Acceleration by Amelia C. Gormley
Blurb: GAINING MOMENTUM
Gavin Hayes is everything Derrick could ask for in a lover. Gorgeous. Passionate. Great in bed. Derrick finds it very easy to just let himself go, to let Gavin guide him and teach him all the things he missed during a decade of celibacy. In the course of a single weekend, Derrick’s routine is transformed, his mornings and evenings filled with sex. Sweet, seductive, wild, or raunchy, Gavin offers Derrick all the pleasure he’s denied himself for so long.
But learning how to be a lover in bed is one thing. Learning to be one out of bed is another. For Derrick, being alone has become habit. Sharing his confidences doesn’t come nearly as readily as sharing his bed. After so many losses, the last thing Derrick wants is to become dependent upon another person who might not always be there.
And Gavin always being there is far from certain. With an ex-lover lurking in the background, and the question of Gavin’s future health still outstanding, neither Gavin nor Derrick feel capable of asking for anything more than right now. But Gavin won’t be kept on the fringes of Derrick’s life. Can Derrick let someone in before the opportunity passes him by?
Review: In the second installment of the Impulse Trilogy, we get what I was hoping for in the first book: added depth. Gavin and Derrick have grown from flirtation and attraction to something beyond, and while the lust is still there (boy, is it ever!) they’ve come to realize they mean something to each other.
Derrick, with his ordered world, has trouble relinquishing any amount of control, which would allow something unexpected to happen, something he fears he won’t have the spine to face.
Gavin, in an effort to reclaim his identity from the mindfuck his ex put him through, has become rigid on that which he will or will not compromise.
You can imagine what this means to them: fireworks, and not just in the bedroom.
With a greater caring growing between them, they follow logical next steps in their relationship. Gavin begins to sleep over with Derrick. They have more meals together. They share a bed for sleeping and not just other things, ahem. They spend their free time together. In short, they’re making room for one another in their lives.
When that room is threatened by outside bigotry, more tomfoolery from the ex, and a crisis for someone close to Derrick, it becomes clear just how much work these two have ahead of them.
Once again, the characterization is spot on, the sex is smokin’ with elements of Domination and submission that had me grinning wickedly. One particular peeve of mine is casual use of BDSM or D/s elements in a book where the author clearly has no clue as to the dynamics of those types of relationships. I was very pleasantly surprised with Gormley’s portrayal of a Dominant personality in the bedroom. It was believable for the notion being new to Derrick and Gavin’s relationship, and she took appropriate baby steps to set the stage for such play. A newbie doesn’t go from vanilla sex to loving a paddling in the course of one love scene, and I think Gormley handled it well.
What I liked the most was that the Dominance fit the characterization, too. Gavin’s ex played mind games with him, using his penchant for rough, aggressive sex against him. With Derrick, we see Gavin’s inner Dom come through, but also the insecurity that lingers thanks to the dickhead he dated before. What we also see is a way for Derrick, perfectly ordered and on a schedule Derrick, to give up control and love it. Maybe he doesn’t have to be so regimented in other areas of his life. We understand why he is, but isn’t the point of facing change personal growth? This one element of submission on his part could be the potential catalyst for that change.
We’re left with a bit of a mess at the end, with a misunderstanding (of which I could see both arguments, which always makes me sympathetic to the MCs having the disagreement) that threatens to derail all they’ve built in the months this book spans. This installment felt less chopped off at the end than the first book, and I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the third and final book this coming spring.