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Phoenix (Online Elf) | 4358 comments                              cover

                 Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker


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 knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.

She Won't Back Down

Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…

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Please feel free to join us. As always expect spoilers.




Chapter Breakdown

Date Chapters PPDQs*
April ## Chp.00 – 00 ????
April ## Chp.00 – 00 ????
April ## Chp.00 – 00 ????

*PPDQs = Person Posting Discussion Questions



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Phoenix (Online Elf) | 4358 comments Reserved.


Lara | 2335 comments I'm in!


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'm in.


message 5: by ShoSho , Moderator (last edited Apr 27, 2015 04:49PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments When is a good time for you , Lara ?


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⚜️Trea (duskrider3740) | 1319 comments I'm in as well. Been playing catch up this month, and I'm finally on Rev It Up. I can read this anytime in the month, just say when is good for everyone else!


Lara | 2335 comments Pretty much any time works for me in May.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments 18th ?


message 9: by ⚜️Trea, Moderator (new) - rated it 2 stars

⚜️Trea (duskrider3740) | 1319 comments ShoSho wrote: "18th ?"

Works for me!


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Lara | 2335 comments Works for me as well :-)


Danielle  Gypsy Soul (afdaniellet) I'm in starting the 18th.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Great :)


message 13: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments Are we ready to start reading this tomorrow? I have a couple of overdue library books that I need to finish. So, if we start a little late I won't mind. Plus, I tend to plow through these books and read them really quickly.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'm going to start tomorrow (hopefully )! I think I'll finish the book the I'm reading by then.


message 15: by ⚜️Trea, Moderator (new) - rated it 2 stars

⚜️Trea (duskrider3740) | 1319 comments Lara wrote: "Are we ready to start reading this tomorrow? I have a couple of overdue library books that I need to finish. So, if we start a little late I won't mind. Plus, I tend to plow through these books and..."

I just finished two books today, so I'm actually going to either start this tonight or tomorrow morning at the very latest.

Since DQs have been failing a bit, do we want to continue them? If we do, since I'm getting an early start, I could volunteer for the first set, give others a bit of a chance to get settled in for it.


message 16: by ShoSho , Moderator (new) - rated it 2 stars

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'm in the middle of the prologue . I'll do the first set of Qs.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I haven't had much progress , very busy day :(


message 18: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments I've read through ch 14. I'm getting annoyed with Vanessa and with Rock. Plus, there is more suspension of disbelief required in this book. It would make a fun movie though.


message 19: by ShoSho , Moderator (new) - rated it 2 stars

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Lara wrote: "I've read through ch 14. I'm getting annoyed with Vanessa and with Rock. Plus, there is more suspension of disbelief required in this book. It would make a fun movie though."

LOL


message 20: by Lara (last edited May 19, 2015 06:27AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments So, book 8 in the series is supposed to be released (in the US anyway) on Sept. 1, just in time for out group. I just saw Too Hard to Handle (Black Knights Inc., #8) by Julie Ann Walker on an upcoming releases page for Barnes & Noble.

ETA: It looks like it's about Dan and a new character. I guess he'll have gotten over losing his wive by then.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Yes they usually get over their dead wife in a few books and then they'll find out that she wasn't as perfect as they though and she had flaws and they had married because they had a little bit of affection and the sex hadn't been good either !!!


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I'll post some Qs in a little bit.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments ShoSho's Semi-Questions for Prologue-Ch 8


1.I really hope she doesn’t throw up! All the heroines in these books tend to throw up! A LOT! Well as it turned out in chapter 1 the hero is thinking about throwing up too :D I’m tired of frightened too easily scared and shaken and throwing up heroines in these books .

2.As it turned out all these people have been kidnapped and interrogated by Rock and then killed later . What’s going on is not a big mystery . The only mystery is the identity of Rwanda Don and I’m thinking it’s a woman . You ?

3.Lol at Rock channelling Bambi !

4.More than 2/3 of Van’s thoughts are about how gorgeous rock is admiring his physics ,Rock’s is about Van’s ass ! If we take out the sentences about his physical attribute and her fine ass the book would be something like 20 pages ! does it bother you ?

5. What’s THE Project ? something legitimate that turned to something criminal ?

6.How did he mange to build he tree house ? It’s too unbelievable !

7.What do you think of Van's problem with darkness and the reason for it and how it was solved ?



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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments optical bug and listening ? doesn't make sense !!!!


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Lara | 2335 comments ShoSho wrote: "optical bug and listening ? doesn't make sense !!!!"
I think it's real but based on more physics than I understand.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I would have said an optical bug is a camera , not a listening device ! Let me search a little bit


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments huh ok now it makes sense
Optical bugs convert sound into an optical pulse or beam of light. Because they are highly expensive and very easy to detect, optical bugs are rarely used. Examples of optical bugs include active and passive laser listening devices.


message 28: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments 1.I really hope she doesn’t throw up! All the heroines in these books tend to throw up! A LOT! Well as it turned out in chapter 1 the hero is thinking about throwing up too :D I’m tired of frightened too easily scared and shaken and throwing up heroines in these books. Yeah, that is part of what annoys me about Van in this book. She has experience with operations, so why is she acting so inexperienced?

