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Dirty Thoughts

(Mechanics of Love #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,696 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Some things are sexier the second time around.

Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art...all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna MacMillan-his biggest mistake---walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.

Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she'd o
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Geri Reads
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 dirty stars!

An emotionally satisfying second chance love story between the sexy, gruff mechanic, Cal and the feisty and loyal Jenna. We met Cal and the rest of the Payton brothers in Make it Right as Max's older brother.

Cal has a giant chip on his shoulder due to the fact that their mother left leaving Cal to deal with the aftermath. He basically raised Brent and Max because his father mentally and emotionally checked out on them. It was a huge responsibility to carry but when he met Jenna
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!


I love second chance romance stories so when I heard about Megan Erickson’s new series I was really excited. This was my second book by this author after a sweet and I can totally say she’s a great storyteller. The story was engaging from start to finish and made me smile, swoon and root for the two main characters.


Jenna MacMillan left town ten years ago after she graduated high school. She finished college and worked all this time in New York. She never planned to return home, wanti
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars


This is my first book by this author and I truly enjoyed the author's writing style. I found this story to be on the light and quick read side. Cal works with his father and brothers in their automotive shop called Payton and Sons. Cal, being the oldest of the brothers has pretty much raised all his younger siblings, had his heartbroken as a teenager and his happy not being involved with anyone. That is until the day that his high school girlfriend waltzes into his shop after ten years
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Cal and Jenna were hot and heavy and lovey-dovey in high school but things didn’t last. Jenna’s very wealthy family never meshed well with Cal’s blue-collared mechanic family, and Jenna left for New York City, and left Cal behind. But Jenna never found peace and happiness in the city, and ten years later decides to move back to her hometown and take a PR job in her family’s company.

Cal is a grump and boy do I love a grumpy hero. Cal’s mother abandoned him and his two brothers when he was young,
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Skimmed through it but it feels more like a DNF.

Second chance romances rarely work for me so I guess I shouldn't even have been surprised.

The H pushed the h away and kept a wall between them till 70% when he finally decides to pursue her and "try" dating her. That lasted for a couple of pages before shit happens and he "can't do this anymore." Then all of a sudden he has an epiphany on how much on an idiot he's been a makes a "grand" gesture at the end that the h eats up.

I have read this storyl
Megan Erickson
May 04, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books, adult-rom
These characters. This series. I put so much of me into this. It's all about family and friendships with banter, tears, and epiphanies along the way. Oh, and it's hella sexy too. :) Be prepared for make out scenes in or around vehicles in every book. I'm not anything if not committed to that theme.

Cal is a gruff and stubborn yet his heart is enough for his whole family. I hope you like him too.

If you want to be notified when this book releases and get up-to-date news on all of my books, you can
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Dearest Megan

Can I live in your brain? Pretty please? *insert cute puppy dog face*
I mean, you write THE hottest and swooniest boys ever and I'm sure I could find a great guy in there for myself (SERIOUSLY, where are they in real life?!) and live happily ever after!


I've been a huge fan of Megan Erickson's work ever since I read her light and romantic Bowler University series. There is just something special about her writing that makes it perfect for me. Her latest book, Dirty Thoughts,
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson
Book One of the Mechanics of Love series
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Some things are sexier the second time around.

Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art...all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna MacMillan-his bigg
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
This book was exactly what I was in the mood for! I love adult contemporary romances and I've been looking forward to this one since I saw that sexy cover and I heard my friend Nick rave all about Megan Erickson's books. I couldn't help myself and I ended up reading this one as soon as I got my copy. I get it now, I get why my some of my favorite bloggers love this author's books so much! I really loved this book and I can't wait to continue the series and read more of her books! (I'm actually r ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

‘How was it possible to both dread and crave something at the same time?’

When we read the synopsis for Dirty Thoughts, there were two things that drew us in and had us hastily 1Clicking this book.

First off we relished the chance to spend some time with a guy who sounded so….for want of a better word, normal. Yep, our Cal Payton was a sexy, cranky, dirty talking MECHANIC!! Secondly, this was a second chance romance between two high school sweethearts, one of our favourite themes, so it was a no b
Christy LoveOfBooks

Not going to lie, I had my doubts about Dirty Thoughts. I can’t exactly say why. Maybe it was a defense mechanism so I wouldn’t be too disappointed if it turned out to be a dud. So I’m happy to say Dirty Thoughts is a total win!

Gotta love a good second-chance romance. Cal and Jenna haven’t seen each other in ten years after an ugly break-up, and now that she’s back in town to stay, bring out the fireworks! I really like how the author set the whole story up, and how well a certain surprise playe
Simply Love Book Reviews
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 Stars

I can't help it but I'm a sucker for a second chance at love story and Dirty Thoughts brings together high school lovers who were torn apart by an incident that could have landed one of them in jail. Sometimes a person is forced to make a decision for the greater good and that is exactly what Jenna MacMillan did ten years ago only Cal Payton doesn't see it that way. A whole lot of hurt, those pesky feelings that won't go away, crazy
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2015-reads
I love a good second chance story and this author is a favorite of mine, so when I saw this book, I had to read it! Good call!

