Review: Throttle by Daphne Loveling

throttleTitle: Throttle

Author: Daphne Loveling

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Recently graduation psychology major Hadley Cooper

The hero: MC vice president Ryker Stone

The blurb: Hadley is headstrong, beautiful, and sexy as hell. She’s also the daughter of the president of The Throttle MC. When Hadley comes back to town to reconcile with her past, little does she know the handsome stranger she meets by the side of the road is going to bring her a world full of trouble.

Ryker is the Vice President of The Throttle MC. He’s a reckless bad boy who can handle anything life throws at him… until the one woman he can never have plunges headlong into his life.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I seem to be drawn into a lot of motorcycle club books as of late, even though I can’t decide whether I actually like it as a genre or not! What I did like about this book was that the whole stepbrother/stepsister element wasn’t made out to be so taboo, because in my opinion, it’s not.

Hadley’s mother died when she was little and she was raised by her father, Lon, who is the president of The Throttle motorcycle club. When Hadley turns 13, Lon decides she needs to get out of Cheyenne as an MC is no place for a teenage girl. He sends her to live with her mother’s sister, who barely tolerates Hadley, and Hadley is so mad at her father that she cuts off contact with him.

Newly graduated from university with a degree in psychology, Hadley doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life so she decides to go back and see her father (the maths seems to be wrong here; Hadley was 13 when she left and it’s said repeatedly that she’s been gone for 7 years, which would make her 20, but she’s apparently about 22 because she’s done 4 years of university. Anyway).  Her car breaks down outside Cheyenne and a biker stops to help her. She doesn’t want his help but oh boy, she can’t keep her eyes off him. He fixes it temporarily, tells her to take it to the garage that the MC owns as a legitimate business, and kisses her before scooting away.

When Hadley arrives at the MC to find her father, she learns he’s remarried in the time she’s been gone, and her new stepmother, Randi, has a son, Ryker – the very man who kissed her hard and left her reeling on the side of the road. Her new stepbrother. Lon is thrilled to see Hadley again and she stays with Lon and Randi at their house… only to learn that Ryker lives in the basement apartment.

Try as they might, they can’t stay away from each other, and they end up having hot sex the next day in her bedroom. Their relationship is very stop-start; they want to be together, but feel the fact that their parents are married means there’s no chance for a relationship. Added to the mix is the fact that Ryker is the club’s VP and that he’s sure Lon will not be happy if he knows Ryker is bedding his daughter, given that’s the reason he sent her away when she was younger.

The club moves drugs, something Ryker is trying to steer them away from, especially when he finds out how Hadley’s mother died. Hadley gets a job working in a psychologist’s office and seems to have decided to stay, but when she finds it too hard being around Ryker and not being able to be with him she decides to leave again and make a new start.

Randi, who has already guessed something is going on with them, tells Lon about it. He’s angry at first, but realises he wants his daughter to be happy and he respects Ryker, so he tells his VP he approves of the relationship and he should go get his girl. Ryker manages to stop Hadley before she leaves and they get their happily ever after. A nice little story.