Impulse: The Complete Trilogy

Impulse: The Complete Trilogy

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by Amelia Gormley

(This Digital Box Set contains all three volumes of the Impulse trilogy: Inertia, Acceleration and Velocity)


Quiet, grounded Detroit handyman Derrick Chance isn’t looking for a relationship. After spending his twenties recovering from a series of tragic losses, he’s content with his insular existence and not…  See more details below


(This Digital Box Set contains all three volumes of the Impulse trilogy: Inertia, Acceleration and Velocity)


Quiet, grounded Detroit handyman Derrick Chance isn’t looking for a relationship. After spending his twenties recovering from a series of tragic losses, he’s content with his insular existence and not interested in risking the possibility of losing anyone else.

Stylish accountant Gavin Hayes has every reason to avoid entanglements, too. Fresh out of an abusive relationship with a world-class manipulator, he questions whether he’s ever going to be fit for another partner. At the very least, it will be months before he knows just how big an issue his future health will be if he tries again.

But when a series of home repairs unexpectedly turns into an extravagant game of flirtation, they discover that the last thing they thought they wanted is the one thing they can’t live without. As the autumn months pass and they wait for the final verdict on Gavin’s health, the two wounded men learn to open up, to let someone into their lives, and to trust again. But when Gavin’s dangerous ex re-enters the picture, will their new and fragile bond withstand the final test?

