Inertia (Impulse, Book One)

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance never questions his solitary life. Until the day he meets Gavin Hayes and finds himself drawn into a sexy game of flirtation. Attraction soon threatens to become infatuation, but Gavin carries hidden wounds of his own. Is the thrill of their whirlwind romance worth the risk of another loss? More

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About Amelia C. Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4th grade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men.

When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas—they really should know better by now.) She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun everywhere.

You can find her self-published Impulse trilogy almost anywhere ebooks are sold, and check out her catalog of Riptide Publishing releases at their website.

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Review by: Cole Riann on Dec. 19, 2012 :
This is the first book I've read by Amelia Gormley, and I found the writing and construction of the novel was done very well, but overall, I found the story to be somewhat no to my liking. This is mostly because of my reading preferences, and I still enjoyed the story. But, I found reading it to be somewhat tedious. There's no real story outside of the relationship between Derrick and Gavin, and I tend to not like very insular relationships in contemporary romance. Unless I find the characters much more engaging that what I normally read, or for some reason the relationship catches me in a way that rarely happens, I just find them a bit boring. Sadly, this happened for me here. It is by no means a reflection of the story, but it is how I felt about my reading experience.

Derrick is very isolated from life and relationships following a breakup with his long-time girlfriend and best friend and from watching the slow decline of his grandparents. He's a somewhat stable and reserved man anyway, he's simple and likes a slow and easy life without complication. That changes when he is commissioned to build a set of shelves for Gavin, who is getting over a breakup with an emotionally and physically abusive man. They circle around each other quite a bit and their friendship and relationship starts and moves slowly. I suppose the reason I found this most tedious was how slowly everything happened. Actually, that's somewhat of a misrepresentation of my feelings, because I do appreciate slow romances. What was less to my taste was the way that Derrick narrated the story, very limited in life because of his fear and his tendency to overanalyze every situation. It's not unrealistic in anyway, but once again, it wasn't to my taste. And last, I felt as if there was no climax. I was waiting for something to happen to wrap up the story and instead it ended, feeling more like part one of a story than book one of a series. And it is a series, so there's no doubt more to come, but I had wished that more had happened in the story, and less internal debate that to me seemed repetitive.

I'd welcome reading more of Amelia Gormley's work because I think she has a lot of talent, but this story wasn't for me, and I probably won't read the second book or any further installments. If you read a cross section of reviews for this book you'll find that many readers agree with me and many more disagree. Many people love this book, probably for the reasons that it didn't appeal to me. So I'd recommend this book to readers that really love contemporary with a central relationship, and with characters that really like to talk and consider their emotions.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Hamlin on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Inertia is a wonderfully written tale and first book in the Impulse Series by Amelia Gormley. I found the book appropriately named as inertia is defined as a body resisting motion; thus our characters Derrick and Gavin.

Derrick and Gavin are opposites yet subtly alike. Gavin is out-going and flirtatious, Derrick, the handyman, is shy, reserved and very set in his ways. Both men battle issues that add to the dynamics of their desired feeling s for each other and the story. Gavin is dealing with a past abusive relationship and Derrick, grief; thus making him relationship challenged. Ms. Gormley’s tale of the two men is brilliant and endearing.

She takes the reader through the trials & tribulations and the vulnerabilities of a new relationship, where life issues occur and insecurities abode. The characters are compelling in their everyday lives, real men seeking change and love. They were neither fake nor made-up problems and lives.

Inertia was whimsical and appealing, leaving a smile on my face. The sexual encounters were well developed; timid yet alluring as both men cautiously approach their union and desire to move to the next level. I look forward to reading and reviewing the second book in the series and watching their relationship develop and unfold. If Inertia is a body resisting motion then I can only imagine what the Acceleration of the body will bring.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Christi Snow on Nov. 30, 2012 :
My Review:
It's interesting the way that the author is setting up this series. This is a trilogy following the story of two men, Derrick and Gavin, through Derrick's eyes. At the time of writing this review, I haven't yet read the other two installments, but it seems to me that the author is setting up the books to show the stages of dating for this couple. I like that idea. As the first in the series, this book is showing how Derrick and Gavin come to be in a relationship. That isn't as straight-forward as you would think. Gavin still has some lingering issues from his former boyfriend. We just see glimpses of this in this book, but I have a feeling that is going to come more into play in books #2 and #3.

For Derrick, this is a relationship that he never saw coming. For seven years (through high school and college) he dated the same girl. They grew apart, broke up, but still remained friends. That break-up was ten years ago. She knew he was attracted to boys when they broke up and now she's urging him to get out there and "live"...because he's never done that. When they broke up, he was the primary caregiver to his grandparents who raised him. He basically spent three years watching them die. As a result, he just never felt the urge to try for another relationship. He had a HUGE physical blow to his psyche with her break-up and their death and he just doesn't want to open his heart to a possibility of pain like that again.

