Born Wild (Black Knights Inc. Series #5)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Allison Brennan." —Kirkus Reviews

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker dives back into action with the red-hot romantic suspense Black Knights Inc. series! They claim they're bad-boy bikers who own custom motorcycle shop, but these ...

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Overview

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Allison Brennan." —Kirkus Reviews

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker dives back into action with the red-hot romantic suspense Black Knights Inc. series! They claim they're bad-boy bikers who own custom motorcycle shop, but these special-ops guys—a mix of Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marines, FBI and more—handle the jobs too tough for the government to tackle.

TICK...TICK...
"Wild" Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there's no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help...

BOOM!
Eve doesn't know what to do when the Chicago police won't believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc-after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there's also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Drama, danger and sexual tension... Romantic suspense at its best. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"A wild roller coaster ride of a story... Nonstop action." - Fresh Fiction

"Every single story is packed full of heart pounding action sequences and mouthwatering love stories." - The Bookwhisperer

"A roller coaster ride of emotions and action." - Delighted Reader

"One heck of a riveting plotline... Born Wild is definitely not to be missed! 41/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Possibly the best of Walker's Black Knight tales, Born Wild is filled with highly sensual sex scenes and enough tension to ignite the pages. Fans of Maya Banks' KGI series will also love this... " - Booklist

"Julie Ann walker is an amazing author! " - http://www.justplainsassy.com/2013/10/01/born-wild-by-julie-ann-walker-2/

"WOW! The chemistry between Bill and Eve is explosive!" - Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance

"Steam worthy sexual attraction and pulse pounding action only accentuate this fabulously executed plot. Don't miss Born Wild." - Tome Tender

"One of the best romantic suspense novels I've read so far this year. Well written, full of drama, action, laughs and love, you will enjoy every second..." - Romance Witch's Reviews

From the Publisher
"Drama, danger and sexual tension... Romantic suspense at its best. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"A wild roller coaster ride of a story... Nonstop action." - Fresh Fiction

"Every single story is packed full of heart pounding action sequences and mouthwatering love stories." - The Bookwhisperer

"A roller coaster ride of emotions and action." - Delighted Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402282720
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Black Knights Inc. Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 122,981
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Ann Walker is the USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She'll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. 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. For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.
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Prologue

Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, 5:38 p.m.

Someone was trying to kill her.

As Eve Edens squeezed the brakes on her classic 1966 Vespa motor scooter and felt absolutely zero response, it occurred to her that all the misfortune she'd suffered lately could no longer be chalked up to coincidence. The mugging, the fire, and now this? Even she wasn't this unlucky.

So, it was official; someone wanted her dead...

Of course, she'd have to worry about who that could be later. Right now, she had to find a way to stop the scooter from plowing into the stalled traffic fifty feet in front of her.

Her breath punched from her lungs, and her brain buzzed with terror as she thumbed the button for the horn. But the pathetic meep, meep, meep didn't do a thing to catch the attention of the motorists parked on the roadway ahead. And even if it did, it's not as if they could get out of the way or anything. Traffic was at a standstill in all lanes. There was no place to go except...

Oh, geez. She was going to have to try for the lake.

Yanking the handlebars hard to the right, she gritted her teeth as she bounced over the curb on Lake Shore Drive with head-whipping force. In a flash, she was on the grassy area separating the road from the jogging path and the greenbelt that ran the length of the city. Then, she was zooming across the trail at forty miles per hour, nearly plowing into a man wearing bright red running shorts. Missing him by no more than a hairsbreadth, she careened down the steep embankment on the opposite side. Dodging trees and gathering speed-which she so didn't need-she braced herself for the inevitable.

Sweet Lord, help me!

And then the inevitable happened. She was airborne.

The smell of car exhaust and hot asphalt was replaced by the aroma of freshwater algae and fish as she flew past the high, man-made marina wall and over the cobalt blue of Lake Michigan. The Vespa whined beneath her, its engine revving uselessly, and she only had a split second to think, a split second to gather her scattered wits. Letting go of the handlebars, she kicked the scooter away right before she slammed into the water. Sploosh!

