Review: Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy

Posted December 26, 2013 by Shari in Reviews / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy
Full Throttle

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Series: Fast Track,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on December 3, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Full Throttle left me wondering where the reality was in this contemporary romance. Expecting some hot action, racing and some kink on the side, I as left scratching my head wondering what really was going on. Oh, I wasn’t confused, it just didn’t seem to fit.

Shawn Hamby is a 32 year old woman who thinks she knows what she wants and what she wants to do. When the lawyer read the will of her grandfather, she learns she has to marry quickly to hold onto the race track she helped him manage. But the night before, she traveled to a kink club (The Wet Spot) with her book club not believing what happens in the book is for real. When a handsome man asks her to dance, sparks fly, but he tells her his name is Rhett and she tells him she is Scarlet.

Rhett Ford isn’t looking for love, but he wont’ turn it away either. An intense guy, he comes in eight years younger than Shawn. When the two learn that Shawn’s best friend Eve is married to Rhett’s older brother, the two meet up again and Shawn proposes a deal to get married to Rhett. $100,000 after a year of marriage is his, so the two get hitched and it helps they are both attracted to each other.

Now, the age thing kept coming back up over and over. To the point I wanted to scream. It seems having so many older sisters who did everything for Rhett made him an intense, older than his age man who wants submission in bed…oh, and he doesn’t consider himself a Dom. I can’t say this was a BDSM book beyond getting tied up, a few spankings and a lot of mentioning of taking it up the ass.

Everything starts getting really good between these two and then it unravels like a frayed string. They both seem so immature to me and the whole marry to keep the track deal just seemed silly. Racing really isn’t a big part of the book and most of what was said left me confused. I don’t watch any kind of car races.

Oh, oh, oh … I have to tell you this one. Sophia Rose also reviewed the book and made me take a second look at the cover. Notice that the heroine has her leg up and wrapped around the hero while they are looking at something off the page. It is just kind of funny thinking they got interrupted in the middle of having a good time, but don’t seem to care. Or that they look like they are facing danger in the distance.

This one just didn’t hit a good cord with me. I wanted to like them, but they both had some character flaws that just fell flat. Then there was the marry for money/ownership and age and using no birth control…nor discussing it. Oh, she used the pill but later admitted not regularly. It all just fell flat with me and I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • ugh..I dislike when a story unravels like that, it really does make for a confusing read. And immature characters….no, I’ll pass.

    Great review Shari 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, I just felt they never grew up. He gets drunk at one point and I wanted to punch him in the balls. Sorry for the language lol.

  • LOL it’s so funny how it falls. I was with Sophia on this one. I really enjoyed it. But I also enjoy McCarthy’s humor and that they’re a little silly. Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you 🙁

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I hope to find another book by McCarthy I can love. This one just didn’t grab me like I thought it would.

  • LOL! I love doing dual reviews because its always fascinating to me where books strike the same chord or different chords with us.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I’m just glad you could suspend your disbelief because I never could. I loved some of the one liners (fetus), I just never bought most of what was served to me.

      • Sometimes I can let stuff go and sometimes I can’t. And yes, her fetus comment made me laugh mostly b/c I didn’t think she was very old herself. I think the vibrator scenes with him and his mom were the ones that had me laughing the hardest.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I’m just glad you could suspend your disbelief because I never could. I loved some of the one liners (fetus), I just never bought most of what was served to me.