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Impulse: The Complete Trilogy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review (Goodreads DBML program). I wish we could give half-stars because this was really a 3.5-star book for me. Derrick Chance is content with the structured days that fill his quiet life. Years ago he suffered a series of tragic losses and since then he's avoided forming any new relationships. His first and only romantic relationship ended years ago. Into his life comes Gavin Hayes, a man who makes Derrick wish for more. Gavin is dealing with some serious issues of own, having just gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship that may have put his health at risk. I liked that this wasn't an Insta-Love story. Both Derrick and Gavin have to work to overcome their fears. While they may struggle with trusting each other, the real difficulty is in learning to trust themselves. This is a book about building a relationship, the courage it takes to start one and the determination it takes to maintain one. Of the two main characters, it was Derrick that I enjoyed most, whose insecurities masked a quiet strength and such a good heart. I found myself pleased for Derrick when he would do something outside his comfort zone, happy for his small (and not-so-small) achievements. He and Gavin are supported by several well-drawn secondary characters that add dimension to the story (and some great BFF moments). While this book centered on Derrick and Gavin's growing relationship, the author was able to raise several serious subjects in a respectful and thoughtful way. The storyline was enhanced by the information the author was able to seamlessly weave into it. And now for the sex... it was hot but clearly slanted towards BDSM. Some of the scenes went beyond my comfort zone and one went so far that I had to skip to the happy ending (but at least there always was a happy ending!). I did find myself blushing more than once. While a few seemed like scenes just to spice things up, most fit into the story and showcased the increasing levels of trust and honesty between Derrick and Gavin. I hope it is obvious that I liked this trilogy. So why 3/3.5 stars? I had trouble connecting to Gavin even though I enjoyed his witty, urbane and sometimes vulnerable character. Maybe because most of the story is in Derrick's POV? Derrick's inexperience made me feel protective of him and I didn't fully trust Gavin not to hurt him emotionally. For most of the book, I was always just a little cautious of him. In the last volume, I also got frustrated with the Gavin/ex-boyfriend storyline. Some of Gavin's thoughts and choices puzzled me. Lastly, this is really a single story arc told in three volumes. I recommend the trilogy over the single books. Had I read the books expecting standalone stories, I would have felt dissatisfied. This story was engaging from start to finish. I'm glad I had a chance to read/review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Derrick Chance, a quiet handy man hasn’t had an easy go of it. Losing his parents when he was a kid, he lives with his grandparents until they die when he’s 21 where he spends three years caring for both of them as they suffer from Alzheimer’s and cancer. But that’s not all. His older brother dies serving his country and his long time girlfriend breaks up with him. The strain of caring for his grandparents 24/7 with very little help and the other losses take their toll. Free now of the responsibility he pulls back and heals carving out a simple life as a handy man with a couple close friends. Derrick has spent 10 years out of the relationship game when he meets Gavin Hayes to build Gavin some shelves. Gavin flirts with Derrick and for the first time Derrick feels something in return. Gavin has his own issues. Recently out of an emotionally abusive relationship and afraid he’s contracted HIV, he flirts with Derrick to prove he can, that he’s not damaged goods. I fear I will be one of the decenters as I had a ton of problems with this story. The flirting turns into a date and shortly after they go to bed and from there it turns into one the biggest sex-fests I’ve read after a while. I was stunned by the amount of sex in this story. You could cut out a hundred pages of sex and still have it dominate the story. I’m not against sex, I love it and there were parts of it that moved the story - Derrick’s first time with a partner in 10 years, them learning how to work under the weight of Gavin’s possible infection, and them switching at power plays in the bedroom. But the rest had no purpose and I skipped page after page after page trying to find some real story. Derrick I truly loved. He’s been though so much and I could relate to everything he did and felt. He tries desperately to make the relationship work with tools he never had with a man rebounding from abuse. I think Derrick did a great job. Gavin I couldn’t warm up to. He’s such a contradiction and though we learn about his demons early without his POV I couldn’t figure out what made him tick. I had hoped to have more time in his head but when that happened, I was disappointed which moves to another problem with this book - the POV. It’s all Derrick until the third volume where it switches to Gavin so suddenly I’m five pages in before I realize we’ve had a POV change. And the little time we are in Gavin’s head he’s basically only thinking about his ex, the man who manipulated him and may have infected him. While I understand he can’t forget what happened, his obsession with his ex despite everyone telling him to leave it alone was ridiculous. On top of that he does dumb things like meet with his ex alone with no one there to help or back him up if the ex gets abusive. It sets up the big “gotcha” at the end but those were the times I really felt Derrick could do better. This book does get extra points for three excellent female characters, friends of Derrick and Gavin who know them well and treat them appropriately giving sound advice even if it doesn’t push the two men’s relationship. I haven’t seen such well written women in quite a while. Included were some side stories that added some interest but really this book could have been trimmed down to a single solid volume. The three volumes here were unnecessary and filled with an eye rolling amount of sex. I can’t recommend it. I received a copy of this story free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
AWE-SCA More than 1 year ago
(This book was received free in return for an honest review.) I had a hard time deciding between 4 or 5 stars so let's go with 4.5, mostly because of the transition book 2 and partly because I could put the book aside without longing to read nonstop. The banter and joking is fun though and had me laughing out loud several times. Book 1: Inertia sets the stage of main characters in particular level-headed carpenter/repairman Derrick and flirty accountant Gavin. The story is told from Derrick's POV and gives the reader a stark picture of his life age eighteen to present spanning some 13 or so years. He has spent the last ten celibate and gets the proverbial slap upside the head from a friend to start living in the here and now. He meets Gavin for a work consultation and Gavin starts flirting. The relationship progresses until Gavin discloses his possible HIV status which sends Derrick into a tailspin. Book 2: Acceleration is also told from Derrick's POV. The boys are back together and struggling to keep their relationship afloat. Derrick is holding his feelings back and Gavin is conflicted on his end too. Domination and submission is played out both in the bedroom and in their personal lives. This book was all transition from tentative relationship to a more solid one, especially in regards to break-up and make-up. Book 3: Velocity moves the POV to Gavin. I wished that book 2 had had a mix of POVs because the change threw me off for the beginning of the book. Gavin is moving out of his apartment and dealing his his manipulative ex. I really liked how the author had the characters speak in "plain" enough terms to allow the reader to fully understand the conflicts going on with Gavin especially how he comes to realize that he is a victim of abuse. Gavin's revenge is awesome. Other notes of interest: jewish characters - yeah! Also loved Derrick's relationship with Miss Ingrid, the beloved grandmother figure. Devon and Hannah....inter-racial marriage? I couldn't quite figure that one out. Devon and Hannah's work with abuse and under-priveledged...and that the author spoke candidly about HIV and AIDS in the present day. Final verdict...worth the time to read...maybe more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: The author furnished a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I&rsquo;m a relatively new reader in the m/m romance genre (about 100 titles over the last 6 months) and it has been fascinating to see the variety of ways in which authors deal with sex. There seems to be a continuum, ranging from what amounts to little more than porn tossed in for entertainment and sales value, to beautiful, delicately written, sometimes almost spiritual experiences. Gormley definitely falls somewhere toward the loftier end of this spectrum. No one will be too shocked that, as a gay man, everything I encounter in life has some connection to musical comedy. In Musical Theatre 101, I was taught that up until 1943 a musical number tended to interrupt the plot and then, when the singers and dancers left the stage, the story would resume. <i>Oklahoma!</i> was groundbreaking because, for the first time, the musical numbers were integrated into the story, gave insight into the inner lives of the characters, and even moved the plot forward. This is exactly how I felt about the sex scenes throughout the <i>Impulse</i> trilogy. And, let&rsquo;s face it, these books have A LOT of very, VERY HOT sex!!! Yet, rather than merely titillate, Gormley has a unique talent for integrating sex into the story and using it to reveal to the reader what is going on the in hearts and minds of her characters. This alone would place her work well above the tawdry fray, but what really knocked my socks off is that she actually advances the plot through the medium of the sexual act. All the while Gavin and Derrick are grappling with buttons and zippers and condoms and lube, they are simultaneously struggling with and working through the baggage and the inner demons that stand in the way of their individual happiness and the possibility of a nurturing relationship. The reader actually experiences the development of intimacy between two men as it is developing! Seeing this couple growing toward one another is almost like watching plants as they slowly turn to face the sun, except . . . did I mention that these guys are really, really hot? Along with a striking ability to bring her characters to life in vibrant Technicolor, I was very impressed by the honesty and openness with which HIV infection was handled. With any book I read, I usually have no trouble mentioning a &ldquo;negative&rdquo; or two, if only to keep things in balance, but I simply can&rsquo;t find a single thing I don&rsquo;t adore about these books. I hope it doesn&rsquo;t stop at a trilogy and that we can hope to see more of Derrick and Gavin in the future!
Meg4017 More than 1 year ago
I have been given this book in return for an honest review. This book is a wonderfully written story about how the real scare of having unprotected sex effects relationships.  Derrick, a man who has not only not been in a relationship for 10 years, but has not had sex in 10 years, becomes attracted to Gavin a new client. Gavin has just come out of an abusive relatioship and has become aware he may have been exposed ro HIV. He has been tested and so far he's negative, but the positive possibility is still there. It's between the three month test and the six month test that this story takes place. Derrick has already gone through years of being the caregiver of his very ill grandparents, who have now passed, and is afraid of what this relationship might mean. Both men are in need of THAT connection. When things move on and Gavin tells Derrick what's going on, conflicts arise.  I thought both their friends were fantastic characters and all their reactions were very believable. I thought the anguish and stress was well written.  This story also shows you can have safe sex and it still be fantastic! There is a club scene I question why the author put it in. Didn't make sense to me. And I wouldn't call this a trilogy, I would have been upset buying any of these separately because it's just one continuous story. But other than that, GREAT READ!flag