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Wild Ride

(Black Knights Inc. #9)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,639 ratings  ·  320 reviews
The hero we've all been waiting for...

Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks
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XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review. 3.5 stars. The plot of this story was constructed very well. The detail, planning, execution all strong. It was full of action and quite entertaining. The characters, Ozzie and Samantha, had great chemistry and were fleshed out well. They were distinct and unique in thought and mannerism but were still cohesive as a unit. The secondary characters really complimented the story.

An area of opportunity for me lies in the fact that these two don't really talk honestly or openly to
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: didi-reviews
FINALLY!!! We get Ozzie in all his sexy, geeky, nerdy glory and I absolutely LOVED IT!!! Wild Ride is full of action, drama, laughs, hot chemistry, 80's hair band music and the BKI women we all love!

Samantha and Ozzie are perfect for each other, well except for the fact he is a member of a super, super, secret, secret agency and she is a nosey reporter looking for a story. Samantha suspects there is more to BKI than meets the eye and in the midst of snooping she uncovers something that puts her
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Samantha Tate is a report and she knows something is going on with the motorcycle club, The Black Knights. She has been trying to get into their circle for years. Ozzie, a member of the Black Knights, has befriended Samantha, but he’s made sure that all the secrets of the Knights have stayed under wraps. You see, The Black Knights are actually a black ops group ran by the US government and their missions are so classified only the president of the US and a few high ranging military officers are ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 stars
It is finally Ozzie's book! He has been a stand out in many of the BKI books as the team computer hacker, and we have recently seen him get injured. He is still dealing with some of the after effects of that ill fated mission and his injury.

He was supposed to avoid Samantha Tate...they all were. She is a pesky reporter who has been after a story about the secrets of BKI for years. But while recuperating, Ozzie finds himself enjoying spending more time with her. She has the ability to ma
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book in this series. I love Ozzie. He’s my favorite. Bless him for thinking he’s not loved and the BKI family will not find him useful. I absolutely love all the 80s movie and music quotes. They are great. Samantha is perfect and gets his quirky 80s side. I loved how the BKI family all pitched in to help.

There’s always another relationship brewing in the background for a future book. I didn’t like the ending again. It was ok but just needed a little more.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good but not great, fun with a twist, i love everything about Ozzie
Bambi Unbridled

I'm late to the game on this series... not because I was not interested but because I haven't had time to add the 8 previous books to my reading calendar. I finally decided to jump in with the current release and read the stories out of order (even though that drives my reading OCD a little bonkers). So while I don't have the backstory of Black Knights Inc. (BKI), I managed to get through Wild Ride without feeling too lost or uninformed. If you have not read the earlier books and want to jump in
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


This is a romantic suspense. I had a few "what the ...." moments, so I would suggest that you read the series in it's entirety. It was a good book.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My man Ozzie finally gets his story. Ozzie has been the comic relief through out most of the books with his 80's movie/music trivia. We knew he was a great hacker, ladies man and group joker. But we've never known why he is those things.

Ozzie was hurt badly hurt on a mission recently and he is physically never going to be the same. His self esteem has taken a hit and that's something that has never fully recovered from his childhood which is where the deflecting with his humor comes into play.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes has long been the guy who kept everything light within BKI, as long as you were an 80’s music fan. Now he’s stuck behind while the rest of the crew runs missions, waiting for his injury to heal, and he’s not happy about it. He’s also been tasked with keeping an eye on reporter Samantha Tate.

Samantha has been trying to get the scoop on BKI for years. She’s sure there is more to the motorcycle shop than there appears. A new lead has her looking once more at the shop for nefari
 Reading In Pajamas
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
✦Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: WILD RIDE (Black Knights Inc. Book 9) by Julie Ann Walker
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 5 Stars

This is my favorite Black Knights Inc. Even though I’ve thought the same on each one I’ve read. The banter between Ozzie and Christian was so much fun, and Samantha showed that she could hold her own with Ozzie as well. I found it fascinating that Ozzie and Samantha – both involve
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
4.5 Stars

Ahhhh....Ozzie.....Loved getting his story!

Most of the books in the series are stand alones but you will appreciate this book so much more having read at least one or more of the series first. Ozzie is the fun loving, full of life, geek, nerdy cutie pie of the team. He is friends with everyone and everyone else loves him as well. You need some of his history in order to truly appreciate this story.

The story picks up chronologically after the last book. Ozzie is recuperating in Chicago
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review for: Wild Ride Julie Ann Walker
'Wild Ride' by Julie Ann Walker is book Nine in the "Black Knights Inc." series. This is the story of Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes and Samantha Tate. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me this was a standalone book. The Black Knights are a team of people actually working for the Government but only a few Government people know about them. Ozzie is one of the members and he knows that things have to be kept secret. But when Sam starts to looki
“I don’t want happy-go-lucky all the time, Ozzie. I just want you. All of you. Funny and sad. Light and dark. All of you.”

I love a heroine who goes after what she wants and Samantha Tate is definitely my kind of heroine. A tragedy at eighteen made her determined to become a reporter, to expose criminals and their evil workings. I loved how strong she was, her independence and what a smart-ass she was. Her dedication to her work and her integrity made me love her even more. I also lo

Ozzie gets his well deserved happy ending in this book, with none other than the tenacious reporter Samantha, who had been trying to get the scoop on BKI for years.

