Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Mechanics of Love #1
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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.
Not going to lie, I had my doubts about Dirty Thoughts. I can’t exactly say why. Maybe it was a defense mechanism so I wouldn’t be too disappointed if it turned out to be a dud. So I’m happy to say Dirty Thoughts is a total win!
Gotta love a good second-chance romance. Cal and Jenna haven’t seen each other in ten years after an ugly break-up, and now that she’s back in town to stay, bring out the fireworks! I really like how the author set the whole story up, and how well a certain surprise played into it.
What a fantastic set of characters! Cal is sort of a grumpy old man at thirty, and I loved it. He’s so stubborn and hates dealing with feelings. Believe me, buddy, I’m right there with you. What makes it so funny is, the people around him never really let that faze them, especially when it comes to Jenna and Brent. And really, Cal might be all ‘ugh feelings’, but he’s the one with the biggest heart.
When it comes to Jenna, I adore her. She’s stubborn too, and that’s what Cal needs. When he pushes away, she’s right there to show him just how wrong he is. It’s really a wonderfully strong dynamic, and the two of them have amazing chemistry. Seriously, you know it’s good when you can feel the air crackling between the characters when all they’re doing is looking at each other during a normal non-sexy scene.
Something I really love also, is how they acknowledged how the love they shared while younger was different from how it is now. I just love seeing characters understand how much they’ve matured and evolved into adulthood.
The secondary characters are a blast! Well, except for Jenna’s brother, he can get bent. Everyone else though, I want them for my own, even crotchety ole Jack. However, it’s Brent who I love the most. He’s the type of loveable asshole that’s always screwing with people and joking around, which happens to make my heart flutter. I can’t wait to read his book!
There’s a lot to love about Dirty Thoughts, but it all comes down to what a wonderful read full of all lovely, lovely feels it is! Megan Erickson has definitely made me a fan.
(P.S. It’s only $1.99!)