Just to be clear. Rocket Science is fluff. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Especially when said fluff is entirely honest and out about its own fluffiness.
So, this was a 100% cute and feel-good story. I chose it as a comfort-read. I wanted sweet and simple, nerd+tattooed hunk, hot shenanigans and safe predictability. And Rocket Science hit the spot. Cute and sexy with a HEA.
Synopsis: The super smart and super awkward Elijah moves across the country to start a PhD program. Incidentally, that places him in the same city as his best friend’s brother – Pax – who’s been Elijah’s secret crush for years. When Pax is tasked by his brother to keep an eye on Elijah, Pax discovers that the awkward little kid he remembers is all grown up.
I liked this read. I liked the characters, even if they weren’t all that well developed. The story line was predictable AF which was exactly what I wanted.
But – and I never thought I’d say this – the book would have benefited from a little less sex and a little more story.
Now, I wasn’t expecting anything profound, I didn’t want substance. But the supporting characters were pretty great and I would have loved to read more about them and their interactions with Elijah and Pax. Instead, there was this total focus on the Pax-Elijah sex-bubble. Don’t get me wrong, I like to read about D just as much as the next girl. But it’s usually a win if the nooky is a natural part of the story line, instead of having a hump-fest sparingly sprinkled with story.
So because of that, it was a bit of an uneven read. I really enjoyed the beginning where Elijah and Pax circled around each other. All of the I-want-him-but-he’s-my-brother’s-best-friend angst from Pax and the He’s-so-hot-but-he’s-just-hanging-with-me-out-of-sympathy anxiety from Elijah. It was sweet. But then the sexing began, and granted, it was fun at first. But I got bored pretty fast because it just went on and on.
Finally though, the story started up once more, and I crushed on the book all over again. And, even with its ups and downs, my overall impression of this book is still that of a super sweet pick-me-up.
There’s no doubt that Neuhold is a great writer and talented storyteller. A nerd meeting a (in essence) jock is a somewhat silly and clichéd trope, but she still managed to entertain and engage. So if you’re looking for shallow, feel-good entertainment I definitely recommend Rocket Science. Despite the high shag percentage.