Hell on Wheels (Black Knights Inc. Series #1)

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Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.

Hold On Tight...

Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his ...

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USA Today Bestseller!

Black Knights Inc.—Behind the facade of their tricked–out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.

Hold On Tight...

Ex–Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool—and his distance—which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits.

Rough Road Ahead

Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.

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In her riveting debut, Walker delivers a mystery laced with red-hot romance. Former Marines Grigg Morgan and Nate Weller work for Black Knights Inc., a high-tech motorcycle shop that’s really a black ops group doing side jobs for Uncle Sam. After Grigg dies on a mission, his sister, Ali—Nate’s longtime crush—gets embroiled in a plot that could get her killed. Crooked Sen. Alan Aldus becomes convinced that Ali has secret files that incriminate him, and he hires Dagan Zoelner, an ex-CIA agent, to bring Ali in. Lucky for her, Dagan has a conscience, and Nate will do anything to keep her alive even as he fights his attraction to her. This first-rate thrill ride leads to a satisfying emotional payoff that neatly sets up the next book: the story of Black Knights boss Frank Knight and sassy mechanic Becky Reichert. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, the Seymour Agency. (Aug.)
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"In her riveting debut, Walker delivers a mystery laced with red-hot romance." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402267130
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Black Knights Inc. Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 120,881
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning stage actress Abby Craden works in all aspects of voice-over and can be heard in numerous commercials, animation, video games, and audiobooks. AudioFile magazine has awarded her an Earphones Award as well as named her One of 2012's Best Voices.
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Jacksonville, North Carolina

Outside the Morgan Household

Those screams...

Man, he'd been witness to some bad shit in his life. A great deal of which he'd personally perpetrated but very little of which stuck with him the way those screams were going to stick with him. Those soul-tearing, gut-wrenching bursts of inconsolable grief.

As Nate Weller, known to most in the spec-ops community simply as "Ghost," gingerly lowered himself into the Jeep that General Fuller had arranged for him to pick up upon returning CONUS-continental U.S.-he figured it was somehow appropriate. Each vicious shriek was an exclamation point marking the end of a mission that'd gone from bad to the worst possible scenario imaginable, and a fitting cry of heartbreak to herald the end of his best friend's remarkable life.


Sweet Jesus, had it really been just two weeks since they were drinking raki in Istanbul? Two weeks since they'd crossed the border into Syria to complete a deletion?

And that was another thing. Deletion. Christ, what a word. A ridiculously euphemistic way of saying you put a hot ball of lead that exploded with a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second into the brainpan of some unsuspecting SOB who had the appallingly bad luck of finding himself on ol' Uncle Sam's shit list.

Yep, two lines you never want to cross, horizontal and vertical.

"Get me out of here," Alisa Morgan choked as she wrenched open the passenger door and jumped inside the Jeep, bringing the smell of sunshine and honeysuckle with her.

Ridiculously pleasant scents considering Nate's day had begun in the seventh circle of hell and was quickly getting worse. Shouldn't that be the rotten-egg aroma of sulfur burning his nose?

He glanced over at the petite woman sitting beside him, stick straight and trembling with the effort to contain her grief, and his stupid heart sprouted legs and jumped into his throat. It'd been that way since the first time he'd met Ali, Grigg's baby sister.

Baby, right.

She hadn't been a baby even then. At seventeen she'd been a budding young woman. And now? Over twelve years later? Man, now she was all woman. All sunny blond hair and fiercely alive, amber-colored eyes in a face guaran-damn-teed to totally destroy him. Oh buddy, that face was a real gut check, one of those sweet Disney princess-type deals. Not to mention her body. Jesus.

He wanted her now just like he'd wanted her then. Maybe more. Okay, definitely more. And the inner battle he constantly waged with his unrepentant libido whenever she got within ten feet of him coupled with his newly acquired, mountainous pile of regret, guilt, and anguish to make him so tired. So unbearably tired of...everything.

"What about your folks?" he murmured, afraid to talk too loudly lest he shatter the tenuous hold she seemed to have on herself. "Don't you wanna be with them?"

He glanced past the pristine, green expanse of the manicured, postage-stamp sized lawn to the little, white, clapboard house with its cranberry trim and matching shutters. Geez, the place was homey. So clean, simple, and welcoming. Who would ever guess those inside were slowly bleeding out in the emotional aftershock of the bomb he'd just delivered?

