Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: A Sudden Gust of Gravity by Laurie Boris

This is the second half of a doubleshot review. If you missed it, check out BigAl's take on the same book from this morning.

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological/Romance


Christina Davenport, waitressing to pay the bills, has given up on becoming a magician—until she meets the mesmerizing Reynaldo the Magnificent. He offers her a job as his assistant in his magic and juggling show. She takes it, hoping she can revive her dream without cutting his giant ego in half.

Devon Park, a surgical resident escaping his own problems, visits the street performers in downtown Boston. But the young doctor worries that the bruises beneath Christina’s makeup go deeper than the training accident she professes.

Suspecting the doctor’s interest is more than clinical, the mercurial magician attempts to tighten his grip on Christina. Now she needs to decide—is the opportunity Reynaldo offers worth the price of admission?”


Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of five novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, Sliding Past Vertical, and Playing Charlie Cool. When not hanging out with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for Indies Unlimited. She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.”

You can follow Ms. Boris on her Blog or stalk her on Facebook.


What a fascinating character study. Christina is a strong personality, she’s smart, compassionate, and a part of her is broken from a devastating event in her past. In her quest to confront and overcome her broken pieces she takes up with a charming magician, Reynaldo the Magnificent, who isn’t as charming as he presents himself. Dr. Devon Park is facing a spiritual crisis of his own. His past was nothing like I would have imagined and set me back to consider the consequences and how they were affecting his present and future. This was not a light read for me, the emotional turmoil felt real.

The secondary characters are fully developed and vital to keep Christina balanced. I enjoyed each of them. They were realistic and added support in a believable way. Devon’s Asian background added a level of realism and responsibility, which was fitting, and I fully appreciated his dilemma.
This character driven plot moved at a realistic speed as events presented themselves for readers to consider how they might have handled each situation. Then turn their support fully to Christina for the best possible outcome. She handles it with class and determination. I thoroughly enjoyed her poignant journey as I cheered her on. Dr. Devon was a heart-throb. I really enjoyed his part in the book. Reynaldo the Magnificent was a unique and interesting character. I think my favorite character in this story was the old man, Herbert, who owned the magic shop.

Buy now from:     Amazon US      Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

I found no significant errors in proofing or formatting.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words


Laurie Boris said...

Thank you! I truly appreciate the double shot!

Aurora Springer said...

This book sounds a fascinating read.

?wazithinkin said...

Thanks for dropping in and commenting, Ms. Boris. I was thrilled when BigAl asked if I would be interested in doing a DoubleShot with him for A SUDDEN GUST OF GRAVITY. This is a compelling story. :D

?wazithinkin said...

A SUDDEN GUST OF GRAVITY is a captivating story, Aurora Springer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Ms. Boris writes fascinating stories. Thank you for dropping in.

Dianne Greenlay said...

Oh no! Another book I just have to buy based on these reviews! This breaks my self-imposed rule of "do not buy any more books until your TBR pile shrinks down a bit" but some books sound just too delicious to pass by. Can't wait to read Laurie's, based on these reviews! Thanks!

?wazithinkin said...

LOL, Dianne Greenlay! I broke that rule long ago, there is no way I can read all the books I have in my archives. I'm going to blame BigAl... :D I hope you enjoy this novel too. Thanks for stopping by and making me smile.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a fabulous read, Laurie. Thank you Big Al :) Great review.

?wazithinkin said...

Thank you, Ellie Campbell, for stopping by and commenting. We all appreciate it. :D