Oh, God! It was like hitting a brick wall. A cold brick wall. Because even in late summer, the lake's temperature remained in the forties. For a moment, the hard jolt and shock of the frigid water paralyzed her, and she drifted down into the dark abyss. Then, her stalled synapses started firing like crazy, giving her the cranial version of a kick-in-the-pants, and she swam toward the surface with everything she had. But no matter how hard she scissored her legs or pulled with her arms, the sunlight glittering on the rippling waves above grew fainter and fainter, and the cold pressing in on her from all sides grew ragged, icy teeth that bit into the exposed skin of her arms and face.

She was drowning.

The woman who'd grown up on the water, knowing how to set a sail before she could read, was drowning. The woman who'd spent her entire adult life studying marine animals from both above and below the water's surface was drowning. The woman who was mere weeks away from delivering her doctoral thesis on the effects of tourist snorkeling and diving on the world's great reefs was drow-

Doctoral thesis?

Her books!

Her backpack was filled with her research material. All however-many-umpteen pounds of it. And it was dragging her down to a watery grave.

Reaching for the clip around her waist, she managed to squeeze the locking mechanism with fingers gone numb from the frosty water. Then she shrugged out of the shoulder straps and immediately kicked toward the surface. Her lungs were burning for oxygen, her blood pounding in her head with every thundering heartbeat, and the urge to take a breath was as instinctual as it was overwhelming. But to do so would mean death. So she bit into her bottom lip and beat back that desire even as she clawed her way through the water.

So close, so close. Stars danced before her eyes; darkness closed in on the edge of her vision. No! No! I'm not gonna make it! And then...

"Uhhhhhh!" she raked in life-giving air the instant she broke the surface, coughing and sputtering as she sucked droplets of water into her lungs along with all that beautiful, delicious oxygen.

She could hear people yelling to her from the top of the marina wall, asking if she was okay, but she was too busy restoring her body's air supply to answer. Once she hacked up the liquid from her heaving lungs, she flipped onto her back, concentrating everything she had on simply floating and slowing her frantic heartbeat. As the water closed over her ears, drowning out the sound of the concerned crowd, she let her gaze linger on the white, puffy clouds lazily drifting across the powder-blue sky.

For a few seconds, she found comfort in the quietness of the lake's embrace, in the weightlessness that permitted her thoughts to drift with the tide. But the seconds were fleeting. Because the taste of blood from her bitten lip quickly brought her slamming back to reality. Like it or not-and she most certainly did not-she could no longer overlook the fact that someone was out to get her...

And if the police ignored this latest incident like they'd ignored the first two, if they blew it off as bad luck, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or flippin' faulty wiring or something, she was going to be left with no recourse but to turn to the one man she'd sworn to avoid like a skin-diving expedition with tiger sharks. She was going to have to ask "Wild Bill" Reichert and his band of merry-covert-operative-men over at Black Knights Inc. for help.

Crap.

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    I've been waiting for Eve and Bill's story since book 1, and it

    I've been waiting for Eve and Bill's story since book 1, and it DID NOT disappoint. Born Wild, like the previous books in this series, sucked me in right away and I ate it all up in one sitting. Eve has definitely grown in each book leading up to her own, I was glad to see her stand up for herself against everyone. A backbone is important when dealing with strong alpha men.

    The mystery of who was coming after Eve was an interesting background while we learned about Eve and Bill's past together and what drove them apart. Knowing the story from both sides before both characters was great and it led me to figure out the culprit before the reveal.

    I was happy to see everything out in the air, and to watch as Bill and Eve gave in to the feelings they had never let go of. It was a great story about love and protection. Bill and Eve are such strong characters and I'm glad that they worked their way through the mess and ended up together. I can't wait for more Black Knights!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights books are always amazing. Eve a

    Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights books are always amazing. Eve and Bill's story was just as exciting as all the others have been. My anticipation builds for each book and I am never disappointed when it finally arrives. Once again, the story is full of everything I could want in a book. There's mystery, suspense, humor, hotness, and just enough of the gooey cheesy stuff...lol. Eric Church's "Springsteen" will once again be playing on repeat on my ipod for a very long time. Also, as with all the other books, the setup for the next one was fabulous! The anticipation is already killing me! How much longer do I have to wait?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    Eve Edens is a sweet and sexy academia, who is also an heiress.

