Acceleration (Impulse, Book Two)

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As Detroit handyman Derrick Chance grows closer to accountant Gavin Hayes, he discovers learning to be in a relationship is much trickier than learning to be a lover in bed. 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: Vanessa Hamlin on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Acceleration, book 2 of Amelia Gormley’s Impulse Series definitely lives up to its name. In book one we meet shy, sexually stunted Derrick and out-going, enigmatic Gavin at the beginning of their relationship. Acceleration picks up where Impulse left off so reading the books in order is highly suggested.

Acceleration further delves into their loving yet rocky relationship. Both men’s insecurities come to the forefront as they attempt to internally find themselves as well as a couple. Gavin, as he faces the insecurities that linger from his mentally abusive ex-boyfriend attempts to help Derrick discover the art of sex through exploration and letting go. The sexual chemistry is off the chart as Gavin and Derrick discover their sexual proclivities and desires; both men feeling completely charged and satisfied.

Ms. Gormley does a wonderful job of describing their uncertainties and desires. The story is gripping in her characterization, as she articulates the difficulties they experience in learning to love themselves and each other; gaining a sense of comfort that in each other anything is possible. The book is commanding and candid; there are no expectant fairy tales as life charges full force throughout the novel. The story will keep you interested and waiting for the third book in the series. A wonderful contemporary romance with real life issues that will leave you begging for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Frances on Nov. 30, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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