Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour: THE FORCE OF GRAVITY by Kelly Stevenson

Title: The Force of Gravity (The Force of Gravity, #1)
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. . . .
Well this was a very addictive read!  I just love a good forbidden romance story and this completely delivers on that :)
Elijah Slade is just 25 years old and has been called in to replace a teacher who has recently passed away.  He teaches math to senior students and is very passionate about his subject.  When one of his new students, Kaley, walks into his classroom his interest is piqued.  He is a good looking guy and is used to students flirting with him a lot but this is the first time he is feeling something for a student.
Kaley goes out with Tommy, the hot guy on the baseball team that everyone wants.  I have to say that I really liked Tommy and he was a really sweet guy who loved Kaley.  He was very patient with her and attentive.  He was completely in love with her and I think that she treated him really badly.
Kaley however is drawn to Mr Slade and before long, he is all she can think about.  The heart wants what the heart wants.  Her predictable life with Tommy and their two friends just seems so boring, she wants more than that.  She senses that her teacher does too.  She was right.  Kaley and Elijah venture into a relationship of sorts that is completely addictive to both of them.  They are both feelings things they never have before.  There is a lot of risk involved though.  This is what I love about reading a forbidden romance though, all the angst and fear that they may get caught at any moment just keeps you turning the pages, anticipating the moment when it all goes belly up.
"Standing directly in front of my desk, he peers down at me as I slowly raise my head, meeting his focused eyes.  Suddenly, I can't feel my lips" - Kaley
Elijah knows better than to be involved with his student but there is just something about Kaley that he just can't resist.  Even though I don't like the way that Kaley treated Tommy, I loved these how these two just clicked.  One of my favourite moments was on graduation day *swoon*.
The ending of this story wasn't what I anticipated and now leaves the story open for more.  I guess that is to be expected, not everyone is going to turn a blind eye to this relationship and I predict trouble looming for them.
I really enjoyed this addictive, page turning read and give it 4 stars
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.”

“I checked three times,” I say, annoyed.

He smirks. “It’s a machine; it can’t make a mistake. It can only do what you tell it to.” He places it in front of me and stands. “Is it updated?” he asks, picking it up again. I have no idea what he means, and I think he can tell with the way he smiles at me. “I’ll check it for you.”

He walks over to his desk and plugs it into his computer. I didn’t even know you could do that. I observe him as another student comes up to his desk and asks a question. His self-assurance is so alluring. High school boys seem to overcompensate for their lack of confidence, coming off as arrogant. But Mr. Slate is older, more mature. He never crosses the fine line that divides confidence and arrogance. And even though I try to fight it, I’m finding myself drawn to him like a hummingbird thirsty for nectar. He makes me want to be more mature, sexy, and assertive.

He makes me want to be a woman.

“Here you go, Kaley,” he says, dissolving my thoughts. He sets my calculator on my desk, his chestnut eyes gleaming into mine. “Let me know if you need anything else.”

Oh, help me.
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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