Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: April 13, 2017
POV: dual first POV
Rating: 4 STARS
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The Gravity of Us is the fourth book in the Elements series written beautifully by Brittainy Cherry and can be read as a complete standalone.
What is the story about?
The story follows Lucille Palmer (Lucy) who is a strong, kind, free-spirited, emotional, loyal young woman who loves everyone with all her heart and never hides her emotions. She is the kind of woman that every human wants to be around. However, it is not a case with her oldest sister, Lyric. Since their mother passed away, Lyric and Lucy’s relationship has not been like it used to be; they have rarely had any communication and the very few times they’ve had were not the kind that Lucy has always wanted with her sister.
Graham Russell is a best-selling author whose books are known worldwide. He is the complete opposite of Lucy. He doesn’t know how to socialize, has very few friends, and can be mean and cruel. His lack of empathy and understanding to others make him hard to love and deal with. However, under his outside persona, he is a broken soul with a painful past who just wants to be healed and loved. A life changing circumstance then brings them together and forces them to work together.
“She was the girl who felt everything, and I was the man who felt nothing at all.”
What did I think about the story?
This is a great story with a very promising start. I was hooked within a few first chapters and could not put it down. It was unique, refreshing, and touching that moved me so deeply at the beginning of the story. I could feel the characters’ emotions, the complexity of the situation they were in, and understood why they did what they did. Brittainy Cherry did a great job in creating a very great start that caught my interest.
In addition to a great start, I loved the element of unconditional love and loyalty that were presented in this story. These two subjects made the story rich, uplifting, and worth to read. I loved the message behind it: love can change everything and kindness always wins at the end no matter how tough someone or the situation seems to be.
Moreover, I loved the heroine. Lucy was the type of woman that everyone loves. She was likable, liable, not selfish, very forgiving and always looked what was great in everybody. She was always available when anyone needed a help. Her kindness did not come from her words but the way she lived her life. She brought a positive energy whenever she went.
“… you already love so loudly. Even the darkest souls can find some kind of light from your smile.”
The last thing that I loved was that their romance was not rushed. It felt right given the situation they were in, although it was a little bit too slow at times for my liking. I was afraid some readers might find it boring.
“Being around you does something strange to me, something that hasn’t happened in such a long time.”
He took my hand in his then led it to his chest, and his next words came out as a whisper. “My heart begins to beat again.”
(Don’t read the following if you don’t want any spoiler)
Unfortunately, the romance between Graham and Lucy did not move me as much as I expected and the reason for that was because of the hero. I always love to see how the hero fights for the heroine at the end and vice versa, especially when they don’t have a great start. In this case, I didn’t see Graham fighting for Lucy when he was supposed to. He just reacted when being confronted and forced to do something. There was no initiative on his part to divorce his wife when he knew he was falling in love with Lucy. It just happened when he was forced to do it. It was her who did all the sacrifices, which disappointed me the most.
Furthermore, some of the side characters’ choices and sudden decision changes made me frustrated at times. It felt not real; as if they were put there just to add some drama or make room for the main characters to spend more time together. Those were too predictable and did not make sense.
Overall, despite my issues, I did enjoy and recommend The Gravity of Us. This is a good, emotional, well-written love story about a broken hero who meets the woman that will take him out of the darkness he has been. It has a great message, a likable heroine, and good supporting characters.
“Everything in life happened for a reason, happened exactly how it meant to, no matter how painful it seemed. Some love stories were meant to be forever and others just for a season.”