Throttle Me (Men of Inked #1) by Chelle Bliss

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? This is the first book in the Men of Inked Series.

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I’m torn about this book. As I write this I’m deciding if I should completely let it rip and go full steam into all the reasons as to why this book just doesn’t work… or if I should take it easy and mildly mention factors about this book that just didn’t go all that well. I’m just going to start and see where I end up. Let me start with telling you the basics about about how it all takes off: We begin with Suzy. (I’m not a fan of that name but I swear it’s not influenced my opinion) – She’s driving back from a night out having drinks with her friends. Then her car packs up and she ends up being stranded on the side of the road. Her phone is dead so she can’t call anyone to come and help her. She then gets out of her car and prepares to walk towards town – I guess. I’m not really sure. Anyway, a biker drives past and she tries to wave them off, hoping she’s not making a mistake. The bike stops and turns around. Enter City (Or Joey). And this is exactly the moment I realized there are some confusing issues. For one, according to her it’s night time. It’s dark… bla bla bla. But then as he stops close to her she’s able to see exactly what kind of bike he’s riding. Right down to the exact name and make. Even though we later learn she’s never been on a bike before. Now I guess this is totally possible. But really… my guy likes bikes so much he owns two. And if you ask me what they are I’ll stare at you blankly. I’d only be able to tell you that one’s matt black and the other shinny black. That’s it. He talks of boppers but I have no clue what that means. So for Suzy to have never been on a bike… to just know it’s make (in detail?)…

The bike was a Harley, a Fat Boy, with no windshield, chrome handlebars, and a dark body. He wore black boots, dark jeans, and a dark t-shirt. He was large, muscular, and I sucked in a breath as my eyes reached his handsome and rugged face. A playful grin danced on his lips as he watched me ogle him.

The very next issue I have is that I originally thought it was pretty dark. But somehow she’s able to describe City in perfect detail. Weird stuff. But maybe it’s possible so I wont go to much into it. There’s a lot to be discussed. And very few are good. Which seems harsh, but to me they are quite important factors. The first chapter Suzy swears like a sailor. In her head of course, but there are many,many f-bombs. Then later on she changes into this perfect lady who never uses fowl language and this made my eyebrows raise in question. Her profanity was so bad in the first few pages that it stood out and I took notice. So when was it that she transformed? I wont be able to tell you. But I can say it was sudden and it was just so crazy. Suddenly she starts speaking like a school girl when she uses dirty words. There are many aspects within the book that just don’t add up. Another one being the moment when the two discuss her previous relationships. He asks her if she’s ever’faked it’ with other guys. Her response: She said something along the lines of ‘I never fake it’. Then later on she’s in her head thinking about City and mentions she’s always had to fake it with other guys…. I’m was lost. Her fantasy… don’t even get me started on that one. Her ultimate dark fantasy is getting kidnapped and sold into slavery. City is prepared to make this happen – (in a way where he does the kidnapping)… but regardless of that… Um, crazy stuff here… That’s when I knew that this book was patched together. It came totally out of the blue and so unlike who Suzy is suppose to be, I was utterly shocked. In the blurb we read that Suzy is organized and has it all planned / mapped out. This doesn’t come across until after her passionate night with City. That too felt like an afterthought that needed to be included but wasn’t at first. I can’t explain it and I wouldn’t go as far to say you kind of need to just read it to see for yourself, because in all honesty this is not a great read. I also found the ‘getting it on’ moments a little tasteless. In fact I found City completely common. He had absolutely no filter at all. And all he accomplished at the end of the book was to make Suzy talk like him so he made her common too. There’s a couple more but I’m over it. The point is that this book wasn’t well planned at all. It felt like a bad puzzle and at the end I was still sitting with a handful of pieces that just didn’t fit. I couldn’t help but feel as if the author took bits and pieces from her favorite books and tried to make them work in this one. There were a lot of similar scenes as other books I’ve read. Character similarities. Plots ect. But that’s not a major issue for me. Most books have something in common with another one… it’s what happens when you read a lot. The bottom line is that this isn’t going to be something unique for you to read. It’s not even going to be one you consider a favorite. It’s an ordinary book, with over-played characters that are always having dirty sex and when they aren’t, they texting or talking about it. The end didn’t do it any justice either and this is usually when a bad book gets some sort of saving. But not in this case. It wrapped up quickly and without any emotional moments. The book was steamy but bland. Not a unique concept at all. I wasn’t even a fan of City’s slang. The author gave him absolutely no credit. (Or a single classy bone in his body).

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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