She shook her head, staring straight ahead through the windshield, her nostrils flaring as she tried to keep the ocean of tears pooling in her eyes from falling. "They don't...want or...n-need me right now. I'm a...a reminder that...that..." she trailed off, and Nate had to squash the urge to reach over and pull her into his arms.

Better keep a wrinkle in it, boyo. You touch my baby sister and you die. Grigg had whispered that the day he'd introduced Nate to his family and seen the predatory heat in Nate's eyes when they'd alighted on Ali.

Yeah, well, keeping a wrinkle in it was impossible whenever Ali was in the same room with him, but he hadn't touched...and he hadn't died. Grigg was the one who'd done that...


"They want you, Ali," he assured her now. "They need you."

"No." She shook her head, still refusing to look at him, as if making eye contact would be the final crushing blow to the crumbling dam behind which she held all her rage and misery. "They've always been a pair, totally attuned to one another, living within their own little two-person sphere. Not that they don't love me and Grigg," she hastened to add as she dashed at her tears with the backs of her hands, still refusing to let them fall. "They're great parents; it's just...I don't know what I'm trying to say. But how they are together, always caught up in one another? That's why Grigg and I are so close..." Her left eyelid twitched ever so slightly. "Were so close...God!" Her voice broke and sympathetic grief pricked behind Nate's eyes and burned up the back of his throat until every breath felt as if it was scoured through a cheese grater.

It was too much. He couldn't stand to watch her fight any longer. The weight of her struggle compounded with the already crushing burden of his own rage and sorrow until all he could do was screw his peepers closed and press his clammy forehead to the backs of his tense hands. He gripped the steering wheel with fingers that were as numb and cold as the block of ice encasing his heart. The one that'd formed nearly a week before when he'd been forced to do the unthinkable.

A barrage of bloody images flashed behind his lids before he could push them away. He couldn't think of that now. He wouldn't think of that now...

"Nate?" He jumped like he'd been shot when the coolness of her fingers on his arm pulled him from his brutal thoughts. "Get me out of here, okay? Dad...he shooed me away. I don't think he wanted me witnessing Mother's breakdown and I think I can still hear her..." She choked.

Uh-huh. And Nate knew right then and there those awful sounds torn from Carla Morgan's throat weren't going to stick with just him. Anyone who'd been within earshot would be haunted forever after.

And, goddamnit, he liked Paul Morgan, considered him a good and honest man, but screw the bastard for not seeing that his only daughter needed comfort, too. Just because Ali put on a brave front, refusing to break down like her mother had, didn't mean she wasn't completely ripped apart on the inside. And damn the man for putting Nate in this untenable situation-to be the only one to offer Ali comfort when he was the dead-last person on Earth who should.

He hesitated only a second before turning the key and pulling from the curb. The Jeep grumbled along, eating up the asphalt, sending jarring pain through his injured leg with each little bump in the road. Military transports weren't built to be smooth rides. Hell no. They were built to keep chugging and plugging along no matter what was sliding under the wheels. Unfortunately, what they gained in automotive meanness, they lost in comfort, but that was the least of his current problems. His pain he could deal with-brush it aside like an annoying gnat. He was accustomed to that, after all. Had trained for it and lived it over and over again for almost fifteen years.

Ali's pain was something else entirely.

Chancing a glance in her direction, he felt someone had shoved a hot, iron fist straight into his gut.

She was crying.


Now that she didn't have to be strong in front of her parents, she let the tears fall. They coursed, unchecked, down her soft cheeks in silvery streams. Her chest shook with the enormity of her grief, but no sound escaped her peach-colored lips save for a few ragged moans that she quickly cut off, as if she could allow herself to show only so much outward emotion. As if she still had to be careful, be tough, be resilient.

She didn't. Not with him. But he couldn't speak past the hot knot in his own throat to tell her.

He wanted to scream at that uncaring bitch, Fate. Rail and cry and rant. But what possible good would that do them? None. So he gulped down the hard tangle of sorrow and rage and asked, "Anywhere in particular y'wanna go?"

She turned toward him, her big, tawny eyes haunted, lost. "Yeah, okay." He nodded. "I know a place."

After twenty minutes of pure hell, forced to watch her struggle to keep herself together, struggle to keep from bursting into a thousand bloody pieces that would surely cut him as deeply as they cut her, he nosed the Jeep along a narrow coast road, through the waving, brown heads of sea oats, until he stopped at a wooden fence. It was gray and brittle from years spent battling the sun and weathering the salt spray.

