Blog Tour Review: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

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The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: April 13th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.

My Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

I’m really disappointed in myself. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Brittainy C. Cherry. I should have been devouring her books. I had forgotten just how amazing her writing is. Every word feels special, every sentence bringing something magical to the story.

The Gravity of Us was not what I expected. The blurb was entirely true, but it leaves the plot shrouded in secrecy. I loved that. It made the story, which was somewhat predictable at times, more moving. For that reason, I’m not going to go into the plot much in this review. (Sorry, you’ll have to read the book for yourself.) Just know that I absolutely loved The Gravity of Us. I didn’t want to put the book down, and every moment of it tugged at my emotions.

Like the blurb says, the two main characters aren’t made for each other. Graham is a cold man. He has no room in his heart for love. Lucy is the exact opposite. She’s warm and wild, freely giving her love. I loved the way their personalities and beliefs contrasted each other. When the two are thrown together, sparks ignite and it’s really beautiful.

The Gravity of Us was perfect. The characters were wonderfully flawed, the story was engaging. It respected boundaries that some books wouldn’t, and I really respected and enjoyed that. New adult romance fans will eat this emotional story up. I did.

Excerpt:

Lucy

We didn’t know how to act with one another after our first kiss. Our situation wasn’t the norm when it came to building a relationship. We did everything backward. I fell in love with a boy before our first kiss, and he fell for a girl who he wasn’t allowed to have. Our connection, our heartbeats, matched one another in our fairytale world, but in reality, society deemed us as an awful accident.

Maybe we were an accident—a mistake.

Maybe we were never supposed to cross each other’s paths.

Maybe he was only meant to be a lesson in life and not a permanent mark.

But still, the way he kissed me…

Our kiss was as if heaven and hell collided together, and each choice was right and wrong at the same exact time. We kissed as if we were making a mistake and the best decision all at once. His lips made me float higher, yet somehow descend. His breaths somehow made my heart beat faster as it came to a complete halt.

Our love was everything good and bad wrapped in one kiss.

A part of me knew I should’ve regretted it, but the way his lips warmed up the cold shadows of my soul…the way he left his mark on me…

I’d never regret finding him, holding him, even if we only had those few seconds as one.

He’d always be worth those tiny seconds we shared.

He’d always be worth that soul-connecting feeling we created when our lips touched.

He’d always be the one I spent my nights dreaming of being near.

He’d always be worth it to me.

Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now.

And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.

After we went home that night, we didn’t talk about it at all. Not the following week, either. I focused on Talon. Graham worked on his novel. I believed both of us were waiting for the right time to come up for us to speak about it, but that was the tricky thing about timing: it was never right.

Sometimes you just had to leap and hope you didn’t fall.

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Review: I See You by Ginger Scott

I See You
Anthology: Love Happens
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
Note: I received an ARC of this short story from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In this must-have short-story collection, Melanie Moreland introduces us to Ethan Thomas in When Love Blooms. Melanie Harlow shares her novel, Some Kind of Love. Molly McLain and Rhonda James share Luke and Mia’s no strings weekend that could lead to love. Claudia Burgoa visits New York City in How We Met. Leap with Dylan Allen to London where we meet Cara’s dream man. Emery Jacobs revisits the Beautiful Torture Duet. Go on vacation with the beloved characters of the Unspoken Series by Gabbie Duran. I See You is based on secondary characters in Ginger Scott’s How We Deal With Gravity. Fall in love with Jeanne McDonald’s Shadow Kingsley in All Of Me. Lisa Kamps takes us to the ice arena with First Shot At Love (A Baltimore Banners Story). Bad girl Delilah meets Lance, her total opposite, in Wild Pumpkin by Martha Sweeney. Mia Kayla brings us Kent and Beth from Marry Me for Money, a couple with different views in All Work And No Play. In Love on The Edge, Molly Lee’s Dash and Blake from the Edge of Chaos spend their honeymoon chasing storms. Rockstar Silas Palmer finds love on the side of the road in Hitch by S.M. West.

Fifteen authors come together to celebrate Autism Awareness month with proceeds benefitting SARRC and Myles-A-Part.

Love Happens features stories about finding love, falling in love and being in love.


The Love Happens anthology is a bunch of short stories by favorite authors put together to support Myles-A-Part and SARRC. SARRC is an autism organization that Ginger Scott volunteers for. The money made from this anthology will go to do some amazing things for families and research. (Pre-order it HERE!)

