Lessons In Gravity

Lessons In Gravity

by Megan Westfield
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Mommaleena More than 1 year ago
•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?
Maria-Rose 26 days ago
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!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
NRuffo More than 1 year ago
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.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
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.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
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.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
*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. ;)
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
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.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
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.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
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!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
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.