Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: November 30, 2012
Synopsis: GAINING MOMENTUM
Gavin Hayes is everything Derrick could ask for in a lover. Gorgeous. Passionate. Great in bed. Derrick finds it very easy to just let himself go, to let Gavin guide him and teach him all the things he missed during a decade of celibacy. In the course of a single weekend, Derrick’s routine is transformed, his mornings and evenings filled with sex. Sweet, seductive, wild or raunchy, Gavin offers to him all the pleasure he’s denied himself for so long.
But learning how to be a lover in bed is one thing. Learning to be one out of bed is another. For Derrick, being alone has become habit. Sharing his confidences doesn’t come nearly as readily as sharing his bed. And after so many losses, the last thing Derrick wants is to become dependent upon another person who might not always be there.
And Gavin always being there is far from certain. With an ex-lover lurking in the background, and the question of Gavin’s future health still outstanding, neither Gavin nor Derrick feel capable of asking for anything more than right now. But neither will Gavin be kept on the fringes of Derrick’s life. Can Derrick let someone in, before the opportunity passes him by?
Review: A beautiful story of growth, acceptance and new beginnings.
In this installment we find ourselves right where we left off in Inertia. Derrick and Gavin continue to unleash their lust and desires and decide to take their sexual relationship to the next level. If you read the previous book, you know that although Derrick and Gavin have been intimate, they have not had intercourse and that it would be an enormous step for them to take. I applaud the author, Amelia C. Gormley, for the way she went about this. It was a big step for them and she addressed the importance of that moment while still keeping the passion level on HIGH.
The scene that she created was brilliant. There was expectation, surrender, desperation, vulnerability and ultimately trust. She brought forward Derrick’s need with his every moan, both their lust in every kiss, nip and suck and Gavin’s hesitation and concerns in a way that was very real to me. It was everything I expected and then some. Every detail she provided shed some new light on Derrick’s desire to let go and give himself to Gavin and only reinforced my belief that these two are perfect together. I was enjoying it so much that I was grinning like a fool and in the end I was as exhausted as them from tapping the hell out of my tablet.
Of course this book is so much more than the sex. That’s just the cherry on top of all the goodness. It’s about Derrick learning to let go of his past and letting Gavin be his future. It’s about accepting that some things in life are uncertain and that you need to live each day to its fullest and enjoy each and every moment you have with those you care about. It’s about Gavin’s need to find a partner that will be there for him, to share the good and the bad and accept him for who he is – strong and confident with a touch of insecurity, demanding and controlling in bed while surrendering his all to his lover. It’s about the fear of new-found love, acceptance but most of all it’s about trust.
And that is what these characters found. Through each event in the book their trust for one another grew. I liked how the author added some obstacles along the way that pushed them to fight for one another. That just made their new relationship more believable to me. Each character developed throughout the story and I was so proud to see where they were headed and now I am more eager than ever to know how they will end up.
I am emotionally invested in these characters. How could I not when I get to see how overwhelmed Derrick is by all these emotions he’s feeling. He is discovering every part of himself. He is learning to be a lover and a partner, while still learning and trying to understand his needs and desires. And Gavin, so confident and strong, but with a tenderness that melts me. I admire his determination to want his needs in a partner met. He doesn’t want to go back to where he found himself before even if it means that he has to let go of Derrick.
The writing once again was excellent. The way the author went about telling this story was amazing. Each event and every emotion expressed came alive and added to the enjoyment of the story. The characters, their dialog and their feelings were beautifully combined and brought forward in a way that touched my heart and added to my connection with these adorable characters.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series because Derrick and Gavin have won a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to visit with them again.
I would like to extend my gratitude to the author for providing me an advanced reader’s copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion. It was a pleasure to read and everything I expected and more.
Enjoy the following excerpt from Acceleration
“I’m dressing as what now?”
Gavin grinned, stroking his hand down the velvet collar of a black coat. He’d already showered and had begun to get ready for the party by the time Derrick got home from coaching football practice.
