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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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!