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.
Gravity is written in Lauren Runow's stunning prose that fans have come to love her for. Immersed into the world of Lily and Trevin, Lauren's words allow the reader to really feel as though they are each character through out the years of their friendship. Young Lily is worried about friends and boys, while Trevin just tries to make it through the day without angering his father more. I loved the early ages, I felt like I was back to being in my young teens, experiencing the emotions alongside them. The general theme of the novel, their love story, is filled with angst and struggles that gripped me early on. I felt for the characters, I wanted to react for them, to lash out in anger and hurt as well. At other times, I wanted to shake them for being so ridiculous, but I also related in so many ways as I looked back on my youthful reactions to similar situations.
“He’s my gravity I’m pulled toward him, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
While Gravity started out as an incredibly strong coming-of-age story, I do feel like some of the character development went to a standstill as the years were flipped through quickly. I wanted to correct Lily and Trevin at multiple times and sometimes I felt like maybe I was judging them too harshly based on the one sided glimpse at what was happening during that brief moment of time. The speed at which we go through a handful of years can leave the reader feeling as though things are missed, but the outcome is worth it.
‘I will try my hardest to be the best man anyone would want to love, especially the girl holding me right now.’
Ultimately, I fell in love with Trevin and Lily. Their non-traditional second-chance romance and strong friendship is a truly beautiful contemporary romance story. As the characters face struggles and grow into themselves the reader is treated to an engaging and entertaining story with an HEA.
About the Author:
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.