Review: Fuel for Fire (Black Knights Inc., #10) by Julie Ann Walker (DNF)

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Fuel for Fire Book Cover Fuel for Fire
Black Knights Inc., #10
Julie Ann Walker
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
July 4th 2017


A brooding covert operative and a spunky CIA agent discover a burning passion in the next installment of Julie Ann Walker's red-hot BKI series

Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes
The first two left blood on his hands.
The third left him wondering...what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?

Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It's just as well that he's never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives...


DNF’d this one at pg. 169 about 47%.

We’ve met Chelsea and Dagan in previous books. They have had this unspoken attraction to each other for years and now they are getting their story.

Fuel For Fire just isn’t pulling me in nor is it keeping my interest like, so many others in the series have. I’m not getting that all consuming pull or suspense to keep me interested.

I have really enjoyed and liked many of the Black Knights Inc. series…up until now. This wasn’t what I was expecting for Dagan and Chelsea. I just didn’t care for the writing direction. We are inundated with pop culture references. Also with memories from Chelsea; where every sentence she thinks (utters) about her dad, her mom, her mom and dad, and on and on it went. It made it hard to stay connect and focus on what was actually happening. The books just aren’t what they use to be when the series started. We are close to the the end of the series and Full For Fire is the third to the last book in the series; which is wrapping up this long standing storyline on finding out who Spider is.

What made me stop and say no more was Chelsea’s BIG SECRET that she has kept for years that has something to do about Afghanistan and why Dagan was fired from the CIA. I’m not sure why she’s kept it, but at the beginning when it all happened it was because she was thinking about herself, her mom, and their family home. Now well she wants to tell him this secret before they go further aka try for a relationship. When she tries to tell Dagan, he says not now – all I want is you naked. I’ve waited so long to have you in my arms and all I want is you. So what does she do? She resigns herself to having this one time sexy fling with him by saying it’s ok; because she’s giving him what he wants; because last time she thought all about herself and her mother first. AHHHH!!!! This secret she knows will change things. Who knows how or what it really is, but to sleep with him before telling him. NOOOO!!! I threw my hands in the air, shook my head, yelled, and almost threw the book. I closed it at that point and said no more. I can’t keep reading. So here we are DNFing a book in the Black Knights Inc. series. I had some other issues, but this was the main issue that had me throwing in the towel.

Fuel For Fire was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

16 comments on “Review: Fuel for Fire (Black Knights Inc., #10) by Julie Ann Walker (DNF)

  1. Bummer this book did not work for you. I was sad the first 3 books did not wow me. Writing style with the over the top pop culture was not for me.

    • I very much have enjoyed the earlier books in the series, but the writing or direction of the plots have changed and they aren’t as thrilling as they use to be. I’m sad this one didn’t work out, but it happens. Sorry to heat this series wasn’t for you, but their are many more authors and books to enjoy, so hopeful your next read will be a hit.

  2. Ugh thats frustrating! Sorry it didn’t work out. Sometimes I think when a series goes on for so many books, it can start to get meh.
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    • Ya some series end up being meh when they get to be too long other times an author can change things up. This one just rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t finish even though I’ve enjoyed so many others in the series.

  3. Ah yes sex solves everything right. WRONG!!! Sorry it didn’t float your boat Angela

    • I don’t know if they had sex, but it was leading that direction and I just couldn’t because of this secret that we don’t know about yet that will or could change things.

  4. Why do people keep secrets? I don’t get it. Sorry this frustrated you, but I’ve learned to walk away too.
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    • Walking away from a book that’s not working is hard, but I’m learning to put them down.

  5. I don’t remember if I tried the series but sorry to hear that this one isn’t as good as the others
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    • I really enjoyed the earlier books. They had more action and suspense, now the feel like they have lost their piazzas.

  6. I’ve struggled with some of the books in this series but I’ve not read this one yet. I’ve noticed several people have DNF’d this one.
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    • I’ve had a few too that I struggled with in the series, but this is my first time DNF one in Black Knights Inc. =/ Their have been a lot of different options on this one that’s for sure.

  7. I can’t tell you how many books I’ve not liked ,but read th I the end!!! My ocd won’t let me stop!! Good for you angela,no one should keep reading a book that they don’t like it get into. I do it and end up being pissed,because I could have started on another book. Shared on all my socials!!

    • I’m getting better at stopping those books I don’t like, but I still sometimes end up reading the whole thing…

  8. I started this series a long time ago but I don’t think I got past the first couple of books. Not because I didn’t like them, just that I got inundated with other books. It’s sad to see a series go downhill like that. Especially one you’ve spent 9 other books reading. One day I might get back to these guys.

    • I really like the earlier books, but now they just feel a little flat. This has happened in other series I’ve read too.