Book Review: Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy

Full Throttle by Erin McCarthyTitle: Full Throttle
Series: Fast Track, Book 7
Author: Erin McCarthy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: December 3, 2013 by Berkley

Easing into the turns…

As one of 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…

Why I Read this Book: I’ve read and enjoyed the first four books in this series but stalled on book five, Slow Ride. When I saw Full Throttle, I decided to pick up the series from here to see how I felt about it.

What I LikedShawn doesn’t beat around the bush. I like that in a female lead. Plus she’s the owner of a race track, which is down right awesome in my book.

I liked that Rhett didn’t go along with Shawn’s suggestion right off the bat. He questioned her and asked for more details. He’s an honorable guy.

There were so many funny moments in Full Throttle. I loved how the girls in the book club ended up at The Wet Spot for “research”.

There’s a bit of an age gap between Shawn and Rhett (Shawn is about 9 years older than Rhett) but it didn’t bother me, surprisingly enough. Rhett was mature for his twenty-five years. There’s another trope in this book I’m not fond of, which I won’t go into since it’s not mentioned in the blurb. But both of those things worked for me in Full Throttle. The second trope was a bit of a shocker since it wasn’t mentioned in the blurb but I was able to move past it and enjoy the story.

What I Didn’t Like: Rhett was brash and presumptuous a few times. It rubbed me the wrong and if I had been in Shawn shoes, I would have been uncomfortable. Rhett said crude things to Shawn like: “Good point. [Getting drunk] will loosen you up. Then I can take you up the ass like I’ve been wanting to.” Then there was the time Rhett said “Baby, I hope we don’t need to be anywhere first thing tomorrow because I’m not ready for sleeping yet. I've got at least two hours in me.” Now, that line wouldn’t have been so bad if Rhett had said it to Shawn in a private setting instead of say, in a car with Shawn’s friends right there. It was disrespectful and inappropriate, not only to Shawn but her friends as well.

A pet peeve of mine is when someone spills a secret that is not theirs to tell. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Memorable Moment:

“If you love someone, ‘me’ becomes ‘we’. That’s it. One car, two drivers.”

Overall Impression: Full Throttle was a fun and funny read. Rhett rubbed me the wrong way a few times but overall he was a nice and honorable guy.

Brianna’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

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  1. I had a slightly different reaction to Rhett, ahem! :) I got to almost the end before I had a WTF moment...but I got over it. Though, I agree with you on the secret pet peeve thing 100%.

  2. I was not going to read this one because, like you, the series stalled for me and I still don't know if I'm going to read it. From what I see in your review, this one still does not have the magic the first two books had :(


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