years ago. Now he’s suddenly back, after she’s finally begun to make a life for herself. But her safe, orderly world is about be blown apart. With a psychotic Las Vegas mobster gunning for her, she has no choice but to turn to Jake. Only there’s more at stake than her life. As they all head for a showdown, something that was never meant to be revealed is suddenly thrown into the light. And with a secret this hot, there’s bound to be an explosion.

Holy crow, this was really good. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did and now I’m cursing the fact that I didn’t read this sooner. Many thanks to Netgalley for this ARC and the chance to review.

Ms. Walker has a way with words and gives the reader such an insight into a secretive world. This, of course, is the third in the Black Knights series and it has me going in to buy the first two. Black Knights is based on a group of men who are Navy Seals, the best of their kind, she relays, who build up their own secret defense agency. These boys scream hotness and will have you laughing and crying all at once.

Walker has done an amazing job at character building and keeping the reader in suspense until the very end. This particular story was woven with such conflict and a sweet ending that literally left me wanting more.

I have to give it to Ms. Walker and her amazing literary ability. She is truly one author you don’t want to pass up. Five out of five stars for a job well done.
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Author 1 book24 followers
November 18, 2012
Oh, Julie babe--we must make a date and sit and talk about your smexy bikers. OH WAIT--we already did that, lol.

This series is fast growing one of my all-time faves. I love Walker's bikers and how she crafts a story; a little bit of humor, a whole lotta lovin'.

Rev It Up picks up where In Rides Trouble (Book Two) left off--and the action never stops. Jake has returned to the Black Knights fold and it is obvious to those in this elite group that things are smoking between Jake Sommers and Michelle Carter. These two have a past and some unresolved issues that could make or break any chance of a possible future.

Jake is determined to make up for all the hurt he's caused Michelle and make her see just how much he loves her and how much he has changed. The only problem--Michelle is hiding a secret that could destroy their fragile relationship.

Meanwhile, there is someone out to destroy the lives of Frank Knight's family--and Jake finds himself trying to protect the woman he can't live without.

One thing that I adore about Walker's stories is that she also gives the reader a secondary love interest. A two-for that is just a teaser for things to come--Rock and Vanessa are working together undercover and the sexual chemistry between the two is off the charts. Rock has this sexy, charming New Orleans bad-boy thing going on that makes me swoon in lust. Can't wait for his and Nessa's story.

Some of my fave quotes:

"Stop staring at my kid sister like she's five-foot-ten-inches of grade A giggidy"

"He looks more like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dumbass"

Fans of romantic suspense with a strong romantic element will love Walker's Black Knight series.
December 29, 2012
You know how with some series that release back to back, you just love the first book and you're super excited for this whole new series but the next book or third book might be kind of meh? Well you won't find that here! Every book in the Black Knights, Inc. series has been a hit out of the ball park!

Jake Sommers is back in town and the one person he wants to see is the one person that would rather avoid him. Michelle Carter has never forgiven him for breaking her heart and throwing her into another man's arms four years ago but she has moved on. A widowed mother of a young son, Shell has made a good life for herself and her son, and with the help of her brother, Frank, she can even get out every now and then for some adult time. But thanks to her brother she now has a madman out for revenge on her tail and the only one who can protect her is the one man she must protect her heart against.

Julie Ann Walker is, without a doubt, a wicked new voice in the romantic suspense world! Rev It Up grabs you right from the start, taking you on a sexy and thrilling ride that will leave you spinning and never wanting to get off! Emotion, suspense, secrets, heartache, love and excitement on each page along with hilarious one-liners that will have you laughing out loud. And did I mention sexy, whoo, sex-ay! I loved every thing about this story of second chances and the whole Black Knights, Inc. has a special place in my heart. I cannot wait for the next installment featuring the hot Cajun Rock. Yum-mee. The Black Knights, Inc. is on my list for the break-out series of the year and a must read for all romance fans!

4.5 Stars
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1,717 reviews312 followers
August 13, 2015
What a story! Walker has developed a world that is vibrant & larger than life. The fast paced, action intensive story kept me on my toes throughout. The intensity of the tale kept me coming back for more. The suspense and danger was so real that it was palpable. Walker combines suspense with emotional upheaval in a manner that kept me on my toes. The mix of secret operatives with lust and true love was quite the mix. At the same time, the plot of the tale kept me on my toes & guessing.

Walker’s engaging characters took this story from great to fantastic. Their interactions with one another drew me into their world and let me feel as if I really knew them. I love how all of BKI is part of the story. There are no minor characters, yet no one outshines the main characters. Their second chance at a relationship was definitely a treat. Walker writes accents like a pro. The dialogue truly enhances the novel.

Walker has created an emotionally engaging, wildly suspenseful novel with all the heat that we’ve come to know and love from her work. This novel is a winner on its own and as part of this fantastic series.
607 reviews6 followers
October 14, 2012
For me the author broke with formula here.

