Book Reviews

Inertia (Impulse 1) by Amelia C. Gormley

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 08-September-2012

Book Blurb

An Object At Rest

Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance has had enough loss for a lifetime and he has no intention of ever risking his heart again. Living alone in the old house his grandparents left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he has written off the possibility of romance or even sex. He refuses to consider himself lonely, or wonder what he might be missing. His life is organized, predictable, and, best of all, risk-free.

Until the day he installs shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. With his contradictory combination of confidence and self-doubt, Gavin draws Derrick in with an intensity he's never known. As undeniable as gravity, Derrick finds himself falling for Gavin in defiance of all his usual slow and methodical ways. But Gavin carries wounds of his own. Fresh from an emotionally abusive relationship that ended with a dangerous betrayal, his future is far from certain. Can Derrick choose passion over safety, and let himself believe that Gavin is worth the risk?

Book Review

“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.”~ Sir Francis Bacon

Derrick Chance has convinced himself that the only way to avoid the pain of losing a loved one is to stay away from emotional entanglements of any kind. The problem is, he's had to put his entire life on hold and avoiding the very thing that will help him move on.

Derrick is a great guy. He's quiet, steady, trustworthy, reliable, a little shy and very handsome. Even his manner of speech, with his slow, smooth pace makes him desirable. Derrick is afraid of trying to move on with his life because he's so terrified of experiencing loss again, he refuses to try. When he meets Gavin and is taken in by his flirty moves and desirability and realizes how nice it is to be with someone, not just for the sex, but for the level of comfort one can obtain from simply being together. He faces the fact that his solitary life leaves a lot to be desired; he's willing to try, to take a chance on being with someone. Another thing I admired about Derrick is that he's willing to admit when he's made a mistake and isn't too stubborn to do something about it, no matter how much humble pie he has to eat to make things right.

Gavin is a complex character, but I like him. He's handsome, charming, and flirty with a hint of reticence. His method of seduction is indirect to the point of being amusing. Derrick, willing to play along, quickly realizes that Gavin is indirectly asking him to come over more. His actions show a side of Gavin which seems to be directly opposed to the forward, outwardly seductive man Derrick first meets. There's a lot more behind his smooth facade than most people see.  I love his patience with Derrick's inexperience and his desire to nurture him through the process. His ability to forgive says a lot about his character and also shows what a good match he and Derrick are.

The leisurely pace of this well-written story gives us time to understand Derrick and be even more sympathetic to his feelings as he goes through his transition from loner to lover. It also helps us understand why Gavin would be so attracted to his reliability and honesty. Even though things are incredibly hot when they get there, I appreciated the fact that they didn't rush straight to the bedroom, but they flirted for a bit and thought it through for a while. In fact, although very passionate, their lovemaking was unbelievably sensual at the same time. I didn't want the story to end as abruptly as it did, just as it was getting good, but there's obviously a sequel in the works. I'd recommend this book to everyone who wants to read a love story which is exciting and passionate, well thought out and covers serious issues while not letting that dominate the story. Thank you, Amelia, for a love story showing great promise, while whetting my appetite for more.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 184 pages/48820 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-July-2012
Price $1.99 ebook, $10.38 paperback
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