Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: Throttled by Elizabeth Lee

Reid Travers knows how to win. Becoming Motocross royalty was always the plan, and he was willing to make sacrifices along the way to reach his goal. Sacrifices he thought he could live with until he returned to the small town where he grew up and learned to ride, and, more importantly, where he fell in love.

When fate sends Nora Bennett back into his life, he takes one look at her and realizes that he made a huge mistake breaking up with her seven years ago. Now, he'll do whatever it takes to win her back. As Reid sets out to earn her forgiveness and convince her that the guy she's dating is not the one for her, Nora finds herself torn between what her head is telling her and what her heart wants. 

It's a race he never expected to be in, for a girl he can't stand to lose again.

4 Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane 

Second chance at love romances just make me swoon. Seriously, they give me the stomach plummets with their heated arguments about their break up (there's always a few of those in these stories) and my eyes usually get wet at some secret that is revealed. Throttled checks off all my necessary boxes for a great love the second time around. 

Reid Travers is a professional free style motor cross rider. He's back in his home town  to buy back the land his parents owned years ago. They sold what they had in order for him to follow his dreams. Now that the land is available again, he wants to build his parents dream home, the one he can easily afford. 

But being back home is a double edged sword. When he moved to Texas to pursue racing, he left behind Nora Bennett-his girlfriend of three years. He couldn't ask her to wait around for him while he tried to make something of himself. He has thought about her a lot over the years. While he hasn't exactly been celibate, he is no manwhore. Preferring to be alone more often than not, there have not been many women over the years and none have compared to Nora. He is nervous but anxious to see her again He's told himself that leaving her was for the best, but sometimes he wonders... 

Nora has worked hard to put her life back together after Reid shattered her heart. She was totally blindsided when he dumped her. So much so that as soon as he told her they were over, she left, without letting him explain. Although to be honest, I'm not sure his explanations would have taken away any of the hurt he inflicted on her. She went to college, got her realtor's license and has been seeing an old high school friend, Beau for the last two years. They are comfortable together, and if there is a lack of fireworks, who cares? It's better than loving someone so much that they have the power to destroy your world. 

As a realtor, Nora takes the papers over to the land that is up for sale to the new owners, not realizing she is about to see Reid for the first time in 7 years. That meeting doesn't go well for either of them. But it does serve to get both of them to really start to think about their past and their feelings. * thinks he needs to explain why he left and maybe get to know her again. She's always been the one, whether he wants to admit that to himself or not. 

But it's not going to be easy. Especially when Reid finds out that his arch nemesis Beau is Nora's boyfriend. Reid didn't get where he is today without fighting with every thing it takes and this is no exception. Can Nora and Reid regain what they once had? Can Nora forgive him for leaving? 

There are lots of colorful secondary characters in this story. Reid's best friend Brett and Nora's widowed sister Georgia seem to have formed a connection. His brother Hoyt is training a female racing sensation who sounds a little wild and is giving him a hard time. There will be more stories in this series, so we will be hearing from these guys again. 

I had a few problems with this plot line. The main one being Reid's motivation in going back home in the first place. He is there to purchase land for his parents. It's been 7 years since he walked away from Nora. In 7 years he never thought to go back; even if just for closure? If the land wasn't available was he never going to see her again, especially in light of him thinking she's the "one" ? From the time he runs into Nora again, he is a straight up good guy with no hidden agenda. But he also had no intentions of retiring from racing, so he would have been on the road all the time. I think Nora made enough sacrifices over the years, I think it was time for him to do the same. I enjoyed this one; I just wish the hero had 

come to town to see her again not for a piece of land.


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