elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Brainy and the Beast by J.M. Cartwright

I have to be sincere saying I picked this book for the title that seemed funny and for the assumption I was to read a quite ordinary romance balancing the blue collar lover with the white one. That is not actually what I got and the change was unexpected but good.

Nicholas “Nick” is a classic car mechanic, but that doesn’t mean he is some high-specialized guy with some geeky training; he inherited the garage from his father, and yes, he did some training, but he is basically a down-to-earth type, who loves to work with his hands and who has no issue at all with being gay… maybe the only trouble is that he is off the dating pool for too long he cares to admit. But recently his life got sidetracked by his sister leaving her teenager soon with him and his aging father coming to live with them, basically to take care of them but ending with the one being in need of care.

Through his job, Nick meets Henry, a super clever brainy scientist, not used to date, but like Nick not having an issue at all admitting he is gay; on the contrary, when he meets Nick he is the one doing the first move, something Nick wouldn’t dare due to their different social status. That was the nice novelty, while Nick is the blue collar man, he is not for that the “top” or the strongest in their relationship. Even if Henry is quiet and controlled, he is the one who has the upper hand, in and out the bedroom. But again, not in the ordinary way like the Master type, the one weighting his brain where his body cannot outwin the counterpart. Henry is stronger because he is more confident, more sure of who he is and what he wants.

I liked the little faults in Nick, how he was obviously not ready to take care of a teenager, how he wasn’t able to read him, but not in a mean way, simply for inexperience. Same apply to his way to approach a relationship, again doing a lot of mistakes. But instead of bringing him down to my eyes, that was exactly the reason why I liked it, a lot.


Amazon Kindle: Brainy and the Beast
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (April 8, 2013)

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Tags: author: j.m. cartwright, genre: contemporary, length: novel, review, theme: cinderfella

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