He figured he and that fence were kindred spirits. They'd both been worn down by the lives they'd led until they were so battered and scarred they no longer resembled anything like what they'd started out being-and yet they were still standing.

Right. He'd give anything to be the one reduced to an urn full of fine, gray ash. Between the two of them, Grigg had been the better man. But on top of being uncaring, Fate was a stupid bitch. That's the only explanation he could figure for why he'd made it out of that stinking, sandy hut when Grigg hadn't.

A flash of Grigg's eyes in that last moment nearly had him doubling over. Those familiar brown eyes...they'd been hurting, begging, resigned...

No. He shook away the savage image and focused his gaze out the windshield.

Beyond the fence's ragged, ghostly length, gentle dunes rolled and eventually merged with the flat stretch of a shell-covered beach. The gray Atlantic's vast expanse flirted in the distance with the clear blue of the sky, and the boisterous wind whipped up whitecaps that giggled and hissed as they skipped toward shore.

It just didn't seem right. A day like that. So sunny, so bright. Didn't the world know it'd lost one of its greatest men? Didn't its molten heart bleed?

He switched off the Jeep and sucked in the familiar scents of sea air and sun-baked sand. He couldn't find his usual comfort in the smells. Not today. And, maybe, never again. Hesitantly he searched for the right words.

Yeah, right. Like there were any right words in this God-awful situation.

"I won't offer y'platitudes, Ali," he finally managed to spit out. "He was the best man I've ever known. I loved 'im like a brother."

Talk about understatement of the century. Losing Grigg was akin to losing an arm. Nate felt all off-balance. Disoriented. More than once during the past week, he'd turned to tell Grigg something only to remember too late his best friend wasn't there.

He figured he wasn't suffering from phantom-limb syndrome, but phantom-friend syndrome.

"Then as a brother, tell me what happened...what really happened," she implored.

She'd always been too damned smart for her own good.

"He died in an accident. He was cleanin' an old gas tank on one of the bikes; there was a spark; some fuel on his rag ignited; he fell into a tray of oil and burned to death before anyone could get to him." The lie came out succinctly because he'd practiced it so friggin' often, but the last word still stuck in his throat like a burr.

Unfortunately, it was the only explanation he could give her about the last minutes of her brother's life. Because the truth fell directly under the heading National Security Secret. He thought it very likely Ali suspected Grigg hadn't spent the last three-plus years partnering with a few ex-military, spec-ops guys, living and working in Chicago as a custom motorcycle builder, but it wasn't his place to give her the truth. The truth that Grigg Morgan had still been working for Uncle.

When he and Grigg bid their final farewells to the Marine Corps, it was only in order to join a highly secretive "consulting" group. The kind of group that took on only the most clandestine of operations. The kind of group whose missions never made the news or crossed the desk of some pencil-pushing aide at the DOD in a tidy little dossier. They put the black in black ops, their true identities known only to a select few, and those select few were very high up in government. High. Like, all the way at the friggin' top.

So no. He couldn't tell her what really happened to Grigg. And he hoped to God she never found out.

She searched his determinedly blank expression, and he watched helplessly as the impotent rage rose inside her-an emotional volcano threatening to explode. Before he could stop her, she slammed out of the vehicle, hurdled the fence, and raced toward the dunes, long hair flying behind her, slim bare legs churning up great puffs of sand that caught in the briny wind and swirled away.


He wrenched open his door and bounded after her, his left leg screaming in agony, not to mention the goddamned broken ribs that threatened to punch a hole right through his lung. Blam! Wheeze. That quick and he'd be spending another day or two in the hospital. Fan-friggin'-tastic. Just what he didn't need right now.

"Ali!" he bellowed, grinding his teeth against the pain, running with an uneven, awkward limp made even more so by the shifting sand beneath his boots.

She turned on him then in grief and frustration, slamming a tiny balled-up fist into the center of his chest. Sweet Christ...

Agony exploded like a frag grenade. He took a knee. It was either that or just keel over dead.

"Nate?" Her anger turned to shock as she knelt beside him in the sand. "What-" Before he knew what she was about, she lifted the hem of his T-shirt, gaping at the ragged appearance of his torso. His ribs were taped, but the rest of him looked like it'd gone ten rounds with a meat grinder and lost.

