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Inertia (Impulse #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  299 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews

Quiet, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance has had enough loss for a lifetime and he has no intention of ever risking his heart again. Living alone in the old house his grandparents left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he has written off the possibility of romance or even sex. He refuses to consider himself lonel
ebook, 96 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Smashwords
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This earns itself the full marks not just for the lovely writing and enchanting characters, but also for its considerable amount of grit, daring and pluck with regard to its realistic treatment (view spoiler)

I loved this and will read the sequel! Recommended for all who like a realistic take on things.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jul 29, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Hot
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Well written, well timed love story
Characters: Well done
Plot: A very believable tale of love between two people.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Derrick

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I’ve read so much “insta love” lately that this book was a welcome change. The love story is slow brewed but not in a frustrating way. And again, a sigh of relief, that the conflict wasn’t based on misundersta
Rosa, really
Sep 15, 2014 Rosa, really rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People more patient than moi
Recommended to Rosa, really by: Non lo so. Oooo ITALIAN.

My handyman kink began with this:


It later developed into this:


Then returned to this:


What can I say, I'm a traditionalist.

That's the funny part. Or at least partway funny, it's hard to judge 'cause I find myself HILARIOUS.


I really, really wanted to love this book. Maybe that's the problem; I put too much pressure on our relationship and it collapsed. And now it's an "it's not you, it's me" situation.

Normally I love books that concentrate on character development over plot. I do! Really! But
Shirley Frances
A sensual story of lust, trust and letting go.

Derrick, a 31-year old handyman, has kept to himself for 10 years. No relationships, no casual hook ups - nothing. Just his work, his dog and his trustful hands. Gavin, on the other hand, is a 28-year old auditor who just ended a relationship and is reluctant to start a new one. But when they meet, their chemistry can't be denied. Their getting together was slow in coming, since both were reluctant to try it, but they talked and decided to take it a
Aug 07, 2012 Mandapanda rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Solid novella about Derrick, whose life has been on hold for several years since losing his family. His handyman business brings him into contact with flirtatious client, Gavin, who is just out of a bad relationship.

This self-pubbed book seems to be part of a series that follows the same couple. There is no big cliffhanger at the end but there are many things left unresolved and it did feel unfinished. The characters are nice but ultimately forgettable. Although I am interested enough to buy boo

I enjoyed this book, it also held a few surprises for me. I liked the build up of the romance there's some sweet flirty action between Derrick and Gavin.

Derrick is a handyman that Gavin hires to build some shelves and the attraction is pretty instant on both parts but things go very slow. I've always been a fan of slow burn romance.

We learn quite a bit about Derrick, who he is, his background, as well as his motivations. I found Gavin more of mystery. There's a slow unravelling of his past w
Macky ~ Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
This is an unusual love story in so much as both men have underlying issues that are more unusual than the norm. In Derricks case, he is a 28 yr old man who's one and only relationship (with a woman) started when he was just 14 and ended 4 yrs later, not only because he realised he was attracted to men but also because his life changed when he had to become the main carer for his grandparents for three years until they passed very close to each other! a hard and upsetting time for him. He had al ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, arc, ebook, 2012
3.5 stars. Good m/m romance about an isolated handyman who hasn't been with anyone since he was a teenager and started taking care of his sick grandparents. Then he's hired to install some shelves by a sexy and strangely skittish accountant who might be flirting with him... While I enjoyed how things developed between the two men, the story seemed to bog down a bit during the last third. And I was a bit surprised when the story ended - it left me with the feeling that this might develop into a s ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 21, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Handyman Derrick Chance has lived a lonely life, by choice. By the age of 21, he lost many beloved family members, and now ten years later, lives in the house his grandparents gave him. Although he is gay, he has never had a gay relationship. He experimented with a woman years ago, but with the loss of his grandparents he is too scared to become attached to anyone. He feels like a relationship is so much work, he’d rather be by himself. But then he meets Gavin.

Gavin is an accountant and hires De
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
2.5 stars

It's hard to explain my feelings on this one. There's nothing overtly wrong about it. It just feels like not much happens within the story beyond some unnecessary angst and lack of communication but I can't deny that there was potential to the story and that I did find pockets of the book that held me captivated.