    Eve Edens is a sweet and sexy academia, who is also an heiress. Three attempts have been made on her life. Not knowing who she can trust, she only has one recourse. Desperate times call for desperate measures, she must face the man she left behind and ask for his help in protection.




    William “Wild Bill” Reichert went to serve his country with his girl waiting in the wings. After some time unreachable serving our country, he comes back to discover his dream girl is getting married. Burned by her betrayal he's kept Eve at arms length even though she is now divorced and his sister's best friend. Shocked that Eve is in peril, Bill quickly realizes that her threat lays way to close for comfort.




    Never trusting twice, we watch Bill's barriers slowly dissipate while Eve re-examples her choices in her past. Can these two resolve their difference before its to late?




    Born Wild is a fast pace, suspense filled plot, that will keep you guessing till the end. Completely entertaining from start to finish, you will find the mystery behind Eve's attacks, the relationship dynamic and the character interaction absolutely fascinating and a compelling read. Steam worthy sexual attraction and pulse pounding action only accentuate this fabulously executed plot. Don't miss Born Wild.




    I received this ARC copy of Born Wild from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 5, 2013.




    Written: Julie Ann Walker
    Series: Black Knights Inc.
    Sequence in Series: 5
    Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
    Publication date: 11/5/2013
    Pages: 384
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre: Suspense, Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Must Read

    Oh boy you are in for a ride I loved this book Eve Edens has some one wishing to do her harm but Chicago police do not believe her,so she goes to see Wild Bill someone she had history with.they do find someone is trying to harm her,do Wild Bill is prey ting her until they find out.Its a wild ride but so much fun,romance mystery what more can you want.Lovred the characters and supporting cast from the other books.I loved it you will too.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    I liked it! BORN WILD: BLACK KNIGHTS INC. (#5 in the series) by

    I liked it!

    BORN WILD: BLACK KNIGHTS INC. (#5 in the series) by Julie Ann Walker runs 279 pages without front- and end-matter. It proved to be a very different read from books #1-4...and not necessarily in an all good or all bad way. It has a very different sense of setting, set of problems/conflicts, and far less focus on the corporation (motorcycle shop front)--I liked the variety! That said, I still found the read to be enjoyable, fun, with significant suspense. Lots of page-turning angst.

    Eve is a well-educated, wealthy woman whose language is far cleaner than Billy's (he's a former Navy SEAL, which explains his language)... as a reader, I found her "clean" language with "fake" swears to be a stretch... And this is use of creative toned-down expletives seems to be where some of the negative reviews stem from. The conflict and angst was spot on....people she loved and didn't know if she could trust--her father and her ex-husband. Billy--Wild Bill--Reichert has been a favorite secondary character in previous books in this series and I was truly anxious to read his story. While this book didn't move me the way the previous ones in the series did, it was still an enjoyable read and I liked it. I enjoyed it well enough to want to read upcoming books.

    I LOVE second-chance themes...and Billy and Eve's romance gone wrong was a perfect opportunity to set the story straight, to address the past, to move forward, and reunite two people who've loved each other far too long. The villain(s) comeuppance was deliciously satisfying, and it was a treat to see favorite characters from past books make a cameo appearance in BORN WILD.

    Sensuality Level: Rated R (quite graphic and fiercely romantic and in character)
    Language: Rated R (but not crass)

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    I love this series so much!!!!! I also love this author!!!! Th

    I love this series so much!!!!! I also love this author!!!! This is Eve and Wild Bill (Billy's) story. They were in love young then Bill went off to become a Navy Seal. Eve's family didn't approve of Bill and convinced her to go on a date with the man they chose. Unfortunate circumstances drive Eve to marry the wrong man. Now it's more than 10 yrs later and Bill still hates Eve for cheating on him and breaking his heart. But Eve's in trouble, someone is trying to kill her and the only person that can keep her safe is Bill. They are both still in love with the other but Bill can't or won't forgive and forget her betrayal. This is their story of trying to reconnect while keeping Eve safe and trying to stay alive. As always this story includes secondary characters from Black Knights Inc. (which I LOVE) and the story is wild ride with lots of twists and turns. Full of mystery and intrigue and lots of adventure. I highly recommend this book for romance, biker boy and intrigue readers.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    Not the best of worst I've read

    I was looking for a quick read about guys with motorcycles, and this is mostly that. While it did stretch the bounds of realism it was no worse than you find in any other romance novel. Fun quick read but I never felt very invested in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    GREAT!!!!

