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.
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 wonder 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?
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