Throttled (Dirty Air #1) – Lauren Asher

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 466
Release Date: January 9, 2020

What happens when my brother’s rival becomes my secret crush? 

Noah Slade is a Formula 1 legend in the making.
Focused. Unapproachable. Ruthless on and off the track.
A man with walls higher than the Grand Canyon.
And my brother’s new teammate.
I want more of the prince who disguises himself as the villain.

But while I crave a happy ending, he wants to destroy his.

Maya Alatorre is a forbidden temptation.
An ambitious post-grad I should stay far away from.
And chaos wrapped with a bow.
We’re a ticking time bomb, about one wrong move away from exploding.

I want to trip the wire, detonating together in passion and pain.
Because in the end, all’s fair in lust and war.


I didn’t hate Throttled, but I didn’t love it either. Instead, Throttled is an okay sports romance with a slightly annoying main character.

The biggest issue I had with Throttled was how long it was. 466 pages is on the long side for a romance, but that doesn’t automatically mean it’s not good. Unfortunately for Throttled, the long page count doesn’t work for the story. Throttled is fairly slow at times and lacks the amount of angst I would expect from a romance this long.

Maya’s inner monologue comes off as juvenile sometimes, especially when Noah is involved at the beginning of the novel. I cannot tell you how many times Noah shows up in a room and she can only think about how hot and sexy he is at the detriment of everything else. Maya is also a doormat for most of the novel. She has her backbone moments, but they are few and far between.

Overall, Throttled is an okay sports romance. I’ve never read an F1 romance before, having only gotten into the sport recently, but it certainly won’t be my last!


Have you read Throttled? What did you think?

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