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Lessons in Gravity

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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
Published October 24th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Embrace)
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Megan Westfield There won't be a sequel, but you will see some more of Josh and April and other Walkabout crew members in the book I'm working on now, which will be r…moreThere won't be a sequel, but you will see some more of Josh and April and other Walkabout crew members in the book I'm working on now, which will be released this fall (fall 2017). I'll be sharing more about this book very soon!(less)

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Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
April is almost done with college. She just needs to successfully finish an internship. She will be part of a filming crew, making a documentary about rock climbers. Josh is one of those rock climbers and he will try something really dangerous. Josh is everything April hates about a man. She already someone important because of a dangerous profession and she doesn’t want to lose another person she loves. Josh and April spend some time together and they slowly fall in love with each other.

Josh is
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When it comes to a daredevil I am like a bee round a honeypot and Lessons in Gravity brings us fearless rock climber, Josh Knox.


This is a superb debut from Megan Westfield and she delivers a character driven story which gathers pace as the storyline progresses. The blurb is what sold this to me so there's no need for me to repeat the plot, but what I will say is that Josh and April were great characters who have been through some tough times in their lives that has left them with a vuln
Chasing Away Reality
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 J
Maria Rose
Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield is a unique and intense romance that happens during a summer internship with an outdoor adventure film company.

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 Sorcer
Suze Lavender
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
April has found a dream internship. She'll film climbers on the Sorcerer Spire in Yosemite. This means she has to camp for several months. April is not used to sleeping in a tent and not having a good shower whenever she wants. She's nervous at first, but she soon discovers that climbing can be fun and this is a big step in the right direction for her career. Josh is one of the climbers April has to interview. He's daring and reckless and he wants to climb the mountain without a rope, which is t ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok

If you are looking for an adult romance to really sink your teeth into, keep searching. What you will find here is an unusual plot line with likeable characters who have unique backgrounds. Unfortunately, the "blah" romantic relationship between the two main characters builds slowly with no real substance to speak of. Points though for the beautiful descriptions of the scenery and the adventures and perils of rock climbing.

This was my first book by Megan Westfield. She writes beautifully. But f
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2016
*This was given to me through NetGalley for an honest review*

This was such a cute romance novel. It's a clean one too, which I did not expect at all. The main theme is about fear and how it can hold you back from love and from life. It's such a great message. Very rarely do I see a book with a good message but I think this is one of those few.

April lost her father only a few months ago and it's left her with PTSD. She becomes intern on a documentary about rock climbing. about rock climbing. Her
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

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 wi
Jana at
Lessons In Gravity was very "meh" for me. I didn't love it, I didn't necessarily hate it. I loved the idea, but not the execution. There was no real substance to the romance between April and Josh, and their pasts didn't endear me to them as much as the author hoped. I did love the descriptions of Yosemite, though. I used to go stay there as a little girl and had fun re-visiting now. That's really the only reason I stayed with the book.
Robin Bielman
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really loved reading this!
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

I fell absolutely in love with the picture the author painted from this beautiful landscape.

I was lucky enough to be able to not only imagine what the author was talking about but to experience it as well. Sleeping in the Yosemite national park (and some other parks during our holiday) was one of the most amazing experiences in my life so far.

Even though I have no knowledge of climbing except from seeing Tom Cruise do it on Mission impossible I truely enjoyed reading about this lifestyle very m
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A sweet romance and a grand adventure.

A wild child at heart, professional rock climber Josh is far more reckless than April, a documentary maker who is cautious at her core. Perfectly paced and brilliantly descriptive, this is a great love story that is perfect for anyone looking to move into the New Adult genre.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read
First of all I have to say how gorgeous I find this cover to be! It is definitely an eye catcher.

April is not a risk taker, in fact she steers clear from anything to do with death defying acts. Her father was an adventurous stunt pilot who risked his life for his job every day and eventually those risks caught up to him. So not only does she stay away from anything risky she also stays away from men who make it their life. While not being able to pass up the opportunity to work with a well known
Jenny Q
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Really wanted to love this for the unusual setting and occupations, but the romance was underdeveloped and I was not a fan of the way the heroine treated the hero.
Megan Westfield
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: see above
I used to be a book reviewer, so I guess it’s only fitting that I do the same for my own book. ☺ My favorite part of a book review is speculating on who might enjoy the book, so let’s start with that.