    Very interesting original story. I simply can't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Fantastic

    ## Fantastic read. I enjoyed Billy and Eve's story. Just the right amount of action, suspense, romance and humor. And as always the "manly" banter was perfect. Ooh I almost forgot....I even teared up and needed a tissue at one point, the hurt conveyed by the author was so palpable. Was it a bummer that they didn't get everything out in the open sooner? Heck yes, but without misunderstandings and miscommunications we wouldn't have any books left to read. The hero's reaction to Eve's declaration of love left a lot to be desired, thus only 4 stars. I'm debating whether or not to buy Mac's story. He was pretty awful to Delilah in this book. And she just keeps throwing herself at him. Not sure I'm up for more of that.

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  • Posted May 4, 2014

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    4.25 stars:  BORN WILD is the fifth instalment in Julie Ann Walk

    4.25 stars:  BORN WILD is the fifth instalment in Julie Ann Walker’s adult, contemporary, romantic Black Knights Inc action/suspense series focusing on a group of ex Navy SEALs, Special Ops, FBI agents and military soldiers who are now working together as a covert government defense team. This is Billy Richert and Eve Edens’s story-Billy is Becky’s (Boss Knight’s wife) brother and Eve is Becky’s BFF. Growing up surrounded by wealth Eve was always one to follow orders but in the past twelve years, Eve’s life has changed dramatically. Following a series of attempts on her life, Eve’s only choice is to contact the man from who she walked away twelve years earlier.
    The focus of the story is on the building relationship between Eve and Billy- a second chance at love story but one that is hindered by several attempts against Eve’s life. When the Black Knights Inc is called into action they will find themselves facing a series of inept investigations that place Eve’s life on the line-time and time again. When the final confrontation finds Eve and Billy facing a life and death situation, the reality of the situation will force Eve to make a decision that will end with a shootout and the possibility of two men dead.
    The secondary characters include a few of the BKI operatives including Ace, Mac and the woman to whom he has lost his heart-Delilah. The world building continues with the familiarity of the BKI team as well as the history behind each of our leading heroes throughout the series. The action and suspense will keep the reader immersed in a storyline where heartbreak and betrayal are revealed over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    sexy and thrilling!!!!!

    This is a great book, sexy male and romance to boot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Eve and Bill rocked!

    I really enjoyed Eve and Bill's story. These two had such a history and it was interesting watching them work around it and not talk about it. Even though they weren't on the best of terms Bill still helped Eve when she needed help. I really liked how Eve had changed since Bill had known her when she was younger. Eve was pretty kick ass. I enjoyed the twist towards the end. There were so many funny sayings that I was cracking up and than there were also some sad parts. This was a really good book!

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    I definitely recommend the ¿Black Knights Inc¿ series to those l

    I definitely recommend the “Black Knights Inc” series to those looking for something fast-paced, with hot Alphas, nail-biting danger and hot hot moments between the sheets. This was my first in the series, but it definitely won’t be my last. If you’ve not read one before either, feel free to start here. I think you’ll find yourself quickly hooked. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    This has been a great series all the books have had great storie

    This has been a great series all the books have had great stories, I love the fact you can read one or all of them, each book is it's own story with references to the other books characters but not just a continued story that you have to read 3 books before the story is complete. There's mystery, a real story, humor and sexy hot ex-military men. You won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Loved it

    Another great book. I have read this whole series and this does not disappoint. Couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Love this series

    This was such a good book from start to finish. I lovd the BKI series. This is Eve and Billy's story. Suspense and romance nicely I intertwined. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Great Book

    Loved it! I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Action packed and entertaining.

    Action packed. Have enjoyed this series very much.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Julie Ann Walker does not disappo

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Julie Ann Walker does not disappoint with the next book in her BKI series. The much anticipated
     Wild Bill and Eve story is not to be missed!!!!! The action, the twist and turns, the excitement and of course the romance lived up to all
    my expectations!!! GREAT read!!!!!

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I have read the whole series and cannot wait for the next. Julie keeps you on the edge and excited. Thank you

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