Review: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Posted March 9, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker
Rev It Up

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Series: Black Knights Inc. #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Jake “the Snake” Sommers is back in town and ready to move on with his life and getting back the one woman he loves, Michelle Carter. Known for his stealthy attack, Snake had to run from Michelle to protect her from himself. Now years later, he believes he has overcome his problems and he plans to fight for Michelle’s love for as long as it takes.

Michelle Carter has always been aware of what her brother (The Boss, Frank Knight) has been involved with. Now they have made the wrong mobster angry and he is gunning to hurt The Boss back. Michelle and her son are now a target, but she isn’t going to give Jake her heart like she did years ago. He is going to have to prove he is here to stay and love her the way she deserves.

Secrets they both are keeping could bring them closer but also drive a wedge between the two that they might never overcome.

This is probably my favorite story in the series so far. Jake and Michelle love each other so much, but Jake has demons that he can’t seem to overcome. When Michelle marries Jake’s best friend, Jake tries hard to hide all that he feels, especially when his friend dies in Jake’s arms. The two have huge problems of loving so deeply and passionately, but not communicating what really needs to be said. Throw in several years of Jake running from Michelle and you have the giant wall that neither will be scaling anytime soon.

Jake is such a deep character. He is troubled by PTSD over what he saw and did while being a SEAL. Fighting daily, he knows the demon inside of him will raise it head given just a little encouragement and leave such destruction. He is quite the alpha man, so to deal with it he throws himself away from people who care for him and goes back into action on the riskiest of missions. At some point he decides he has to deal with the demon, knowing it will never totally go away. I loved how the author didn’t gloss over what Jake felt. Men and women go through this every day and it doesn’t just go away overnight. To protect Michelle, he had to push her away even though he know he was in love with her.

Michelle is a totally strong and awesome woman. Her husband is killed in action while she is pregnant. She picks herself up and still offers love support to all the men on that same mission, even Jake, who refuses it. Now she lives close to her brother, but just recently was allowed into theĀ close nitĀ group. Knowing Frank and Michelle’s past helps you understand the strength in her character to provide a good home for her son. She is no push over with the Knights. Giving as good as she gets to all of them, she puts Jake in his place as just their protector. She makes him work hard to earn her love once again.

There is an awesome twist to the story that has both of them re-evaluating how they viewed each other. I didn’t see it coming until I was blindsided by it.

Overall, I adored this story of two people that have hurt each other, past mistakes that are hard to forgive and a love that won’t be denied its perfect match. The two are such passionate characters that they light the pages on fire when they are together.

We do get to see a lot of the Knights in the story, with hints of who the next book will be about. I like that we don’t just see the hero and heroine’s side, but also the bad guy(s) and other Knights. It is a well rounded story of love, sex, action and friendship. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a awesomely fun ride with the Knights!


About Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. 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. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Erica Pillera
Erica Pillera
8 years ago

Agreed one of the best series out from the contemporary scene.
Julie Ann Walker is a fantastic author and has brought out a refreshing series that will and does rival many authours today.
So looking forward to Thrill Ride!!!

Excellent review thanks!!!

Sophia Rose
8 years ago

I keep seeing good reviews on this series. Eventually, I’m going to give it a go.

Excellent review! I can tell you loved the story.