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Release Day Review! BACK IN BLACK by Julie Ann Walker (Black Knights Inc: Reloaded #1)

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Title: Back in Black
Julie Ann Walker
Genre: Romantic Suspense

A secret identity mixed in with forced proximity on top of red-hot chemistry? What could go wrong?

The Black Knights are back and better than ever!

FBI agent Grace Beacham is on the run. After an operation to bring down a Russian disinformation campaign goes sideways and ends in her partner’s death, the Kremlin has sent its most notorious assassin to kill her. Not knowing who to trust inside the Bureau, Grace is forced to call on the one man who might be able to save her. The one man she hasn’t been able to forget.

BKI operative Hunter Jackson walked away from Grace Beacham three years ago. And he hasn’t looked back. But when his cell phone suddenly jangles to life with Grace on the other end begging for his help, he doesn’t hesitate to ride to her rescue.

Grace is no stranger to men like Hunter. Men who are devastatingly attractive and in love with their perilous professions and no-strings-attached lifestyles. As the two of them go off-grid to uncover the truth behind what happened on her last assignment, she fears her life might not be the only thing on the line. With Hunter, her heart could be in danger too.

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Black Knights Inc: Reloaded series covers:
Back in Black 8/29/23
Black Hearted 9/26/23
Man in Black 5/28/24

Coming Soon to Black Knights, INC: Reloaded:
Black Hearted – September 26th
Man in Black – May 28th


An explosive series start!

Back in Black is a heroine-in-peril (though she’s kick butt in her own right, she’s big enough to admit when she needs help), forced proximity, we-need-to-save-the-wworld-but-don’t-know-who-we-can-trust nonstop thrill ride. Grace and Hunter shared a single kiss three years ago just after finishing a job together that neither of them has forgotten–or gotten over–but somehow they’re both convinced that the other one doesn’t feel the same.

It’s a stuggle, y’all. 😉

How do they figure out who’s feeding the world’s most deadly assassin his information while staying out of his way, clear Grace’s name with the Bureau, AND keep from falling in love while they’re at it?

Spoiler alert: they’re going to fail at one of those things…

If you’re new to the Black Knights Inc world, this is a perfect place to start–though I won’t promise you won’t want to go back and read the original series too. The next book‘s hero and heroine get a head start here–Hannah and Sam are doing some of the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting while Grace and Hunter are on the run, and not going to lie, it’ll probably make you just as anxious as I am for their book to hit the shelves.

Only 1 month to wait! I can make it…probably….

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the Author:

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word.

Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper.

During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics.

“I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.”

It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion.

Now Julie loves to travel the world looking for views to compete with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, petting every dog that walks by her, and… reading, of course!

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