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All eyes are on Josh Knox…
Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.
This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media&Productions filming every move.
April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.
The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.
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About the Author
Megan Westfield has dabbled in many hobbies and pastimes over the years, ranging from playing the cello to cake decorating (i.e., icing-eating) to a dozen different outdoor adventure sports. Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing—her first and strongest passion. She writes new adult fiction because she loves exploring the powerful and formative years between high school and the quarter-life crisis. As a reader, her favorite books are those with a truly unique, real-world setting, and, of course, a love story.
Megan grew up in Washington state, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego where she and her husband count family beach time with their two young kids as an adventure sport. Megan was formerly the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California and is represented by Melissa Edwards of The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.
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Lessons in Gravity
By Megan Westfield, Karen Grove
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April had curled herself into a snail-tight ball deep within her sleeping bag, but still she shivered. Her air mattress had gone flat in the middle of the night, and the chill that wafted up from the ground was distinctly similar to the flow from a refrigerator door left ajar.
But the cold wasn't the only reason she couldn't sleep. At first, it had been the nighttime forest noises: the creaking branches, wild animal calls, and wind scraping across the top of the tent — it was like living inside a 1950s horror film. Then her mind switched over to the horror that been real. Her father. The air show. His falling plane. The screams. The flames. And once the adrenaline from the memories kicked in, there was no way she could relax enough to fall asleep.
Making things worse, the same tight ball that helped with the cold and the mental images was also causing unbearable pain. When she drank a beer with her crewmates, Madigan and Theo, last night after the drive from the airport, she hadn't realized how far away the bathroom was and just how much she would not want to leave her tent once she was zipped safely inside. If bladders could burst, hers was about to.
It took great effort to uncurl and inch to the top of the sleeping bag. The much colder air outside stung the tip of her nose and the whites of her eyes. She stared at the ceiling of the tent for a moment, planning her next move. Wait, she could see the ceiling. That meant dawn had arrived. The hellish night was finally over.
With clunky fingers and arms stiff like chicken wings, she pulled her jacket on over her pajama top and struggled into jeans and shoes. She scooted to the tent door, hesitating as she reached for the zipper. It had been dark when they'd arrived from the airport, and she had no idea what — or who — was outside. The last thing she needed was to encounter her crewmates for the first time in the daylight before she'd had a chance to clean up.
She unzipped the tent as quietly as she could and peeked outside. Madigan was already up. Thankfully, he was over at a picnic table with his back to her. If she could just get out of the tent before he turned around, she could escape to the bathroom without being seen.
Unwilling to risk any more zipper noise, she dropped to her hands and knees to push through the partially open flap. Sharp, frigid gravel pressed into her palms. As she lifted her second leg over the threshold, her foot caught and she tumbled forward.
Madigan turned around. Shit.
She fought to free her legs as he came over to see what was going on. He stood above her and offered a hand. Oh, god. She wanted to turn to dust and blow away.
"Good morning," he said, attempting to suppress a grin but failing miserably.
April choked down her humiliation and unhooked her toe from the door. Way to start your internship, champ.
Madigan pulled her to her feet and then went back to the picnic table. Even from behind, she could tell he was still grinning. At least somebody thinks it's funny. She brushed herself off and joined him at the table, where he was screwing a collapsible burner onto a can of propane.
"We have a pretty relaxed schedule today," he said. "Once Theo gets up, we'll go over to the cafeteria and grab something to eat." He lit the stove and balanced a pot of water on the burner. "After that, we can do some location scouting."
"You think Theo will be a while?"
Madigan laughed. "Theo would sleep all day if we let him."
The walk over to the bathroom building warmed her up enough to stave off the shivers — just in time for the icy toilet seat and the sink's frigid water. The aluminum mirror above the sink was hardly reflective, but she could make out enough to confirm she looked as haggard as she felt. Her dependably well-behaved, straight blond hair had a brassy cast, and it was inexplicably matted against the side of her head.