In the first book you get a lot of Becky and Frank tension which leads to the second book. In the second book you get some Eve / Bill tension and pretty much a cameo from Jake and Michelle. Yet here they are headlining the third book. I'm guessing the author had her reasons but I wasn't as interested in this couple. In reading this book, I was more into the Rock / Vanessa tension

In this book we get a secret baby or rather secret fatherhood, which is never a favourite plot for me. We have a bad guy who is just a bit OTT (including his sister) and the knights are out to protect their own.

I'm wondering if JAW will continue this story arc because surely that much more cannot happen to the motorcyle shop. It's been bombed (or all but), the owner kidnapped twice and reporters (who likely will end up part of a couple) are already snooping. Just how much action can happen at home?

I haven't marked my calendar for the next release but if it's a couple I like then I may have to read it.

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2,094 reviews143 followers
November 18, 2012
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

This is a pleasant romantic suspense series. I enjoyed the characters of Snake and Michelle, as well as Rock, Vannessa, Becky, and little Franklin.

I didn't like the angst creating plot device where one or both people in a potential relationship base all their feelings and goals and plans on misunderstandings due to not talking honestly with their partner. In all three of the books in this series, one or both main characters are absolutely convinced there can be no relationship because of things they 'think' are true but they don't talk about it or resolve it until the end of the book. That is getting to be annoying. I hope the author doesn't use this as an ongoing MO for relationships in her books.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series due out next year.
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1,277 reviews45 followers
June 13, 2018
Jake returns to BKI with an agenda - get Shell back in his life. He's loved her for years, but had some internal demons to fight before he could face his past with her. His arrival coincides with a group of hitmen that are out to get the Knights, and possibly their families. What better way to get back into Shell's good graces than by protecting her from this possible threat?

I'm enjoying this series. This installment wasn't as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed it. I have limited tolerance of "secrets" like the ones presented in this story. Luckily, there were enough entertaining side-plots going on that I was able to overlook the secrets.

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1,030 reviews96 followers
October 15, 2012
Solid 4.5. I love this author and this series. I'm absolutely foaming at the mouth for the next book in the series. Ms. Walker has done a great job of setting up the next couples/stories for us. So when I finished this one I wanted to know about Rock and Van.... like now. And there were a few unanswered questions regarding Jake and Shell. I thoroughly enjoyed Jake and Shell, although Shell's daddy issues drove me crazy. I was not prepared for the happenings....as they unfolded in this one where Jake and Shell are concerned...cryptic I know but I don't want to spoil anyone. Can't wait for April for the next one.
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627 reviews60 followers
July 23, 2012
This is another one of those books where I wish I would have known it was a series prior to reading the ARC I received from Netgalley lol. But in all honesty I didn't have a hard time keep up with it at all. There were a few places I may have had a question or two but the main story answered any question I may have had.

This was an excellent book, one where I will go back and read the first two in the series because I absolutely LOVE the concept ;)

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3,465 reviews231 followers
June 22, 2017
Not as good as the first two but still very good. I really liked Jake though I found Michelle to be irritating. Oh sure Jake did her wrong but he had a very good reason and she won't even listen long enough to find out while holding her own massive secret from him. Another one of those instances of mis-communication and stubbornness.

I enjoy the other bad asses in the Black Knights so it's always a great read.
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2,034 reviews50 followers
January 10, 2013
Very good but not my favorite. Frank and Becky's book is still my number one. Oh man if Jake said Yo one more time I was going to scream. lol Jake was a total softy. Who knew.
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147 reviews
April 13, 2021
My favorite of the series so far.
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199 reviews44 followers
January 11, 2016
Nothing against this book at all because it fucking rocked. I just don't want to take the time to do the review it deserves because I'd rather be reading the next one!!!
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6,423 reviews215 followers
March 5, 2021
Somehow I'm really good at ghosting series at the most random points in life. Really weird but I'm hoping to fix that awkward phase of mine by finally completing this series. It might take a while but I'm down for it.

Rev It Up is the third boo in the Black Knights Inc. series. Not sure when I last dove into book 2 but I have a feel it has been a while. That being said, I didn't really want to start back at the beginning because these series tend to have a new main character and love interest in each book. Long story short, I just dove into it without any regrets.

In it, you will meet Jake and Michelle. They were okay (I guess) but they mostly annoyed me. I get that certain characters will have endless secrets in books but the ones that were in this book were a bit frustrating for me. I also understand that if a formula works for one book it will mostly carry on for the rest of the series. So problems were definitely there for this couple but it is starting to get a bit repetitive for me.

I'm hoping that the next book will be a bit more unique and entertaining than this one.
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3,126 reviews35 followers
November 13, 2018
Jake and Shell, I had to wonder if they would ever figure things out...lol but some couples just don't see what is right in front of their faces.

This storyline was a great addition to the series but as a whole, the black knights seem a bit disjointed for a supposed black ops organization it's just not completely believable but the stories are entertaining despite this.
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