Series: Black Knights Inc #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 4th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Rebel with a Cause
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.
Man with a Mission
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.
Becky Reichert has never been the type to chase after trouble but somehow it keeps finding her. While needing some space away from the one man she can never have, Becky and her friend Eve find themselves in the middle of the Indian Ocean, having been kidnapped by a band of pirates who will force Becky with her talents to force her to do their dirty work for them. What she needs is her boys, the Black Knights to find her before its too late for her or Eve. Frank knows that despite his feelings for Becky, he can never have her. However, when he discovers that she has been kidnapped by pirates and goes out to rescue her, all his resolve weakens and discovers he will do anything to keep her safe but while out on the rescue, Frank and Becky discover a hidden desire one that once set free will be even harder to contain.
Frank, an Ex-SEAL and the leader of the Black Knights prides himself on being above reproach especially when it comes to how he interacts with those he is over. Frank comes up with reasons to not be with Becky, even if he has always had a part of him love her. But he refuses to be his father, who had countless affairs with young women. Frank considers himself to be way too old for Becky and puts distance between them. But after she gets kidnapped and rescued, Frank has a harder time keeping distance between them and will need to face his inner demons to claim the woman he loves.
“I guess if I’d wanted a nice, biddable wife, I should’ve looked somewhere other than a tattooed, sharp-tongued, Harley-riding, motorcycle designer.”
Frank could be frustrating at times. I felt that he does put off the relationship a bit too long but you do get a flashback to a interaction he has with his father that helps you understands his reasons. I did really like him for the most part, and I love the way he backs up his team.
Becky, has had to prove herself countless times especially among the Black Knights, but most especially to Frank. Becky is a mechanic, welder, and can shoot and drive the bikes and cars she supes up with the best of them. But Becky is always trying to push her way into being a part of the “boys club”. She may be the sister to one of the boys, but they never let her in like she feels she needs to be. I truly loved Becky. She takes risks and chances but she kicks ass in many ways. She has some fabulous strength you have to admire but she also has vulnerabilities especially when it comes to Frank. It was interesting seeing how she battles within herself and the way she grows in this story.
Plot and Story Line
Honestly, I really enjoyed In Rides Trouble, not as much as I did book one, but there were many things that I found likable about this story. Now I would put this book on the “romantic suspense” shelf, mostly because of the first half of the book and the last scenes which are very suspense and action oriented. At first you aren’t sure about this couple and most especially about Frank. Because the way its written makes you think there is a love triangle or even cheating involved. Frank goes off in secret to see a “woman” and her son. So you assume they are together and all but I want to tell you all right now there is no CHEATING in any way and you learn in the later half of the book the true identity of the woman, so keep with the story if you think that will keep you from enjoying it. I will say that thinking about him cheating for much of the book really rankled me and not in good ways. I just didn’t know what to think of Frank most of the time. But eventually I grew to really like him even if he’s way too proud and stubborn. But our heroine, is like a bulldozer. She goes after what she wants and Frank needed a woman like that. I did enjoy the way the story plays out in the end and the story did bring a smile on my face and I am very much looking forward to exploring this series further and seeing more of these “Black Knights” and the women that tame them.
“You can’t tell me whether I can or can’t cry Frank. Geez.”
“Nothing to shed tear over, woman,”
“I’m not crying over my near face plant into the ocean you big, dumb dill hole. I’m crying because you scared me to death when you fainted.”
His lips twisted. “Men don’t faint. I just…I..uh…lost consciousness.”
“God, whatever,” she huffed.
I always love a good cover with a motorcycle, and honestly has a t shirt on a male ever looked sexier….who needs a naked chest? I like the purple, it just seems to work.
In Rides Trouble is an action packed romance that is highly engaging, has a witty yet snarky humor and keeps you enthralled by a love story that is hard to win but worth the fight in the end!!