Review: Lessons in Gravity by Jessica Peterson


Lessons in GravityLessons in Gravity
Jessica Peterson
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

Everyone deserves love. Everyone. No one can make you feel anything unless you let them. This feeling of empowerment was my take-away from Lessons in Gravity.

The second title in Jessica Petersons’s Study Abroad series is packed with even more of the feels than the first. Although reading the first book isn’t necessary to become immersed in this storyline, it’s recommended only because the backstory of the secondary characters in the title make it that much more poignant.

While we get to see more of Viv & Rafa, as well as Laura and her hot futballer, I think my favorite supporting cast member was Leo. This Spanish guitar player comes up with some of the funniest stuff, yet, has this insightful down-to-earth side that drew me in. Seriously, I’d like to see a book about Leo in the future. He needs a HEA! The secondary characters definitely take a back seat to the main couple in the story, however.

We met Maddie in Ms. Peterson’s first title in this series, Spanish Lessons. The sullen bestie of Vivian, she doesn’t feel she is deserving of love because she feels her parents’ divorce is her fault. Which is BS. But let’s be honest. Many of shoulder responsibility for baggage that really isn’t ours to bear. Some of us more than others. Lessons in Gravity was a great read for me because I am one of those people. I used to worry that everything was my fault—with age and experience, that’s lessened. Watching Maddie’s growth through the title was definitely an experience worth reading, one I could connect with. I’d recommend it to my (grown) daughters, but they’re not smut readers like their mom. 🙂

Which brings me to this: the chemistry and sexytimes with Javi and Maddie. Super. Hot. Like, did my Kindle melt?!? Sometimes, really hot and generic, but when Javier gets his way? Oh. Myyyy.

Uncle Pervy. Yup. That’s Maddie’s nickname for Javier—he’s Rafa’s uncle. And I really fell for him mid-way through the title. He’s a smidge older than Maddie and he’s ready, after being a freakin’ rock star, to settle down. Javi has some growth in the title as well, though. It’s not all Maddie. Sometimes, we think we know what’s best for ourselves and don’t simply let life happen. I mean, it’s kind of cheesy, but there are definite benefits (in my opinion) to living in the moment. Being open to new things, experiences. Planning for the future is great—absolutely necessary. But, getting lost in the plan at the forfeiture of a potentially awesome future? Not so cool.

There were definitely ups and downs in Lessons in Gravity. Delicious and wonderful highs and lows. I didn’t want to put it down.

My Rating: A, Loved It


About the Book:


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. 


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? 

Release Date: March 15, 2016
Peterson Paperbacks, LLC
Study Abroad #2
Contemporary Romance
paperback (276 pages), e-book,
Book Source: Author

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Reviews in the Series:
Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson (Study Abroad #1)

  • I am liking the sound of this series, I think I may need to add Peterson to the list of authors to watch. I can’t keep adding books to my reading list, it is bottomless at this point. Great review – thanks for sharing!

  • That nick is just ugh, no

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