“A Regency gentleman.” The grin persisted even as Derrick looked at him blankly. “Come on. It’ll be sexy. A little touch of Heathcliff or Mr. Darcy?”
Derrick blinked. “You had movie night with Andi recently, didn’t you?”
Gavin shook his head. “Got this one from you. Way back when you said you didn’t talk much and weren’t a lot of fun at parties. So I figured you could pull off a brooding gentleman.”
“Interesting thought, but I think I’m fresh out of brood.”
“You did say conservative.”
“Yeah, I did, but—”
“Well, what could be more conservative than—”
“Than looking like something off the cover of a million romance novels?” Derrick’s voice rose incredulously.
“No, babe, that would be my costume.” Gavin’s grin widened as he pulled another garment bag out of the closet and spread it open on the bed.
“Those are ruffles.”
“Mmmhmm.” Gavin bounced on his heels. “I’m going to be a pirate.”
“Not the unwashed, green-toothed, scurvy kind, I take it.”
“No, more along the lines of Fabio, minus all the bulky beefcake. The bare-chested, rip-your-clothes-off-and-ravish-you kind.” Gavin slipped his arms around Derrick’s waist, kissing the point of his chin. “You’ve got better hair to pull off the look, truth be told, but I didn’t think you’d go for it.”
“What, ripping your clothes off and ravishing you?” Derrick laughed, clasping his hands behind Gavin’s shoulders. “Just what sort of Halloween party is this supposed to be anyway?”
“Not that kind.” Gavin smiled and tugged on Derrick’s hips. “Intriguing as the notion might be. I meant I didn’t think you’d go for wearing the open shirt and leather pants.”
“Leather pants? Were pirates known for those?”
“Only the really hot ones on the covers of romance novels.”
Derrick smirked, peeling off his t-shirt and heading toward the shower. “We’re not going for authenticity here, I take it?”
Gavin’s laughter followed him. “Wait until you see Andi’s costume and then ask me that!”
He and Gavin were still trying to figure out how to tie the neck cloth on Derrick’s costume when Andi arrived at Gavin’s apartment. They might have been done already, if not for the fact that Gavin’s costume kept distracting Derrick.
Or at least, it kept distracting Derrick’s hands.
He hung back, fidgeting with his high collar as Gavin answered the door. He remembered all too well the concerned texts from Andi that Gavin had answered their first weekend together. Derrick had walked out on Gavin the week before, after he had revealed that Lukas may have left him HIV-positive. Derrick wasn’t proud of running away, and he couldn’t make any excuse when he’d come back. Gavin had forgiven him, but from the way Andi had kept texting that weekend, Derrick got the impression she was concerned, either about Derrick leaving Gavin in the first place or his coming back after.
He might not have dated in over a decade, but he wasn’t unaware of the importance of the best friend as a sort of romantic gatekeeper. He had to be prepared for Andi’s scrutiny.
Before a greeting had even left Gavin’s lips, however, a short figure in a tricorn and colonial-era naval uniform had grabbed his wrists and clapped shackles on them, declaring him under arrest for acts of piracy.
Derrick’s eyebrows crept upward. Leading Gavin by the chain between his wrists, the grinning, androgynous figure stepped around him and approached Derrick. She seemed ridiculously slim in the narrow-cut white breeches and naval coat, gleaming with brass buttons. Her dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail at the base of her skull, making her cheekbones appear impossibly high and sharp. Her dark green eyes twinkled and she extended a hand to Derrick.
“Hi. I’m Andi. I’m glad to finally have a chance to meet you.”
With an uncertain smile, he shook her hand. “Hi. Derrick.” He looked over her head at Gavin, who played up his captivity with delight. “I thought you said this wasn’t that sort of party.”
“B.Y.O.B,” Gavin said with a careless shrug. “Bring Your Own Bondage.”
Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her five year old is napping. When she’s not writing, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else. Her first novella from the Impulse Trilogy is available through Amazon, Smashwords and other retailers.
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