Dirty ThoughtsSeries: Mechanics of Love #1
by Megan Erickson
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Impulse on June 16th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Some things are sexier the second time around.
Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art...all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna MacMillan-his biggest mistake---walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.
Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she'd once loved with reckless abandon, but one look at the steel-eyed Cal Payton has her falling apart all over again. Ten years may have passed, but the pull is stronger than ever... and this Cal is all man.
Cal may have no intention of letting Jenna in, but she's always been his light, and it's getting harder to stay all alone in the dark. When a surprise from the past changes everything, Cal and Jenna must decide if their connection should be left alone or if it's exactly what they need for the future of their dreams.
Megan Erickson is an author I’ve noticed around the blogs but it wasn’t until a recent review I saw on Nick’s Book Blog for one of her other books that I took the leap. Besides, how could I refuse such a catchy series name and smart book titles? Dirty mechanics? Yes, I’d let these guys work on my chassis… okay, not really, I’m married but they make great matches for our sweet heroines!
Case in point, cranky Calvin “Cal” Payton. He’s a little rough around the edges and closed off to the world. He’s exhausted and wants some time to himself. He’s spent most of his childhood raising his two younger brothers and now he works with his equally, if not more, cranky father who is set in his ways. The one and only time he let himself fall in love ended with him almost going to jail and his girlfriend breaking up with him and leaving town to go to college. Why put emotions out there if he’s only going to get hurt?
Cue in the ex-girlfriend showing up at the Cal’s garage to get a car fixed. Jenna was the one fantastic thing in Cal’s life all through high school. She was his first and last love. After being apart for ten years, it doesn’t take them long to realize that chemistry is still there between them. Problem is Cal is still exhausted and doesn’t think he has room in his life for anything anymore.
I could totally relate to the cantankerous, grumpy Cal – my hubs is not too far off from him. But that’s why I love him. Because once you get below the thick surface, they actually care more than you ever thought. And that’s exactly the “spin” I enjoyed the most about this story! Cal thinks he’s all emotionally dried out from raising Brent and Max (his two brothers) but Cal surprises no one when he’s faced with difficult decisions. He steps right up and takes responsibility better than those who should have.
Ms. Erickson did a great job on a complex storyline within a romance. My only beef was that some “issues” (I don’t want to spoil anything) were drug out a little too long. I was getting tired of all the begging and convincing. If “he” doesn’t get it after two chapters, he’ll never get it. Okay, I’m definitely NOT a writer, but perhaps this piece of the plot could have been shortened a bit?
Otherwise, the writing was great. The pace was good. The romance was hot. The series is great. Yes I will continue.
I’m channeling my inner “Jack” for those last sentences… read the book and you’ll understand 😉