2.As it turned out all these people have been kidnapped and interrogated by Rock and then killed later . What’s going on is not a big mystery . The only mystery is the identity of Rwanda Don and I’m thinking it’s a woman . You ?

3.Lol at Rock channelling Bambi! I know! At times they're so silly!

4.More than 2/3 of Van’s thoughts are about how gorgeous rock is admiring his physics ,Rock’s is about Van’s ass ! If we take out the sentences about his physical attribute and her fine ass the book would be something like 20 pages ! does it bother you? Yes! This is highly sensitive and super dangerous and they spend every second drooling rather than being concerned about safety. Come on. I'm really tired of this theme inappropriate and unrealistic lusting after each other when h/H are actively in danger. It's so stupid and I don't buy into it at all.

5. What’s THE Project? something legitimate that turned to something criminal? I think it must have something to do with corporate and technology secrets. But, I'm not sure.

6.How did he manage to build he tree house? It’s too unbelievable! The man's got skills! He's had a few months to fix it up, but I do wonder about tools and the noise. I don't know that jungle enough to know if the noise would be an issue.

7.What do you think of Van's problem with darkness and the reason for it and how it was solved? So, she's afraid of both heights and the dark. Neither were an issue in the previous book when she was glued to an upper story window at all hours. The reason is believable. The solution too magical/incredible--I can't believe that she could solve a phobia from such a traumatic event that easily. And she knew why she had it, so why would saying it out loud once make a difference? And is she now fine with heights too? Anyway, Rock should rule the world if he's good at reading people.



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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments chapter 15

(view spoiler)


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Van Gogh or Picasso ? hmmm


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Chapter 23
Now this down right ridiculous!!!


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I wonder where Trea is ?


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments I finished it last night and couldn't come up with Qs but here is what I thought:

(view spoiler)


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Trea wrote: "Since DQs have been failing a bit, do we want to continue them? If we do, since I'm getting an early start, I could volunteer for the first set, give others a bit of a chance to get settled in for it"

Ah sorry Trea I just read the last part of your post !


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Lara | 2335 comments ShoSho wrote: "I finished it last night and couldn't come up with Qs but here is what I thought:

I'm going to finish it tonight so I can join in the fun.


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⚜️Trea (duskrider3740) | 1319 comments ShoSho wrote: "I'm giving this 2.5 stars . I can't decide on rounding it up or down!"

I rounded down. Like I mentioned in my review, the insta-lust/major attraction really hampered the story in a lot of ways. Made it really hard to connect to the characters and much of the things that happened were just too implausible. It just didn't measure up for a 3 star read for me.

ShoSho wrote: "Ah sorry Trea I just read the last part of your post!"
I'd come up with some of the same questions you had, but a lot of others as well. I deleted them when you said you'd take first set, but I do know I was up to 12 questions at Chapter 7. I'd be pretty hard pressed to come up with questions for the rest of the book, as it wound up boiling down into the attraction every other chapter, and I skimmed a good bit.

I bought the whole series based on my enjoyment of Hell on Wheels, but like the Scanguards Vampire series I'm reading, I'll not be re-reading it and likely will delete it at some point.


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Trea wrote: "I'd come up with some of the same questions you had, but a lot of others as well. I deleted them when you said you'd take first set, but I do know I was up to 12 questions at Chapter 7."

Awww sorry again :(


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ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Trea wrote: "I skimmed a good bit."

Huh me too


message 39: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments ShoSho, I am so with you on this book. When Van has her "I love him" realization I was disgusted. She knows almost nothing about him. She's infatuated and has a huge crush. That is not love.

Van had competence in the previous book. I guess she lost it in the six months between them. She clearly is a melodramatic mess in this one. And Rock isn't much better.

The plot was super thin, and all I could think is that it was written like a B action movie.


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Lara | 2335 comments Trea wrote: "I bought the whole series based on my enjoyment of Hell on Wheels, but like the Scanguards Vampire series I'm reading, I'll not be re-reading it and likely will delete it at some point."

Good point. I have the first few books, and keep hoping that the series will get better. So far, it's been getting worse. I'm glad I got this one from the library. It was far from impressive.


