Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review+Blitz Goodies: The Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson

Title: The Force of Gravity

Author: Kelly Stevenson

Genre: New Adult Student/Teacher Romance

Release Date: July 12, 2014


"I blast the stereo in a vain attempt to drown out my thoughts. I don’t want to be thinking about him and analyzing every detail of first period. It makes me feel like a young, foolish girl, and I’m embarrassed that I can’t control the way my body reacts every time his eyes meet mine."

In a quiet town in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, everything in life is seemingly perfect for eighteen-year-old Kaley Kennedy. She has loving parents, loyal friends, and is dating the hottest boy in school. With only a few months left of her senior year, she’s looking forward to an epic summer before heading off to Los Angeles for college.

Without warning, a gorgeous new math teacher interrupts Kaley’s predictable little world, challenging who she is. Suddenly, parties, dates, and Friday nights with her friends seem empty and unfulfilling as she finds herself obsessing over his every move. Desperate for something more, but determined to ignore her fierce attraction, every single relationship in her life begins to crumble by forces beyond her control. Struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood, Kaley must choose between playing it safe or risking more than just her heart. . . .


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

  "This man can work a TI-84 graphing calculator like nobody's business."

This book is a student teacher type that actually catches you and never lets you go!! Sometimes student-teacher books feel very naive and juvenile, but this book felt like we were dealing with adults. I have only positives to say about this really good New Adult style forbidden love.

  "You are the variable I need to solve my life's equation."

Kaley Kennedy is an 18 year old senior in high school who's realizing that doing the same thing every friday night with her so-so boyfriend just isn't cutting it in her life. She's ready for some spice. Some adventure. So life plopped Mr. Slate in her math class... GO FIGURE. The girl wanted some adventure and he's gonna do a lot more than just teach her!

  "I just might hand out A's like an Oprah giveaway."

Overall, I think this book had a great storyline. Kelly Stevenson pulled me in from the get go! The supporting characters make the hero and heroine shine with how different the two groups are; it's clear what you want for Kaley and what you don't. I loved the contrast and how Kaley knows what she wants and goes for it! I'm giving this book 4 STARS out of 5 STARS. I wanted more even when I turned the last page.

Read by Taryn Lee on September 14, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on September 27, 2014
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I do the entire problem over three times before finally summoning the courage to raise my hand. What I wouldn’t give to be enrolled in an all-girls Catholic school right now, so I could actually focus on learning math instead of being intimidated to raise my hand because of my teacher’s insane good looks. He’s working with another student when he notices my hand in the air and gives me a quick nod to let me know he’ll be there in a minute. My palms moisten, and I wipe them down on my jeans, scolding myself for being such an idiotic school girl with uncontrollable urges. 
So pathetic. 
“My calculator’s messed up,” I say as he approaches my desk. 
“Let me take a look at it.”
I hand it to him with swift obedience. “I swear I entered everything correctly.”
“I can figure it out,” he says. “I can work these things forward and backward.”
My stomach swirls as he squats down next to me, pressing a combination of buttons and pulling up screens I’ve never seen before. I peer over his shoulder in amazement. This man can work a TI-84 graphing calculator like nobody’s business. Am I seriously finding this sexy? I’ve just reached a new low 
“Okay, your settings were off, but I also think you entered a number in wrong somewhere.”


Kelly Stevenson is a professional writer from Phoenix, Arizona. She has a background in journalism, psychology, theater arts, and animal science.

When Kelly is not writing, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her family.



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