Dirty Talk: A Mechanics of Love Novel

Dirty Talk: A Mechanics of Love Novel

by Megan Erickson

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When the one you shouldn't want is the one you can't resist…

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-talking 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062407764
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Mechanics of Love Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 698,665
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

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Dirty Talk: A Mechanics of Love Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Dirty Talk by Megan Erickson Book Two of the Mechanics of Love series Publisher: Avon Impulse Publication Date: September 15, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Official Summary: Brent Payton has a reputation for wanting to have fun, all the time. It’s well-earned after years of ribbing his brothers and flirting with every girl he meets, but he’s more than just a good time, even though nobody takes the time to see it. When a new girl walks into his family’s garage with big thoughtful eyes and legs for days, this mechanic wants something serious for the first time. Ivy Dawn is done with men, all of them. She and her sister uprooted their lives for them too many times and she’s not willing to do it again. Avoiding the opposite sex at all costs seems easy enough, until the sexy mechanic with the dirty mouth bursts into her life. Brent can’t resist the one woman who sees past his devil-may-care facade and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But Ivy has secrets she hasn’t shared and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’s willing to take one more chance on love or let him go forever. What I Liked: I liked this book but didn't love it. Dirty Thoughts was much better, in my opinion. There are a couple of things that I didn't like about this book that are specifically Alyssa dislikes, but overall, this one is probably my least favorite Erickson novel that I've read. Of course, three stars isn't bad! Brent is a flirt, the not-serious Payton, the jokester. He has a reputation among women, and his coworker Alex's, Ivy, knows all about this reputation. Brent is interested in Ivy, but Ivy shuts him down before he can even begin. What is lurking behind Ivy's walls? Ivy doesn't swoon or fall at Brent's feet, and she's got a host of reasons to stay away from him. Except that most of them have nothing to do with Brent. I absolutely love this series's males. Hot mechanics? Yes please! Brent and Cal are the two mechanics in the family (and Jack, their father), and both men are super sexy men! I prefer Cal to Brent (I think?) but it's a pretty close competition. Cal and his grumpiness really appeals to me! But Brent and his flirtiness also appeals to me (flirtiness is now a word). Cal was our male protagonist in Dirty Thoughts, and the oldest Payton brother. So I liked Brent, a lot. I had a feeling that I would, so I'm glad I wasn't disappointed. Ivy, meh. I didn't love her, but I didn't hate her. I feel like I didn't connect with her at all. She seemed one-dimensional, despite having a boatload of problems from her past, present, and future. So Ivy was a bit meh for me. I like Alex a lot - that's Ivy's sister, and Brent/Cal's coworker. I can't wait to read her book next. The other Payton brothers show up in this book, as well as Jenna, Julian, Delilah, and other favorites from Dirty Thoughts. I like that the cast was fairly reoccurring. The romance is pretty steamy! Definitely not Erickson's steamiest chemistry-filled book, but it was s steamy one. Ivy is totally reluctant to even hang out with Brent, let alone get up close and personal. But when some of her walls finally start to come down, the chemistry hikes up. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After reading and LOVING Dirty Thoughts, the first book in the Mechanics of Love series, I knew I had to keep reading to see everyone get their happily ever after. This time it was Brent's turn. There's just something about Brent that makes you sit there, swooning and sighing. Ivy isn't interested in some sort of fling with the notorious Brent, no matter how tempting he is. His determination and sweetness get to her eventually, and it's phenomenal. JUST AMAZING. But there was a reason why Ivy avoided men, and it seems like that reason is about to get in the way yet again. Is it possible to bypass this obstacle once and for all? Dirty Talk was a spectacular continuation to this series. As always, Megan Erickson brings the sexy and the touching romance. Brent and Ivy together were like WHOA, and I couldn't get enough of them! I cannot freaking wait for Dirty Deeds, the next book in the series. If you haven't picked up these books, what are you waiting for? I'm serious, people. Go get them now! My Rating: Very Good
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Avon Impulse for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way impacted my opinion or review. I really love Megan Ericsson's writing. Her Bowler series pulled me right in and I knew she would become a go to author for me. So when she started Mechanics of Love, I was super excited to read the spin off. I really enjoyed Dirty Thoughts so much, and I was excited when I learned she would write Brent's story. From the start of this book I fell for Brent. He's super rough around the edges, but has such a big heart to him. You can see he struggles with intimacy and opening up so people can see the real him. Instead, he chooses to let people think he's this laid back, I don't care about much, I'm not so smart guy. The reality is he's so much more. And what better way for this "other" Brent to be pulled out of him then to introduce a girl who has sworn off men for good? Ivy comes to town with her sister, Alex, to make a fresh start. Alex works as a mechanic in Brent's family's mechanic business. You could not find two more different sisters who truly love each other and would do anything