It was hard for me to connect with the characters. I didn't mind that Derrick held a lot of inner monologue. He's a loner so I can understand why he over analyzes and over-think
Dec 21, 2012 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
Derrick is a handyman who for the last ten years has closed himself off to everyone except a few close friends. Too much loss in his late teens and early twenties made him believe that it was much safer not to get close to people and so he's been living a calm and sedate life, content but not happy. This all changes when he meets Gavin who employs Derrick to put up some shelves. Gavin flirts with Derrick, who finds the attention a mix of flattering, confusing and embarrassing. After a month of o ...more
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

This is the first book I've read by Amelia Gormley, and I found the writing and construction of the novel was done very well, but overall, I found the story to be somewhat no to my liking. This is mostly because of my reading preferences, and I still enjoyed the story. But, I found reading it to be somewhat tedious. There's no real story outside of the relationship between Derrick and Gavin, and I tend to not like very insular relationships in contemporary ro
Jul 27, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
As hot as the sex is in this story--and it is oh so hot--it was still the characters that captured me the most. Withdrawn, steady Derrick discovering desires he never thought he had, and cocky, mysterious Gavin slowly revealing more of himself as we get to know him. This is a work that doesn't flinch from hard themes like domestic abuse, HIV and self-imposed loneliness, but still manages to entertain. For me, it was a perfect mix of plot and porn. I can highly recommend it!
Oct 04, 2013 Camille rated it did not like it
DNF @ 68% and after many months of loitering on my "currently-reading" shelf.

Boring. Terribly so.

Features: long and tedious info-dumping exposition, flat and uninteresting characters, a tiresome storyline and very uninspired writing. Even massive amounts of skimming coculd not help this. DOA.
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

This was a pleasant surprise. I had Inertia on my TBR list for some time. I was looking for something to read, something that most of my friends hadn’t so I could go into it with a fresh mind, a new experience without the normal posts via Goodreads. As I scrolled through my library, the cover caught me with the gut feeling just like it did the first time I saw it. Having read the author before and enjoyed her voice, I was ready to meet and take these boys on.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
MMSJFDEURFSJHKHDGJMNGH!!! Why? Why? High and dry doesn't begin to describe it. Waiting anxiously for #2 even if I am afraid the last quarter of the book lacked a bit of the great tension of the previous part.

Derrick, the third person narrator of the book, is a 31-year-old handyman who's been living a quiet and unremarkable life. I think he's one of the unluckiest guys on earth for a number of reasons. He lost his parents when he was 14 and then went to live with his grandparents, who both fell i
Aug 02, 2012 Nithu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully measured tale of two men with very different reasons for being wary of embarking on a relationship. The attraction is there from the start, but will they have the courage to explore it?

Derrick, having lost several people he loved in quick succession, has decided that being on his own is the safest way to be. There is the sense that he is dissatisfied with his life, that it is lonely and sterile. Almost in spite of himself, he is intrigued when Gavin flirts with him. Derrick has bee
Mar 09, 2013 Beck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What...the...who ends a book on "Smiling, somehow feeling lighter about the prospect of the day apart and the evening to come, Derrick turned and made his way to his truck." I didn't pay 6 frickin' dollars for a fraction of the story! For $6 I expect War and Peace or at least a finished frickin' book...I HATE IT WHEN AUTHORS TRY TO SQUEEZE MORE MONEY OUT OF A READER BY SELLING THEIR NOVEL (SINGULAR) IN PIECES!!! Do you think the reader won't notice? It is expected by a reader, unless the author ...more
Leta Blake
Sep 10, 2012 Leta Blake rated it it was amazing
Inertia by Amelia C. Gormley is the story of Derrick, a man in his early thirties, who has cut himself off from risk, adventure, and relationships after an unfortunate series of circumstances that led him to losing everyone he loved by the time he was twenty-one. Unwilling to experience the crushing pain of loss again, he’s drifted through a pleasant if boring decade of the same old, same old. Until he meets Gavin and suddenly the possibility for something more appears on his radar. Will he be b ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Letitia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review soon!
Nov 25, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars

It didn't take me long to be totally absorbed by Amelia C. Gormley's Inertia, the first book in her Impulse trilogy. The story is sweetly sexy—and I mean that in all the best ways. One of the things I enjoyed about it is that, even with nothing overt, it is a book that resonated with me. The main characters, Derrick and Gavin, are both gun-shy when it comes to relationships but for very different reasons. And exploring those reasons, getting to know the two men, is a very rewarding
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Inertia is a wonderfully written tale and first book in the Impulse Series by Amelia Gormley. I found the book appropriately named as inertia is defined as a body resisting motion; thus our characters Derrick and Gavin.

