Dirty TalkSeries: Mechanics of Love #2
by Megan Erickson
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Impulse on September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
Brent Payton works hard, plays hard, and has earned his ladies’ man reputation. But he’s more than just a good time, even though no one seems to see it. Until a gorgeous brunette with knockout curves and big, thoughtful eyes walks into his family’s garage and makes Brent want more.
Ivy Dawn and her sister are done with men, all of them. They’ve uprooted their lives too many times on account of the opposite sex, but that’s over now. The plan seems easy until a sexy, dirty-taking mechanic bursts in Ivy’s life and shakes everything up.
Brent can’t resist the one person who sees past his devil-may-care façade, and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But she has secrets of her own and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’ll run again or if she’ll take a chance on forever.
I fell in love with the “hero” of this story in the first Mechanics of Love book. I remember our moment like it was yesterday… Brent was sitting at his desk, doing paperwork with reading glasses perched on his nose ∗sigh∗. Can you imagine a hot mechanic doing that? Well, Megan Erickson did and I love her for it!
As soon as I finished reading Dirty Thoughts, I immediately started reading Dirty Talk. The one good reason for being behind on review books – gorging on a “world”. I had to know what the heck was going on in that funny boy Brent’s head. You see, Brent is the middle brother and is always cracking jokes, pretty much never being taken seriously. He sits back, works on cars for his dad, and does what is expected of him. But he’s not actually doing what he wants.
And that’s where Ms. Erickson does a wonderful job of staying in Brent’s head in the beginning of the book so we get a full picture of him. She really takes her time to develop his story with amazing depth and character (no pun intended). Despite being an “anti-dating” kind of guy, looking for more of the short term variety of a good time, he is really a good guy at heart. His heart wants to come out and play when he sees Ivy for the first time.
Ivy is the younger sister to Alex. Alex is the new female mechanic at Brent’s garage and who has also become a buddy to Brent. Alex and Ivy both have a ban on dating men based on past experiences but Brent makes his case to Ivy that he deserves one date. Oh, Ivy is in so much trouble!!
I absolutely loved Brent’s story and how he was silly one second and very serious and dependable the next. I was so pleasantly surprised by the direction the story took, running with Brent’s personality! I felt bad for him but at the same time, I cheered him on and knew he was going to get the girl in the end (they have to!). I just love it when something that looks like a character flaw ends up being the thing that helps you the most in life. LOVE IT!
I’m not saying I didn’t like Ivy. She was just the weaker of the two characters. Maybe I loved Brent a wee bit too much and Ivy got overshadowed during her scenes by her sister, Alex. Alex and the other side characters did get quite bit of attention in this story so perhaps too many characters in the story, like too many cooks… Alex gets her own book next so I’m REALLY looking forward to her HEA. Oh, yes I am.
But this story was great, the writing flowed quickly, and the pace was even and I never got lost! I have to add a special thank you to Ms. Erickson – Thank you for adding that special “hardware” to Brent so I could be droolingly (sp?) surprised. Holy cow was I surprised… ∗sigh∗
I need to go talk to my hubs a moment.