Title: Impulse Book One: Inertia
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Characters: Derrick Chance, Gavin Hayes
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
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 wonders 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?
Inertia is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Gormley and it definitely won’t be my last! Between her descriptive way of telling a story as well as her ability to get to the heart and soul to her characters, she’s definitely going to be one of those must read authors for me. I loved every moment I spent reading this book and I can’t wait to read the next story in the series, and more from this author.
For the past ten years, life has been one big routine for Derrick Chance. Since the death of his grandparents and the break-up with his high school girlfriend, Derrick has guarded his heart by keeping others at arm’s length so he may not experience such a loss again. Although Derrick is comfortable with his life, he starts second guessing himself when he is confronted about his life by his ex-girlfriend and this causes him to take a long, hard look at himself and his life.
When he is asked to build some shelves for handsome and flirtatious Gavin, Derrick immediately finds himself out of his element. Derrick is very attracted to Gavin and he’s shocked that the friendly, sexy man seems to be attracted to him. When things continuously start breaking down under suspicious circumstances at Gavin’s house, Derrick finally begins to understand that Gavin might be intentionally doing things to befriend Derrick and really get his attention.
When Gavin is confronted by an abusive ex-lover, this brings Derrick and Gavin closer and both men must face their fears if they want to build anything special between them. Will Derrick be able to push his fear of losing someone he loves aside, so he may have that once in a lifetime love he’s always secretly desired?
I loved this book! I thought both Derrick and Gavin were well-written, interesting heroes that I immediately liked. Both men have their own baggage from the past they must deal with in order to truly have something special between them. I liked how even though they seem to be total opposites at first, they soon discover there is each man can give into their relationship to make it a loving, stable one.
I also liked how the two heroes really seemed to fit together. Not only did they like one another, the chemistry between them practically steamed up my computer screen as their relationship progressed throughout the story. I think the author did a great job at building their relationship in a realistic manner without rushing the relationship between them. Both men really seem to understand one another and I enjoyed watching them start to build something special between them. Although there is a definite HEA to the story, I’m anxious to read more about this couple and see how they really fit each other into their lives. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi