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.
Loving an Absentminded Astrophysicist is the first and second book combined in the Astrophysicist series by T. N. Tarrant.
Dr. Liam McGregor starts in the first book a twenty three year old astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and geologist. He is so smart he gets lost in his own thoughts to the point he has ended up in the ER on such a regular basis that the ER works know him by name. Liam’s past has left him weary of people around him and very lonely. The second book is eight years later, Liam’s life is different. He is married, and looking to adopt but his accident prone nature is making things difficult.
Jareth Manning is starting his life over after the loss of his husband. He has a new job, and moved to a new town. He is thrown for a loop when the old rules of keeping your hands to yourself are thrown out the window. He has to physically move and/or redirect astrophysicists because they are too absorbed in their work to pay attention. Jareth starts to fall for Liam at first sight. He makes Liam’s safety his first priority no matter how long they are together.
The connection between Jareth and Liam is intense. Jareth tries to help and protect Liam. Despite Liam’s dark past, he trusts Jareth even before he really knows him. They make a great pair and l loved how honest Liam was. Jareth comes across as a strong and trustworthy man.
I found this book well written with a distinctive plot. The main characters and the secondary characters were realistic. While the ending was a little predictable, the journey the book takes the reader is gripping with several unanticipated twists and turns. I had a hard time putting this book down. I hope to see these characters again in the future.