Full Throttel by Erin McCarthy

Title: Full ThrottleFull Throttle (Fast Track, #7)
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Fast Track #7
Format: Kindle Books, 304 pages

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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…

Recommended if you enjoy: sassy tomboys, Alpha males, romances centered around sports, a little kink in your smex


I started reading the Fast Track series when it was first released and I enjoyed the first 5 books so very much.  The last book was kind of a dud for me but every dog has it’s day right?  I wasn’t even aware that the next book had been released yet until I was randomly going through my kindle store.  It’s safe to say that anything “Fast Track” is an auto-buy for me.

The main characters in Full Throttle, Shawn and Rhett, both know what they want out of life and they aren’t going to BS anyone in order to get it. Shawn is a track owner who just got handed a hefty blow in her grandfather’s will that lands her in a pickle.  Rhett is a younger gentleman who is looking for the ONE woman in the whole world who can handle his commanding behavior all while being crew member for his sister-in-law AND a dirt track racer.  When these two meet by chance in a fetish club it leads to good things happening for both of them.

There is a good chunk of humor in this book and I really enjoyed that very much.  Shawn’s friends bring it in bushel baskets.  Rhett and his clan bring it in the truckload.

The only thing that bothered me about the book was some of Rhett’s dominating characteristics.  He said somethings in a public setting a couple of times that I felt shouldn’t have been brought up.  While he is pretty crude at times, he seems to have his crap together for how young he is.

Overall, this isn’t my favorite book in the series by any means but it is still a fun read.  With a bunch of humor and some kink to go with the smex.  Even though it had some hiccups (Rhett) it kept me engaged and I finished it in record time too.

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Stacking the Shelves January 4, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking the shelves is the perfect bookish meme for all of us to show off what we got this week.  To learn more about it please click on the above image to go to Tynga’s blog.  Feel free to leave a link to your STS post in the comments below!  Happy reading everyone!



A Good Yarn (Blossom Street)

A place of welcome and warmth, of friends old and new. Discover how knitting can change your life!

Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad’s ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

Three women join Lydia’s newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother’s idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors’ swim sessions and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn

Physical Books

Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6)

Shelby McIntyre has big plans, plans that include finding Mr. Right. Her dream man will have a clean-shaven jaw, creases in his pants and hopefully and advanced degree. What she gets is rugged Luke Riordan.

At twenty-five, after five years as her mother’s caregiver, it’s time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure. Time for travel, college and romance. But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly not whom she has in mind.

A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times. At thirty-eight he’s tough and jaded. His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance.

Technically, these two are all wrong for one another. But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things two very good things.


The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

What did you get this week?

Getting Your New Blog Off on the Right Foot: Thinking Content

The Daily Post

It’s the second day of the year. Time to roll up your sleeves, take a deep breath, dive head-first, grab life by the horns, and use up all known clichés about fresh new starts.

With that out of the way, it’s also time to blog. Yesterday, Michelle started you off with some tips on making your blog personalized, inviting, and easy to navigate. Today, it’s time to think about the content itself — let’s walk through the basic building blocks you’ll need to make sure your readers have something to chew on when they come for a visit.

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Feature & Follow January 3, 2014

What were your favorite books of 2013?

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Bad Medicine by Aimee & David Thurlo
  • On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
  • Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Iced by Karen Marie Moning
  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

It’s not a terribly long list but there are some goodies on there.  I can hardly wait to see what others have to say to this question!

Book Bloggers New Years Challenge…Day 2 Pro’s and Con’s

The lovely Rachel, the mastermind behind Parajunkee, has created this awesomesauce challenge for us book bloggers. I am super excited about it. As I am jumping back into book blogging after a hiatus. The upside to this challenge is that it is super EASY!

NOTE: If I happen to acquire any new followers to my blog. Thank you and I look forward to learning more about you!


Today is day 2 of the Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge and today’s post is about the Pro’s and Con’s of book blogging.


  • I get to share my love of books with other book bloggers
  • I get to expand my horizon’s on the book front
  • I get to “meet” new people from all over the globe
  • I get to develop my own writing style
  • I get the opportunity to come up with my own original content


  • I am starting over so I have to re-establish myself as a book blogger
  • My already MASSIVE TBR pile growing
  • The drama llama that will eventually descend on book blogging again
  • Not enough hours in the day to get everything I want to get done blogwise
  • Blogging time will probably suffer a little bit once the new baby arrives in July


What are your pro’s and con’s?  Please feel free to leave a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to drop by and say hi!

Book Review ~ Bad Medicine by Aimee & David Thurlo

Title: Bad Medicine
Author: Aimee & David Thurlo
Series: Ella Clah #3
Format: Kindle edition, 353 pages

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Set on the Navajo reservation packed with Native American wisdom, Aimee and David Thurlo’s Ella Clah novels are written with a sharp eye for conflict between the traditionalist and modernist ways of life.

Former FBI Agent Ella Clah is now a special investigator with the native police force on the Navajo reservation. Ella’s brother Clifford, a Hataali or medicine man, says that her investigative skills are gifts from the spirits who guard and guide the Navajo, but Ella insists it’s her FBI training that has honed her instincts.

When the daughter of Senator Yellowhair is killed in a suspicious car accident, the Senator accuses Ella and the tribe’s medical examiner, Dr. Carolyn Roanhorse, of tampering with evidence and falsifying the autopsy results. An outbreak of meningitis leads to more trouble when many of those who are vaccinated begin dying from an unknown disease. Riots between Indian and White workers at the Navajo-owned mine stretch the resources of the tribal police even thinner.

Convinced that solving one mystery means solving them all, Ella plunges into her investigations despite threats from all sides and her suspicions that Navajo witches are somehow involved. Ella Clah has sworn to protect her people from all menaces—spiritual and physical—and she’s not going to back off now.

Recommended if you enjoy: strong female lead characters, TONS of who-done-it moments, loyalty, a not-so-obvious villain, and learning about Native American culture


I started reading the Ella Clah series on a whim. For some reason I am drawn to mysteries that have strong female leads and/or Native American “undertones.” I just find learning about other cultures to be very fascinating. Mysteries as a whole are a new-to-me genre and I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve read so far.

Bad Medicine starts off kind of slow to be honest, kind of like a roller coaster, but once things got rolling this book was hard to put down. Ella is on her way to a crime scene when she gets the call about an erratic driver. Turns out that the driver is the daughter of Senator Yellowhair. Well the now deceased daughter of Senator Yellowhair. Once at the original crime scene she finds a brutal murder has taken place.

As the book progresses violence breaks out at the mine between the Navajo miners and the Anglo miners. Good people are drug through the muck courtesy of our killer and a certain Senator who is up for re-election. Ella and her crew are having shots taken at them, figuratively and literally. There is also a new character introduced in Bad Medicine that I really think is going to add a new dimension to the other Ella Clah novels.

Overall, I was really impressed with Bad Medicine. The authors both seem to have a solid grasp on the Navajo culture and it really shows in there books. I really think that the authors have developed a solid kick ass character in Ella Clah. I can hardly wait to read the other books in this series!

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

The Rules:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you’ve read! (On your blog, Amazon, Random Buzzers or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO  2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it’s unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice – we will be checking 😉
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.
  11. You don’t have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!

I personally am shooting for the First Kiss Level.