[Book Review] Lessons in Gravity

Thank you to Ms. Derna and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Title: Lessons in Gravity
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 333
Language: English
My Rating: Four out of five stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maddie Lucas is only looking for a one night stand…

While studying in Spain for her semester abroad, Maddie hopes to escape the drama surrounding her parents’ divorce—a divorce she may or may not have caused—while researching Spanish architecture for her thesis. And if she hooks up with hot Madrileños along the way? All the better.

But handsome Spaniard Javier Montoya wants so much more.

Guitarist Javier is ready to set aside his rock star ways and settle down for good with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend. But after a one night stand with sexy, passionate Maddie blossoms into genuine friendship, he begins to wonder if Maddie might be the forever girl he’s looking for.

Too bad Maddie believes forever is more fiction than fairy tale. Can Javier prove to her that fairy tales exist? Or is Maddie right to think she doesn’t deserve happily ever after?

LESSONS IN GRAVITY is a New Adult romance, suitable for mature audiences

My Thoughts:

Whew. Man, that was hot. *fans myself*

This book contains the usual elements I’d usually like in a New Adult story. Granted, the story is formulaic and a bit of a cliché, but I do like the characters especially when Maddie is that smart woman with flaws; then as for the beefcake, Javier is the shmexy Spanish stud with the guitar and his own plane –ehem– who doesn’t care how messed up she Maddie is, and is also searching for his ~forever girl~. Awww.

Aside from the characters, what I love the most is the setting. Maddie is in Spain for a short-term exchange program so she can work for a thesis proposal under her university’s architecture program where she met the delectable Tio Javier. I love how these two take us to the streets of Madrid, and show us more of what the city has to offer. Plus points on the vivid descriptions, especially at the monastery. And the ride wouldn’t be complete without Spanish lessons, of course! 🙂

Also, it’s dual POV! I totally dig stories with dual POVs. ❤

The setback for me, though, is more of what the editor overlooked. There are inconsistent italicizations, a typographical error, and a name error. The biggest error that stuck with me is the one where Maddie is supposed to be talking to Vivian, but then her line goes, “Maddie, I know you….”  Wait, what? So… Maddie’s talking to herself? It should be Vivian! I had to read the whole passage five times just to make sure. My copy is a digital copy for personal use, and I do hope that these editorial errors will be addressed for the printed copies.

Aside from these mishaps, this book is still a perfect summer read, so four out of five stars overall! 🙂

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