Love, like fire, cannot subsist without constant impulse; it ceases to live from the moment it ceases to hope or to fear – Francois La Rochefoucauld.
Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in…
Lukas is a rat bastard. That is all.
What? You didn’t think I was going to tell you about those other results did you? Nah. For those results, you have to read the book, which I highly recommend you do if you’re at all invested in Gavin and Derrick’s relationship.
Yes, Gavin’s ex is back to cause no small amount of problems in this final episode of the Impulse series, as if Gavin didn’t already have enough on his plate to worry about. Lukas is around just to make sure he heaps a little more grief on that whopping pile of anxiety Gavin’s already burdened with, preying on the man’s doubts and fears, as well as manipulating his compassion. Lukas, it’s discovered, has been a very busy and a very naughty boy—the kind of naughty that might come with a label such as felonious, which comes with benefits for Gavin, the kind of benefit I might call leverage, thank you very much. Did I mention Lukas is a bastard of the verminish kind? And a predator. Well, he is.
This final chapter in their story sees Gavin and Derrick through more ups and downs in their relationship—really the same ups and downs they’ve been dealing with since they become a couple, but everything finally comes to a head here—anticipating what Gavin’s life will be like with Derrick, if they will even have a life together once his test results prove definitively, one way or the other, what the consequences of unprotected sex with Lukas might mean. It’s a tense and troubling time for the couple, and it brought on no small amount of challenges for them, but it also proved to strengthen their commitment to work at imagining a future together, whatever the odds may be. It didn’t come easy, but it was well worth the fight.
And as if the clock ticking torturously down to the day that Gavin can be tested isn’t enough, he and Derrick are also dealing with the escalation of threatening texts Derrick has been getting from an anonymous hater on his hockey team, which all comes to a very satisfying resolution when Derrick discovers some unexpected allies in his fight to keep his place on the team. These two men have been unquestionably victimized, but in no way are they victims, except perhaps of their own doubts and fears. They find strength and courage together, enough that they’re able to overcome every obstacle that comes their way, which puts them on the best possible path to imagine and realize a future with each other.
Amelia C. Gormley’s three part saga, beginning with Inertia, progressing to Acceleration, and now aiming for Velocity, has been an emotionally rewarding journey through the struggles and triumphs of a couple who, at first blush, might not seem as if they ought to work together but who do nonetheless. Gavin and Derrick work through their issues and arrive at a place where they’re able to fulfill each other’s needs and desires through domination and submission in their sexual relationship, as well as in fulfilling each other’s needs through emotional support and unconditional acceptance, which all leads to the promise of a long and lasting connection based on love and mutual respect.
If you like character driven stories that focus on the building of trust through adversity, then I would definitely recommend familiarizing yourselves with these men and this series.
Velocity doesn’t release until Saturday, March 2, 2013, but guess what I have??? (P.S. You have to say that last part in a sing-songy voice or it loses it’s impact.) I have permission from the lovely Amelia C. Gormley herself to announce she’s giving away an eCopy of this book to one lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment here, including your email address, and do it *before 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 1, 2013*, then you’ll automatically be entered, easy as that. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 2nd. Good luck!