Series: Mechanics of Love #3
Author: Megan Erickson
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2015
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Related Books: Changing His Game, Playing for Her Heart, Dirty Talk
About Mechanics of Love:Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, a man shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.
L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company's hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.
They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.
Alex has consistently been my favorite character in the Mechanics of Love books, whether or not she’s a main character in that one. I think this is for a few reasons:
- With her coveralls, maybe a bandana, and red lipstick, I picture her day-to-day outfit as kind of a pinup version of Rosie the Riveter, or Beyonce’s Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume. And as someone who loves girly makeup as well as baggy, comfy onesies, that’s a look I can get on board with.
- She’s a tiny ball of spitfire, reminding me of some of my other favorite characters. Because they remind me of myself. Except I’m not a spitfire, just tiny and wish I was. So it’s some aspirational shit, I guess.
- Females are strong as hell. And she’s proof.
I’d been wondering who she would end up with, and especially after Dirty Talk when I started thinking about her HEA, picturing what kind of guy Megan might make for her.
Megan and I were pretty on the same page – I really wanted to see her with someone that could be described with a p-word. Preppy…prissy…pompous…so I was happy to see her end up with Posh. 😉
And speaking of nicknames real quickly, this book had great ones. Nicknames are important. I hate when characters are all “baby,” “honey,” “sweetheart” – but not for the reasons most people are.
I have no problem with being cutesy and disgustingly lovey dovey (“disgustingly lovey dovey” is actually how my family describes my boyfriend and I – emphasis on disgustingly, for them).
But I do have a problem with unoriginality. “Baby” sucks as a term of endearment, IMHO. It says nothing about you, your “person,” or your relationship with them. Get creative, why dontcha?
So I loved Posh and Sprite. 😛
Another thing I really liked was seeing the autoshop from a girl’s perspective, and from a non-Payton perspective. Her sibling-like relationship with Brent was even cuter.
But I realized that while that could be from seeing a female describe it differently, it would also make them sense to be more brotherly/sisterly than ever now that he’s with Ivy and basically her brother, actually.
The thing I think keeping it from a five star is that I didn’t love the source of conflict.
The way the climax played out, it just felt a little like forced conflicts and overreactions. When Alex had previously been pretty rational (eventually) and open to talking things out (even if it was after she threw a high heel at him), her behavior seemed strange to me.
About Megan Erickson:
Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she’s probably listening to the characters in her head who won’t stop talking.