Title : Loving an Absent-minded Astrophysicist
Word Count :78,930 Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance
Blurb : At twenty-three, Dr. Liam McGregor is a well-respected astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and geologist. With no family, few friends, and no romantic prospects, he’s used to being alone. Focusing on his various scientific projects and taking care of his decidedly unusual cat help keep the loneliness at bay.
Jareth Manning is starting life over—new town, new job—after the loss of his husband. The last thing he expects is for the most absentminded, and beautiful, man he’s ever seen to take up residence in his heart. Nor did he expect to find himself a willingly humble slave to Her Imperial Highness, Empress the Cat. But Jareth has learned that love doesn’t come around often and to hold on to it when it does. Jareth is willing to be patient if Liam is willing to take a risk after being burned before. They just have to survive Liam’s past returning.
Eight years after Liam and Jareth marry, they want a child. Things don’t go well when they try to adopt, with terrible accusations thrown at Jareth. After recovering, they proceed with a private adoption, bringing home a beautiful little girl, Carinae. Then things get ugly, endangering not only Liam’s life, but Carinae’s.
My Review : Liam is a prodigy in his areas of expertise which includes astrophysics, astrobiology and geology. The twenty-three year old is brilliant, but he is very accident prone because he is always too busy reading or too deep in his thoughts while walking. Liam is a shy, slightly pudgy, socially awkward little geek who has never truly been appreciated by anyone in his life. From the first moment, Jareth, head of security of the company sees Liam’s bruises a wave of anger comes over him that someone could hurt such a beautiful soul. He talks to his bosses about this and they explain to him that most of those bruises are self inflicted due to Liam being absent-minded.
After Liam is attacked by a former colleague, Jareth has the pleasure of taking him to the hospital in the ambulance. Liam begs Jareth to take care of his precious cat Empress. It is not long before both Liam and Empress become an important part of Jareth’s life. Jareth makes his interest in Liam known, and even though Liam is skeptical of his feelings , he soon sees the truth. Jareth courts Liam properly without rushing things in the sex department when he realize how inexperienced Liam is. He has a lot of repair to do to Liam’s self esteem due to his previous ex boyfriend’s careless words.
With patience and perseverance, Jareth communicates his feelings for Liam constantly. When Jareth takes a shot that was meant for Liam, Liam sees how close he came to losing the best thing in his life. Their relationship progressed seemlessly after that incident and Liam found it easier than he expected to open up to Jareth telling him how much he loved him. Jareth proposed and Liam was extremely happy to accept.
As the story goes on, it jumps six years into wedded bliss when things start going to hell. Jareth’s brother and his wife just had twin’s and after experiencing the joys of newborn babies, it gets them thinking. They both agree that they wanted the fulfillment that a child could bring to their lives. Jareth and Liam starts looking into adoption, but they get turned down numerous times on the suspicion of domestic abuse.
After one to many visits to the ER for all his accidents, a homophobic police officer decides to point the finger at Jareth for abusing Liam. Officer Metcalf continues to slander and even tries to arrest Jareth, contrary to what he is told by hospital personnel who knows Liam’s track record for being accident prone. Liam starts losing weight and becomes very sick. When he starts puking blood, Jareth is rushing him to the hospital when he is stopped by no other than Officer Metcalf. There is an altercation between Officer Metcalf and his rookie partner when she questions him on probable cause for stopping Jareth. Officer Metcalf ends up shooting his partner and Jareth shoots him as a way of saving her life.
When everything is sorted out , it’s brought to Jareth’s attention that Officer Metcalf was sending false information to the adoption agencies and this was one of the main reasons they were denied. They decide to get Liam well who was suffering from a punctured ulcer and try again when everything is settled. After about a year , Liam and Jareth welcomes their beautiful daughter Carinae. They legally adopted her from a college student who was dumped by her boyfriend after hearing about the pregnancy. They took care of all her medical bills and allowed her to be a part of Carinae’s life as an honorary aunt.
Little did they know that their problems were just beginning. When the biological mother dies in a car accident, the boyfriend and grandmother brings kidnapping charges against Jareth snd Liam. They end up in family court and after the rigmarole of a trial, the charges are dismissed and they retain full custody of their little cherub. Upon leaving the courthouse, Liam is shot several times by the biological grandmother. Jareth shoots to kill as soon as he realized what’s happened.
Jareth is devastated when his sweet Liam stops breathing a few times over the course of the surgery. After a few days of being hooked up to ventilators, Liam finally regains consciousness. This was such an emotional moment seeing the strong Jareth falling to pieces. He is overjoyed that his sweet husband has made it through.
I really liked this story because it doesn’t just end after their happily ever after. It continues on almost 15 years into their married life showing all their joys and pitfalls. At times I thought the saga with the police was a little over the top and the attempts on their life was a little much, seeing as how they were supposed to be regular Joes. Overall, I really enjoyed seeing this couple blossom from their first date to becoming full bloom into married life. I loved the chemistry between Jareth and his sweet, shy , accident prone Liam who he loves unconditionally and how he never lost patience. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.