Thursday, January 26, 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Gravity by Lauren Runow

Please join us in celebrating the release of GRAVITY by Lauren Runow! 

Title: GRAVITY by Lauren Runow

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Gravity is not your normal, sweet romance of childhood friends to lovers. Spanning over twenty years—it’s raw, it’s real, asking the question if soul mates really exist.

At eight years old, the boy next door changed my life. He was the force pulling me toward him despite our differences. It was like magic.

We understood each other, supported each other and in the process became everything to each other.

But in chasing Trevin’s dream, I lost myself along the way.

Through tremendous heartache, she was there. Through fame and fortune, she was there. Loving Lily was the one thing I got right.

Eclipsing her in my shadow, I took from her until she was empty. Now I must do anything to prove I can be the man she wants, no, the man she deserves.

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

We meet Lily and Trevin when they are just 8 years old and Lily has moved in next door. He teaches Lily how to ride a bike and the two of them become instant friends. They stay friends throughout their childhood and even high school. As Trevin gets older his home life becomes intolerable and then the unthinkable happens, tearing Trevin's life apart. He goes the way of the delinquent high school student while Lily stays her sweet and innocent self. But through it all, the two of them stay friends. 

Growing up Lily tried to play guitar, but was really bad at it. After he asks, she teaches Trevin what little she has learned and it turns out he is quiet good at it. He continues to pla  On his 18th birthday she gives him a present that will change both of their lives, for the good and the bad. For the first time since they met, they find themselves in separate places, geologically and emotionally. Over the next 8 or so years, Lily and Trevin's relationships goes through lots of up and downs, but through it all their feelings for each other only grow stronger. 

One adorable thing I loved about their relationship was the friendship bracelet Lily gave Trevin. He put it on and never took it off...kind of. If it would break, he would have Lily make him a new one. She even produced a stock pile so he would always have one lying around. On Trevin's 24th birthday, the two of them get tattoos.
We enter the tattoo parlor, and the person standing behind the counter instantly recognizes Trevin. Turns out, he was a huge fan of Stone Cold and has been following Escape Velocity ever since they started.
“Dude, anything you want. This tattoo’s on the house,” the guy says after he has Trevin sign his autograph.
Trevin looks at me, winking, before looking back to the guy. “Well, this is my girl, Lily Pad.” He smirks when I hit his arm. “It’s my birthday, and you see here”—he holds up his wrist to show him the bracelet he continues to wear—“she made this for me when we were nine years old and has had to make me a new one every time it breaks. So I was thinking, maybe I’ll just have it tattooed on me so it’s there forever.”
I wrap my arms around him, leaning up to kiss his cheek. “And I’ll get the same,” I say.
He turns and our lips meet in a sweet kiss before he looks back at the guy. “You think you can do that?” 
“Hell yeah, we can,” he responds.
“Then…” He shows him his wrist. “Where the string hangs down here, I want it to say ‘Lily.’”
My eyes go wide when he says he wants it to say my name.
He starts laughing at my surprise. “Yes, just Lily, no nicknames for something that means this much.”
“And I want mine to say Trevin,” I say, intertwining his hand with mine.
“You got it.” The tattoo artist leads us back to a room where he proceeds to draw the bracelet around my wrist, giving it a thin braided look and Trevin written on the inside of my wrist.
Trevin holds my hand and kisses my lips as the guy starts on the inside of my wrist since that will be the most painful spot. It can only get better from there. I’d like to say it hurt like hell, but having Trevin’s lips pressed against mine made the pain disappear and washed the fear away.
Before I know it, the tattoo is finished and it’s Trevin’s turn. He’s gotten so many tattoos he’s used to the pain and tries to show off a little for me as well. I decide to mess with him, straddling his waist, wrapping my arms around his neck, kissing him with everything I’ve got and grinding into his crotch ever so slightly.
The tattoo artist had to stop a few times when we got carried away and Trevin couldn’t keep his arm still, which made it all that much more fun.
“Happy birthday, baby.” I place my forehead against his and move to sweep my lips against his softly.
“I love you, Lily,” he whispers so only I can hear, keeping this moment ours alone.
Gravity is an emotional read. It takes place over 27 years and two of them, especially Trevin, go through a lot. They don't always handle things in the best way and there were moments when I thought that they were never going to be able to come back from whatever happened. Lily and Trevin are connected in a way that most people can only dream about and their words and actions cut deeper than it would in most relationships. Forgiveness is a big part of what keeps bringing them back to one another. But also, as they both say multiple times in the book, Lily and Trevin are each other's gravity. They feel grounded when they are together. Things only make sense when the other person is around. 

This book is a must read for Lauren Runow fans and anyone who loves the whole "neighbors/friends from childhood/friendship turns into love/rockstar" trope. That's a thing, right?  ;-)

Lauren Runow is the author of three Adult Contemporary Romance novels, Unwritten, Rewritten, and Black Widow.

When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music that speaks to her, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field or skatepark with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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