ARC Review: DIRTY THOUGHTS by Megan Erickson + Giveaway

DIRTY THOUGHTS (Mechanics of Love #1)
by Megan Erickson
06/16/2015; Avon Impulse

About the book: 

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.

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BOOK REVIEW:
Rating: 3.8 of 5 stars

Dirty Thoughts is one of those books that will grab you from the very beginning and never let you go. I was looking for a sexy, funny, swoony contemporary romance and that is exactly what I got. And damn, I loved every second of it!

Jenna is an amazing heroine. I didn't like her at first because she acted a bit entitled in the first few chapters but afterwards I realized I was wrong to even think that. She has a blunt and fiery personality and I really liked that about her. I love her "take control and take no shit from anyone" attitude. The moment she and Cal laid eyes on each other after years of no contact, I just knew sparks were going to fly! Cal takes gruff, sexy mechanic to a whole new level and if I could just bundle him up and take him home I would. Cal and Jenna are both so different from one another and yet they complement each other so perfectly you'd want to hit their heads when they kept on denying what's clearly between them. The sexual tension was off the charts! 
Don't get me wrong though. This book wasn't just about the romance. Jenna and Cal both have issues to deal with. Jenna's mom and brother especially made me want to hurl the book. What is with those two? They're total jerks with hearts of thorns. I don't understand how Jenna could have come from the same family tree. But while Jenna's family make me want to punch someone, Cal's family is the exact opposite. Although I'm not Cal's dad's biggest fan, I have to say one of the highlights of this book would be the banter between the Payton brothers. I don't know whose book is coming next but I really, really hope it's Brent's. I may be in love with Cal but Brent is just the kind of guy you cannot not love. And Asher. That kid made me laugh from the moment he showed up! I love how the author made him such a big part of Jenna and Cal's growth.

Overall, Dirty Thoughts was sexy and steamy and was a perfect blend of romance, humor and drama. I cannot wait to read more!


I received a review copy as part of the tour. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

Praise for MEGAN ERICKSON
“A super sweet, extra sexy second chance romance that will have you laughing out loud and needing a minute to cool off. Dirty Thoughts is right!”
— Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author

“Megan Erickson ratchets up the romance and sizzle in her sexy new series. The Mechanics of Love will rev readers’ hearts.”
— Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Megan Erickson writes hot, hot, HOT stories packed with emotion and humor. You’re going to want to read everything she’s ever written!”
— Sophie Jordan, USA Today bestselling author


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