"Holy shit, Nate!" He almost smiled despite the blistering pain that held him in its teeth, savage and unyielding as a junkyard dog. Ali never cursed. Either it was written somewhere in her DNA or in that contract she'd signed after becoming a kindergarten teacher. "What happened to you?"

He shook his head because, honestly, it was all he could manage. If he so much as opened his mouth, he was afraid he'd scream like a girl.

"Nate!" She threw her arms around his neck. God, that felt right...and so, so wrong. "Tell me! Tell me what happened to you. Tell me what really happened to Grigg." The last was breathed in his ear. A request. A heartrending plea.

"Y'know I can't, Ali." He could feel the salty hotness of her tears where she'd tucked her face into his neck. Smell, in the sweet humidity of her breath, the lemon tea she'd been drinking before he knocked on her parents' door and told her the news that instantly blew her safe, sheltered world apart.

This was his greatest fantasy and worst nightmare all rolled into one. Ali, sweet, lovely Ali. She was here. Now. Pressed against his heart.

He reluctantly raised arms gone heavy with fatigue and sorrow. If Grigg could see him now, he'd take his favorite 1911-A1 and drill a .45 straight in his sorry ass. But the whole point of this Charlie Foxtrot was that Grigg wasn't here. No one was here to offer Ali comfort but him. So he gathered her close-geez, her hair smelled good-and soothed her when the grief shuddered through her in violent, endless waves like the tide crashing to shore behind them.

And then she kissed him...

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

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    Definitely in my "favorites" list....

    My Review:
    Yes, I'll admit it. I absolutely did bawl with ugly wrenching sobs at one point in this book and yes, that does mean this book is just that good!! For those of us that love romantic suspense along the lines of Cindy Gerard, Christy Reece, and Tara Janzen, this is a brand spanking new series for you that you are GOING TO LOVE!!!

    In this first book, we get introduced to the Black Knights, Inc. They are a black-ops contracting company that works out of Chicago under the guise of a custom motorcycle shop. And yeah, you guessed it, these guys all ride seriously souped-up motorcycles. *sigh* They're extremely bad-ass AND they ride hot bikes. This is my fantasy series!! Thank you Julie Ann!!!

    Grigg and Nate have been best friends and tied to the hip since joining the Marines. They were a sniping team...Grigg, the spotter; Nate, the shooter. They got out of the Marines together 3 years ago and joined the Knights. But they were sent out on a mission that went horribly wrong and were captured and tortured for three days. Three days which Grigg didn't survive. The book opens with Nate and Grigg's little sister, Ali, right after he's told them that Grigg died. The family and Ali have no idea what they are really doing...they think they just work building motorcycles.

    Within a couple of months, Ali realizes that something is very wrong. She's being followed and was even attacked so she high-tails it to Chicago to get Nate's help. It soon becomes very apparent that there's a whole lot of something else going on here and that it probably ties back to Grigg somehow. There has always been chemistry between Ali and Nate, but there are 2 problems there....Grigg told Nate to NEVER touch his sister, and Nate is hiding a horrible gut-wrenching secret about Grigg's death. OMG, I dare you not bawl like a little baby when it's revealed what really happened. OMG....poor Grigg and poor Nate. Gut. Wrenching.

    Nate is one of those guys...he never says much and he sure doesn't share his feelings. I really loved him especially when it came out exactly "why" he doesn't ever talk around Ali. He just turned my heart to mush. Then there's Ali...LOL...that poor girl needs to get a tougher stomach, but after she's through getting sick...you can throw anything at her and she hardly flinches. She's tough. Grigg taught her well.

    Then there are all the other members of the Knights. I can already promise you, this series is on my auto-review/then auto-buy list. I have an ARC of this on my kindle, but I WILL be going out to buy a print copy for my permanent bookshelf. Yes, it was truly that good!!

    Honestly, I couldn't tell you the last time that I was this excited about a start of a series. I love these Knight boys....and Becky. Damn, this is a great start!!! Off to go check out the deets on book number 2, In Rides Trouble, out next month.

    I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Overall I think the story line was good and I do plan on reading

    Overall I think the story line was good and I do plan on reading the
    other books in the series. However, it did get a little wordy, some of
    the scenes were more graphic than I thought necessary and a few things
    seemed too far fetched. This made it almost have a juvenile feel at
    times. As I said though, the plot was good, I did feel a connection
    with the characters and I will read the rest of the series. I think it
    would make a great movie.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    More like 4.5 stars!