I had the pleasure of reading Ginger Scott’s short story, I See You, from this anthology. I See You is based on secondary characters from How We Deal With Gravity. If you loved How We Deal With Gravity, you are going to love catching up with Claire and Cole in I See You. (You’ll also love seeing where Avery, Mason and Max are now!)

It had been a while since I had read the original book, but I immediately remembered Claire. She was always so supportive of Avery and her son, Max. I was so excited for someone so special to find her someone special. I loved every minute of the tension between Claire and Cole. Their attraction sizzled.

I See You was a fun, explosive short romance. Fans of How We Deal With Gravity and Ginger Scott’s writing are going to love this short story. It’s an amazing way to support a great cause.

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?


I’m going to admit something very crazy. I had never read a book by Morgan Matson before Since You’ve Been Gone. I don’t have any good excuses. Since You’ve Been Gone has been sitting on my shelf for well over a year. I’m just happy I finally read it.

Since You’ve Been Gone is a coming of age novel about finding yourself. Emily has lived in her best friend Sloane’s shadow for the past two years. That’s been fine with Emily. She was more than happy to be the sidekick. But when Sloane suddenly disappears at the beginning of summer break, Emily’s distraught. Not only is she concerned about and missing Sloane, she’s suddenly all alone. The only thing Emily has left of Sloane is a random and scandalous list of things Sloane wants her to do. As Emily begins to work on completing the list, she find herself making friends with a guy from school, Frank Porter. Frank surprisingly offers to help Emily complete her list. As the summer goes on, Emily discovers more about herself and the world around her.

My love for Since You’ve Been Gone wasn’t immediate. To be honest, Emily really annoyed me at the beginning of the book. Her continued whining over Sloane and her absence drove me nuts. I know it was because I hadn’t gotten to know her before Sloane’s disappearance, but it grated on me for a bit. It wasn’t until she started working on the list and all of the supporting characters started showing up that I started to fall in love with the story.

Once I got past the beginning, I absolutely loved Since You’ve Been Gone. I was surprised to see a lot of my younger self in Emily. I, too, had a friend whose shadow I was content to live under in my school days. I empathized with Emily’s discomfort when she had to figure out how to be without Sloane, and make new friends. I can remember going through that and how tough it was. But, just like Emily, once I had been through it I was a stronger me. I loved the way Morgan Matson portrayed Emily’s growth as a person throughout this story.

Another thing I loved about this story were the other characters. Every one of them was so vivid and entertaining. I loved Collins and his absurdity. Frank was my favorite, though. His friendship with Emily was really sweet. He was a stand up guy. I loved their running program and the playlists they shared.

Since You’ve Been Gone may not have started strong, but it definitely ended that way. It had a great message and was beautifully written. It’s a book that I would highly recommend to teenagers (and adults!). I loved it.

Review: Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher

Bad Mommy
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: December 24, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.


Bad Mommy is a mind$#%^. I don’t know how else to explain it. It was everything I expected from Tarryn Fisher, but nothing like I expected. Every time I thought I had a grasp on what was going on, I would start a new section of the book and become completely disoriented. It was such a trip!

I want to go back and read Bad Mommy a second time. That’s high praise because it’s rare for me to re-read a book. I feel like I would grasp more from the story a second time, and enjoy it even more.

Anyone who loves a great psychologically suspenseful novel will enjoy Bad Mommy. It’s dark, deceitful and will keep you turning the pages long after you should have gone to bed.

And that’s all I’m saying because I’m not going to ruin this book for anyone. 😉

Review: Say I’m Yours by Corinne Michaels

Say I’m Yours
Author: Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: March 25, 2017
Publisher: BAAE Inc.
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I’m done being invisible.
It’s time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He’s kind, sexy, and attentive—everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
That my heart could mend, and I would be happy.
Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.


Say I’m Yours is a second chance romance of sorts. Grace has wasted years in her on-again off-again relationship with Trent waiting for him to realize she’s the one. At thirty-six, she’s decided she can’t wait any longer. Grace needs to make a break from her feelings for Trent, and find a man who will want a future with her. That man might just be her best friend’s brother, Cooper.

Cooper is everything Grace should want, but she’s having a hard time committing to a date much less a relationship with him. Cooper’s not the problem. It’s Trent. The guy won’t leave Grace alone. He’s set on proving to her he’s still the one for her.

I wasn’t a fan of Trent at first. He was a big idiot. Everyone, including Grace, warned him what would happen if he didn’t make things permanent with Grace. I’m happy he didn’t let her go, but it was frustrating to watch him woo her. Even with all of the sweet things he said and did, I wasn’t convinced that he shouldn’t have let her go. But the heart wants what it wants, and Grace’s wanted Trent.