And the thing is...Derrick is such a nice guy, but completely clueless when it comes to a relationship. He doesn't know the protocol for even the most basic of dating rituals...flirting, asking someone out, first kiss, etc. You can't help but fall in love with and hurt for his character. He is so far out of his element here...with dating in general, much less dating a guy which he has NEVER done. While reading you want to just give him a hug and then a shove towards Gavin.

To me, Gavin is more your typical gay guy. He's very put together and usually self-confident, but there are cracks. You don't get any of the story from his POV, but you get to where you can spot that all isn't quite as it seems. Something has happened to him to fracture his self-confidence. There are lingering things going on here which makes him reluctant to get involved with Derrick, even though he obviously wants to become involved.

This book was a great start to the series and I can't wait to see where this couple goes from here, because things have definitely just begun and it's obviously not going to be all smooth sailing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Kozakewich on Nov. 28, 2012 :
4.5 of 5 stars

It didn't take me long to be totally absorbed by Amelia C. Gormley's Inertia, the first book in her Impulse trilogy. The story is sweetly sexy—and I mean that in all the best ways. One of the things I enjoyed about it is that, even with nothing overt, it is a book that resonated with me. The main characters, Derrick and Gavin, are both gun-shy when it comes to relationships but for very different reasons. And exploring those reasons, getting to know the two men, is a very rewarding experience.
Even with the story in Derrick's POV, the author does an excellent job bringing to life the other characters' personalities. With Derrick we are front and center with his introspection and the subsequent growing self-awareness he undergoes. His ultimate acceptance that his life prior to meeting Gavin was nothing to write home about rings true. There's no one magic moment, it's a process and one I felt deep within—it's certainly something that I could relate to.

I fully enjoyed Derrick and Gavin's developing relationship, so much so that I found myself going back for a second helping. Now I intend to dive headlong into the second book in Ms Gormely's Impulse trilogy—Acceleration. In fact I'm very impatient to do so and I don't intend to come up for air anytime soon.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Nov. 11, 2012 :
A sensual story of lust, trust and letting go.

Derrick, a 31-year old handyman, has kept to himself for 10 years. No relationships, no casual hook ups - nothing. Just his work, his dog and his trustful hands. Gavin, on the other hand, is a 28-year old auditor who just ended a relationship and is reluctant to start a new one. But when they meet, their chemistry can't be denied. Their getting together was slow in coming, since both were reluctant to try it, but they talked and decided to take it a step at a time.

It would be nice of me to tell you that once they got together everything was honky dory. But that's not true. Not even done with their first date and their first hurdle is thrown at them. I won't go into details since it is a pretty big part of the story. But I am glad they came out of that together.

I was weary of Derrick in the start. I couldn't find a connection with him no matter how hard I tried. He kept to himself so much that there was nothing there for me to relate to. But I think that's mainly the point of all this. To see him let go and be a witness to his growth. To discover and explore his passionate side. To see him live. And once he did, it was beautiful. I thank the author, Amelia C. Gormley, for that. She put his emotions on the page in a way that truly touched me. I understood his hesitancy to continue this 'thing' he started with Gavin and felt his lust-fueled desperation about being with him physically. I was as overwhelmed as he was with all these conflicting emotions - insecurity, lust, happiness, protectiveness. In the end, I was cheering him on and curious as hell to see how it all played out.

Gavin, on the other hand, won me with his flirting and easy manner from the start. And then he broke my heart and carved a place in it with his dreadful confession. He was so conflicted and honest with Derrick. How could I not feel for him when his pain was laid out there for me to see? He was sweet and considerate with a dominant edge that was hot as hell and melted me each and every time. I could picture him so clearly in my mind - his grin, his eyes and that suit! Uff!

As you can imagine, their chemistry was pretty awesome. Filled with desperation, lust and a need so great that I was tapping the hell out of my tablet so I could get more. It was THAT good. Their dialog was honest and real, which helped me a great deal in believing this connection could happen. I appreciated how the author went about bringing them together sexually. Although there was no penetration, their sex scenes were not lacking in the least. Au contraire mon ami, it made their getting together even more sensual, more important, more desperate. It was awesomeness wrapped in pretty bow!

As for the writing, it was very good. The story is told from Derrick's point of view, which I usually don't like, but I adjusted nonetheless. Of course, it would have been great to get inside Gavin's mind. But I think that will come soon enough. The emotions that were brought and the connection the characters established felt real. And I got to truly see Derrick grow, which I always appreciate in a character. My only complain was the ending. Why, why, why did she leave me hangin' when I was primed and ready to go?!

That aside, I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to see how these two continue on their journey of lust and self discovery.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Stella on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. It's a well-written erotic novel with a depth not often found in this genre. The characters -- quiet, steady Derrick and cocky, mysterious Gavin -- are interesting and well-developed, and we gradually get to know them as the story moves on from the initial flirty banter to some very hot hands-on action. The book takes an unexpected turn as a sudden reveal threatens to put an end to the relationship and forces Derrick to ask himself some very hard questions.

It is very well worth reading on its own, but I must say I look forward to see the story continued in the next book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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