She finger brushed her hair and tucked in the tails of her pajama shirt that were hanging out of the bottom of her jacket. Not wanting to go back to the campsite just yet, she sat outside on the cement bathroom stairs. This campground didn't look anything like the pictures of Yosemite she'd seen online, and it definitely didn't live up to Theo's use of the word "sublime" last night when describing the main valley. Sure, there were a lot of big pine trees here, but other than that, it was just a flat expanse of dirt with half-buried cement tubes dividing it into campsites. There weren't many other people up yet, just a few campers boiling water on spindly stoves like Madigan's and a guy climbing around on a house-size boulder a few campsites away.
She rubbed at her dry eyes, which made them hurt more. Between the cold, the hard ground, and not sleeping, it was like having the world's worst hangover combined with a severe case of strep throat. She'd barely made it through one night. How would she be able to make it through three months?
She'd held it together so well last term — the whole school year, really. And the flight last night from L.A. to Fresno hadn't tripped her up like she had feared it would. Flying commercial as a passenger was very different than flying your own plane. Or sitting in the audience of an air show. Instead, she'd completely failed what should have been the easiest thing: sleeping. And as she'd learned the hard way, sleep deprivation was the quickest way to a really bad place, mentally.
Her chest tightened. Not only would she not be able to function coherently, she wouldn't be able to function at all. She'd be fired from the internship, and what would happen then?
This internship was the opportunity of a lifetime. Walkabout's documentaries were stunning. Big. Bold. Different. Its founder, Danny Rappaport, was easily her favorite documentary director, and he'd picked her for this position out of more than a hundred applicants. Further, she'd be part of the filming crew instead of the typical intern role of being a footage-logging slave. Although she'd be doing plenty of that, too. This internship was the key to getting a full-time job in the documentary industry, and a ten-year head start to making her own films someday.
If you don't get a handle on sleep, you'll lose it all. Your dream will be over before it even starts.
Be brave, April girl, her dad would say if he were alive. It had been his advice for every situation, whether it was her first airplane landing at fourteen or asking her chemistry partner to prom two years later. But being brave had been easy for her dad. He was never afraid.
If she could just be more physically comfortable, then maybe she'd be able to keep the upper hand on her mind long enough to fall asleep tonight. Yes, that was the solution. She would start by not drinking any liquids after dinner so she wouldn't have to pee in the middle of the night. She'd wear her jacket to bed and listen to music on her phone to block out the forest noises. Maybe there was a camping store here where she could buy an air mattress that wouldn't go flat overnight.
Having a plan created a nice warming effect on her body and loosened some of the tightness in her chest. If she could just get through these three months on location, the remaining six months of the internship — postproduction back at Walkabout's headquarters in Seattle — would be a piece of cake.
She turned her attention to the guy in the gray hoodie on the enormous boulder. This was what she needed to focus on. The climber guy's movements were smooth and controlled, like a choreographed dance, as he moved back and forth across the boulder's longest side. She realized that the entire time she'd been sitting there, he hadn't touched the ground or paused for a break. His deep focus was inherently dramatic, and she could see that this, thousands of feet in the air and set against some of the amazing vistas that supposedly existed in Yosemite, would make for some stunning cinematography.
Climbing might be a bizarre sport, but she had to admit, it was also a little sexy. The height. The fearlessness. The confidence. The apparent impossibility of it all.
It was the daredevil's siren call.
The guy stretched diagonally, locking onto a section that was slightly overhanging. His hood fell back, revealing light brown, tousled hair. Now hanging by his arms, he tucked and lifted his legs effortlessly though the air, placing the tips of his shoes back on the rock with precision. Even though she couldn't see his face, her heartbeats quickened with interest. God, April, no!
She would have to be very careful here, surrounded by a bunch of sexy guys like this. Not only were crew-talent flings expressly in violation of the employee conduct contract she'd signed, she would never allow one to happen. Daredevils die young, and after what happened to her father, she would never — not ever — fall for a guy who risked his life for a living.