The two of them unexpectedly became friends and love spending time together, but neither of them wants to cross the line to lovers, despite their mutual attraction.

A series of events leads to Samantha jumping to the very wrong conclusion that (view spoiler)
Riding  Reviewer
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
A motorcycle club that really isn’t a motorcycle club but is a cover for a covert ops group working for the president. Clever. This way the bikers can be good guys and the story is still set in the biker world at least partially. The real bikers are as nasty as one would expect.

Ozzie, and his club’s, secrets are not at all what Samantha thinks they are but he can’t tell her what they really do. Samantha develops a serious friendship/crush even thinking he’s part of a gun-running outlaw gang. All
Book Him Danno
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of her stories are stand alone books but honestly this one is the one I suggest you read after having read at least one other Black Knight Inc book. I think readers just starting off will get a little lost because Ozzie has been in every single book and his characters has developed over the years creating him to be the one characters readers fell in love with.

For Julie Ann Walker fans this is the book you have been waiting for and trust me you will not be disappointed. Everything about thi
***4.5 ‘Team Ozzie’ Stars***

Yes. I am one of those that has been DYING for Ozzie’s book.. DYING. He’s been my absolute favorite BKI operative since the first book and to be absolutely honest, the entire reason I’ve kept up with the series and I wasn’t disappointed. Wild Ride was fun, fast paced read with a good dose of smexyness, humor and heart.

As you can see I’ve adored Ozzie from the beginning. He’s that rare mix of goofy, geeky goodness and intense, smexy, protective alpha male that have
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed by Gemini

Wild Ride continues to be one of my favorite series. Julie Ann Walker has this great ability to create fun, exciting, and courageous characters. The members of Black Knights, Inc. are nothing like members of any other team. Nor should they be considering that they use a motorcycle shop as a cover for an elite covert unit that operates under the direction of the President of the United States. In this book, we focus on team member Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes who has been sidelined while
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the ninth book in the series, and they just keep delivering the goods! I would recommend that you read them in order, but if you are impatient to start this one, then that’s just fine.

The nosey reporter story is not new, but when the reporter is researching a super secret under the wire organisation, hiding behind a biker set up, things get a little more real than usual! Throw in Ozzie, and nothing is quite as e
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I generally do not read a whole lot of contemporary romance, this book was a lot of fun. Ozzie and Samantha were perfect for each other.

Samantha, she was the tough as nails reported standing for everything that's right and justice. Falls in love with the geeky, star trek loving biker Ozzie. He is funny and witty and loves Sammie with a heart wrenching passion. Well deserved of 4 stars.

Missy's Book Obsession
5/5 Stars
I've been reading this series ever since it came out and it keeps getting better and better. I love everything about the H/h it had the suspense factor I liked and the romance was amazing. I feel like I waited forever for Ozzie story and I'm glad it was amazing as I hoped it would be;) I will be reading the next book very soon.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

I liked how the heroine reminds herself to not be TSTL...
SOme improvements in the dimwit heroines, thumbs up JAW (Julie Ann Walker -lol)!
Marion Lent
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ozzie has always been a favorite...but his story, honestly the very BEST! Honestly, I don't know how Julie Ann is going to be able to top this.
Romance Rehab
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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If you’ve read the entire Black Knights series like I have, you’ve been waiting patiently (or, in my case, very impatiently) for Ozzie’s story. Who wouldn’t love a hot, badass ex-Seal who also happens to be a Star Trek geek and a computer genius? As usual, Julie Ann Walker doesn’t disappoint.

I’m a sucker for a romance hero who appears fun and sarcastic and laid back until the heroine is in danger, and then he becomes a one-ma
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Need I say more? Oh, I do? So telling you that Ozzie finally gets his story is not enough for you? Telling you that Ozzie is awesome is not enough? Telling you that we learn so much more about Ozzie and his history that is beyond heartbreaking is not enough? Telling you the Samantha Tate is a rock star reporter that will not ever give up? How about Ozzie and Samantha in the kitchen. Sharing a nice meal together?
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Wild Ride was an interesting interpretation of an MC. The men were still gruff, but the way they spoke didn't quite fit with how I envision bikers speaking. Ollie sure as heck didn't act like a badass. While I understand he was in the middle of recovering from something horrific, he was such a softy, it took away from his realism. Yes, it's fiction. I get it. But with all things, everyone has limits, including me.
Call it a stereotype, but it's how I felt. I mean, I am in no way saying that guys
Update- 4/11/2017: OMG! This book was really amazing and great! It was very interesting to see a different side of Ozzie and to understand why he acted the way he did. At first, I was hesitant about Samantha, but as I kept on reading, she turned out to be a spunky and amazing character. Samantha and Ozzie lit up the pages and their relationship was endearing and hot! There were some rough patches in the book that made me teary-eyed but it all worked out in the end. I loved the action that took p ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ozzie's story at last. Sweet and vulnerable, and oh so sexy. ...more
Ever since charming, cocky, confident, smart, sweet, geeky and all around hilarious lady killer Ozzie was introduced way back in book one, I've been eagerly anticipating his story. And here we are at last. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely. Back in book 7, Ozzie was left badly injured after a mission gone very wrong. It's been roughly a year since and though he's mostly physically healed, mentally is a different story. He's still dealing with what happened and the fact that the woman he was with ...more
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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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