Grace had major strength. I don’t know that I would have been able to walk away from Trent like she did. I know she questioned every minute of it, but every step she took was right. Every set back she had felt real, and I could imagine any of my friends in Grace’s position. I love that she followed her head and heart equally.

Poor Cooper. He threw himself into the impossible. I hated this love triangle for him. I knew he would never win, so that was good, but I still felt bad for him. Cooper was such a great guy. I wanted him to have an actual chance with someone. I hope Ms. Michaels will deliver us his story…It kind of felt like she might.

Say I’m Yours was a great book. I enjoyed every minute I was reading it, but there was something missing from it for me. I can’t really describe easily what it was. The first two books in this series had something this one didn’t. It was something they made me feel. Say I’m yours just didn’t touch me as deeply, I guess. I still loved every moment of it and know fans of the Hennington boys will, too.

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


I put off reading By Your Side for a while because I had read some reviews that weren’t all together positive about it. I didn’t want to tarnish my view of Kasie West’s outstanding writing, so I didn’t immediately pick this one up. I’m really sorry I did that. I should have had faith in West. I ended up really enjoying By Your Side for many reasons.

I do have to admit that By Your Side started out a little rough for me. I loved the idea of the characters being stuck in the library and forced to work together. My problem was that it took me a long time to connect to either character. Both seemed a little abrasive at first. It wasn’t until they started revealing their true selves that I began to connect with them.

Autumn had everything going for her. She had a group of amazing, popular friends and a close family. The guy she had been crushing on for years, Jeff, was interested in her. The only thing standing in her way of happiness is a closely guarded secret she hides from the world. Once I got to know Autumn’s secret I could completely identify with her. I understood why she kept her secret, but I felt so badly about how that affected her.

Dax wasn’t as lucky as Autumn. He, too, kept secrets. Dax would rather have avoided people than admit what his life was like. Despite his tough exterior, he was a sweet guy. He put himself on the line to help others. I loved how his friendship with Autumn developed and slowly turned into something more. I loved how he stood by Autumn. I also loved they way they ended up supporting each other.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my favorite part of this story wasn’t the library. It was what came after. The second half of this story was unbelievably good and completely made me forget those awkward library moments.

Overall, I loved By Your Side. Kasie West once again wove a beautiful coming of age story.

Review: Read Between the Lines by Jill Breugem

Read Between the Line
Author: Jill Breugem
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Small town girl Sadie continues to live in the city after finishing university. She finds work as a journalist which ultimately leads to her real passion of writing romance novels. Sadie becomes an accomplished author of many New York Times best sellers. At the beginning of her success she is picked up by Levi, a literary agent to represent her. They become close friends and business associates over the years. What happens when Sadie writes her latest novel about the love she has for him? Will she publish it at the risk of losing him as an agent and best friend?


Read Between the Lines is a friends/co-workers to lovers story. Sadie, a bestselling author, has just realized she’s in love with one of her closest friends. Levi isn’t just a friend, though; he’s also her literary agent. And he has a girlfriend. Sadie and Levi have had a crush on each other for years, but the timing has never been right. One of them is always in a relationship when the other’s not. Saddened by the inability to act of her feelings, Sadie resorts to writing a romance novel about her relationship with Levi. Sadie’s not sure what she’ll do with it when she’s done. She can’t chance losing him. Sadie can only hope that Levi still has feelings for her.

Sadie and Levi’s story was fun to read. They had such a great friendship. It was easy to tell they had greater feelings for each other, but they did a good job of keeping things platonic. I especially loved the tension Levi’s girlfriend Barbara created. It was the perfect love triangle. There was a clear winner in my head, and I didn’t feel bad hoping Barbara would be out of the picture soon. Levi and Sadie were just so perfect for each other.  They had so much fun together.

I would have loved to have rated Read Between the Lines higher than 3.5 stars based on how much I liked the story, but I just couldn’t get past one thing. It was written in third person point of view with multiple narrators. While that itself wasn’t a problem, the absence of marked transitions between narrators was. One minute the story would be in Sadie’s perspective, and then all of sudden it would switch to Levi’s. Those transitions were a little hard to follow. It always took me a minute to figure out whose head I was in. It would have been more enjoyable to read had the different perspectives been divided into different marked chapters, or simply marked within the chapter.

Overall, Read Between the Lines was a solid début novel. I truly enjoyed the friends to lovers story. It was filled with fun characters and a believable romance. The writing was good and showed a lot of potential for growth. I imagine with each book Ms. Breugem writes, it will become better and better. Read Between the Lines is a novel contemporary romance fans will enjoy.