Center of Gravity
Accountant Rob Macomb has a stable job that he’s good at and… that’s about it. A year of nothing but heartache leaves him seeking refuge from loneliness and grief behind spreadsheets, punishing daily runs, and the occasional anonymous tryst. He wants only to bury the past and focus on his career,...more
The pacing felt off at times, the MCs were assholes sometimes, and a couple scenes were somewhat weird (view spoiler)[like who puts a key in someone's egg yolk to ask him to move in? (hide spoiler)] but it had so much heart! The grief was palpable and a constant thing but despite the fact it was portrayed very realistically, it was never overwhelming. It was obvious this was a subject matter very close to ...more
Imagine his surprise when the moving company he ...more
-Grief. It was palpable throughout the story but never felt like a kick in the gut. I loved the way she handled it.
-Push and pull was delicious AND frustrating! Lol
-The conflict never felt OTT. It made sense.
-The romance and chemistry.
-Winslow! I don't think what happened to him needed to happen, but at least he survived.
Neve Wilder is an author to look out for. I'm looking forward to what else she has in store for ...more
Rob is a 37 year old accountant who has been trying to make his way up in his corporate financial company for the ...more
What a book! Truly one of only two books to crush me completely. Center of Gravity is a somewhat quiet study on illness, grief and healing. Don’t worry it is also a romantic book but not one where the main characters tear up the sheets every five minutes. There are no quick fixes or magic dicks present. In fact it is honest, painful and doesn’t pull its punches. That being said it does have its moments. Passion and connection between the MC’s is portrayed with realism within the context of the ...more
The last few chapters were indeed very sad, and hard to read, I was choking on my tears, while trying to hold them back. I maaay have skimmed over the most brutal chapter, when the grief was so overwhelming I couldn't take it.
Otherwise this book was very flirtatious, though I'm used to way more banter from Neve Wilder, ...more
Sure, it got a bit heavy near the end -- and I was in tears -- but the whole book was a good combination of cuteness and tenderness and angst. I was very much entertained with the how determined Alex was to wear Rob down, telling the older man that there was nothing wrong to have some fun.
The part with Alex's sick father, and Rob reminiscing about his own deceased father wasn't easy to read -- and I felt that this was very ...more
Which in all actuality I probably should have stayed very far away from because (view spoiler)[ the death of parents/dad/cancer is a very hard limit for me (hide spoiler)]
But there was actually just this quiet sense of melancholy that drew me right in.
I love books where the 2 MCs challenge the relationship. I hate insta love.
I need deep. I need to feel an ache in my chest that I rub and rub and rub while I'm reading.
I love sexual chemistry. I love the ...more
Rob, the elder of the MC's, needed a few kicks up the backside as far as I was concerned. He hurt Alex on several occasions with his attitude which was both reserved and aloof even though it was fairly obvious that he had ...more
This tender jerker with its slow burn to love and relationship and the stops and starts of two heroes who find their way to a perfect match.
Rob is shut down when they meet and Alex is reeling with his father's illness.
All the details of this story make it truly special from the inherited dog, discovered truths about Rob's fathers, the intensity of Alex's job clearing out houses, the wonderful art and Cracker Jacks.
The secondary characters are fully drawn and compelling. Wilder creates ...more
There's much to like about this story. Good writing...really good writing, actually. The characters are well fleshed out, the dialogue is good and the MCs have wonderful chemistry. Both characters are dealing with death (or imminent death) of a parent. This was beautifully.. and painfully accurately portrayed. The book was generally well balanced with enough snark and charm to lighten things up but I felt that the last quarter could have been tightened up a bit. I skimmed the gratuitous ...more
Couldn’t say it better than that. Very different from Want Me, which I absolutely loved as well.
While it is not front and center there is an element of sadness for both main characters. Rob is a 37 year old successful CPA who has lost both parents in the last year. He is taking some time off work to deal with his parents house. Alex and Tom are the two college age movers he has hired to help. Much to Rob's horror he has had a meetup with Alex a club already. One that ended poorly. Alex is 23 and planning on not finishing his ...more
I usually avoid books with high angst but this one sucked me in. The relationship between these two men felt very real, and as far from a perfect romance as you can get really, maybe that's why it appealed.
This book spans a year and was slow and measured, with way more lows in the lives of these two than highs. But through it all you just know they are it for each other. If only both of them would/could acknowledge it, accept it, and move forward. Not such a spoiler alert: they don't ...more
I wanted to hug Alex and tell him to find someone who would appreciate him the way he deserves! At the end though, I grew to like Rob. Can't wait the read the next book in this series.
I'm very conflicted on how to rate this. I love Neve Wilder and the writing here was great, per usual, but Rob annoyed the living shit out of me. I understand that him keeping Alex at arm's length was due to his past and the fear of being hurt again, but there comes a point when enough is enough. I wanted to shake him until he woke up and realized what was right in front of his eyes if he would only take his blinders off and see.
The push/pull was too much IMO but I think the theme of ...more
Rob is an accountant, immersed in his work, trying to cope with a breakup and emptying and selling his parents home. Rob hires a company to help him and come face to face with a one night stand, Alex.
Both men try to work around the fact that they have been intimate. Not being very successful. They are very attracted to each other. Alex pushing Rob for more than he is ...more
She reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. ...more