By Amelia Gormley
Book #1 in the Impulse series
Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
By the age of 21, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance had lost everyone he'd ever loved. Too worn-out and wounded to play the dating game, he wrote off the possibility of relationships, or even just sex. Living alone in the old house his grandparents had left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he refused to consider himself lonely, or let himself wonder what he might be missing. He knew who he was and where he was headed. His life was comfortable, organized, predictable, and best of all, risk-free. He was content.
Until the day he installed some shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. A contradictory combination of confidence and uncertainty, Gavin’s shameless flirtations drew him in with an intensity Derrick had never known he longed for. As undeniable as the force of gravity, he abandoned ten years of self-imposed solitude and found himself falling rapidly for Gavin in defiance of all his usual slow and methodical ways.
But Gavin carried wounds of his own. Fresh from an emotionally abusive relationship that ended with a potentially dangerous betrayal, his future was far from certain. Derrick would have to decide if his rediscovered passion was worth taking the chance of another loss.
Derrick Chance lives a contented life in the outskirts of Detroit as a handyman. He has few friends and lives alone with his dog, Chelsea, in his grandmother's house, left to him following her death. His last relationship was almost ten years ago and it was with his high school girlfriend, before his realization that his preference was for men. Derrick had suffered so much loss by the time he reached the age of 21 he was unwilling to risk his heart anymore for any kind of relationship. But then he installed some bookshelves at the home of Gavin Hayes and his days of loneliness and solitude were over.
Where Derrick is introverted and quiet, Gavin is living full out and is pretty comfortable in his skin and lifestyle. He flirts shamelessly with Derrick who has no idea how to respond but is very interested and can't stop thinking about him. What follows next is the romancing of Derrick and his metamorphosis. Gavin intrigues Derrick and stirs life into him, even though Gavin bears some scars from his last abusive relationship. Their romance was wonderful and Derrick is pretty special in his own right. He has a huge heart and the few people in his life are determined that he find happiness.
Gavin also introduces Derrick to the joys of sex and his inventiveness is remarkable. There are a few scenes that bust the thermometer and are highly erotic! Be prepared for some of the best intimate moments you're ever going to read. Yes, I'm a heterosexual female and the sex in this story was a huge turn on.
The next story promises to be even more exciting. This is Derrick's awakening and we'll learn what that means in the full spectrum of his and Gavin's life. I loved this story, full of romance and steam, with two very appealing characters. It's a very well written story and I'm in lust with both Derrick and Gavin.