Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 4, 2012
In Rides Trouble continues the story about one by one the Knights falling in love. Women…we take no prisoners, they either love us or they can walk 🙂
Frank “Boss” Knight and Rebecca “Rebel” Reichert danced around in the first book of the series, Hell on Wheels. At the end of Hell on Wheels, Boss is denying what he feels for Rebel and denies her the right to become an operative. Becky takes it hard and calls in her vacation time, taking off to figure out what to do next.
In Rides Trouble starts up where Hell on Wheels left off. Becky is on a sail boat with her best friend, Eve, when they are taken over by Somalian pirates. Just like Rebel to get into a lot of trouble. And who is going to come save her and Eve? The Black Knights, Inc. of course!
Rebel’s older brother is “Wild” Bill, a Knight. We don’t see much of him from the first book, so it was a delight getting a glimpse of him and his past with Eve. Along with Wild Bill we meet Angel, a former Israeli Mossad agent. We don’t learn a lot about Angel, but just enough for me to hunger for his story. Finally, Boss was also on the mission to rescue Eve and Rebel.
During the rescue, there is a confrontation between the bad man boss and the Boss that leaves Boss wrenching his shoulder from an old injury that now requires surgery. But also the bad guy gets away and has a grudge and vendetta to settle with Rebel. While Boss is recovering and under the influence of pain killers, Becky kisses him, once again making it hard for him to resist her and for her to let go of her love for him.
She thought perhaps she’d have crawled on top of him, damn the impropriety of having full-out monkey sex in the middle of sick bay and the certain moral contemptuousness of taking advantage of a man who was obviously out of his mind, if the sound of a throat being cleared hadn’t had her jumping away like a teenager caught necking in the park.
When the two get back to headquarters, they skirt around each other. Frank has a woman he visits that no one at the Knights know about. Becky thinks of her as the “fuck buddy” (my words not the authors) and comes up with some wild side stories in her mind over it. Frank is constantly resisting Becky and we learn why, even if it is misguided. Overall, there is a lot of misunderstandings that stand in these two’s way that must be cleared out before they can move on.
The one thing I really love about this series is the side characters that flow through. We don’t see the same ones each book, so as we go we learn a little about new members. The first book had Ghost and Ali, but we don’t get to see them in this book. Ozzie has a role, but even his role is small in this book. Angel and Bill have the bigger side character roles. And Bill…you are going to meet your match in Eve.
The other big thing I noticed while reading this series is we get POV from several characters. You get the hero, heroine, bad guy, hero of the next book, heroine of the next book and maybe a few of the other Knights if it fits. So you usually get a hint of who gets their book next just from the POV.
Mr. Blue has to get mentioned here. Read it to find out, but I don’t think Becky will be visiting him without Frank along for the ride. The love scenes were hot and just the right amount. Frank knows what he is doing and Becky is so ready for him to do it.
Becky quit smoking and turned to Dum Dums sometime in the past. She is never without a Dum Dum, but she dislikes the Root Beer ones…and guess who loves them.
I recommend this to anyone who wants a fast pace story of two lovers with a slight age difference, secrets that need to come out, a passion for their jobs and a lusty appetite for each other. A heroine who won’t take any crap from the hero and a badass hero that will protect his woman even if he is in a body cast. Clearly a favorite read of my 2013 reading challenge!