The guy climbed up and over the far corner of the boulder. She waited for a few minutes, and when he didn't reappear, she walked over to take a closer look. Running her hand across the rock, she tried to find something to hold on to, but there was nothing. She pushed her fingertips into the rock, and it became sharper and a little bit tacky, like sandpaper. But, still, it wasn't enough friction to hold someone's body weight.
Not wanting to stay away for too long, she headed back to the Walkabout site, where Madigan lounged in a camp chair with his sleeping bag wrapped around him like a shawl. She was still embarrassed about falling out of her tent, but it would be worse if she let it show, so she sat confidently at the picnic table, facing him.
"How'd you sleep?"
"Great," she lied. "How about you?"
"I froze, but it's just because I was too lazy to go get my warmer sleeping bag from the van."
There was a day's worth of stubble on his jaw and a few tufts of dark brown hair sticking out from the bottom of his wool hat. He was younger than she'd guessed in the dark last night, probably in his late twenties.
A savage roar made April leap off the bench. She wheeled around, half expecting to find one of the scythe-wielding maniacs she'd visualized last night.
Madigan burst into laughter. "Theo's awake."
Theo's tent shook as he fumbled to unzip it. He stuck his head out. "Whaz up, guys?"
His hair was shaggy like Madigan's, but it was red and an inch or two longer. He crawled out of the tent, staggered toward them, parked his butt on the picnic table, and pulled a ragged yellow beanie over his head.
"It's about time," Madigan grumbled. "Get off your ass and let's go eat."
The cafeteria was down a short trail and across the road from the campground. As they approached, April's mouth watered at the smell of sausage and bacon sizzling on the grill.
"Guess Josh arrived early," Madigan said as they sat down with their trays of food.
"Who?" she asked.
He gestured toward a cute guy about her age with light brown hair a few tables away — a guy who wore a threadbare gray hoodie and was reading a newspaper. The same guy she had watched climbing around on the boulder.
"That's Josh Knox," Madigan said. "He's our star. He's been out of the country all winter on a sweet climbing trip."
Madigan and Theo stood, and April dutifully followed them, her stomach rumbling in protest at having to leave her food. "How was Indonesia?" Madigan asked Josh.
Josh set his newspaper down and man-hugged the guys. "It was good, man. Real good." His smile faded as soon as he noticed April standing there with them.
"This is April," Madigan said. "She's our intern for the project."
Josh was thin, but he was tall and his posture was imposing. His eyes were an arresting combination of green and brown that she longed to study further, despite the marked lack of expression in them. Even as he shook her hand, he didn't seem any more interested in her than the napkin dispenser on the table his eyes shifted to next.
She drew back from the group, feeling small and unimportant. She was unimportant: a lowly intern. It was time to toughen up, because she'd probably be experiencing this type of thing a lot.
"You're welcome to join us," Madigan said to Josh.
"Thanks, but I better stay here and catch up with what's been going on in the U.S.," he said.
Back at the table, April dug into her syrupy French toast and chugged down the coffee that would be her lifeblood for getting through the rest of the day.
"Josh is parked out behind the search-and-rescue camp while we're filming," Theo said. "He lives in his truck."
"Permanently?" she asked between bites.
"Whenever he's in the States," Theo said.
She looked over at Josh, who was reabsorbed in his newspaper. There was something vaguely familiar about him.
"How long before the rest of the talent arrives?" she asked.
Theo stopped chewing. "They're climbers, Hollywood, not talent."
"When are the other climbers getting here?" she asked.
Theo snorted. "That's something you'll be helping us puzzle out."
Madigan slugged Theo. "Stop being a jerk, you ass." He faced away from Theo. "A lot of it's weather dependent. We can't shoot up in Tuolumne until the snow's melted. And it's really going to be determined by Josh's climbs. His are the riskiest, and the rigging we have to do for them is the most complicated."
April looked over at Josh, who was now listening to messages on an old-fashioned flip phone. He was definitely cute, in a unique, somewhat exotic, unkempt sort of way. Perhaps "striking" was a better word.
