Derrick is practically a virgin to love: he had one girlfriend, from 14 to 21 years old and then, once she broke with him, he remained alone. While he was still with his girlfriend, Derrick was honest enough, with her and with himself, to admit he was attracted by men, but when he had the chance to experiment on that attraction, he decided the “scene” was not “his” scene. And so here we are, 10 years later, with a Derrick that is almost a monk, living a life of work and home, home and work, and only his dog as constant companionship.
Then he meets Gavin, who is unashamedly flirting, finding always a new reason for Derrick, and handyman, to come and repair something, when what he should really consider to repair is Gavin’s heart. Just out from an abusive relationship, I don’t exclude Derrick is a bit of a rebound lover for him, or at least that is what he was at first. I think Gavin was so pushing since he was thinking to have something uncomplicated, something easy and fast to forget his ex. But when he realized that Derrick is indeed as fragile as him, Gavin changes attitude.
There is a definitive turn in the story, more or less 2/3; in a way I think that is the time when the author is preparing the reader to the next book; this current one is “Inertia”, and I think she is referring to both Derrick’s life than Gavin’s bad decision regarding his ex; the following one will be “Acceleration” and that is what I experienced in the novel, a strong acceleration in the pacing. Acceleration that was also reflected in their physical relationship, sex seemed like a fuel for them.
This is an interesting debut, the plot, while not “wide” was well planned and the two main characters, despite being ordinary men, sounded original and true.
Amazon: Inertia: Impulse, Book One
Amazon Kindle: Inertia: Impulse, Book One
Paperback: 182 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2012)
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