The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.
I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.
Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.
Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.
Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.
Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.
The Gravity of Us was a wonderful read. This book messed me up in the best of ways. There were a few times where I teared up and once where I almost seriously cried, which for me is a big deal. I don't usually actually cry at books so...this book got to me. It was like the perfect storm for me reading this story. I was super happy at the end, I almost cried because it was so perfect and sweet and wonderful, but it really made me think about loved ones I have lost and I was so caught up in my head I couldn't move on. It was great even if it was a downer at times.
This is the story of Lucy and Graham. Lucy who feels everything and Graham who tries his hardest to feel nothing. These two...they shouldn't have worked. They shouldn't have had a connection, shouldn't have felt anything towards the other, there are some significant reasons why they shouldn't be together, but one very good reason why they should. One reason that wipes away those reasons why not. When you find your other half you have to figure out how to keep them in the face of everything else.
When Graham and Lucy first meet he couldn't have known what the future would hold. She is just a fan that is also trapped outside after they went out a door they didn't realize would lock. She is just a girl who is hippie-dippie and not at all who he would want to be around. I mean she feels everything so strongly and he has no idea what to do with this. His past made him close down emotions and try to not have any. Try to not feel anything so nothing can hurt him like it did. Oh, Graham. I loved him. I loved watching him open up when he is faced with a situation he never thought he would find himself in. I loved watching Lucy show him how to be a bit freer. I loved how awkward he was with conversation, but he was trying. He was trying to be nice to Lucy he just didn't always know how. It was really sweet and I loved him. He was wonderful even if he is not the best with words. If he doesn't always know what to say even though he is an amazing author. He can write, but he can't always speak well. I loved him. He really was a sweetheart underneath his cold exterior.
And Lucy was so incredibly sweet. She is one of the kindest people ever. She will forgive you almost anything if you apologize. She will come back time and time again when you mess up or say something stupid or whatever. If she cares about you that is a wonderful gift. She was amazing. So giving and wonderful and full of life.
It definitely wasn't an instant love connection between these two, but slowly they start to fall for each other. Graham doesn't really know what he is doing as he has never cared like that about someone before, but oh he broke my heart at times. He tries so hard and by the end he is the best. He still has flaws, he knows he does, but he is trying to be better for Lucy. To be what she deserves. To be a bit more like her. I loved this story. It was a rough one for me to read especially with some of the things that happened and the timing for me, but it was great. A wonderful end to this amazing series.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2
We didn’t know how to act with one another after our first kiss. Our situation wasn’t the norm when it came to building a relationship. We did everything backward. I fell in love with a boy before our first kiss, and he fell for a girl who he wasn’t allowed to have. Our connection, our heartbeats, matched one another in our fairytale world, but in reality, society deemed us as an awful accident.
Maybe we were an accident—a mistake.
Maybe we were never supposed to cross each other’s paths.
Maybe he was only meant to be a lesson in life and not a permanent mark.
But still, the way he kissed me…
Our kiss was as if heaven and hell collided together, and each choice was right and wrong at the same exact time. We kissed as if we were making a mistake and the best decision all at once. His lips made me float higher, yet somehow descend. His breaths somehow made my heart beat faster as it came to a complete halt.
Our love was everything good and bad wrapped in one kiss.
A part of me knew I should’ve regretted it, but the way his lips warmed up the cold shadows of my soul…the way he left his mark on me…
I’d never regret finding him, holding him, even if we only had those few seconds as one.
He’d always be worth those tiny seconds we shared.
He’d always be worth that soul-connecting feeling we created when our lips touched.
He’d always be the one I spent my nights dreaming of being near.
He’d always be worth it to me.
Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now.
And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.
After we went home that night, we didn’t talk about it at all. Not the following week, either. I focused on Talon. Graham worked on his novel. I believed both of us were waiting for the right time to come up for us to speak about it, but that was the tricky thing about timing: it was never right.
Sometimes you just had to leap and hope you didn’t fall.
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