Wednesday, April 2, 2014

★Blog Tour Stop + 5 Star Review!★ Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss

Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss Blog Tour Stop

Men of Inked Series Book #1

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.

City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.

A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?

Taylor's Review
Well, well, well! Look what we have here! A solid Five Star Review :) 

What do you do when everything you always thought you wanted changes? When the perfect checklist you have set up for the type of life you want to have, gets completely tossed out the window? Or in the case of Throttle Me, off the back of a bike?

Suzy has had her entire life planned out since...well since forever. Every aspect of her life has a checklist, from her career, to the perfect man, to the perfect house with the white picket fence, and her 2.5 children. They're all very well drawn up, no-nonsense, hard lined, checklists. Checklist's she's determined to stick to no matter what. While a man like Joseph "City" Gallo wouldn't even be a blip on her radar, he's determined to take her checklists and rip them all to pieces. 

City is just a normal guy. He's been through some tough stuff, with the loss of the only woman he ever loved, he finds it hard to open up to just anyone. But Suzy isn't just anyone. Not to City. When City finds her stranded on the side of the road alone and in the dark, he offers a helping hand, not knowing that the ride Suzy was going to take him on, would require holding on with both hands. 

City see's something in Suzy. Something innocent, and pure, and something rare he doesn't see in any of the bimbos hes been known to hang around. He see's something real. Little does he know, that Suzy isn't as innocent and pure as he thinks she is. While she may not drink or curse, the thoughts running rampant through her mind are anything but innocent.

Throttle Me, wasn't at all what I was expecting it to be. It was better! It far exceeded my very minimal expectations. When I review books for blog tours/honest review, I never read the synopsis, or reviews on the book. I don't set the bar too high, I keep my expectations low, because I have no idea what to expect. I like to be surprised, and Bliss did that for me in this book, and then some. 

I won't lie and say I didn't cast judgement on this book based on the title alone. Because I did. "Throttle Me." I just figured it'd be another bad attempt at copying something so few have been able to master. I honestly thought I was going to be reading an MC novel based on the title alone. Let me just say, I'm so freaking glad I didn't let those judgement's keep me from reading this book. This is NOT an MC book, City just rides a motor cycle and hangs out in biker bars. He's tatted up and sexy as sin, but he's not part of an MC :) 

Anywhoo! I was pleasantly surprised with Throttle Me. I loved it! I loved that City was definitely a little on the Alpha side, and although he pushed Suzy, he was also willing to compromise with her, instead of just demand that she do everything he says. I also loved that Suzy wasn't the typical girl you find in most romance novels these days. She was hard headed and stubborn, and she had a backbone! GOD I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have a heroine actually be able to stand her ground.

I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with not only Suzy and City, but the secondary characters too! Sophia was absolutely hilarious! She's the type of best friend every girl should have, and Kayden is the type of brother figure I wish I had growing up: protective yet still willing to give me my space to be a grown up and make my own choices.

This book was written in dual perspective and I have to say I AM SO GLAD that it was. I typically hate the bouncing around and back and forth between two character POV's. But being able to get City's input on this whole story, was an awesome added bonus. I'm glad it was part of the book, because I would have done everything short of kidnapping Chelle and making her write this novel in City's perspective.

This book has everything. A sexy as hell alpha male, a strong female lead, some amazing secondary characters, a lot of laughs, a little bit of drama, and of course, some very swoon worthy moments!

Chelle Bliss has me hooked, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

“Do you swear?” I asked as she set the glass back on the bar.
“What?” She gaped at me.
“Do you swear? Simple question. You’ve said ‘heck’ and ‘friggin’’ so far, but nothing dirty.”
“Oh, um, yeah, I swear.” Her cheeks turned pink and a small smile spread across her face. “I’m just used to watching my words with the kids around all day.”
“Prove it,” I said as I stared in her blue sapphire eyes.
“What? Why?”
“Cause I need to know if it’s in you. Are you all good girl or is there more under there dying to come out?” I hid the smile and laughter that was so close to breaking free from my lips. The pink of her cheeks spread across her face. I know I embarrassed her, but fuck, I needed to know if I stood a chance.
“Yes, I swear. What do you think I am? I’m not a child, City.” She glared at me as she raised the drink to her lips and wrapped them around the rim. Fuck I wanted those lips wrapped around my shaft, taking me deep and sucking me off.
“Never said you were, babe. Do you drink besides tonight?” I asked, now smiling because I knew she was upset. I liked the fire I saw in her eyes when I pointed out her good girl qualities – she obviously didn’t like being labeled.
“Sometimes. I’m just responsible. I don’t drink and drive. My dad used to be a cop and it was drilled into my head at an early age.” The words she spoke hit me like a ton of bricks. Drunk driving was the one thing in the world that caused my blood to boil.
Good girl teacher with a cop father? Just my luck. “Nothin’ wrong with that. Virgin daiquiris aren’t always your thing, then?”
“Why? Do I have to be a drinker? I mean does it make me less of an adult?”
“No, Suzy. Just trying to get a feel for who you are – what you are.”

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