Review: Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
All eyes are on Josh Knox… Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world. This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move. April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews. The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.
I basically devoured Lessons in Gravity. It's the story of April, an ambitious intern on a rock climbing documentary when she knows next to nothing about the sport, and Josh, the star. Josh is rude and extremely difficult to interview. (Well, at least at first.)
April's sole job is to get good interview material from Josh, who seems to have made it his mission to give the worst interviews of all time, every time. April has to figure out the best way to get him to open up to the camera without getting too close, risking her heart and her future career. Meanwhile, she's hanging out with a crew full of large personalities who have a lot to show her. The love story here is sweet, but fairly slow to develop (though once it does, it takes off at a sprint). I wish her PTSD was depicted more in the novel, rather than just being mentioned in passing or when convenient for the story line. The ending also throws in a lot of predictable cheese.
In the end, though, the book is about more than just the specific romance; it's about how to love even when you're terrified. I felt I was hit over the head with this a little harder than necessary, but it didn't ruin the book for me. I figure it's a pretty important lesson for people to learn--in life and love, nothing is promised or guaranteed, but some things have to be worth the risk. The cast of characters is fun, the descriptions of the scenery are lovely, and you might even learn a bit about rock climbing. Megan Westfield has written us a quick, breezy read about beautiful people falling in love, with nicely wrapped-up angst and a gorgeous setting. 3 1/2 stars *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*