Sunday, October 6, 2019

ARC Review: Rocket Science by K.M. Neuhold

Relationships aren’t rocket science. If they were, I might stand a chance of figuring one out. 

Saying I've had a crush on my best friend's older brother, Pax, most of my life is like saying the big bang was just an explosion. It's true, but I'm not sure that quite captures the essence of its true enormity. 

I know he's only hanging out with me because I'm new in town and getting my PhD doesn't leave me with much time to make friends. And even if it did, my strength is mathematics, not friend-making. What I don't understand is why he kissed me... why he seems to want to keep kissing me. I don't think my advanced physics knowledge is going to help me figure this one out. But I think for once I'm okay with not knowing, as long as Pax and I don't know together. 

He's still the awkward nerdlet I remember... he's also probably the cutest, most tempting man I've laid eyes on. I know I should keep my hands off him, but this thing between us is like a force of nature. I want to be his first everything. He says we're nothing more than atoms crashing into each other. I'm no scientist but I don't think either of us are braced for the explosion. 

**** Rocket Science is a stand alone MM romance featuring an inexperienced nerd, a cocky player, and a satisfying HEA

Todd's rating:

A slightly dissenting opinion here, but while I enjoyed the story, I never got that feeling of, "OMG, these two absolutely *must* be together or the world is going to end", which is one of the things that I most adore when reading romances.

Nerdy, 22 y.o. Elijah had been obsessed with his best friend's older brother since the first moment he felt a tingling "down there", which only intensified the moment that he met up with Pax again in LA, where Elijah was attending graduate school.

Driven, 30 y.o. Pax fondly remembered his brother's best friend as a geeky "nerdlet" who always wore science pun t-shirts, so after being asked by his younger brother to keep an eye on Elijah, he was in no way prepared for the attraction that he felt upon their first meeting.

The book is one long internal argument from Pax saying, "I can't touch my brother's best friend" and Elijah knowing in his heart of hearts that there was zero chance that Pax would find him attractive enough for them to actually be together.

While reading, I continuously felt as though I'd read this story before, which was disappointing. I didn't really find anything unique or new in this retelling of the classic Brother's Best Friend trope.

Yes, I "mostly" enjoyed it, but I doubt I'll be able to recall many details in a week, so this one fell more into the "filler read" category for me, instead of something more memorable.

One thing that I could definitely have done without was the constant mentioning of Elijah's sweaty palms. Yuck. Just like with stanky feet or "swamp crotch", I reallllllly don't need to repeatedly hear about any of that mess.

3.0 *entertaining-but-ultimately-forgettable* stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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