In Lessons in Gravity, I tried to write the type of book I love to read (a book that has an irresistible premise or fascinating setting, contains a love story, and forces me to stay up all night against my will). Specifically with love stories, I most connect with books that are not overly explicit
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
For a girl who has never rocked climbed or filmed a documentary before, I now feel like a rock climbing and documentary expert after reading this book! The author did a great job at describing the rock climbing and the film making process. The information was weaved naturally through the story, and I never felt bogged down with information. I could clearly picture what was happening, and I understood the reasoning behind everything. The scenery was also described beautifully. I honestly felt lik ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Samantha Bilodeau
*4.5 Rounded Up

For more reviews like this, see my blog: Musings of Madjy

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 Yosemite 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 docu
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*This book was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I LOVED this book!! For one it dealt with a topic that I had no prior knowledge of and had never read about in any other book… rock climbing!  Seriously, as I was reading along I felt such regret that I had never looked into rock climbing as a hobby.  Ok, ok, maybe that has to do with being in the midwest where there are hardly ANY rocks to c
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I basically devoured this book. It's the story of April, an intern on a rock climbing documentary, and Josh, the star of both the film and the rock climbing world at large. April recently lost her father and has PTSD from witnessing his traumatic death, and Josh is rude and extremely difficult to interview. Well, at least at first.

The love story here is sweet, but fairly slow to develop (though once it does, it takes off at a sprint). In the end, the book is about more than just the specific rom
Isha Coleman
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 an ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing story. The author was able to make us feel the excitement, the thrill, the adventure of climbing Yosemite that it makes me want to experience that myself. This story also made me feel the pain and sorrow of losing someone you love. But it also made me feel alive! The energy coursing through me from the pages of this book, it's exhilarating, it's exciting, it's an experience!
Tina Lee Harris
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read for me. I liked the concept of the book. How April and Josh were both able to overcome their fears and find the meaning of love while doing so. It had me in tears a couple of places, laughter in others and the desire to learn how to rock climb like a rockstar.

April Stephens knows what it feels like to have watched someone she looked up too and loved die doing what he loved. But she needs to continue living. She wants to live her dream of becoming a documentary filmmaker. So
North of Normal Book Reviews
*This is a first-pages review by CM McCoy for North of Normal Book Reviews *

Shivers and urgency!

Opening this romance with a full-bladdered, tent-camping chill was brilliant. There’s this subtle humor juxtaposed with a heartbreaking burden of grief AND a good old-fashioned, morning-cold-of-tent-camping slap in the face. I love this main character already. With her, I’m shivering. I’m already on the edge of my seat. And most importantly, I’m hooked. Bring on the romance!

Megan Westfield has obviou
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I can honestly say I haven't read any romances with climbing involved. Sure I've read books with some of the more adventurous sports, like snowboarding, motor biking, etc but never anything with rock climbing. I think the reason why this book appealed to me so much is two fold, one I kind of have this idea in my head that rock climbers are somewhat fearless and I want to be more like that, and two I am planning a move to Montana and let's face it there is probably some awesome rock climbing out

Elizabeth Neal
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
April has always dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker and is currently interning with Walkabout in order to finish her degree. She still struggles with the death of her stunt pilot father three years ago, and in fact has nightmares about it as she witnessed the horrible crash that took his life. She's vowed to never get involved with a man that lives his life the same as her Dad did, adventurous, adrenaline based, and dangerous. A vow that changes when she meets Josh.

Josh embodies all that a
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** NA Review My Thoughts

Lessons in Gravity is such a magical read. I really, really loved this one. In fact, I think it is one of my favorite reads of the year. Lessons in Gravity is a new adult contemporary romance between a famous rock climber ready to take on his biggest climb ever and a documentary filmmaker hopeful determined to be a success at her internship. I loved the setup of this story, and the only reason my review is not
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

I loved this book! April and Josh were amazing leads, and I loved reading their story. It’s definitely a slow burn romance, which I fully appreciate. The only reason I don’t give this 5 is because it did drag on a bit toward the end.

Overall, this is a great new adult read for fans of Cora Carmack.
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book. It had a brilliant little romance to it, but it wasn’t overpowering, so you didn’t feel as though the whole book was just about their building romance. I like that. I know it isn’t for everyone and trust me I am a fan of Bam There’s Your Sex novels, but I also love ones where there is depth, personality and a real story.

This was a little bit of a funny one for me. I adored the fact that there was a main character, who happened to be a daredevil style climber, as I and my
Unique romance set-up using a rock-climbing theme but also deals with some sensitive issues.

Lessons in Gravity was my first book by Megan Westfield so I had no idea what to expect but I overall enjoyed this book. Lessons in Gravity is a clean type of contemporary romance that had plenty of emotion mixed into this unique setup based around rock climbing.

April and Josh had a sweet connection as their relationship evolved, although it builds at a relatively slow going pace. Both characters were li
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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 s ...more

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“Even if he survived the Sorcerer, there would always be another Sorcerer, bigger and more dangerous than the last. It was just a matter of time until he died the kind of gruesome death that was the very reason people had paralyzing phobias of heights.” 0 likes
“As they kissed, the valley and the surrounding cliffs
spun and toppled upside down. The saturated greens of the grasses, the stark white of the waterfall, and the warm grays of the cliffs merged and streamed past them in ethereal ribbons, like barely blended paint. Then the blinding blue sky bobbed back into place overhead, and the world was open and free, bursting with sublime majesty.”
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