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I Belong


Review: Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy

Full ThrottleTitle: Full Throttle

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Series: Fast Track (Book 7)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Format: Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425261743 (Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-0425261743 (Berkley)

Reviewed by: Shirene

 

Synopsis:

Easing into the turns…

As one of the only two girls on the tween racing circuit, Shawn Hamby has always run with a fast crowd.  But now at thirty-two, she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.  And she definitely doesn’t need a man bossing her around off of the track…

Putting the pedal to the metal…

But after a silly girls’ night at a fetish club, Shawn can’t get Rhett Ford out of her mind.  He’s younger than her, and he’s her best friend’s brother-in-law, which should be red flags.  Rhett is looking for someone to lead in bed, but he can’t imagine that Shawn would ever submit to him.  Boldly surrendering is more her style.  And with Rhett behind the wheel, it’s going to be one wild ride…

Quick & Dirty: Marriage of convenience with an Alpha male.

Opening Sentence: “I double dog dare you.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

There are moments as I read and review books when I have to stop and remind myself that this is what I truly longed to be doing full-time when I was a high school nerd with very few friends.  I would love to tell the 15 year old me to hang in there because one of my dreams will come true before I reach forty.

But back to our regularly scheduled review of Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy.  This book was a ravenous read.  I sat down over two nights and one long lunch and couldn’t get enough of Rhett and Shawn.

Huge props must go to Ms. McCarthy because what author in their right mind would name their hero Rhett, but she did and she nailed it.  There is much fun poked at our hero because of his name.  And there were a number of times I heard in my head, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a ****.”  The amazing part of this is that our Rhett does in fact give and take care every where but in the bedroom.  This made his character sizzle in this reader’s eyes.  His care and consideration of Shawn throughout their journey bar one blip seals him as a man to be taken seriously and appreciated.

Our heroine is no light weight either and is willing and able to give as good as she gets.  This is part of her charm and a portion of why Rhett is drawn to her from the very beginning.  The circumstances that she finds herself in due to her grandfather’s will and a stipulation to wed make her impulsive decision to ask Rhett to marry her believable.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I’m stressed about a huge problem all I want to do is fix it and drop it as quickly as I can, and I found this particular character trait not only believable, but I’m an expert at this maneuver.

Ok, I can hear you all saying but she hasn’t mentioned anything about race cars or sports up until this point, and that is in part because they don’t play a major role in this story.  The track acts more as a secondary character pushing Rhett and Shawn together in the beginning and having a minor role in their turbulent marriage.

As some of you may know, I’m a sucker for marriage of convenience.  I guess in part it is a throw back to some of my first romance novels by the Queen of Romance, Barbara Cartland.  So when I found out that this book had that as part of the story, I was giggling with girlish delight.  Ms. McCarthy worked this romance trope like a true craftsman and made it work for not only the story but the characters.

One last thing before I wrap up, don’t be concerned if you haven’t read the other six books in the Fast Track series.  I hadn’t either and I was in no way hampered or lost as I navigated this wonderful journey of love between Rhett and Shawn.

So I heartily endorse this book and encourage you to check it out.  I have a feeling if you love marriage of convenience, contemporary or just well written prose you will find great joy in sneaking off to read this book just like I did.

Notable Scene:

And then he strode right over to them, his eyes locked on Shawn.  On her.  Yikes.  She swallowed and tried not to fidget.  She didn’t really want to do this.  She wasn’t prepared to talk to a guy here.  It was all just a dumb idea to even set foot in this place, and she certainly didn’t want to encourage any attention from a guy who would clearly be interested in areas outside her expertise and comfort level.

She would have to politely dissuade him.

Before he even spoke, his hand slid out and took hers, his thumb stroking across her palm, causing a shiver of arousal to take her totally by surprise.

“You should dance with me,” he said, already pulling her toward him.

“Okay.”

Fast Track Series:

1. Flat-Out Sexy

2. Hard and Fast

3. Hot Finish

4. The Chase

5. Slow Ride

6. Jacked Up

7. Full Throttle

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FTC Advisory: Berkley provided me with a copy of Full Throttle. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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