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Thrill Ride

(Black Knights Inc. #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,012 ratings  ·  428 reviews
He's Gone Rogue

Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bom
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
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He kissed her with everything he had. He LOVED kissing her.

Don't get excited, the kissing is barely glanced at in this novel. (grrrrr)

Anyway. After the abysmal third entry in her series, Rev It Up, Julie Ann Walker gets herself back in gear with this book.

Rock, a Cajun man who is a former Navy SEAL and expert interrogator (on the psychology side, not the torture side) is on the run, hiding out in Costa Rica because t
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Stand-alone book 4.
He's Gone Rogue
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who know
Kathleen J
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Warrior goes into hiding when he is targeted for death by the government so he doesn't endanger others in his special ops group. The h helps the Special Ops group capture him so they can get his name cleared.

The up side.
The author knows her basic writing craft. Things like dialogue, story arc, grammar and sentence structure are good. I gave 2 stars for these.

The other side.
If you like novels in which two-thirds of the book is internal thoughts and feelings, then this is your book. ISTG, these ch
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I really liked the previous books in the series, and I have high hopes for the next one (since I was way more interested in Eve and Billy in this book then Rock and Vanessa) But this one just didn't work for me.

I found Vanessa irritating. She supposed to be the bad ass undercover operative, but she just spends so much time being scared/overwhelmed/sad etc. that I just found myself rolling my eyes. It's not that there weren't reasons to be scared etc, but I would have thought she would have been
Debra Taylor
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Wow!!! This awesome book definitely lived up to its title. Julie Ann is a brilliant writer, and her Black Knight series is one of my romantic suspense favs. Her books are always full of non-stop action, suspense and hot smexy lovin'. I've been a hard core addict ever since I got my hands on Hell On Wheels, book #1 in the series. This self confessed BK junkie voraciously devoured the first three books, and still I wanted more. Naturally I was deliriously happy when I got my greedy hands on this b
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, dnf
I hate to say a story is silly, but that's exactly what this one turns out to be. So much eye-rolling, just in the first few chapters. If it's indicative of the author's style, I won't be reading anything else. DNF ...more
Wow. Intense action right from the beginning. Rock has been accused of going rogue and is on the run from his own government. It doesn't take long for his teammates at BKI to figure out that he's been set up, but finding a man who doesn't want to be found isn't going to be easy.

I loved Rock. When we've seen him in previous books (Black Knights Inc) he's been pretty quiet and is often off doing other work when he's not on a mission. When he realizes he's been set up and targeted for elimination
Bette Hansen
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A great read as Rock appears to have gone rogue. Vanessa can't believe what is being said and sets out to find him. When she tricks him and gets him back with BKI things really heat up!
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knight Inc series, featuring ex-military guys who go on missions with the front of a motorcycle shop. I’m not sure what to make of this book. I can’t deny it is entertaining, but it is also over the top silly in some places.

My biggest frustration is with our heroine Vanessa, who is a communications specialist. She has had a thing for Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux, but now Rock is missing. When the team gets a report that he has turned dirty charg
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
What a pleasant surprise! Thrill Ride is book 4 in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julie Ann Walker. I read Hell On Wheels and Rev It Up, both of which I found average at best and painfully awkward at the worst. I choose to read this book because either I'm a glutton for punishment or I feel compelled to finish series. I'm really happy to say that this book is a vast improvement from my previous reads.

The story is coherent and tightly written. The characters are highly likable and have depth. T
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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
This book wasn't my favorite of the series. In fact, it seems my enjoyment of the series is declining with every book. Rock and Vanessa have explosive chemistry, and yet they act on it at the most unrealistic times, to the detriment of themselves or the active storyline. The details of The Project seemed very far fetched, even with the aftermath of the second collapse of it. The book wasn't holding my attention enough to have me whip through it, and in fact, I wound up reading another book in th ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, this one is the weakest in the series so far. I hope they don't get any worse. The plot was thin, the heroine a sobbing mess instead of the competent and mature professional she was in the previous book, and the entire book was filled with unbelievable situations and melodrama. Oh the guilt and blame and fear and self-sacrifice and wailing! Please, save me from the melodrama! ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Shoot to kill order
He's been framed as murderer
Can she find, clear him?

Really great series
Romance and lots of action
Best read in order

Re-reading series, Sept/Oct 2015
I completely LOVED this book. I felt like this book did all it was supposed to do for the type of story it is. I loved the thrills, actions and everything in between. For once I actually loved that this book was told in multiple points of view as I enjoyed all of them as they helped the story line.

Richard "Rock" Babineaux is an ex-Navy SEAL. He helped form the Black Knight Inc company with Frank. However, he's been covertly working on a second job for years with out any of the BKI's having the
Tina "IRead2Escape"
hotness rating 3 out of 5

Thrill Ride is the fourth book of the Black Knight’s series by Julie Ann Walker. I was looking forward to reading Rock’s story, but wasn’t sure what to expect. Rock has been such a mystery in the other stories and I was intrigued to find out what made him who he was. This book was equal parts heartbreaking and sizzling hot!

