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Too Hard to Handle

(Black Knights Inc. #8)

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"The Man" is back.

Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni
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Mass Market Paperback, 381 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jennifer
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when you go to the used book store and they have all of the rest of this series for only $1.95 each.? You buy them and start reading.

Dan has had a rough couple of years, but Penni has brought him back to life. Bad guys are everywhere, but the Black Knights will come out on top. Was not expecting that little surprise from them, but I love it. Now the ending was blah. I wanted a little more.
Mskychick
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ff
2-1/2 stars
I feel like Ms. Walker's writing voice has changed over the course of her books, because I loved the first few she wrote, but have been disliking her later books more and more. I would go back and re-read her older books to check that hypothesis if I cared more, but my TBR pile is too massive to easily allow for that.

I don't like her writing style anymore- I find it grating. Too many cutesy terms. Too much weird slang.

And the constant repetition of a particular writing quirk is real
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Beth
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s all about second chances.

Dan, an agent for Black Knight Inc., lost his wife in a shooting two years ago. Never thinking he’d find love again he lost himself in booze. After clawing his way back to the living, Dan finds himself on a mission in Kuala Lumpur where he hooks up with Secret Service Agent Penni. Explosive chemistry sparks but before it truly ignites a terrorist attack kills Penni’s entire team.

Months later Penni decides to track down Dan. She thinks there is more to their one time
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
~ 4.5 Too Hard to Handle Stars ~

Too Hard to Handle is book eight in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julie Ann Walker. You do need to read the books in order to get the best understanding of the relationships and past for each of the Black Knight boy's.

I have been having so much fun reading this series. I was sucked in again, blown away, and could not put the book down. So much suspense, action, adventure, and romance. I love the family feel that these guys and ladies have. Such great chara
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Too Hard to Handle is the eighth installment in the Black Knights Inc. series. It picks up a few months after a tragic incident where several Secret Service Agents were killed. During this same event, Secret Service Agent Penelope “Penni” Depaul and BKI member Dan “The Man” Currington hooked up and may have made a connection. Now Penni has resigned from the Secret Service and set out on a personal mission to find Dan and bare all to him. Unfortunately, she ends up dropping in o
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Cindy
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A much deserved second chance at love for a man who we’ve seen in so much pain throughout this series since his wife was tragically gun down in front of BKI headquarters 2 years ago.

Dan Currington drowned his grief in a bottle. He had lost his will to live. But with the help of his friends and AA he has come back to the land of the living. Two months ago on a fateful mission in Kuala Lumpur he met Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul. They had an immediately chemistry which surprised Dan but when
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Jonel
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What a fast paced and engaging novel! Walker combines suspense with subversion and plotting to create a remarkable and unmistakable BKI novel. Backed up by chemistry and characters you really get up close and personal with this story is one to remember.

The lingo dialogue really makes these characters. It’s so easy to see and hear them. Dan’s confusion over feelings, beliefs, and events become apparent, taking his larger than life personal and making him real, human. The dichotomy between super
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Another fast paced and suspense filled story in the Black Knights world. We already know these characters from previous stories. This one finds Penni looking for Dan. They had a one night stand that neither could forget. But life and missions got in the way. Now, Penni is determined to get Dan back.

Lots of familiar action happening in the book. I would like to see a bit more creativity and less predictability. That said, Penni and Dan are interesting characters. We also catch up with the rest o
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Christi Snow
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This is another one of those series that I've liked from the very beginning, but I really, really liked this installment. We got to see Penni and Dan in the last book and I LOVED them together. Dan needs a happy...so badly, so I loved when it looked like they were going to hook up.

But when this book begins, things haven't gone like I expected them to in the three months between the events in the last book and this one...and I liked that bit of surprise. I think the biggest surprise is
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Darcy
It seems like we have been waiting for this book ever since Dan lost it all in an early book. It was hard to see him implode after his wife died. I liked that Dan didn't stay lost, but started to come back to life.

I really liked the connection that Dan and Penni had during the last book. I did wonder why Penni showed up in Chicago determined to see Dan, was surprised that everyone at the Knights sent Penni in Dan's direction.

Dan's mission seemed to be outtakes from a Three Stooges show. It did
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 Reading In Pajamas
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 5 Stars

REVIEW:
Reading this Black Knights Inc. novel was like visiting a favorite friend. The groups lighthearted bantering is so much fun, especially amidst the chaos of battle. I was happy to see that Da
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Gail
Took me a while to get this one read. I had to check it out from the library more than once, and once it was deleted from my readers right out from under my eyes. It was a particularly busy time. But that changed and I finally got to finish it. This is an entertaining story. Lots of spy stuff and shooting. The heroine has just resigned from the Secret Service and is trying to track down the guy she's crazy about, in order to tell him how she feels. He's in Peru, hunting for a bad guy who has pro ...more
Chelsea Johnson
"The Man" is back
Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are sky-high, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan's number one priority.