Derrick and Gavin are opposites yet subtly alike. Gavin is out-going and flirtatious, Derrick, the handyman, is shy, reserved and very set in his ways. Both men battle issues that add to the dynamics of their desired feeling s for each other and the story. Gavin is dealing with a
The novel, Inertia, by Amelia C. Gormley was supplied for review by the author. While it should be obvious to say, this is a honest review and I was not influenced by any action of the author.

Inertia is the first novel by Amelia C. Gormley in which I have read. There is always a level of excitement when I discover a new author; I never know what the writing quality and style will be. In this case, I was very pleased with the results.

Basic Plot:

Derrick Chance is a handy man whose life is in a rut
Okay, I have to say my rating of this book is tainted by the fact it is not a complete story. It's not even a cliffhanger - it just stops.

So let's pretend you are an author and you are going to write a story. Your story has a beginning, a middle and an ending. Sometimes you may continue the idea in more stories, and those stories will have a beginning, a middle and an ending. (Unless of course it's The NeverEnding Story and then you just have a giant dog thing flying around.)

But not this story.
Nov 16, 2013 Kazza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


4.5 Stars

Inertia is a lovely read. Beautifully written with excellent characterisations, both primary and secondary. There is nothing outlandish here. The telling of a story that does not mock a serious issue, yet it is sexy, sensible and has hope. There is no insta-love, rather a building of a potentially strong and loving relationship between really genuine and likeable characters - who are not without personal demons, for understandable reasons. Highly recommended reading. Full review, with s
May 13, 2014 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-contemp
Sweet and uncomplicated story of one guy's attempt at getting back in the game. Filled with good amount of sexual tension, steaminess, and tenderness. Cute and non taxing read, but ends rather abruptly for part two.
Heather C
I seem to be in the minority here but I really, really liked this book. All the sexual tension and something about how Derrick and Gavin are both moving beyond their comfort zones and making themselves vulnerable again.

Of course, this book was all new discoveries and the start of a possible long term relationship, and there was a lot of sex...thinking about it and having it! It was hot so there certainly aren't any complaints from me! I have a feeling Derrick is about to be awakened to things h
Jan 10, 2013 orannia rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2013
Three and three-quarter stars. I can't put my finger on it (so it's probably a 'me' thing), but...IDK...I wanted less sex (not that there was much) and more...them. And I second what everyone said, this doesn't have an ending per say - it feels like Part 1 :)
Mar 26, 2014 Vallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spicy-hot, mm
Oooooooh this is SO MY KIND OF BOOK!!! Easy, light read, scorching hot, no plot other than the bubble the MCs are in, and the whole story is about their developing relationship. There is emotion and tenderness, especially on Derrick's part who is such a sensitive soul. Gavin is the kind of guy you think is invincible at first, full of charisma and natural confidence, but he has vulnerabilities too which make him more relatable and human. The angsty part revolves around Gavin and his traumatic ex ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Sagajo rated it liked it

Sweet romance. Not sure why the author is making this story into a series but I guess we'll see.
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Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4th grade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice i ...more
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“Well, I guess I don't say much, unless I've got something to say. Makes me not a lot of fun at parties. I'm really not great with small talk."

Gavin shrugged. "A lot of people feel like they have to fill every silence with noise, no matter how meaningless. I think it's interesting to find someone who isn't afraid of a little quiet.”
“Whatever happened after, even the loss, my life would be less if I had not had that. On the day I die, my only regret would be if I hadn't had it. If I had been too much a coward to take it while I had a chance.” 5 likes
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