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Audiobook Review: Full Throttle by Melanie Moreland 🎧

There’s a new mechanic in town.
Dom Salvatore.

Tall, serious, intense. A loner.
Exactly what he wants to be.
Until he meets her.
Cherry Gallagher.
Independent. Stubborn. Sexy as hell.
And not interested.
Or is she?
What happens when two lonely people open up and discover there is more to life than being alone?
When the sparks they feel become an inferno they can’t control?
When they discover the best part of each other is what they were missing?
Can they handle the full throttle of love?

Title:Full Throttle
Author:Melanie Moreland
Narrator(s):Maxine Mitchell
John Lane
Series:Reynolds Restoration (Book 5)
Length / Pages:5h 32m / 292
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Small Town Romance
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Narration Type:Dual
Release Date:7 June, 2024
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Wonderful audio to end the series

4 stars

We’re back with the Reynold’s Restoration crew for the fifth (and presumably final) book in the series between dark, delicious loner, Dom, and single mum, Cherry narrated by the incomparable John Lane and Maxine Mitchell. I’m not sure when Dom appeared in the series but I’m pretty sure Cherry first appeared in the previous book where our pair were seen bickering and flirting. We got hints that something was going on but now we get to find out what as they get their own story.

Can you listen to this without having heard any of the other Reynold’s Restoration books? Yes, I really think you can. This book takes place on roughly the same timeline as the previous book (Under the Radar – about Cherry’s daughter, Hannah) and although most of the previous characters do appear, it just makes you want to go back and find out their stories rather than making you confused.

This is billed as a ‘later in life’ love story which I always take exception to. Dom is 48 and Cherry is 46. Hardly more than middle aged and certainly not into their dotage. But I digress.

Dom is a loner but still very much part of the Reynold’s Restoration family. He works with the crew at the garage and is a loyal friend and an all-round nice guy. He may look big, mean and scary but he’s one of the good guys. He’s never really found his home but as soon as he sets eyes on Cherry, he’s a goner – and not afraid to admit it. John Lane is, as always, the perfect voice for any Melanie Moreland hero, Dom included. He’s got that gravelly, sexy voice that just is Dom.

“… [this] series was the one that introduced me to – and made me fall in love with – Melanie Moreland…”

Cherry isn’t quite as sure about Dom – or she’s maybe not quite as sure it would be a good idea, as much as she wants to indulge. Having suffered loss and a lack of luck with men, it takes a while for Dom to break down Cherry’s walls – but it’s worth it when she does. And oh so sexy! There’s no-one else who could narrate the role of Cherry but Maxine Mitchell. Her voice has that fantastic blend of sweet and naive, and sultry and strong. She made me believe she was Cherry and made me fall in love with her, too.

I loved Dom and Cherry as a couple. Cherry is a little bit stubborn and a little but argumentative and Dom loves her just as she is. He enjoys riling her and then soothing her. And equally, Dom often gets overwhelmed with his emotions and the weight of his responsibilities. Cherry is the calming influence that balances Dom out. Each accepting the other 100% – catnip!

I really liked the Josh storyline and we get a lovely little cameo from one of the BAM men in relation to that. If I had one note it’s that sometimes the Josh thing overshadowed Dom and Cherry’s relationship. I would really have loved to delve more into Cherry and her feelings of losing her first husband so young and then being single for so long. But that’s just a nitpicky thing from me and a four star book from Melanie Moreland is still better than 5 stars for most other authors.

This book still delighted me and I loved seeing all the couples and families from the previous books. It’s always interesting to listen to an audiobook after reading the ebook. It gives you a slightly different insight into the characters and the storyline and sometimes the narrators give nuance to lines that you yourself didn’t. It’s a different experience but I enjoyed this book just as much as when I read it. It’s quite sad to see this series come to an end as the first in the series was the one that introduced me to – and made me fall in love with – Melanie Moreland. So this series will always have a special place in my heart – and this is a worthy addition. Definitely recommended.

4 stars

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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