for one another. And that's what Ivy does. She follows Alex out of a bad situation and plants herself firmly in a town where each woman thinks their problems are solved. And Ivy has no intention of doing anything other than raising her daughter and getting a good job to help support her family. So Brent and her attraction to him takes her by surprise. I will say I found Ivy to be my least favorite of the women in this series so far. That's not to say I didn't like her, I just didn't feel the pull to her as I did for Jenna. And now Alex, who I totally love. This story is about sacrifice: Ivy and Alex giving up everything they know to make a fresh start. It's about family: Ivy knowing that Alex will always be there for her as she will for Alex. It's about loyalty: taking the side you know is right for someone else, even if it's not right for you. And, ultimately, finding love and making it work. Brent grows so much during this story. He comes out of this shell he's kept himself in for so long. He goes from the guy with the manwhore reputation to one who would give up everything and open his heart to allow the right woman in. Ivy has a similar growth. She's closed up, making sure no one gets past the wall she's built. But she slowly comes to realize that not all people are bad, and the good ones are worth the fight. Once again Megan has captured my heart with her story. This is my favorite book by her thus far. I love all her characters, even the background ones who seem like there's not much they can contribute and then, WHAM, they hit you with all they've got. I can't wait to see what's in store for us with Dirty Deeds!
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Brent is a charmer with a wonderful sense of humor. He was great with Ivy and her vulnerable daughter Violet. His brother also gave him a dog named Honeybear, and though he's a bit embarrassed to have to be calling out that name, he's fallen for the dog. So cute! I'm looking forward to the next 'A Mechanics of Love' book!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
This will probably be a shorter review, because let's face it. I loved this book so hard and I just want everyone to read it. I love those Payton boys something fierce, so I was THRILLED Megan gave them their own series. I completely fell for grumpy, gruff Cal in Dirty Thoughts and I have been looking forward to Brent's book for awhile now. The playboy, goofy middle brother was bound to have an awesome story and sure enough he did! I love Brent to pieces. He is goofy, sure, but he has a serious side too. He wants to be taken more seriously by others and it's been hard to do that when you're around people who have known you for years. With Ivy though, Brent gets to show her there's a lot more to him than the things she's heard. I loved how Brent was with Ivy. He was determined to prove to her that he was a guy worth knowing and falling for. Seeing him with Ivy's daughter Violet was beyond precious and I loved seeing the two interact. Ivy was a great match for Brent, but it took her some time to finally let herself be with him. Ivy and her sister Alex, have uprooted their life to escape Alex's ex-boyfriend, who was verbally abusive to her and has made little Violet scared of males. It was a bad situation and the girls have vowed that the other comes first and foremost. I got a bit frustrated with Ivy because I hated that she kept her feelings for Brent a secret. Alex is not only her sister, but her best friend, and while she would have struggled with it at first, she would have come around. I hated seeing Brent's feelings hurt, especially since he has been dismissed as a joker for so long. Brent and Ivy's chemistry is electric and Megan writes tension SO WELL. I was desperate for these two to fall in love! I loved seeing how comfortable and natural they were with one another on their dates. Brent makes Ivy laugh and she isn't afraid to push up her sleeves and get a little dirty with him too. Their crab date was the greatest ever. I was so happy to see Cal and Jenna again, as well as Asher and Julian. Jack, the Payton boys' dad, is the one that really blew me away this book though. He's not a major character, but his involvement is so poignant and it made me tear up because of how heartfelt it was. He really is a good guy through and through and I love seeing this gruff, tough man have those moments. I can't wait for Alex's book next. Emotionally, she carries a lot of baggage, so I am looking forward to meeting the man who will help break past those barriers and help her find love again. I also want a book for Davis, Brent's next door neighbor who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair. He is a good guy too and his and Brent's bromance was just the greatest. So, this wasn't quite as short as I expected because naturally I had to gush about how much I loved it. Definitely get this one, you guys. You won't regret it!
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Fast, fun and deliciously sexy, Brent is my new favorite Peyton brother! Megan Erickson never fails to make me swoon, her Mechanics of Love series perfect for anyone who likes good guys with rough edges who can make them laugh. Read it.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
