Book Reviews

Velocity (Impulse 3) by Amelia C. Gormley

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-March-2013

Book Blurb

Reaching Optimum Speed

For Detroit handyman Derrick Chance and his lover, Gavin Hayes, the holiday season is filled with the promise of new beginnings. Gavin’s officially moving in, and after the New Year, they’ll begin house hunting. But they both know all the talk of gift exchange, whose holiday ornaments go where, and what repairs and remodels will be needed to put Derrick’s house on the market is only a smoke screen.

Before the month is over, Gavin will have the final verdict on whether or not his dangerously delusional ex, Lukas, infected him with HIV. No matter how good Gavin’s chances appear with the three-month hurdle already passed, neither he nor Derrick knows what the future holds for them.

The holidays have always been a time of loss and mourning for Derrick, but now he has to stay strong as Gavin’s own fears and doubts assail him relentlessly. And when Lukas returns, unexpectedly penitent amid troubling revelations, Gavin has to ask himself whether he can offer Derrick the future he deserves, or whether these first few months of happiness are the best they will ever get.

Book Review

'Velocity', book three of the Impulse Series by Amelia Gormley, picks up where the second book ended. Gavin is still worried about the outcome of his final HIV test and Derrick still telling him that they will find a way regardless of the results. What they don't need is interference; but it comes from all directions, particularly from homophobic teammates who Derrick thought were his friends for years; and from Lukas, who comes back into the picture, putting doubts and fears in Gavin's mind. More than ever, they need to work together or lose their chance at real love.

Derrick, sweet and calm as ever, really comes into his own, providing Gavin with a touchstone, guiding, advising, but not issuing ultimatums, as they learn to maneuver through the pitfalls and pleasures of a new relationship. As their sexual play becomes more intense, their level of trust grows exponentially. When Gavin needs help physically and emotionally, Derrick is there to take over, allowing Gavin to be able to feel like he didn't always need to be in charge. This nurturing is exactly what Gavin needs; Derrick's ability to carry the load for a while, gives Gavin even more insight into Derrick's character and how much Derrick had to endure by himself.

Derrick is determined to show Gavin that he loves him and is serious about staying with him, regardless of the test results so he starts thinking about what he can do to show him how loyal he is. Thinking that his family home carries too many sad memories, he offers to sell it and move to a house that they own together. When he tells his best friend about this decision, he reminds Derrick that his thinking isn't sound because the memories will follow him wherever he goes. Derrick knows he's right and begins to think of other ways to show Gavin how he feels.

Gavin is having trouble telling Derrick he loves him. His troubled past with his ex Lukas has him disillusioned and mistrustful. Part of him still wants to understand how he, usually confident and sophisticated, ever got himself into an abusive relationship and it's causing him a great deal of distress and it doesn't help when Lukas comes to him acting penitent. But Gavin isn't the man he was before and soon begins to question whether Lukas is being truthful or not, but not without damage. Lukas is so slippery that he has Gavin feeling guilty and doubting himself, wondering if he does, indeed, owe Lukas something. Worse yet, Lukas plays on his emotions further by insinuating that Gavin isn't being fair to Derrick, saddling him with an HIV positive man who, at any time, could infect him. Still, he's not entirely sure; that keeps part of him feeling sorry for him. Even though everyone around Gavin tries to tell him that it's just a ploy, that Lukas is playing on his sympathies in order to keep his hooks in him, but it's up to Gavin to decide for himself. All the while Derrick and his friends stand impatiently, but silently by his side, supporting him through the ordeal.

Derrick and Gavin both have tons of baggage which left them emotionally scarred, but during this series, have learned to put those aside and allow themselves to be healed by each other's love, trust, and loyalty to each other. Their accomplishment is monumental and I have to admit that they are quite memorable characters which will be in my heart for a long time. Not only does Amelia present a love story superbly told, but she also ventures into the difficult subjects of homophobia and abuse and does so with sensitivity and realism. I recommend this series to everyone who would appreciate a storyline full of angst, hot BDSM sex, done with respect and trust, and a happy ending. Thanks, Amelia, for helping me, through Derrick and Gavin's eyes, see life differently.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 210 pages/59041 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2013
Price $3.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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