This morning I finished Brainy and the Beast by J.M. Cartwright. I was trying to finish it last night but couldn’t keep my eyes open.
I have to say, I was hesitant about this book. First, it was $7.99 for an e-book. Yes, I know I’m cheap, but I’m used to paying $5 or less for my m-m e-books. I downloaded a sample and was intrigued enough to make the purchase. After finishing the read, I’d say it was worth the money.
Personally, I’m a fan of Gay for You stories, and this was an Opposites Attract story. I still enjoyed the read – blue-collar falling for white-collar, the mechanic falling for the scientist.
The story was set in northern Illinois. The main character, Nick/Nicholas, owns his own garage; he was a mechanic before taking over ownership from his father. His sister is a loser and left her teenage son, Grant, at Nick’s door. Once that happened, Nick asked his father, Mike, to move into his farmhouse and help out. Nick is also the owner of two dogs, Rum and Coke. Hee hee. The story is first person and told from Nick’s POV.
Henry Travis is a super-smart scientist with striking blue eyes. The man is hooked on the classics – cars, music, and movies. For some reason, he really likes Nicholas (he renamed Nick shortly after meeting him). I had a bit of an issue with Henry. First, the reader doesn’t know much about him since we are never in his POV. He comes off as quiet and shy, yet he is dominant in the bedroom. That definitely surprised me. Not that the sex scenes weren’t hot, mind you…
Grant was the typical 14-year-old. Although, I was so tired of his use of the word “dude” by the end of the story. He did hold his own, and I was very proud of how he stood up for Shawn.
I wish the author would have developed the relationship between them more. For most of the book, it was all about sex. Nick totally steps on it when he blurts out to Henry that they can trade fun in the bedroom for car parts. Really?? Although, for most of the book, this is Nick ruining a good thing because he lacks a filter. Good thing Grant and Big Mike are there to help out!!
Two of my favorite quotes came at the end (SPOILER!!) when Nick finally got his foot out of his mouth and fessed up on his feelings to Henry. Lucky for Nick, Henry returned his feelings.
At 99% ( I said end, right?!),
“Yes, Nicholas.” Henry slid off his chair and knelt at my side. “For you. The man who is a hell of a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for. Smart enough to know a good thing when he sees it.”
Other than a couple of minor complaints, I enjoyed the story and the author’s writing style.
4 out of 4 stars