    Well written, plenty of action, and a little funny thrown in too makes for a well rounded action/romance. A few times it felt a little too unbelievable, the alpha was way too thick headed, and they sometimes went overboard on the "gun-speak," but overall cute story. I will be buying the next in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book with great characters. Kept me entertained

    Great book with great characters. Kept me entertained

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Awesome Start to an Awesome Series

    Thanks to the publisher, Sourcebooks, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early! This is the first book in a romantic suspense military trilogy by Julie Ann Walker releasing August 7, 2012. However, I actually read the books out of order; I read the third installment, Rev It Up!, first. This was a very enjoyable book. The suspense portion made/kept the book interesting and fast moving. The book was ninety percent suspense, ten percent romance but, every bit adventurous. This was one hot, straight-forward, easy to read book, with a pretty simple plot to follow. There wasn't a whole lot of characters to keep straight – which is often the case with the first book of a new series. What do kindergarten teacher, Alisa Morgan, and Sniper, Nathan “Ghost” Weller have in common? -- Grigg Morgan. Nate has been attracted to his best friend’s baby sister since she was seventeen. Nate remembered the first time he ever met Alisa… “Better keep a wrinkle in it, boyo. You touch my baby sister and you die.” Grigg to Nate. Nate is very intriguing...even with all of his guilt – he is sexy, alpha, commanding, stubborn, and determined ~~ all those things together are guaranteed to get a woman out of her panties...lucky thing Alisa is just as stubborn plus she has secretly yearned for his touch since they met.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    Hot ex-military men who ride motorcycles, a political conspiracy

    Hot ex-military men who ride motorcycles, a political conspiracy, action-packed suspense and humor laid out in one thrilling package made Hell on Wheels impossible to put down. Julie Ann Walker did not fail to impress me with her entertaining, fast paced and highly addictive debut novel. The descriptive writing, well rounded characters and the scorching romance delivered an exhilarating story, that I was hooked to from word one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very promising start to a new romantic suspense series.

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of romantic suspense. Just the same, Hell on Wheels hit it right on the mark for me. There was never a boring moment and I was constantly pulled in by the adrenaline-filled events. Trying to figure out the mystery alongside the characters was very enjoyable. Ms. Walker’s descriptive writing style definitely helped with that, making the story believable enough for the readers to feel as if they were actually in it. The existence of espionage, deception and a secret government organization (Black Knights Inc.) were all an exciting addition to the story – successfully accomplishing that thrilling feeling that should be present in the suspense genre.

    The heroine, Ali, was easily likeable. She had a feisty personality yet her character felt very composed. Ali has been through a lot, after losing her brother, and the author didn’t make that a secret. The emotions in the story were on full display but not to the point of becoming over the top. In fact, they were done just right, as they showed the characters’ development throughout the story. Then we have Nate. To describe him in as few words as possible, ‘he was absolutely mouth watering’! I loved his bad boy aura but at the same time also loved his vulnerable side, which was shown through the moments he shares about his past. He was a fitting love interest. Alongside the main characters, the cast of secondary characters were all very entertaining. Above all, they were like family, always having each other’s backs during any situation - which I loved. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them again.

    On a different note, this book had some issues, that I sincerely hope are fixed in the next book(s). For starters, where the romance had an excellent start – with lots of sexual tension that slowly built over the book, the ending of it was disappointing to say the least. It felt rushed and very cliche. Another aspect that I found less than appealing was the abrupt scene changes. There were several POVs in the story – if you know me, you know I’m not a huge fan of those – and too often I found myself confused due to them. I had to re-read several scenes in order to fully grasp the whereabouts of the story and I didn’t enjoy the hindrance to the flow of the story. There is room for improvement, but regardless, Ms. Walker did a good job in keeping my interest.

    In light of the few issues, Hell on Wheels proved to be a great mixture of action, romance and suspense. I was captivated from start to finish and the witty dialogue constantly kept me entertained. Not to mention, the likeable characters. Overall, despite the cliche ending, I felt this was a fun read and look forward to reading the next books in the series by Ms. Walker.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    BAM! Julie Ann Walker’s Hell On Wheels starts out with a b

    BAM! Julie Ann Walker’s Hell On Wheels starts out with a bang and just keeps on rolling. An excellent read that I did not put down; it grabbed me from page one, threw me in the emotional wringer and refused to let go until the very last word. 4.5 Stars

