Inertia (Impulse, Book 1) by Amelia Gormley
This review originally appeared at BDSM Book Reviews.
Professional handyman Derrick has been on his own for ten years. Caring for his dying grandparents in his late teens, on top of losing his parents at a younger age, has left him emotionally drained. He feels incapable of going through any more pain, so he avoids any emotional entanglements. He thinks his life is okay, at least until he meets Gavin.
Gavin is a well-to-do accountant whose flirtations confuse Derrick, whom he has hired to install some shelves. But while he flirts, Gavin has his own baggage that keeps him from following through. It takes a while for the two to overcome their inner conflicts and get together. Even then, it’s not smooth sailing.
“Inertia” is a somewhat unusual modern romance. The characters don’t instantly fall in love, and into bed. Most of this book, the first in a series, is spent with the two men, especially Derrick, trying to convince themselves to take a chance and open themselves up to the possibility of a relationship. In that regard, we get a lot of introspection from Derrick as he tries to decide if he can possibly stand to expose himself to the risk of losing someone again. Frankly, it gets a little tedious at times, and when we get the man’s inner thoughts expressed in the middle of a conversation with Gavin, it’s a bit distracting.
The two men only finally connect near the end of the book, in a couple of urgent, needy sex scenes. There is not the slightest whiff of kink to the sex, although there is the merest hint that Gavin may have the desire to dominate, while Derrick seems on the verge of discovering a submissive side to himself. The sample first chapter from the second book included in the review copy seems to suggest even more that the two are headed for a D/s relationship.
While the writing on “Inertia” was competent enough, the style didn’t really engage me. The constant introspection from Derrick was a little too much at times, and also got rather repetitive. He’s emotionally crippled, we get it, make a new point or move on. Rehashing the same points made this a rather tedious read, despite an interesting plot and some realistic characters.