The Mechanics of Love (Maya’s Review)

Title: The Mechanics of Love
Author: Max Hudson
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense
Page Count: 97
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Adam Wendover is not in a good mood when he walks out of a meeting in Florence, Colorado, and realizes he is going to have to drive back to Denver in a snowstorm, and the main interstate is a parking lot. Deciding that all-wheel drive and luck will give him better odds of getting home, he gambles on a winding mountain road instead. And then he promptly hits a large rock. Franklin “Rust” Scott has lived in a small mountain town his entire life. Abandoned by his mother to live with his gruff, mechanic grandfather, he enjoys running a repair shop and gas station along the highway. He’s just getting ready to close the place down and go home to wait out the snow, when an expensive German import with bad suspension problems pulls into the parking lot. Neither of the two men were looking for romance, but close quarters can lead to unexpected things. As the snow melts, choices are made, a relationship is forged, and things begin to look up for both of them. It all seems so easy, at least until a character from Adam’s past appears, determined to make him see reason and return to Boston with her. Please Note: This book contains adult language and steamy adult activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novel, approximately 31,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger.” Themes include: Forced proximity, snow storm, cat, family drama, return of an ex.

Short story and it feels as two MC met and fall for each other for relatively short time. Despite it, it doesn’t feel unrealistic just two lonely people meeting each other in right moment. Adam has car trouble and ends up stranded in small town during the snowstorm. Luck is on his side, because handsome mechanic is willing to lend a hand and a room for the night. They start talking and found they have more in common than expected. It has nice cozy feel and there is solid backstory on characters, which makes their interaction believable.

But it’s a short story and it misses space to further develops. There are abrupt shifts in scenes which I was OK in first part of the story because that part was engaging. The second part, which introduced crazy ex and family drama, not so much. Felt like everything I liked about Franklin and Adam faded in the background.

So, I’m not thrilled but for short story it was fine.

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