Center Of Gravity (Nook Island #1)

Title: Center Of Gravity (Nook Island #1)
Author: Neve Wilder
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 4th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 349
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


When life comes apart at the seams, love is the only thread that can mend it…

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, but he has one last task to complete: pack up his parent’s quaint beachside house and put it on the market.

Alex Andrews is a budding artist with a penchant for Converse, Cracker Jack, and piercings. Family turmoil sidelines his dreams of finishing art school and building a career in three-dimensional design, and now he’s doing whatever he can to keep everyone afloat.

When Alex shows up as a part of the moving crew hired to help Rob clean out the house, what should be a simple move becomes far more complex. Because it’s not the first time they’ve met, and their last encounter was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

The attraction between them is undeniable and intense, but Rob’s hell-bent on pushing everyone away, and Alex is on the verge of spinning out of control. Can a grumpy accountant and a bootstrapping artist find their center of gravity together, or are they on a collision course to heartbreak?

**An emotionally-charged, slow burn m/m romance featuring an age gap, hurt/comfort themes, and a very hard-won happily ever after. This is the standalone first in the Nook Island, Georgia series.**

This was a pleasant surprise. Not a book without faults, but I enjoyed it a lot regardless.

The pacing felt off at times, the MCs were assholes sometimes, and a couple scenes were somewhat weird

like who puts a key in someone’s egg yolk to ask him to move in?
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 the author’s heart, but the romance was always on the forefront. There was a lot of push and pull but I’m known to love this stuff so I was completely on board with it.

At first I was afraid that the conflict in the end was fake, but I soon realized that both characters had valid reasons that made sense to me. The separation period, the reunion that followed and the epilogue were lovely.

Plus, I’m really digging this author writing style.

I hope this is not the only book in the series. There is a go go dancer and a bi jock that beg for a story. I hope the author doesn’t leave us hanging!

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