From the number of messages he was going through, it had to be the first time he'd checked voicemail since getting back from his trip. Either that, or he was really, really popular.
As if he could feel her eyes on him, Josh looked toward their table. Just as quickly, he looked away, and she immediately placed where she recognized him from.
Back when Danny Rappaport was still working for the American Geographic Channel, he directed a series about the modern Southwest. One of the segments was about rock climbing, and Josh had been in it. She was remembering him not for his looks but for his terrible interviews. As in off-the-charts bad. One-word answers, ogling the camera, staring off into space. In fact, she had only watched a few of his interview spots before skipping past the rest. It was the only skipping she had done while watching all forty-five hours of Danny's filmography after she'd found out she got the internship.
Her specific role on this internship was to run the interviews. Fantastic. Her job just got infinitely harder.
"Anyone want more coffee?" Theo asked.
April and Madigan held out their empty cups. Theo took them and walked brazenly through the out turnstile into the food area.
She looked over at Josh. A lot of time had passed since the American Geographic special. He'd probably been in lots of films since then. Surely he had improved.
Josh snapped his phone closed. His face was somber. Girl troubles, perhaps? Strange, though. What kind of girl would date a guy who lived in a truck? Perhaps that was the problem.
Theo returned to the table, gripping the three paper coffee cups in an impressive counterpressure triangle.
"Here you go, Hollywood," he said with a wink.
April took her cup. "You know, I've never done any work in Hollywood."
"You went to film school in L.A. That counts."
"Like you didn't."
"Nice try. Colorado Film School for me. UNC for Madigan."
Theo sat down and started talking about some newly climbed mountain in the Andes.
A few tables away, Josh folded his newspaper and stood up. He turned their way, and his eyes locked with April's, making her breath pause. The sadness from earlier was still hovering over him like a cloud. His expression went sharp, and she looked away with the distinct feeling she'd seen something she shouldn't have.
Her stomach churned uneasily. She didn't even know the guy, but the intensity of his sadness was speaking directly to the hard place in her heart she kept so carefully locked down.
Madigan and Theo waved good-bye to Josh. His frown relaxed as he nodded to them, but by the time he'd reached the exit and glanced at April once more, the sorrow was even more deeply rooted in his eyes and etched in the lines around his mouth. Goose bumps popped up on April's arms. This time, she couldn't look away.
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•Heartbreaking Intricate Love Story April's dream is to be a documentary filmmaker, she's lucky enough to have an internship with Walkabout Media & Productions to make that dream come true. However her chore is to get Josh Knox the infamous rock climber who prefers to free solo instead of climbing with the safety of a rope, to open up and give more than one worded clipped answers during an interview. Would she be able to break through his interview pretentiousness? Is it him or is it her? If it's him, why is he like this, is the camera an instant switch for "Jerk Josh"?(*direct book quote) April is able to crack his exterior but falls for him in the process. After what happened to her father, how will she be able to handle his choices? Will she be able to do the added job Danny's asked of her? Josh climbs rocks without a care in the world, or so it seems, what's really going on within and around him? No one else has gotten him to open up like this ever, now it's time to be filmed climbing Sorcerer Spire with its sharp twisting tower, without a rope. *Sorcerer rose from the valley floor to the sky in an uninterrupted swoop. But unlike El Capitan and the other formations, the rock of the Sorcerer was nearly black.(*direct book quote). *“Is it normal to climb ropeless?” she asked. Madigan laughed. “No. It’s not normal. Only the crazies and the insanely good do it. When you climb without a rope, it’s one wrong move and you’re toast.” “Technically, he’ll be free BASEing. Climbing with a parachute in a backpack. It could save him if he falls from high enough, if he pulls the cord fast enough.” (*direct book quote). What happens between Josh & April? How does his Sorcerer climb go? You'll have to read LESSONS IN GRAVITY to find out, but man will it be worth the time it takes for you to read it! It's an EXTREMELY EXHILARATING and emotionally filled story that'll have you laughing, crying, smiling, and falling throughout. This is my first, but definitely not my last Megan Westfield story; what e debut novel! I received an ARC via IndieSage through NetGalley in exchange for a blog tour review. Due to sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 16 and older. FAVORITE PASSAGES~ -“If you’re not falling, it means you’re not taking risks.” -We’re not alone in this—always remember that. -“You are more resilient than you think.” -When you operate through avoidance, you let your fears control you -What good is life if you’re not living it?