And this time she's ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni De
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Kim
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This installment of Black Knights, Inc. involves a fun foursome. Dan "The Man" Currington is reunited with Penni De Paul, the Secret Service Agent he can't forget about from his last mission. Dan had been having a hard time coming out of a dark funk, but Penni brought in some light even during dire circumstances. But when the mission was over, they parted ways.

Also featured is his team mate and friend Dagan Zoeller who has his hands full with BKI's CIA liason, Chelsea Duvall. These two also have
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Jen
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review.

Dan Currington will never stop loving his late wife Patti, but meeting Penni DePaul while working together in Malaysia provides him with the unexpected opportunity to open himself to something new and wonderful. They've both experienced loss--Dan with his wife and fellow Black Knights Inc. operative Grigg Morgan and Penni with her father and fellow Secret Se
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Romancing the Book
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Lori
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Have you ever read Maya Banks KGI series? If you have, this Black Knights series has given her some serious competition. This book grabbed me by the throat within the first chapter, and didn’t let go right until the end. I was left satisfied with the story, and I wanted MORE!

I giggled and sighed my way through this whole book and enjoyed every minute of it. While I was reading this, I had to strugg
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Monica Cardoza
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Second chances do exist!!

This is the eighth installment of Black Knights, Inc was an incredible read. This story was well written and loved the dialogue. These characters made me smile, laugh and so much more. I know that I haven’t finished reading all of this series book but what I have read I love them. Ms. Walker gave me as a reader a great plot, suspense, chemistry and other characters that I can’t wait to read more about.

Dan “The Man” Currington is a man that lost his soul mate and was los
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Thenia
A second chance at happiness for Dan, the knight who lost his wife a few years back at an attack on the Knights' compound, and former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul, whom he'd met in a previous mission.

The two had a connection then, but the timing didn't feel right for a relationship. Things are different now and Penni, who is trying to get in touch with Dan, (view spoiler), follows him to his curren
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The BookWhisperer
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the little snippets that we got from the last book “Full Throttle” that involved Dan and Penni and that started to show the slow build of their, (well, the best that we could call it at that moment would be) relationship. Just starting to get to know each other, Dan and Penni ran into some rough times, and some lusty times, but ultimately parted without saying much to each other. This book picks up a few months after they last saw each other. Dan hasn’t stopped thinking about her and Pen ...more
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
4.5 stars!

Secret government operations twine with one sexy as hell relationship in this action packed story! I loved the fast-paced plot and slow burning romance, both of which held me to the pages and the edge of my seat. I can’t get enough of stories where the bullets fly just as much as the whispered words and slick kisses.

Dan is a super alpha male with a sweet and vulnerable side. Do I love them any other way? Nope. He’s trying to move on from the tragic loss of his wife and has never quite
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

I love Julie Ann Walker and the Black Knights Inc. series. Every time I finish one I wait impatiently for the next one to come out. By the time you get to the 8th book of a series many books become rote and stale. This is so not the case with Too Hard to Handle. It seems like I love each book better than the one before.

I loved Penni and Dan when they had their all-too brief meeting in the previous book Full Throttle. After all that went down in that book with Penni losi
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Heather andrews
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Dan is one sexy beefcake, "in case I gave you the wrong impression earlier…” he growled. Mr. Growly Growlerton. “I want you to know how damn good it is to see you again." Sometimes Penni has to get creative on things after all Dan is a stubborn boy, "she tugged his head down and said softly in his ear, “Despite the impression I may’ve given you downstairs at dinner, you are my favorite toy." There are times Dan is more of a show than tell kind of guy, "God, Penni,” he murmured, his face next to
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Linda
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Penni met Dan on an earlier assignment, now Penni´s left the Secret Service and needs to connect with him again. So off to his current assignment in Peru, but she didn´t expect to arrive just as things are about to go down.
Dan hasn´t been able to forget his Secret Service agent, but he didn´t think she´d turn up here. Once she´s part of the mission she does hold her own, though.
But with his tragic baggage and her secrets, can they make a go of it and trust each other?
Contemporary romance, acti
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Ava's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

Excellent addition to the BKI series. I truly enjoyed Penni and Dan. Their adventures were heart pounding, edge of your seat suspense like Jason Borne or Mission Impossible. Out of the frying pan and into the fire all the time! I love Julie's writing and her ability to pepper passion into suspense so masterfully. I sometimes struggle with heroine's needing to be rescued in romantic suspense books, but thankfully Ms. Walker hit the mark
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Pboswell
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I expected so much more from Dan and Penni...so much more! There are so many layers that each of them need to peel back. So much they needed to discuss and fight together.

And with their impending futures bound to change forever, there should've been more depth to their story. I am not pleased.
Lauren
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yet another fun and exciting and sexy and very enjoyable entry in this series and I can't wait for the next!
Michelle the Romance Witch
a really good read with some fun action, lots of emotional entanglements, and sweet sensuality.
D.C.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Loved it! Full review coming soon.
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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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Black Knights Inc. (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • 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)
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