Rating: 4 stars
Dr. Liam McGregor, child prodigy, astrophysicist, and all around brilliant mind is absent minded when it comes to everything outside of his lab except for his cat. He is constantly walking into doorknobs, desks and even people because his attention is so firmly tuned to space above. Awkward around people and socially inept, Liam’s lonely and feels unattractive when he stops to think about it, which isn’t often. Isolation has been his companion for far too long. But a change may be coming in the very attractive form of the new head of security.
Jareth Manning is emerging from his own dark period. His partner recently died, and his former employers tried to discredit him when they found out Jareth was gay. Now he is starting over as the new head of security at Northwestern Institute for Interstellar Research. It didn’t take him long to notice Dr. McGregor if only for the amount of ambulances called to the campus to attend to astrophysicist’s many accidents. Jareth finds the astrophysicist cute, shy and very kind hearted. When Liam is attacked by a colleague, it gives him the chance to get to know Liam better. As both men grow closer, can Jareth get Liam to focus on what is before him…..a chance at love on earth.
This was such a cute story. Liam McGregor was a lovely character. I know we have seen the absent minded scientist before but Liam is a special edition to that category. A little pudgy, with a heartbreaking background, I just fell in love with him. TN Tarrant did a nice job with Jareth Manning as well. Tall, gorgeous and a widower. Combine two lovely characters with two heartbreaking backstories and you get a short story with lots of heart. That’s Absent-minded Astrophysicist in a nutshell.
My only quibble here is that perhaps the author tried to fit too much into limited space. I think she had material here for a much larger book and wish she had gone in that direction. Her secondary characters include Dr. Forrester (head of the Institute) and his two partners. They clearly deserve a story of their own. Liam’s backstory left me with more questions than answers by the end of the book as did Jareth’s family who appeared out of nowhere. As I said, I love the main characters and story. I just think they got a little overwhelmed by too much information.
This is such a lovely little book. Don’t let it pass you by. I would love to see more of the characters she brought to life here.
Cover: Same cover used for others in this series. Cover artist is Reese Dante