Brainy and the Beast - J.M. Cartwright 3 1/2 - 4 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

Nick is a mechanic who has a thing for smart guys, when Henry drives into his garage Nick gets tongue-tied over the hot smart genius and proceeds to wonder how he can catch the robotics researches eye. Henry is a robotics researcher and likes things just the way he wants them, driving into Nick’s garage disrupts his orderly life when the hot mechanic catches his eye.

This is a great story of opposites attract, the genius and the grunt both bringing something unique to a relationship that balances on a knife edge. Nick has always had a thing for smart guys, he knows the relationships will never last but the alluring pull of brains just keeps tantalising him. When he meets Henry he is instantly attracted to him but his bumbling makes him think Henry would never be interested, so when Henry asks him out he is surprised but pleased. Nick thinks his relationship is doomed though when he keeps saying the wrong thing and it doesn’t help when his family problems interfere.

Both Nick and Henry are great characters, although you only get Nick’s perspective on things Henry’s character still shines through. Henry is rigid, his emotions rarely really engage with anything other than his work, his fish and his garden, so when he begins to have feelings for Nick it throws him a bit. Nick really does think he is stupid, but he isn’t, he just doesn’t know what to say when put on the spot and finds it difficult to articulate what he wants to say. Expect fireworks as Nick and Henry clash and expect explosions when they make up.

They storyline is good and not just the relationship between Nick and Henry, but the development of Nick’s relationship with his nephew Grant, the worry over his father Mike, and the prejudice aimed at Grant’s perspective girlfriend Shawn. I did enjoy the story but at times found that the wealth of information at times was just too much, it was more like rambling in Nick’s mind and didn’t keep my attention.

I will recommend this to those who like opposites attracting, bumbling relationships, hot sex, a touch of kinky sex talk and a very happily ever after.