Published by Avon Impulse, HarperCollins on June 16, 2015
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Megan Erickson, called the Mechanics of Love series. I love Megan Erickson, so I was extremely excited that she had a new series out, and I don’t know why I was a little slow on the uptake, but I only realized who this series was about as soon as I started reading the book. Remember Max and Lea from Make it Right? Remember Max’s yummy older brothers- Cal and Brent? The Mechanics of Love series is their stories! Super exciting, right?
Dirty Thoughts is Cal’s story. And it is a really sexy, fun and beautiful second chance love story. Cal was totally head over heels in love with his high school girlfriend, Jenna, and the feelings were mutual. For reasons that are revealed pretty early on in the story, they break up and Jenna moves away for ten years. Well, now she is back and Cal and Jenna’s chemistry is stronger than ever. Cal is a stubborn one, so there are lots of ups and downs between the two of them. Even when they weren’t “together” you could tell they could hardly resist each other. I am such a sucker for a good second chance romance with out of the world chemistry. And Megan Erickson can write chemistry like whoa.
Dirty Thoughts is told in dual narrative between Cal and Jenna, which as you know is my favorite narrative method for books that feature a strong romance element. I was thinking that Dirty Thoughts was going to be wonderful second chance romance with witty banter and out of this world sexual chemistry- and it totally was- but Megan Erickson threw a wrench in my nice easy plot when Asher showed up. So who is Asher? What does this mean for Cal and his family? What about Jenna and Cal? I will let you find out. But you do know right off the bat that it will be a fun and sexy journey with excellent writing, characters and of course top notch romance. The mechanics of love series is going to be another homerun for sure. I love it already! Give me more Megan!'Some things are sexier the second time around.' @BookBriefs #reviews Dirty Thoughts by @MeganErickson_ @AvonBooks Click To Tweet
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Note: this book satisfied COYER scavenger hunter item # 46- read a book thats a number in a series in 2015 (#1).
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This is the second glowing review I have seen for this. I so want to read it!
This was a my first book from Megan’s and I really liked it. I didn’t like the whole Asher arc, but I liked Cal and Jenna. I’m def looking forward to the next one, too.
I love some good chemistry. So, eyes on this one for sure! Great review. I never heard of it but I’m definitely intrigued!
Sounds like a cute series. I have been leery of NA books since the first couple I got were really cheesy and felt more like YA not NA. I might check this author out and see what happens. 🙂