Rock Babineaux is one of the hot operatives in the super-secret Black Knight’s Inc. group. He would give his life for his friends and not bat an eye
The BookWhisperer
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
EVEN BETTER THAN I IMAGINED!!!! I absolute love Julie Ann Walker. Her stories are always addictive and packed full of heart pounding action. The Black Knights Inc series is a mix of romance and suspense that will hook you immediately. We have been through four amazing journeys, but I have to say that I think Thrill Ride has been my favorite. Watching each and every operator come to find their match is exhilarating.Although, I was definitely partial to this particular novel, but that is entirely ...more
Walker has proven herself as a viable asset in the Romantic Suspense Genre. She is quickly becoming a trusted and heavily sought out author who, time and time again, delivers a thrill ride with each of her books. What's most special and interesting about this series though is the bonds that are forged with each book. Not only does Walker provide readers with a strong, believable romance between the hero and heroine, but she also spends a considerable amount of time creating camaraderie within th ...more
Great action plot, but I must admit that the "reluctant-to-love" hero who thinks he's doing the right thing by pushing the heroine away is getting old. I definitely enjoyed the intrigue more than the romance in this one as I felt the heroine came off as weak towards the end. ...more
3-3.5 stars

This was a good story. I liked Vanessa and Rock and liked their story.

Vanessa is a communications specialist with the Black Knights. She lost her parents years before in a car accident that she was also involved in. When Vanessa joined the Black Knights she made friends with Rock but when she tried to get him interested in something more he made sure she knew they were strictly in the friend zone.

Rock is an operative with the Black Knights who used to be a Navy SEAL. He's Cajun and gr
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say I've been dying to read this book would be an understatement. This series was probably one of my favorite discoveries last year and I couldn't wait to finally read Rock and Vanessa's story. That being said, while I did like it, it wasn't nearly as much as I enjoyed the other books.

I loved Eva. She has a lot of great qualities and she's a very determined women. When she wants something she goes for it. And she wants Rock. But he's made it clear that there would never be more then one nigh
4.5 Stars

ARC provided by NetGalley

I am a huge fan of Walker's Black Knights Series. Each book in her series has gotten better, more addictive than the last, and I cannot wait to read the next one. There is a build-up between Eve and Bill that happens in Thrill Ride, and then there's Ozzie--who just is D.I.V.I.N.E. Walker knows how to write a sizzling hero that makes you weak in the knees.

Rock Babineaux had me at hello. He is sexy, dark, quiet, and lethal. When he is not working missions with hi
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
And once again, Netgalley has proven just how awesome they are. So, from that statement, you can take it to mean I received this book through Netgalley. :)

I had to test this one out because I've seen this author around for a while and have yet to find time to try out one of her books. The blurbs all sound promising, and I mean come on, what's hotter than ex-military men riding bikes involved in covert operations. Yeah, see? That's what I thought.

I have to say what really pulled into this book wa
Books and Spoons
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Like I said after Rev It Up, the characters grow on you. I've come to tolerate the surprisingly immature behavior from the team, the constant inner reflections of the characters, that at times goes for so long, you lose the intensity of the story and the point of the moment. And in every story, Thrill Ride being the #4, I've found myself a bit more interested with the next couple's storyline, than the one the book is telling about. Actua
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the 4th book in Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc and it centers around communications expert and operator Vanessa and another operator Rock. I had such high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved Vanessa and Rock in the previous book and in fact thought they stole the show! Unfortunately I don't know what happened to Vaness a between that book and this one. She was strong and confident in the previous book. In this one she was a mess. She was either scared or crying more than she wa ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, Vaness
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 5 Thrill Ride Stars ~

Thrill Ride is book four in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julia Ann Walker. This one can be read as a stand alone. We get action, suspense, and romance.

These books in this series fascinate, impress, and transfix me with the situations, storyline and predicaments these guys and gals find themselves in.

Rock Babineaux is an "enigma wrapped in a riddle and surrounded by bearded stubble”. Yep, that describes him perfectly. I loved Rock. Dame he was hot, sexy, and prote
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The boys are back in town and they take us for a thrill ride..

This series keeps getting better and better. In this latest we are taken on a harrowing trek through the jungle, lots of humor and some heavy emotional scenes. We knew from previous books that Rock had a secret side job. As this one starts off we find out due to that side job the DOD has now issued a burn order on him and he’s disappeared. Vanessa who’s been Rock’s partner in the past refuses to believe the things he is
Susan (susayq ~)
I've missed being in the world of the Black Knights Inc. I've missed their jokes and banter. However, I didn't miss it so much that I could overlook Vanessa's almost constant crying.

In case you're wondering, Vanessa is the heroine in here. And yes, in almost every scene she is in she is crying. I've got to give it to her though, when she was sobbing towards the end when Rock was leaving to go to DC, I was crying right along with her.

As for Rock...he was an ok hero. Strong and smart, and capable
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm going 4 stars, but I don't know if that's really accurate as far as how I feel about it. First, LOVE Rock, I mean, love him. Dear Lord, southern man, ex-SEAL, LOVE him.
Vanessa...I loved decidedly a lot less. Don't get me wrong, I thought she was brave, and I appreciated what she was trying to do, but dammit all if I didn't want to slap some sense into her a few times.
Always good to see Eve and Bill...can't wait for that story to get going, or Ozzie! He's exactly my kind of geek.
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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

Other books in the series

Black Knights Inc. (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Hell on Wheels (Black Knights Inc., #1)
  • In Rides Trouble (Black Knights Inc., #2)
  • Rev It Up (Black Knights Inc., #3)
  • Born Wild (Black Knights Inc., #5)
  • Hell for Leather (Black Knights Inc., #6)
  • Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc., #7)
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  • Fuel for Fire (Black Knights Inc., #10)
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