DIRTY TALK is the second installment in Megan Erickson’s contemporary, adult MECHANICS OF LOVE erotic romance series focusing on the Payton Brothers from Payton and Sons Automotive-a spin off from Megan’s ‘Bowler University’ series where Max Payton (the youngest Payton brother) was the male lead in book two-MAKE IT RIGHT. This is second eldest brother Brent Payton, and single mother Ivy Dawn’s storyline. Ivy is the sister of Alex –a female mechanic who works for Payton and Sons. Told from third person point of view DIRTY TALK focuses on Brent Payton as he tries to seduce Ivy Dawn. Ivy is a single mother, who between she and her sister Alex, have made a pact to give up men in the hopes of a safe and secure future. Ivy and Alex’s pasts are tainted with emotional abuse and betrayal, and with it comes the need to first and foremost protect themselves and Ivy’s six year old daughter Violet. Ivy’s constant rejections of Brent’s attempts for a date find our heroine at odds with Brent Payton when our hero rescues Ivy’s daughter from a near drowning accident after a school bus roll over. What ensues is a series of dates where Ivy will begin to fall in love against her sister’s wishes. The relationship and attraction between Ivy and Brent is immediate but Ivy must keep secret her past. Alex’s past has placed Ivy and Violet in a precarious position, and with it will comes the need to run when Alex’s past begins a search for the woman he got away. Ivy and Brent’s relationship is slow to build but when Brent discovers that Ivy and Alex are on the run, he believes he has lost everything along with his heart. Brent is the family ‘bad boy’; the ‘black sheep’ and believes he must work harder to prove he is worthy of everyone’s love. The $ex scenes are erotic and hot. The secondary and supporting characters include Ivy’s sister Alex whose past history plays a pivotal role Ivy and Violet’s need to run. We also reconnect with Delilah –own of Delilah’s Drawers and Ivy’s new boss: as well as Cal Payton and Jenna MacMillan (Dirty Thoughts #1), and the Payton family patriarch Jack who is beginning to realize that his family is moving forward without him. Cal and Brent’s half –brother Asher makes several appearances-I am looking forward to Asher’s story but for now the young man is still a high school student with problems of prom, first love, and graduation on the horizon. We are also introduced to Davis- a former fire fighter who lost the use of his legs in a tragic fire fighting accident. I am not sure if Megan has plans for a romantic story involving Davis but we can only hope considering Davis feels like his romantic options have come to an end. DIRTY TALK is a quick, sexy and easy read: the potential for conflict never came to fruition but resolution about Alex and Ivy’s past has not been addressed-perhaps Alex’s storyline will see the conflict come to a head. There are moments of heartbreak when Ivy must leave in order to protect her daughter, and Brent’s resolve to let Ivy go without a fight. Saying that, there is one particular scenario where Brent falls back into his old ways that didn’t sit well for this reader under the circumstances when his friends and some family members pushed our hero into looking elsewhere to ease his pain. The premise is engaging and fun; the characters are energetic and charismatic. DIRTY TALK is a great addition to Megan Erickson’s MECHANICS OF LOVE series.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Sweet, sassy and super sexy all in one, this is the story of Brent and Ivy. When Ivy's sister Alex gets a mechanics job at Brent's family's business, Ivy makes it clear from the get go that she is not interested in his flirty machismo ways and wants nothing to do with him. Her young daughter Violet is the focus of her life and she has no time for men, having experienced past relationships that put her and her sister on the run. When Brent discovers that his normal approach isn't working, he tries something new - honesty and forthrightness, letting Ivy know that he's more than just a good roll in the hay (not that he isn't good at that too!). Can he convince Ivy to let down her guard and let him in? Having met Brent in the first story in this series, Dirty Thoughts (also standalone and featuring Brent's brother Cal), I was excited to see him meet his match and this story hit all the right buttons for me. One's first impression of Brent is that he is rather laidback , a good time guy, without any serious ambitions but the one you call when you need a hand, whether it's moving furniture or a booty call (he's not averse to those at all). In fact, his past history has painted him into a corner, such that his real dreams and desires have been put aside for so long, he can hardly remember them. Meeting Ivy is a wake up call for him. Suddenly there is a woman who will push back when he pushes, challenge him at every turn, and make him work for what he wants. And he's decided he wants her. Ivy is great as this feisty, no nonsense heroine, focused solely on the care of her young daughter and keeping her and her sister on the move if necessary, away from the abusive partners of her past (and there is no doubt she is still haunted by how they've affected her and her daughter too). She knows that Brent's act is just that - an act, and that for some reason he's hiding his true potential. Some of my favourite scenes in the book are Brent's interactions with Ivy's daughter Violet. She's a very shy and anxious young girl, and from their first meeting Brent is able to get down to her level, make her feel comfortable, and give her that sense of security that she's been missing around men. The true sweetness of Brent's character absolutely shines in those scenes. I really enjoyed how Brent and Ivy connected, both in and out of the bedroom. They share several steamy scenes together and while the sex is great, it's the way they open up to each other that cements their relationship. I love how Brent was able to change over the course of the story, finally coming out and admitting that there is more to life than what he's been getting out of it, and that a future with Ivy and Violet is what he wants. He doesn't hesitate to tell Ivy this, and isn't scared off by her resistance. He knows and respects that she is capable of taking care of herself and her family. But at the same time, he just wants to give her someone to lean on when she needs it, if she can only admit that she could use a little help now and then. There is a bit of action that goes on as Ivy's past resurfaces, enough to propel the story forward and give it a nice little bang at the end. We also get some great scenes with Brent's family - his father and brothers and all the teasing and witty conversations that go along with that. It was really an enjoyable story and Brent wins for sweetheart hero of the year. 4.5 stars.