Title: Professor Adorkable (Domesticated Inc #1)
Author: Edie Danford
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 325
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
What happens when a star-gazing professor falls for his hot young housekeeper? One heck of an earthy explosion…
Professor Marek Janos’s genius at analyzing stellar explosions doesn’t apply to his own disordered world. Forgetting to eat, sleep, and leave his lab has triggered some epic personal disasters. When his family insists he hire live-in help, he discovers home life has awesome benefits. His new housekeeper’s smile sparks more energy than a supernova. And the way he moves? It rocks Marek’s galaxy.
Pete Schulz took a tough fall from his high-flying life in Hollywood. But how does a guy whose best skill is getting dirty clean up his act? His new gig with Domesticated Inc seems like a great first step. Keeping house for a nerdy young astrophysics professor is exactly the low-key, no-chance-for-trouble job he needs, right?
Living together is surprisingly easy for both men. And fun. And more than a little hot. It’s when they’re faced with the idea of living apart that the truly messy work begins…
Color me oblivious.
It took me until the 85% mark to figure out that the Pete in this story was the douchenozzle Pete from Unraveling Josh.
In my defense, I didn’t know these books were in the same universe. But, yeah, forehead slapping moment.
The blurb threw me! I mean…..it made me think that Danford had written something a little lighter. A little fluffier, perhaps? But no. Diving in, I figured pretty early on that this was just as heavy and angsty as the others I’ve read. Not that I’m complaining. I love a good angst story any day of the week. It’s just that I wasn’t expecting it.
Pete and Marek have lived together for six months, Pete as his live-in housekeeper and overall life-organizer. They’re pretty much in love with each other by the time the reader cracks chapter one, although neither of them realize it.
The writing was evocative and just amazing as always. There’s a reason I jump on a new release by this author. She did a wonderful job conveying how much these MCs felt for each other. Even the sexy times had a sweetness to them more so than hawt-ness.
Marek was fumbling and adorkable, in the best way possible. Pete is old for his age and completely jaded by his past in Los Angeles.
My only niggle with this book: neither of these MCs would get out of their own way. Which was incredibly frustrating when all I did was yell (in my head) to just talk to each other and work it out together!
I still couldn’t really put it down. Despite the lack of communication, especially by Pete, I was so engrossed in their story.
Danford managed to redeem Pete in my eyes. He did so much growing between Unraveling Josh and this story.