Ten years ago, Cal and Jenna broke-up under circumstances that had me mad a certain big brother. They each dealt with it in their own way. Jenna went off to New York to complete college and work. Cal stayed and closed himself off from the world. Controlled and mostly alone - just the way he liked it. It's less painful this way. Both dealing but never really happy. Then Je
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

Jenna has returned from the big city, and come back to her hometown. Its been ten years but she is ready to make her life away from the crowds and the expensive housing and to a place that feel like home. Her father has called her back for a job, and so now she is back in the same town as her only love, Cal Payton. A man whom she has always loved but had to hurt him to save him and she knows he has never forgiven
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So many dirty thoughts, so little time... Grease monkeys have never been quite as appealing as Cal Payton is in Dirty Thoughts, the first book in a new series that I'm going to need more of. Like, now.

After ten years away, Jenna MacMillan is back in Tory, back in the driveway of Cal Payton's garage. And back to making the gruff, stoic Cal feel those "fucking feelings", it would seem.

A decade has changed both Jenna and Cal, but the obstacles that broke them apart all those years ago are still t
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Cocktails and Books
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

This was a cute story, but I wanted more from this story. Cal and Jenna had chemistry, but given the title I was looking for some a bit more dirty than what we got.

Cal and Jenna were high school sweethearts. He was the bad boy that she was warned to stay away from. Despite that, these two managed to find love and promises of a future. When all that goes wrong and Jenna goes away to college, neither Cal or Jenna got over each other. When Jen
3.5 stars
I liked our grumpy hero and the heroine. They really had a deep bond, the book was more about the hero accepting certain truths since the love was already there.
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015

‘How was it possible to both dread and crave something at the same time?’

When we read the synopsis for Dirty Thoughts, there were two things that drew us in and had us hastily 1Clicking this book.

First off we relished the chance to spend some time with a guy who sounded so….for want of a better word, normal. Yep, our Cal Payton was a sexy, cranky, dirty talking MECHANIC!! Secondly, this was a second chance romance between two high school sweethearts, one of our favourite themes, so it was a no b
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, adult
4.5/5 stars

Max Payton was my favorite Bowler University boy, so I was beyond excited that Megan was doing a spin-off series with his brothers. We briefly met Cal and Brent in Max's book, Make it Right, as well as their father, Jack. If you haven't read Max's book, don't worry. Dirty Thoughts will reintroduce you to these characters and give you a feel for why the Payton brothers are the way they are.

This book was so much fun. Not only was the romance sweet and steamy, but the humor and banter
See this review and more on my blog, After Hours at Lilybloombooks

WARNING: Reader may have Dirty Thoughts after reading.

Confession: I did not know that Dirty Thoughts, well the series actually, focus on non other than Max's older brothers. Granted, everything was spelled out for me but the two didn't connect. At all. >.<

Megan has quickly become one of my favorite authors. With every book of hers that I read, I fall more and more in love with her writing and ability to create such fun, unique cha
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
FIRST THOUGHTS: Dear Megan Erickson, I hope you never stop writing romances because I WILL READ THEM ALL. Seriously! I loved getting to meet Max's older brother Cal, and really getting to know him better. Love the little Payton clan, love the romance, just really adored this book!! ...more
Jessica Alcazar
If I was rating books this year, then Megan Erickson would have earned an infinite amount with this well rounded hometown second chance love story.
#JustReadIt #TRUST
Maria Rose
I’m a big fan of the reunited lovers storyline, especially when it deals with high school romances that falter, then pick up again years later. In this story, Jenna has returned to her hometown after a 10-year absence, during which she tried hard to put her high school boyfriend Cal out of her mind. Though she and Cal had loved each other fiercely, conflict between him and her family had resulted in her breaking things off with Cal for what she believed would be his benefit and she’d left to nur ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

I have read all of Megan Erickson's books, and loved every single one of them! Each book she has written has added polish and shine to her writing style. Ms. Erickson has a gift for hooking her readers, and engaging them in the story the whole way through. I was excited to learn that the Mechanics of Love Series, is a bit of a spin-off from the Bowler University Series! After I met Max Payton, I met his brothers Cal and Brent. I was very curious about the Payton brothers after learni
I really enjoyed this book the first time I read it and it's always been in the back of my mind, just waiting it's turn for a reread. Well, it's turn came up a couple of months ago and I enjoyed it just as much if not a bit more this time round


4.75 out of 5 stars

What a treat this book turned out to be. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one. I’d barely heard about it, I didn’t see much buzz, but whatever I was expecting, this book more than made up for any expectations. I enjoyed
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Dirty Thoughts is the first book in a new New Adult series from Megan Erickson, called the Mechanics of Love series. I love Megan Erickson, so I was extremely excited that she had a new series out, and I don't know why I was a little slow on the uptake, but I only realized who this series was about as soon as I started reading the book. Remember Max and Lea from Make it Right? Remember Max's yummy older brothers
Cal Payton’s life is the perfect example of: Once bitten, twice shy. Yes, readers, I fell hard for this man of few words, but who said so much with his sexy, steel-blue eyes.

Cal gave up his teenage dream of marrying his high school girlfriend long ago, who will always be the love of his life. Along with his dreams of marriage, a white picket fence home, 2.5 kids and a dog. Yep, that dream went out the door ten years ago with Jenna MacMillan, the only girl that gave him hope that his future was g
Lisa Filipe
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After meeting Cal and Brent, Max's brothers from MAKE IT RIGHT, which is the second book in the Bowler University New Adult Series by Megan, I said...damn those two sexy Mechanics need books, especially Cal. I wanted to know why he was such a grump...and bet he was good in bed...hee hee...and if you were wondering...he so good,and very sexy in all his grumpiness!

DIRTY THOUGHTS is such a great romance and just what I needed to get me out of my slump. Cal and Jenna were so easy to love and
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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she's been told she has a full-sized

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