Danielle  Gypsy Soul (afdaniellet) 1.I really hope she doesn’t throw up! All the heroines in these books tend to throw up! A LOT! Well as it turned out in chapter 1 the hero is thinking about throwing up too :D I’m tired of frightened too easily scared and shaken and throwing up heroines in these books . She seems so different in this book. In the last book where they were in the hotel she came across as a really strong, confident woman and I was so looking forward to that. Now she's a totally different character too much like the other women in previous book. ARGH

2.As it turned out all these people have been kidnapped and interrogated by Rock and then killed later . What’s going on is not a big mystery . The only mystery is the identity of Rwanda Don and I’m thinking it’s a woman . You ? Yep, I thought so too

3.Lol at Rock channelling Bambi ! One of my favorite quotes of the book

4.More than 2/3 of Van’s thoughts are about how gorgeous rock is admiring his physics ,Rock’s is about Van’s ass ! If we take out the sentences about his physical attribute and her fine ass the book would be something like 20 pages ! does it bother you ? Only in the way that it's getting old, who wants to read the same thoughts over and over

5. What’s THE Project ? something legitimate that turned to something criminal ? Maybe, or maybe Rock just thought it was legitmate

6.How did he mange to build he tree house ? It’s too unbelievable ! I could see parts of it, it's amazing what you can do in 6 months if you have the right equipment. The shower thing is actually easy to hook up and most deployed military have them in austere conditions at first until other arrangements can be made but where did he get the stuff? He's on the run so yeah pretty unbelievable

7.What do you think of Van's problem with darkness and the reason for it and how it was solved ?
I didn't have a problem with her being afraid of the dark, I just had a problem with how she handled it. Just because you are afraid you don't have to act like a total damsel in distress, I wanted her to be tougher. And solving it that quickly was ridiculous.


message 42: by Danielle Gypsy Soul (last edited May 22, 2015 08:45AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Danielle  Gypsy Soul (afdaniellet) This book is driving me nuts, I'll finish it tonight but I'm so disappointed. From the previous book I thought I'd really like Rock and Vanessa. They were actually my favorite part of the last book. Then they get their own book and the characters are completely different. I'm so tiered of the same old "I can't love her or anyone" storyline. Why does every male character in her books have some grand reason on why he can't be with the heroine that turns out to be a really stupid reason. Wouldn't it be nice if they just admitted they were attracted to each other and then let the relationship grow while they were on the run or solving the mystery! As for Vanessa, I was expecting a tough, strong women. I mean she is an operator and works with the toughest of men. She'd get eaten alive. I spent 20 years in the military working with a lot of guys like this and their weren't that many women but we didn't have anyone that was this scared, weak, weepy etc. The storyline so far is kind of ridiculous as well. I don't get Rock's big aversion to letting his friends help him. Too much just doesn't make sense and I'm not even talking about the unbelievability of the story just the characters.


message 43: by Danielle Gypsy Soul (last edited May 22, 2015 11:31AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Danielle  Gypsy Soul (afdaniellet) Okay finished this book. ARGH! So many things about his book bugged me. It was such a huge disappoint from the expectation I had of the characters. And romance was there one? Yep, they were physically attracted to each other but Vanessa couldn't even decide if she believed in him. She kept waffling between believing he was innocent or guilty. I can't believe at one point she thought he might shoot her! And the thing I hated the most was the whole "Oh if I can only get him to have sex with me, he'll see that he loves me" I mean REALLY? If you are going to throw yourself at a guy and practically beg for sex after he has told you time and time again there is no future then you need to be okay with the fact that it's just sex and there is no future. I mean really, yes if you throw yourself at a guy and beg for sex and he's single he'll probably take you up on it. What he won't do is decide he is in love with you based on that! I gave my review 2 stars. I won't be re-reading this book or for that matter this entire series.


message 44: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments Danielle, I completely agree. I was also looking forward to this relationship and it was a mushy mess instead. When Rock (view spoiler) I thought, well just be even more stupid, who don't you? I agree that his panic over having his friends involved was over-the-top given their abilities and background.

And yes, I guess Vanessa thought she had a magic hooha that could melt the man's chicken heart.

I also gave the book 2 stars, but will try the next one. I guess I'm an optimist--I keep hoping one will break the downward spiral of the series so far.


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Gisela (chicadorlando) | 4022 comments Lara wrote: "
I also gave the book 2 stars, but will try the next one. I guess I'm an optimist--I keep hoping one will break the downward spiral of the series so far. "


You have more faith than I, I gave up after book 2.


message 46: by Lara (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lara | 2335 comments Well, I already own the next book. They are quick reads, so if its still bad, I won't feel the need to continue.


message 47: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6062 comments I'm late for this, but since school is out, and I own the book, and this is where I am in the series, I'll read this one next LOL

I haven't looked at any of the posts yet. I'll do that when I catch up a bit.


message 48: by ShoSho , Moderator (new) - rated it 2 stars

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 12263 comments Yes They are all full of spoilers :D Don't read until you catch up. And yaay for joining the buddy reads again!


message 49: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6062 comments ShoSho wrote: "Yes They are all full of spoilers :D Don't read until you catch up. And yaay for joining the buddy reads again!"

:)


message 50: by Susan (susayq ~), Moderator (new) - rated it 3 stars

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 6062 comments I need to go back and read my reviews for this series. I don't remember much. When did Vanessa get involved with the team?


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