Dirty Talk by Megan Erickson
Series: Mechanics of Love #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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.
Being perfectly honest here, I have to say Megan Erickson can do no wrong in my eyes. I fell in love with her writing from the first time I picked up one of her Bowler University novels. I have enjoyed her emotional M/M books and her sexy as hell Brazen nerd novels. She could pretty much rewrite the dictionary and I’d happily read it. This series? Her Mechanics of Love? I ADORE this series. The first book, Dirty Thoughts, was great. I couldn’t wait for more. Dirty Talk did not disappoint. In fact, I enjoyed it even more than the first!
You know those books that make your heart so happy that you have a big cheesy grin on your face the entire time you’re reading? Dirty Talk is one of those books for me. As I told Megan on Twitter, this book was my happy place. I loved the banter and the chemistry between Brent and Ivy. I loved the bromance between Brent and his neighbor, Davis. My heart melted during any scene when Violet, Ivy’s daughter, was present. I’m also glad I got to learn more about Ivy’s sister, Alex, even if her story made me sad-slash-angry. (Man, I can’t wait for her book!) Getting more from the rest of the Payton clan – including Jack, which was both surprising and one of my favorite scenes in the entire book – was a great bonus.
I love a book with a strong female lead and that’s exactly what Ivy was. She was a great mom and a fantastic sister. She was easy to like and cheer for. I wanted the Dawn ladies to find happiness and for them to stick around town and not run off again. They fit in so well with the characters we already know and love in this series. Plus, you know, there was the whole Brent angle. Lately I’ve had a tough time with the reformed manwhores, but my god, that wasn’t the case here. Brent was… active… in his past, but I loved how nothing else existed for him once he set eyes on Ivy. (Ok, except that one little scene… but I’ll forgive him for it. Even though it hurt my heart at the time.) I’m a big fan of books where the man is the first one to fall – and to fall HARD. Watching these two fumble towards something was fantastic. And Brent really was a different type of man than I expected given what I knew of him before. Which is why I’m really glad I got to spend some time in his head and learning more about him.
One of the things I love most about Megan’s books – aside from, you know, everything – is that she gives us wonderful relationships of all kinds. Whether they’re friendship, bromance (which I know are friendships, but I believe they deserve their own category), family or romantic, there’s always an abundance of them in her books. I enjoy the humor, which is perfect and never over the top, and the heart she gives her characters and their stories. I know I’m always going to get some serious feels from her books, and Dirty Talk was no exception.
I could go on and on and on about how much I loved this book, but I won’t subject you to that. I’ll just say it was exactly what I needed when I read it and I suspect there will be a reread (or a few) in my future.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.