HOT PURSUIT – Julie Ann Walker
A Black Knights Inc. Novel , Book 11
Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-13:  978-1-492-60884-4
October 2017
Romantic Suspense

England – Present Day

Six years ago, SAS agent Christian Watson was captured and tortured in Kirkuk, Iraq.  Getting him rescued from Iraq led to more deaths and an international incident.  Six months later Christian was let go from the SAS and eventually made his way to Chicago and the Black Knights.  The Black Knights is a black ops group of covert operators financed by the past President of the United States.  With a motorcycle repair company as a front, Christian and four other operatives are trying to return to Chicago after capturing the money launderer for Spider, whom they have been after for a long time.

The other operatives with Christian are Colby “Ace” Ventura, former U.S. Navy pilot, Jamin “Angel” Agassi, a former Israeli Mossad agent, and Rusty Parker, a civilian whom they contacted as a charter boat captain, and Emily Scott is along as the office manager from Black Knights to keep everyone organized, on task, and out of trouble.  While staying at a small cottage before flying back to Chicago, there is a knock on the front door and they open it to find a horde of reporters asking if Christian is the SAS in the Kirkuk Police Station Incident.  How can they get out of the cottage with reporters all over, as they need to make their flight?

Since the first day Christian walked in the door at Black Knights, Emily has lusted after Christian.  The only way to control herself is teasing, criticizing, and putting Christian down.  But hearing him shouting during a nightmare of the Kirkuk incident starts the walls between them falling, even though she tries her hardest to resist his English charm.

Ace and Rusty are on the edge of a relationship, but while Ace is out as a gay man, Rusty is still in the closet because of his family.  Vibes simmer between them, but Ace is determined not to be with someone who denies his inner self and what he is.

Julie Ann Walker will immerse you in the Black Knights world as they are trying to escape from the reporters and another two men who hold Christian responsible for their brother's death in Kirkuk.  Christian and Emily have feelings for each other, but Emily keeps trying to deny them, and Christian is determined to get under Emily's skin and let the fire she has inside for him go free.

The secondary characters are Ace, Angel and Rusty, members of the Black Knights group.  Lawrence and Ben Michelson are constables, or policemen, in Cornwall, and when the news about Christian appears on the television, Lawrence is determined to make him pay for what happened to his brother all those years ago.

HOT PURSUIT will introduce you to some of the Black Knights and its operatives.  There are ten other stories in the series, and while I haven't read any of the others, it was easy for me to follow along with HOT PURSUIT.  With suspense and tension, it was a delight to follow Christian and Emily as she tries to fight her feelings and Christian doing everything to tease and taunt her into his arms.  Enjoy a night of great reading and get HOT PURSUIT this month.

Carolyn Crisher