What an incredible journey. Such a well-researched book action-packed with romance, climbing, and hiking in the beautiful Yosemite setting. The ending was so satisfying and perfect for the novel. I let my 15 year old niece borrow this book, and she read it in one day and said it was a new favorite. I can't wait to pick up Megan Westfield's next book, Leaving Everest.
A summer internship with an outdoor adventure film company is the background to this unique and intense romance by Megan Westfield. April Stephens has always avoided risk, after watching her adventurous stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash. But the chance to work with a well known documentary filmmaker is too good to pass up, even if it means she'll have to face some of her fears in order to capture the death defying rock climbing scenes up the side of Yosemite's famed Sorcerer's Spire. Josh Knox is the man of the hour, the one who she's going to profile on his journey to the top. He's a close mouthed individual, making the one on one interviews she's supposed to conduct with him a challenge, since he doesn't seem the least bit interested in being on camera. But as the barriers he's built up to protect himself come down, April and Josh find themselves unable to deny their attraction. Josh is exactly the kind of guy April swore to never get involved with after losing her dad. Is their fledgling relationship doomed to fail just as it's getting off the ground? I really enjoyed this story! The setting is well described in beautiful Yosemite, as is the reality of camping out in the bush. The rock climbing scenes are intense and dramatic, with enough detail to make them come vividly to life without being too technical for the reader unfamiliar with the skills and equipment involved. Knowing that Josh plans to free climb to the top of the Spire puts a layer of tension through the story that makes it hard to put down. Josh and April's relationship develops slowly. While we know a lot about April's past and her feelings, Josh is a bit of an enigma. The story is told all from April's point of view so we only learn about Josh what he shares with her, including that he's estranged from his family and this is part of why he climbs seemingly without fear of any consequences that could happen. When they do get together they share some sweet and sexy scenes. But underneath it all is the reality that Josh's plans could get him killed. The second half of the story is intense and action packed as April must conquer her fears of climbing in order to capture the perfect shots, while dealing with the reality that Josh's climbing is not just a hobby but an essential part of who he is. We get a happy ending for the couple as they work through their fears to find the compromise that will keep them together after the summer is over. I highly recommend this exciting and unique romance!
Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite Megan Westfield’s Lessons In Gravity is a sweet romance centered on rock climbing. Three years ago the heroine, April Stephens, watched her daredevil pilot father fall to a fiery death. Though so much time has passed, she’s never gotten over his death. It doesn’t help that her internship lands her directly in the path of Josh Knox, a handsome rock climber who plans on climbing a dangerous cliff without any rope. April Stephens is faced with a difficult choice; stick with Josh and his daredevil lifestyle or give in to her fear. The romance in this book starts up slowly as Megan Westfield sets the stage for her hero and heroine, but picks up momentum as the story unfolds. Lessons In Gravity gives an intriguing glimpse into the lives of daredevil sportsmen and the effects on their families. The reader may not like this type of sport, but by the end of the book they will at least understand it. Back to the romance; there were some really sweet scenes between April and Josh that take you back to those first love days. For those who miss romance without the over the top sex scenes, this book is for you. The hero is someone likable, not the wild child one would expect a daredevil rock climber to be. Megan Westfield’s secondary characters are three-dimensional and add spice to the story. The emotion in this book is poignant, and at the same time sweet. I also found the background descriptions in this book vivid.
