Mechanics in contemporary romance are nothing new. Crazy For You by Jennifer Crusie, anyone? Nick, the man who woos Quinn after she ends her relationship with drab “nice guy” Bill (who takes her new dog to the pound, which is pure evil if you ask me), might be one of the most notable examples of a mechanic hero. But lately, rugged grease monkeys have been popping up more frequently in romance.
The current mechanic trend is undoubtedly influenced by the popularity of motorcycle club (MC) romances, but isn’t exclusive to them. Tack from Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man is a motorcycle club president who also owns a custom car and bike shop. Ashley’s Lady Luck, however, is not an MC romance but still features a mechanic hero — Ty Walker. Regardless, MC romances have definitely played a part in reintroducing readers to the deliciousness of mechanic heroes.