Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gravity by Lauren Runow

Please join us in celebrating the release of GRAVITY by Lauren Runow! 

Title: GRAVITY by Lauren Runow
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Book Description
Gravity is not your normal, sweet romance of childhood friends to lovers. Spanning over twenty years—it’s raw, it’s real, asking the question if soul mates really exist.


At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life. He was the force pulling me toward him despite our differences. It was like magic.

We understood each other, supported each other and in the process became everything to each other.

But in chasing Trevin’s dream, I lost myself along the way.


Through tremendous heartache, she was there. Through fame and fortune, she was there. Loving Lily was the one thing I got right.

Eclipsing her in my shadow, I took from her until she was empty. Now I must do anything to prove I can be the man she wants, no, the man she deserves.

3.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Gravity is a story of best friends to lovers.  This is usually one of my favorite books to read but this was not your typical friends to lovers story by any means.  This book was a roller coaster of emotions and at times I honestly wanted to just walk away.  It is filled with love, loss and heartache.  

Lilly and Trev met when they were 8 years old when her family moved next door to him.  They instantly became the best of friends and for a good part of their adolescent to teenage years they were inseparable.  Trev’s home life was not a good one. He loved his mother dearly and she was an amazing and loving woman but his father was an abusive a*shole.  At times I didn’t even understand this man’s actions at all and just cringed at scenes where he was involved.  But Lilly was his breath of fresh air, she was the light to his dark, the one person that he needed in his life to comfort him and to keep him grounded.  He loved her since he was 8 years old.

His life takes a terrible turn which leaves him even more vulnerable and from that moment his life begins to spiral downward.   But when he is 18, his life changes in a way he could only dream of.  He is about to be the big rock star that he has only dreamed of becoming.  Through his ups and downs Lilly is always there for him no matter what.  Life as a rock star changes him and as he is away living his dream while Lilly is left alone to live her own life, but no matter what she is always there for Trev.  But how much of herself will she lose along the way?

This is my first book by this author and the premise of the story was good and the writing itself was very good.  I loved that we were able to see Trev and Lilly at the age of 8 and contninue to see them grow together.  It gives you a great understanding of just how much they mean to each other.  And it was nice to see it as it happened instead of through flashbacks.

My issue with this story though was the hero himself.  Now I get that he had a terrible childhood, an abusive father who led him on a horrible path to destruction.  I also get that he is a rock star who is living the rock star life.  But for me personally I felt that he took and took from Lilly without giving anything back in return.  I understand that the timing was not right at times but this was his best friend, the girl he loved more than anything, his world, but actions speak louder than words and his actions spoke volumes.  I am normally very forgiving when it comes to a hero who screws up as long as there is some sort of redemption in the end.  And for me I felt like he just did not redeem himself.  Over time I think there was just too much heart break for me to forgive.  He made stupid decisions and many times I waned to punch him.  Maybe if we saw more of the life he lived as a rock star I would have understood more of how that lifestyle affected him, but unfortunately that was lacking.

I really liked Lilly and to be honest I felt for her.  I think she would do anything for Trev and she proved that time and again.  I hated the moments where her heart broke, I really did and wanted so bad for her to stand up for herself, to live her life for her and not in the shadow of the man she loved who was her best friend.  At one point she did finally put her foot down and I loved her for it.

Overall I think that this book was well written and many people will enjoy it.  It is a great storyline but for me I could not get past the hero’s actions.  

 About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of three Adult Contemporary Romance novels, Unwritten, Rewritten, and Black Widow.

When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music that speaks to her, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field or skatepark with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!
Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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