Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review ~ BUILT TO LAST by Julie Ann Walker

Built to Last (Black Knights Inc., #12)
by: Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

Welcome to Black Knights Inc.

Masterful, mysterious, and completely ruthless, Jamin “Angel” Agassi joined the Black Knights Inc. after a mission-gone-wrong forced him to undergo extensive plastic surgery and change his name. He's going to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate, and hopefully keep Sonya Butler, a love from his past, from discovering who he really is...

When a dark-eyed stranger gets caught up in Sonya’s latest mission, she starts to question all her hard-won instincts. Something about Angel tells her he's more than he seems, and sometimes, when she least expects it, he reminds her of a man she used to know. As the bullets fly, she realizes that in love and war nothing is ever what it seems…

Built to Last is the final book in Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc. Series. I have read several of these books but not all of them. Consequently, they can be read as standalones. She always gives enough backstory throughout the book so you don’t feel like you missed that much. Built to Last focuses on the most mysterious and lethal member of Black Knights Inc. His name is Jamin “Angel” Agassi or at least that’s one of his names. Throughout the underworld, Angel is known as the Prince of Shadows and he is someone that everyone respects and fears.

As with all of the other books, the main focus is about a romance between a BKI member and another unlikely love interest. This time, the sparks fly between Angel and Sonya Butler who is a former Interpol agent. Without giving too much away, let’s just say there is a possibility that these two have a connection that is much deeper than should be possible. More importantly, their physical connection will definitely burn through the pages. In addition, there is a good amount of action and espionage that is the cornerstone of each book as well. Needless to say, there is never a dull moment as you watch Angel and Sonya try to figure each other out while trying to stay one step ahead of a common enemy named Lord Grafton who has them both under his thumb.

I really enjoyed Built to Last. There is a large cast of characters as other members of BKI make multiple appearances. There is plenty of action and adventure and the main plotline will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder when the biggest secret of all is finally revealed. This is a fitting end to the series and the best book of all of the ones I have read. Sadly, the big secret makes it very difficult for me to really discuss the book without spoiling it. Built to Last is a perfectly balanced book and I hope Julie Ann creates a similar series in the future.

**Received a copy of the book from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**

Rating: 5

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You can read an excerpt of Built to Last here.

The Black Knights Inc. Series:

Full Throttle ~ Review
Too Hard to Handle ~ Review
Wild Ride ~ Review
Fuel for Fire ~ Review
Hot Pursuit ~ Review

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. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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