    Nate “Ghost” Weller is an ex-marine sniper, who along with his best friend, joined an elite and very covert special ops team, Black Knight’s Inc. Using a custom bike shop as a front, this team of alpha males take the government missions that no one else can handle, off-the-books missions that are both dangerous and deadly.
    When Nate’s best friend, Grigg Morgan, dies and his baby sister, Ali, shows up at the compound Nate’s world is turned upside down. Already fighting the grief and guilt from losing his best friend, now Nate must fight the desire he’s had for Ali since the first moment he saw her twelve years ago. Little does she know that the emotional distance he’s put between them was because of Grigg warning him off. But Ali needs his help and Nate’s not going to let Ali down like he let down her brother.
    Someone is stalking Ali but she doesn’t get really scared until a mammoth of a man in a ski mask tries to mug her. Ali knows someone is after her and seeing as she’s an unassuming kindergarten teacher then it must have something to do with her brother so she turns to the one man she has left, Nate. As they puzzle through the mystery of her Ali’s shadow stalker Ali can’t deny that she feels something for Nate but despite his obvious attraction for her, Nate continuously pushes her away. Will she ever be able to break through his wall or will the secrets he hides end up breaking them both?

    Hell On Wheels is an exhilarating and powerful debut for Julie Ann Walker and the Black Knight Inc. series! This book has everything a romantic suspense fan can hope for; heart-break, loss, humor, action, passion, romance, sex, need, intrigue, along with a tortured bad-boy hero on a kick-ass bike and a sweet but feisty heroine who can roll with the punches. I laughed, I cried, I got all hot and bothered, I cried some more; this novel covers all the emotional range.

    The author’s writing style captured by attention from the get-go. I could literally hear Nate’s voice in my head and I loved it! The pages were brimming with the sexual tension between Ali and Nate. Nate has a lot of inner-demons to face and Ali doesn’t understand why he won’t let her in, he very obviously wants her if you know what I mean. ;) The action was non-stop, the dialogue captivated, the characters were believable, and the plot consumed. So why the 4.5 rating, instead of a perfect 5? A few things with the heroine got to be annoying after a while; the constant weak stomach and the ‘h-e-double hockey sticks’. Also, the world building at the beginning of the story jumped around some and it took me a little bit to catch up, but after that initial rough start the story quickly found it’s grove and I loved every minute of it.

    If you think you’ve read ex-military special ops stories with sexy but tortured alpha men, well you ain’t read nothing yet! Pick up Hell on Wheels, you will not be disappointed! I am now an official Julie Ann Walker stalker….err…fan ;) and Hell on Wheels is, without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of the year.
    I would compare Hell on Wheels to Lori Foster’s When You Dare (Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor) and the first few books in Maya Bank’s K.G.I. series, it was that dang good!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012


    8/5/12 Pretty good start to a new series. The "h-e-double hockey sticks" and the vomiting got a bit much. No one spews THAT much unless they have a stomach virus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013


    ## I enjoyed this book for the most part. What I liked: Loved the story, the action and the intrigue. Also, a big part for me was the humor. There were several times I found myself laughing out loud. I found the ending was not rushed (yay -nice reward for the reader) and completely satisfied. What I didn't like: the romance was lacking, although it was implied. Second, I didn't like that the heroine kept vomiting so much (way overdone), and there's nothing sexy about that. And OMG, the hero spoke like a child. It seemed like he was too lazy to annunciate his words and just strung them into a bunch of weird contractions. That was so incredibly annoying! Again, not sexy. So a good story with humor, intrigue and even some heartwrenching angst, yep! Romance, not so much.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Okay start to series

    I enjoy an exciting Alpha warrior as much as the next girl, but Nate 'Ghost' Weller was a bit weak in the personality department. And Ali annoyed me most of the time with the 'cripes', 'h-e-double hocky sticks' and vomiting. Story had potential but didn't really live up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Angela Shikany

    All in all very formulaic. Like Cindy Gerard or Maya Banks KGI series. I won't be reading any more by this author, the torture scene was blood porn, i.e. gratuitous and horrible. One reviewer seems to think that is good writing. I don't. I was left with a deep distaste for this author and the heroine inthe book, she seems to spend most of her time vomiting.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Disappointing - just didn't seem realistic in any sense of the w

    Disappointing - just didn't seem realistic in any sense of the word.
    Characters were stereotypes of the genre with little originality. The
    dialogue made me cringe at times, and one particularly violent scene was
    unneccessarily descriptive.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    This book was amazing. It made me laugh, cry, and then laugh aga

    This book was amazing. It made me laugh, cry, and then laugh again! The character’s are loveable yet have a sexy edge that is hard to resist. I look forward to reading the next installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    great book.

    great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Great Book!

    Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2015

    highly recommend

    If you like action this would be the book to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    Read this series!

    I am a Maya Banks fan, specifically the KGI series. If that is your style of book then this series will not dissapoint. The characters and story lines are captivating and they are hard to out down. This author writes military men well. I highly recommend this series, I'm hooked!

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  • Posted December 17, 2014

    3.5 Stars I wanted a big alpha and I definitely found it in Hel

    3.5 Stars

    I wanted a big alpha and I definitely found it in Hell on Wheels, unfortunately there were a lot of other things in this story that I just didn’t love.

    Let’s discuss the good first. The story is told in Alisa and Nate, our hero’s points of view which definitely did help give readers a look into how each of them were feeling. For the most part I was okay with our hero and heroine, they were both reasonable people. We don’t get to know them at a level I would have liked, but they both seemed honest and were people who were just doing the best they could with what they had. The story is high action and normally I’d like that, but my goodness Alisa, our heroine has the weakest stomach ever. She pukes at least once a chapter, I think I was getting sympathy sick with her. How does she ever have food left in her stomach after puking so much every day?

    I mentioned we get both Alisa and Nate’s points of view, but I didn’t mention that we also get four other characters’ points of view as well. That is SIX points of view in one story. It was a lot to keep up with. Especially because we don’t get a warning of who the point of view changed to when it did. It caused me to go back and re read once I figured it out on more than one occasion. Plus two of those other points of view are Rebecca and Frank (a story that I guess is coming up). It made the book feel like it was really two love stories. The main one being Alisa and Nate, but the secondary one was Rebecca and Frank. We meet them as characters, learn their history, and how they both feel about one another at the same time we’re doing those things with Nate and Alisa.

    With all these points of view and multiple ongoing stories I found myself skimming at times. We’d get pages and pages and pages of background scenes from multiple points of view one right after the other. I don’t need to relive the same scene twice. And with so many love stories going on we get so much of the ‘four’ main characters going on and on about their feelings and who/how they’re in love. Seriously, there was just pages of jibber-jabber on how they like each other but must resist. There would be one character analyzing their feelings for their ‘mate’ and then we’d switch points of view and do it all over again in the other character’s voice. And then we’d repeat it all over again in another four chapters or so. It was tiring. Really, I skimmed in order to save my sanity.

    Things started to pick up and I was really excited for an interesting ending, but sadly it just didn’t happen. The ending was way too fast and unbelievable. Basically their entire relationship is based on looks since they have no other foundation to build it on except years of wanting each other behind the scenes.

    I guess, I was just a little let down from Hell on Wheels, especially since I’ve had it on my list for so long. I definitely won’t be reading the other books in the set.

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  • Posted December 10, 2014

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    ~ 5 Hell On Wheels Stars ~  I am not a big contemporary reader

    ~ 5 Hell On Wheels Stars ~ 

    I am not a big contemporary reader and when I do pick up a contemporary read it’s usually a so so book. I have only found one other author that has blown me away and pulled me completely into the story. Julia Walker is now the second contemporary author that I will be keeping an eye on and reading. 

    Hell On Wheels is book one in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julia Ann Walker. I piked this series up, because everyone was giving the latest release good reviews, so I decide to check it out and I am so glad I did. We have special blacks ops type guys, bickers, suspense, and romance. 

    JWalker does a fantastic job pulling you into the story. I was swept away. WOW! I love that the couple Ali and Nate have a past history together. It really makes the romance/relationship that is growing that much more believable. Yes they have obstacles to over come, but that just helps bring them together and boy when they come together they light the sheets on fire. The sexual tension is off the charts and the sex was hot. The writing is excellent, flowing smoothly, and keeping the story plot going at a nice pace. All the characters are interesting and unique. I can’t wait to learn more about the guys of the Black Knights Inc. as they each get their own story. JWalker also sets up for the next couple in the series. I like how everything is put together. Friendships, relationships and more.

    If you are looking for a tale that will have you laughing one moment and wiping tears the next then this book is a must. Its fast paced keeping you hooked from the first to last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Check this one out

    I read this #1 book of the series for Black Nights, Inc. Going to get them all. I really enjoyed it.

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