Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Rocket Science
Author: K.M. Neuhold
Heroes: Pax & Elijah
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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****
This was the first story I read by this author but I couldn’t pass up an opposites attract story with a nerd in it! And I wasn’t disappointed! I loved that Pax is Elijah’s best friend’s brother and that Pax is such a player. He hates commitment and declares himself not good boyfriend material. Whereas Elijah is the sweet little nerd trying to become a rocket scientist in an unfamiliar city with no friends around. Granted, Elijah doesn’t mind not knowing anyone because he’s such an introvert but it was sweet that Pax was willing to take Elijah out and get him out of his apartment at times. I really loved that their relationship slowly developed and that Pax agreed to help Elijah with how to pick up guys. Of course, Pax didn’t think that he would have issues with Elijah trying to meet other guys so I really, really adored that Pax was the jealous kind. It was super sweet that Pax was so caring and gentle with Elijah and willing to ‘teach’ Elijah the ways of the flesh. The two together made my heart all gooey and I loved that, even though they’re complete opposites, they still had a little in common with Pax’s inner geek. Plus, their text conversations were so adorable, I loved them!!
While I really enjoyed this one, I had two little niggles. For one, this was too smutty for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they were hot together and I adored the fact that Pax went at Elijah’s speed but it was just too smutty. I get they were just friends with benefits but there’s mention of them hanging out, doing things and talking and I would have liked to see that more instead of so much sex. Also, I felt like the whole Theo angle was underdeveloped. I mean, Pax worried that Theo was in love with Elijah but not enough to stop banging Elijah and then when we finally learn something about it, it was just a ‘I did love him’ and it moved on. I did like that this was an angst-free story but there were a few ‘angst to come’ moments that never happened so it made me wonder why they were even part of the story?
All in all, though, I really enjoyed this one. Even days later, I still think these two are adorable and I just want to re-read certain sections where they were at their cutest! I loved that these two are complete opposites but that Pax couldn’t stop thinking about Elijah. It’s a very sweet, angst-free story and there better be a sequel because with that lead up to Theo, I’m expecting more! And that ending?? Now I need to know where Theo is!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*