This is such a unique and emotionally charged story. Lessons in Gravity is so much more than a romance. The author did a fantastic job with the rock climbing aspects. It's clear she has experience in this sport. There were so many adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat moments that had my palms sweating and heart racing. And the scenic descriptions were magnificent. I could clearly picture the valley and rock faces in my mind. Someday, I would love to visit Yosemite! I instantly fell in love with Josh and April. It was clear from the moment their eyes met that they had a soul deep connection. It was like she could see what was behind his facade when no one else could. I guess only someone with as much pain in their past as April could truly see what lies beneath the surface. I loved the back stories of these characters and how their pasts affected their current emotional state. Once Josh's story was revealed, I couldn't help but root for him and their relationship. April lived in constant turmoil. She was still struggling with witnessing her father's crash and her PTSD. Then she meets Josh, this fearless climber who wants to free solo and attempt climbs that have never been done. How would she ever be able to put the past behind her while spending her internship watching the man she was falling for do these crazy climbs? Could she learn to love someone so deeply that she could overcome those fears to be with him? Was loving Josh and having him for even one more day worth all the pain she might feel down the road? Or would it be better to walk away for good? She also had to consider her job; crew and talent don't fraternize. April had way more to lose than just her heart and her sanity. I think this is one of the first times that I've actually enjoyed the single point of view. I loved all of the unknowns around Josh. Why was he so rigid and closed off? What was behind the kaleidoscope of emotions that played in his eyes? I was just as confused and frustrated as April. She was trying to get her life on track and finish film school. This was her opportunity to make a name for herself, and he seemed hell bent on ruining it for her. But was his public persona really about her or was he just scared? Would April ever be able to bring out the friendly Josh on camera that she sees when he's with his friends? I loved going on this journey with April and experiencing the wonder of this new found love and adventure. Megan Westfield wrote a fabulous book. I'm so honored that I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Lessons in Gravity. This was an exceptionally written debut novel, and I look forward to living her other adventures.
lessons in gravity is megan westfield's debut novel, a new adult romance that i picked up and couldn't put down until the last page was read. and then i regretted it because i wanted to spend more time with josh and april. this story is so sweet and emotional. both the leads have a lot of emotional baggage and heartache that they need to work through. april, in particular, is dealing with the aftereffects of her father's death. he had been a stunt pilot and died in front of her when an aerial stunt went badly. after that she's sworn to never get close to another daredevil. but when she meets josh knox, master rock climber, the attraction is instantaneous. even worse they share a deep emotional connection. so in spite of all the reasons april should stay away from him, she doesn't. she can't. the whole book i was kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop. you know it's going to happen, because the only way josh and april will make it is if april confronts her biggest fear. she is terrified to lose anyone. and when she almost loses josh on a climb she's not sure she can stand the idea of him risking his life again. this is a romance, so the characters work through it. and the way it is written is so moving and satisfying. all the secondary characters in this were great too. and i loved the whole backdrop of the documentary crew. i would have kept reading about different shoots and life on set just because i liked everyone so much. **lessons in gravity will publish on october 24, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.
Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield....This was a sweet romance story that kept me glued to the pages. It is a well written, interesting book, with great likeable characters. I enjoyed watching Josh and April's stories be told. Megan Westfield is a new author to me and she was gained a new reader. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
*4.5 Stars Rounded Up How gorgeous is this cover?! From the first page, I got sucked into this wonderful world of rock climbing, documentary filmmaking, and the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. I liked both April and Josh immediately, though I definitely wondered exactly what Josh's deal was. He didn't hide that adorable vulnerability very well, so I just knew that I would love him. April is a just-about-graduated filmmaker who wants to make documentaries for a living and was given the opportunity to intern with a renowned documentary filmmaker in Yellowstone National Park. She is pushing herself outside of her comfort zone, especially after a tragic stunt plane accident changed her life forever (and left her with some baggage) a few years before. Josh is the Muhammad Ali of rock climbing and notoriously difficult and terse during interviews... and is the center of the documentary. It's basically April's job to get him to open up... And I'd say that she does. ;) This was a really sweet romance, though not lacking in sizzle. It's New Adult, but the heat level is pretty tame, just above a Young Adult romance level (lots of hot kisses and embraces!). I think that this worked really well with this story and absolutely adored the way that their relationship was built up. It all felt very genuine (which is pretty big for me, personally). As much as I loved this (and I did!), I do have to say that I felt that it dragged a bit at about 75% in. The part in particular I'm referring to is definitely necessary and significant, but I feel like it was maybe thrice as long as it needed to be (or maybe I was just impatient?). You can definitely tell that Megan Westfield did her research for this one, too, making the passions of her characters come to life for those of us who may not be as familiar with them. I don't climb, nor have I visited Yellowstone (yet!), but had no problem following along and picturing everything as it was happening. Megan's writing style is immersive and everything flows really well! I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the supporting characters here - Madigan and Theo, in particular, were just awesome! I can't say that I would mind reading their stories. ;)
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley and Entangle Publishing in exchange for a honest review.This author is new to me but after this book I will be looking into more of her books.Very well written,a lot of action.loved the characters.
