FULL THROTTLE: A Sub, A Dom and a Racetrack

Full Throttle


full_throttleby Erin McCarthy

Mass Market Paperback and E-Book formats
ISBN 9780425261743 | 304 pages | 03 Dec 2013 | Berkley |  18 – AND UP
Disclosure: Paperback provided by Publisher for review purposes.  No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted.

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… us.penguingroup.com


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My Take!

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In the past two years I have read a lot of stories featuring BDSM.  FULL THROTTLE gave me an inkling of the appeal of a Dom.  In this book the guy, Rhett, doesn’t sound like a trained Dom, but he always knows what his lover wants and needs before she does.  He’s also really good at reasoning the woman into some things she might not normally do.  As they make love she realizes it is allowing her to simply experience the sensations through the submission. Not that she would direct, but if you leave your usual patterns behind, you might experience things differently.

Of course, if someone is making all the decisions for you, if you have regrets or are freaking out about the kink, you can always pretend it was his responsibility after. It’s not the first time I’ve read something like this. The sub is in control all day at work or home, in bed, not having to make decisions is liberating. And, sometimes it takes a Dom to see this.

So, if having a break from being in charge during sex and not really knowing your own sexual needs may make a Sub, what makes a Dom? Rhett was the youngest, and had a lot of sisters “in charge” of him. At one point he refers to movies he was dragged to as a youth. He wasn’t given a choice. It’s kind of the opposite of some of what is implied  allows Shawn to let go and surrender.  What do you think “makes” someone a Dom or Sub? Is it Nature or Nurture? Do you think it’s different for everyone?

McCarthy does a great job with the interplay of the main and supporting characters.  The banter is great and as they come to an agreement in their relationship it is great to see. It’s a super dance of attraction, denial, emotional issues and love.

The particular foil she uses to form the relationship where there may not have been one is great in that it allows sex before there’s much intimacy, so we don’t get the feeling of speedy relationship development. The relationship between Rhett and Shawn (a woman’s name) is a little magical anyway.

I am not into  car racing so I wasn’t expecting to be  too engaged with this book. But I enjoyed the background and atmosphere it gives the characters and their microcosm. I also like that they aren’t rich, don’t live in mansions and are hard-working, regular folks.  Do you like car racing? If so what kind and/or why?

This was a very sexy read too. I didn’t find it too explicit and it wasn’t overly vulgar.  For fast-paced and sexy read this might be something you would enjoy as well. And, if you are into racing I highly recommend it.  If you do read it and are into racing I am really interested in knowing what rings true or false for you? Even if you aren’t into cars or racing I am interested in what you  think!


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