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384 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published April 4, 2017
“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 loved how she saw Ozzie, not just the charm and wit he showed others but also the hurt and sadness he hid so well.
He wasn’t just fond of Samantha. He didn’t just lust after her. He…adored her. Everything about her—from her natural nosiness to her sharp mind and her quick quips.
I’m sure that everyone who reads this series loves Ethan “Oz” Sykes. He’s the super geek, brilliant with computers, who loves all things Star Trek, movies and eighties rock music. He’s always seemed like a major flirt, so relaxed and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had a much deeper and darker side to him, especially after their mission that ended in tragedy and disaster and that injured Ozzie badly. I loved how he was part alpha and part beta, a charming flirt but also a bad-ass with a serious side that he hid very well. Because of his playboy reputation I’ve always assumed he only wanted a good time, and it broke my heart to learn that he’s actually the opposite, the guy all girls saw only as a fun time and never anything more. I loved seeing his vulnerable side, especially around Sam, how he tried so hard not to reveal how strongly he felt about her.
He loved her. Loved everything about her. Her fierce heart and even fiercer mind. That little gap between her two front teeth and the noises she made when ecstasy overtook her. The list went on and on. And he got it now. Understood the depth of the possessiveness, the devotion, the bonds his brothers-in-arms felt for their women. It was all-consuming. All-encompassing. Wonderful and terrible at the same time.
I loved the slow burn of their romance. They’ve known of each other distantly for years with Sam wanting to get a story on Black Knights Inc. and recently they’ve become friends. Of course at first it was because BKI wanted to keep giving Sam wrong info and Oz was the elected guy to mislead her, but the more time he spent with her, the more he liked her and wanted her. And Sam felt the same way, but both thought the attraction was one-sided and therefor kept their feelings hidden. I loved seeing the chemistry between them become more intense with every encounter until they couldn’t ignore it anymore. And at times I wanted to shake them both, because both was in love with the other but thought it was only one-sided. Adorable idiots.
As always the plot was captivating and very suspenseful with Samantha catching the attention of some very bad bikers, Oz having to keep the truth of what BKI really does from her and hating it, and trying to keep her safe from the bad guys. I also enjoyed seeing some of the other BKI operators, especially the British former SAS officer Christian Watson and Emily Scott who used to be CIA. The sparks and sexual tension between these two could start an inferno.
I love the fast paced action of this series and the hot romance and Wild Ride was a fantastic addition to this series. Highly recommended to all RS fans.