Sunday, October 27, 2013

In the Spotlight - Like Gravity


Twenty year-old Brooklyn “Bee” Turner is no stranger to grief. After witnessing her mother’s brutal murder at age six, Brooklyn is guarded, damaged, and – by all accounts – a bitch. And that’s just the way she likes it, if it means keeping everyone at arm’s length. 

When she stumbles, quite literally, into Finn Chambers – campus ladies’ man and the lead singer of a local band —she’s unprepared for his persistence in befriending her, and for the dangerous attraction she begins to feel for him. 

Because with Finn, she knows it would be more than just sex. 

More than just friendship. 

And maybe even more than just love. 

When a sinister presence from her past reemerges, Brooklyn will be pushed to her breaking point. For the first time in fifteen years, she will confront both her grief and her memories, as she plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an unforeseen enemy. 

Because sometimes, the demons we must confront aren’t only on the inside...

**Like Gravity is a new full-length standalone romantic suspense novel, intended for audiences ages 17+**


Review - 

These days it is very sadly rare that I have the time to write a review for a book I am not touring with - there literally aren't enough hours in the day! So this morning when I thought I would read a few chapters before getting on with my chores, I never expected it to turn into finishing the entire book in one sitting but that is what happened with this book.

“No amount of soul searching would fix my past. There was no magical Band-Aid I could stick on my heart, no special glue I could use to make myself whole again. I had shattered to pieces like a fragile vase on concrete; some fragments could be roughly cobbled back together, but many of my vital parts had simply turned to dust, pulverized and scattered by the first gust of wind.” 

Like Gravity - I am not sure I can pinpoint exactly what made me want to read this, if I had to say it would most probably be the fact it didn't read like your typical romance it had more to it and that is what I have been craving in books recently - something more than boy meets girl I wanted a little drama and suspense and that is exactly what I got. The writing, plot and characters all had me sucked it - I was a goner no amount of dirty clothes or dishes was going to pull me out. I had to read it all there and then.

As the story starts my heart literally broke for little 6 year old Brooklyn - I wanted to reach into the story and shield her from the tragedy that was happening. While on an everyday grocery trip with her Mom a man brutally kills her mother right in front of her eyes - all why she was sat in the back of the car. 

Now at age Twenty she is haunted nightly by her grief and can not escape her nightmares, getting close to people is a struggle and she has a less then stellar attitude towards life - being a bitch just comes naturally and as long as she had her best friend Lexie there is nothing else she needs in life . . . right? 

“You could spend forever thinking about the things you’ll never experience with your mom – infinity contemplating the memories she won’t ever be a part of. But at some point, you have to let the life you should’ve had go, and start living the one you’ve got,” Finn whispered.

So your first day of your second year of collage is suppose to be boring, filled to the brim of unit outlines - what is it not supposed to involve is a red fire hydrant and a man who has been given the title of the sexiest man on campus carrying you in his arms. Too bad he had to go a head and open his mouth because he was much more attractive before he opened it. Can you say egotistical Jerk?

Finn Chambers - pig headed, ladies man extraordinaire. He also happens to have the looks of a Greek god and play in a band - you hear that? That was the sound of my panties hitting the floor. I loved watching Finn break down Brooklyn's walls - she needed him in her life, she needed someone who was so persistent that she had no choice but to let them in.

"This is supposed to be sexy," I grumbled, giggling at the ridiculous situation. "In the movies, the water is never too cold, the shower is always big enough for two, and they're never covered in so much paint that the bathtub will have a slight blue sheen for eternity," 

The banter between Brooke and Finn was brilliant, I even loved it when there where moments so sugar sweet I literally swoon/cringed, they were made for each other.


It’s wherever I’m with you.

It was a strong statement to make to anyone, but it was especially powerful for me – a girl who hadn’t had a true home for most of her life. His choice hadn’t been accidental; he knew better than anyone what my life growing up had been like. The bits and pieces I’d revealed had painted him a pretty good picture of my childhood, even if he was still missing some of the more vital details.

It was a declaration. It was an assurance I’d never before been offered. It was a promise that, even though I didn’t have a traditional home with two loving parents, a white picket fence, and golden retriever in the front yard, it didn’t matter.

He would be my home.

It was in that instant I fell in love with him.”

The flash backs in the book melted my heart for six year old Bee 'Brooklyn' we see her through her traumatic ordeal and through foster care where she meets a little boy who managed to get to her to speak - up until that point she had been mute but there was something about him that got her to open up and it all started with a story about a fantasy world filled with hero't and a world of stars.

This book will suck you in and I cannot tell you to read it enough - Get lost in the magical writing of Julie Johnson, I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

5/5 gravitating-ly good stars.

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