Sunday, July 1, 2018

Review - Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker

Built to Last
by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights, Inc., #12
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 26, 2018

In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

Welcome to Black Knights Inc.
What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the North Side of Chicago is actually headquarters for the world's most elite covert operatives. Deadly, dangerous, and determined, they'll steal your breath and your heart.

After a mission-gone-sideways forces Jamin "Angel" Agassi to change his identity, he's determined to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate kingpin once and for all. That's going to be the easy part. Keeping Interpol agent Sonya Butler from discovering who he really is—and blazing another trail into his heart—is the challenge.

Fast-paced and action-packed, this book was a perfect ending to a wonderful series.

Angel and Sonya were perfect together. This is not quite a second chance romance since Sonya doesn’t realize that Angel is really the former love of her life who she thought died 10 years ago, but this one still packs all the emotional twists and turns you would expect as these two find themselves unable to stay away from each other as they try to stay alive and out of the hands of the enemy. And although I know why Angel had to keep his identity a secret, watching Sonya see little things of her lost love in Angel and then doubting herself was tough.

As part of the story we get to spend time with other members of the BKI team. From the constant snark to the total commitment the team has to each mission and to each other, it’s hard not to love this group. And Ace and Rusty’s story was one of my favorite parts of the book. Listening to them constantly sniping at one another, watching Rusty sacrifice himself, and then getting to see these two get their HEA was so satisfying. And I absolutely loved Rusty’s mother!

With so many hidden and double identities, the threat of nuclear destruction, and some secrets that were well played, this book was an intense read that really had you feeling like you were in the middle of this mission. The emotion was raw at times, the pages were filled with tension, and the plot had a grit to it that had me wanting to read faster…but at the same time slow down since this is the last book in the series.

I have really enjoyed this series and am sad to see it come to an end. Although this one can be read as a standalone, I would recommend starting at the beginning – this series is filled with great characters who all have their own wonderful story and some things will make more sense having read the other books. As for the series, story lines were wrapped up nicely and the stage has been set for the possibility of spin-offs and new characters – so bring it on!

I highly recommend this one – and the entire series!

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley which I voluntarily reviewed.

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