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. . . .


Meagan’s 5 Star Review

This may be my favorite student/teacher romance. This book was seriously fantastic. I didn’t love every character or each scene, but that’s what made it stand out from all the others. It had a realness that I think is missing in many NA romance. Snarky, supposed “best friends,” boyfriends that pressure you into sex, and the realization that your parents are people too, all played a part in this story. The Force of Gravity is the perfect mix of the normal high school problems everyone deals with and the fictional problems you wish you had.

            The book begins with Kaley realizing she has a crush on Mr. Slade but understanding that it can never go anywhere. In fact, she’s a little embarrassed that she would even be crushing on her teacher.

This man is my teacher. Even if he wasn’t, he’d still be too old for me. He’s a grown man, with a grown-up life and would probably laugh his ass off if he knew what I was feeling.

It was hard to tell what Mr. Slate was thinking. One moment I agreed he wasn’t interested in her and the next he was toeing the line of inappropriate. I liked that I couldn’t automatically feel the pull between them. It kept me guessing, did Slate want Kaley or was it just a misplaced crush?

Kaley’s friends and family were kind of awful. Her “best friend,” Emily, was a vapid bitch. All she cared about was not rocking the boat. Emily wanted Kaley to put out and play nice with her doofus boyfriend, Tommy, because it was convenient to their group’s dynamic.

“ . . . you’re crazy if you think Tommy’s going to put up with it much longer. No offense, but he can get any girl he wants.”

Kaley’s parents weren’t much better. What kind of parents treat their daughter’s college aspirations with such disdain? They basically tell her, “We didn’t think you were smart enough to get into the college you wanted. Oh, and we’re not going to help you with student loans. So, you know, good luck with that.” Not to mention Kaley’s mother constantly pushing her to stay with Tommy (because her mother has such good luck with romance, right).

So who did I like? Well, one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was Kaley’s self-awareness. That Kaley could take a step back from her emotions and rationally think about the relationship between her and Slate is something most student/teacher romances are lacking.

We were doomed from the very beginning.

I loved that where most books end and give us a happy ever after is not where Kaley and Elijah’s story stopped. Plus it gave me more time to try and understand Elijah. Oh Mr. Slate, you are one tough nut to crack. I have to admit there were many times Mr. Slate had me feeling dirty and *blushes* I kind of liked it. The tiny bit we did get to see inside Elijah’s head left me begging for more.

This book totally took me by surprise. I was looking forward to kicking back and relaxing with a good book, what I was not prepared for was staying up all night desperate to find out how Kaley and Elijah’s story would end. This is a fantastic debut from Kelly Stevenson and I cannot wait for the sequel.



About the Author


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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  1. Mary Beth Cavener says

    Thank you for the chance… would love to add this to my kindle

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