Wow, this is one adventurous story. I loved it! Story was quite interesting and so were all the characters. It was an adventurous book. Josh is a daredevil and April is a worrier. They're an unlikely couple. It was a slow read for me, I took in everything, enjoyed learning about the characters, rock climbing and film making. It was quite fun for me. April is an intern. It is important for her to succeed at her new job or else she won't be able to get her diploma. If that means dealing with aloof and rude Josh then so be it. She is determined to make it work not matter how rudely Josh behaves. It's her job to interview him and make this project a success. Josh is a rock climber. He doesn't like talking into camera. It makes him nervous but he can see that April is determined to make him talk. It's difficult for people to understand what drives him. He is fearless and rock climbing is a lot more than just a sport for him. Together they make a perfect couple. They're both dedicated to their work, loyal, and the chemistry between them is exceptional. But in many ways they are incompatible. It won't be easy for them to deal with their differences and still be together. In any case this will be one adventure no one will easily forget.
This was the first book I've read by this author and what a read! It was such a unique love story! The setting of where this takes place is breath taking. I felt like I was holding my breath during the scenes hoping to see that the climbers were OK. This book takes a hard look at how fear can hold you back from truly loving someone. Is that love worth the risk that you could lose that person? April lost her father who was a stunt pilot and she could never get past the fact that he chose to do that for a living when he knew he could die and leave her mother and her behind. When she takes a filming job on a documentary for a climber who is going to climb without a rope, she vows that she would never have a relationship with someone who is such a risk taker. From the moment she meets Josh though, there is a connection. She is so scared to love Josh because of what he does. Can she love someone when she knows what it might cost her? This was such an emotional read for me. The emotions that April goes through I felt like I lived them through her. I also loved Josh's vulnerability. He isn't like the typical alpha male that I read about. He had a vulnerability to him from the beginning and was so scared of getting hurt. This book had me hooked from the beginning. I absolutely loved it!
This was a very enjoyable sweet clean read. The characters are very likeable and the plot intriguing. I wish there had a been a bit more passion and fire between these two but overall it was a very entertaining read. April Stephens wants to be a filmmaker specializing in documentaries. Her first step is doing an excellent job during her internship. Dealing with Josh, the subject of her interview, proves to be problematic with his one word answers. Getting him to open up to her will be her biggest challenge, or so she thought. Now that he's talking April finds she really likes him and the spark of attraction between them is the real problem. Not only could she jeopardize her career but falling for a dare devil like her father had been isn't something April can deal with. I would definitely recommend this one.
Megan Westfield's use of rocky mountains, dangerous cliffs and turbulent emotions were essential to the plot line of Lessons in Gravity. Josh and April use their careers as shields. Both are running away from hard to face issues. The problem is no matter how fast they run and how far they escape, troubles still persist. For April facing her fears is a big step but she has yet to come to terms with the painful memories that dog her every waking moment. Lessons in Gravity puts the emotion front and center. April and Josh's journey is like pulling of a scab. It burns, it lingers but eventually it heals.