Review: Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Rev It Up
(Black Knights, #3)
By: Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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He Never Misses a Target

Jake “the Snake” Sommers earned his SEAL code name by striking quickly and quietly—and with lethal force. That’s also how he broke Michelle Carter’s heart. It was the only way to keep her safe—from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle’s loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow…

She Aims to Make Him Beg

Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to “love her and leave her.” But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake’s hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he’s wrapped around her heart, he’ll never let her go.

When a madman starts targeting the Black Knights loved ones in order to get back for the death of his brother, Jake becomes Michelle’s body guard. They had a past which of course ended badly and even though Jake is ready to lay it all out there for Michelle, she isn’t very forgiving on the way Jake ended things.

Since the last book ended with Jake storming in demanding to see Michelle, I knew their story was next. I didn’t know anything about these two characters, so I was looking forward to starting fresh. Granted, you can’t start the series with this book since there is a lot that happens that you need to have read the books in order but it was nice to not have a preconceived idea of what these characters are like.

The story starts off in the past. The night when everything went bad and Jake drew into himself and took off. As the story progresses we find out more and more about Michelle and Jake’s rocky relationship prior to him leaving and the events that followed. I think getting a back story really helped understand where the characters were coming from a bit more.

I’m still a big fan of how the author weaves multiple stories and point of view’s into one novel. We get the main characters, the villain, and upcoming headliners in one sitting. So we don’t follow the same two people around the entire time.

My only complaint was Jake. The extensive use of what I guess is surfer terminology really pulled me away from him. After reading “Yo” 3 times in a paragraph, I just wanted to hit him. I wouldn’t mind if his “surfer slang” popped out here and there but it seemed a bit excessive at times and made it seem like the author was trying too hard to keep the surfer vibe alive. Aside from that though, I thought the story was great. I liked the suspense in this one a lot more than the last book and I also liked the big surprise moment in the story as well. I can’t wait to read more of the series.

 

“Tell me, what size must a guy’s balls be in order to walk up to his former comandin’ officer and declare his intent to plant his flag, so to speak, in the man’s baby sister?  Texas-sizes, maybe? Alaska-sized?” -Rock

 

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