He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted...
Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.
She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length...
Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?
It’s an interesting revelation when you figure out that while you loved the overall concept of the book, including the supporting cast, you’re feeling towards the H/h as a couple are a bit tepid but you like them separately. When Ali could break through Nate’s self imposed walls there was great sexual chemistry, but the constant ping pong state of their relationship, mostly brought upon by Nate’s love affair with his foot meeting his mouth, drove me a little bat shit crazy. Did I understand why Nate felt the need to keep Ali at a distance? Of course. She’s his best friends baby sister and he’d been warned off the first time he met her and then there is what went down on the mission that took Griggs life, how anyone could come out of that without major scars is beyond me, but he tries and when he lets down his guard you get to see what a good guy he is. Ali, the girl has some serious quirks that ride the line between endearing and annoying, but is highly likeable. Her penchant for verbal vomiting when nervous was something I found endearing because what she was saying made sense. The whole not swearing thing, even in her thoughts rode the line, but the woman is a kindergarten teacher so it’s just ingrained in her to not swear on a normal basis. But what I really liked about her is how rationally she dealt with what was going on around her. Did she freak out? Yes but not any more than anyone else would, in fact he kept herself together pretty damn well and showed she had a lot more gumption that one would expect.
As far as the rest of the cast of characters go, I really liked all of them and liked that we got their perspective on what was going, while getting little teasers as to who each of them are. Ozzie may just be my favorite of the Knights, at least those that we've met, gotta love the geeks, and Becky is just freaking awesome. Then there’s Dagan
<who isn't a Knight..yet?> a spook with strong morals but a sketchy past? Sign me up! Overall Hell on Wheels was an enjoyable introduction into the Black Knights, Inc world and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.