Title: Dirty Deeds
Series: Mechanics of Love #3
Author: Megan Erickson
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, a man shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.
L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company's hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.
They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.
Oh, you guys.
I was a tiny bit skeptical that Megan Erickson was going to be able to make this sexy mechanic thing live up to the near perfection that was Brent Payton. But this—this story—is so, so good. I mean there I was, not even halfway through the book, sniffling and trying to keep my tears out of the macaroni and cheese I was making for my kids, because all my feelings were running down my face. It was unexpectedly emotional, and just…so good!
Alex Dawn has built a nearly impenetrable fence around her heart. She's a little bit broken and hell bent on keeping anyone from shattering the pieces of her heart she's managed to salvage from her past. She's settled into her life as a mechanic with the Payton family business and is perfectly content to spend her evenings alone—factoring in a one night stand here and there.
When L.M. Spencer rolls in to the shop needing a car repair, he immediately raises Alex's hackles. When her offer of a ride home turns into dinner—and dinner turns into more—Alex finds herself working hard to keep her walls in place, while Spencer wants nothing more than to obliterate them completely. He's enchanted by Alex, drawn to her light and hooked by her fierce attitude and sassy mouth.
The relationship these two form is beautiful. It's not without bumps in the road (some pretty big ones), but at its core it's tender and healing, and sometimes, unbearably sweet. Spencer regards Alex as a precious thing and Alex comes completely alive with him. It's sexy (GOD. SO. SEXY.) and sweet and just a little bit heartbreaking. I loved both of these beautiful people—Alex for being so honest and brave, Spencer for being so tender and kind. Nice guys aren't boring, and they don't have to be alpha in order to be sexy. Spencer is irrefutable proof of that.
This book works as a standalone (if you're new to the series), but they're all so good, and half of what makes it so perfect for me are the updates we get on the Payton brothers. They're like family by now, and their relationships with each other (and with the women they love) are a huge part of the charm of these books. It's safe to say that this book only fueled my love for Brent (who remains my favorite Payton brother because, good God, that man is fabulous). I love the way the Paytons brought Alex into their fold—the family moments are heartwarming and sweet. The perfect secondary storyline filled with laughter and sentiment that made my heart all ooey gooey.
My words are doing nothing to capture how much I loved this book. My heart ached for Alex, that dull, achy, throbby feeling when things get so emotional it becomes nearly impossible to keep yourself in check. It was all so beautifully written, the love story so tender and redemptive. It felt good to read it. I smiled so hard and my heart filled to bursting. Sexy, funny and emotional—it's like the Megan Erickson bankable trifecta—Dirty Deeds does not disappoint!
~ Review by Shelly
Dear God, I'm starting to wonder if it's impossible for Megan Erickson to write a bad book. I've yet to read one from her that hasn't sung to my heart, pulsed between my legs, and made my face practically crack from smiling so hard. Dirty Deeds, the latest in the Mechanics of Love series, is another wonderful example of why this author is a go-to for me. Whether I'm feeling down, in need a pick-me-up, or just want to have a good time, I know I can count on her to provide it.
Alex Dawn has a bad, bad history with men. So much so, she's swearing off them for anything more than one night of passion. Which is what she expects when L.M. Spencer rolls his luxury car into her place of business late one evening.
Only, after bickering and bantering, and a memorable meal, they end up finding their connection goes beyond one night. Especially when he returns to Tory for work. And especially when that work could threaten everything that means something to Alex.
Oh, this book is delightful. Emotional in a way I didn't expect (but should have), sexy in a way that's inexplicable (but completely wonderful) and funny in a way that ensured I couldn't put it down (not that I wanted to).
Alex is…broken. And it's heartbreaking. Her doubts, her concerns, are valid, given her past, and yet, I wanted so desperately for her to let Spencer in, to let him heal her. That she tried to avoid a connection with him was both telling and frustrating, and enough to make me want to find her ex and give him a little what-for myself. But there again, she's also so tough. She has some fire in her, and that made me love her as much as I ached for her.
Spencer is…charm personified. He's not growly, gruff, surly or otherwise closed off like Cal. He's not ridiculous with hidden, dirty talkin’ depths like Brent. He's just so good. So kind and caring. And it's on the surface—I felt like Spencer comes at Alex with no real deceit (well...aside from his roots, maybeeee). He is an open and honest person when he's not having a bad day, and he’s drawn to her sass and fire, because that's what he needs to balance his more gentle, but workaholic, nurture.
This family (because, yes, they are a family, whether related by blood or not) is…perfection. I adore this series, and all of these people. Especially Brent. And Cal. And Max (we need more Max, I think. I miss him). Also, Jack. And Megan Erickson. Yeah, yeah, I know she's not a character, but she's the reason they all exist, and she keeps giving me amazing books to read, so it's all good. Just like this book.
~ Review by Beth
I couldn’t wait for this book! I was so excited to get Alex’s happy and Ms. Erickson did not disappoint! Only Alex could fall for a posh British boy!
Dirty Deeds is the third installment in the Mechanics of Love Series and I loved it! I think it was the dirtiest by far!
“I want you to lay on your back in this bed. I want to take off your pants. I want to suck your cock until you’re…begging. And then I want to climb on top and ride you.”
We met Alex in the first two books, getting more of her story in the second book, Dirty Talk. She had a ridiculously abusive ex-boyfriend and finding it hard to live again, yet alone love. But one night with a sexy British dude started her on a much needed journey.
“It’s been only one night, but that one night had thoroughly messed with her head.”
Spencer was more similar to Alex than he wanted to admit; hiding who he really was and where he was from. Together, the two were able to help each other live again.
I loved this story! To watch such a strong woman embrace and love herself again, all from the help of a man who wasn’t quite sure who he was himself, was amazing. They couldn’t have been more perfect for each other and their chemistry was electric! I adored how much we got to see of all the other Paytons and their significant others and certainly hope there is a story for Delilah and Davis coming soon!
~ Review by Tiffany
Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.