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Review: Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson (Tether #2)

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Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson // VBC ReviewPerfect Gravity (Tether #2)
Vivien Jackson
Published: Nov. 7, 2017 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference the previous book. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Wanted and Wired.

Senator Angela Neko gave up nearly everything to get into the position she inhabits today. A position that opposes the Texas Provisional Authority (TPA) and all it stands for. This power also makes Angela, and everyone in her orbit, walking targets. So, when Angela hears that her husband has been killed, she’s not really surprised (plus they really didn’t have the best/happiest of unions); what does give her a shock, however, is who delivers this message. None other than her childhood sweetheart Kellen Hockley. After Angela herself becomes a target, Kellen is the only person she can turn to for help. In order to keep the world from burning, they’ll have to work together and figure out who wants Angela out of the picture and why.

The last thing Kellen wants to do is confront the woman who broke his heart ten years ago. But since it was his new friend Mari who pulled the trigger on Angela’s husband (and we all know from the first book how the job was a major disaster), Kellen agrees to step in, hoping to save Mari from being hunted and executed. But after Angela comes to him for help, he knows they cannot avoid the past forever.

Perfect Gravity’s beginning overlaps with the near-ending of Wanted and Wired. I loved that Vivien Jackson chose to start the book out this way because it fills in the blanks on some things from the first book. As someone who struggled a little with getting used to the new terminology and setting in Jackson’s imagined world, I appreciated that Perfect Gravity really reiterates what we’ve already learned, yet successfully expands the world further.

Of course, this series is first and foremost (in my mind) a romance. Angela and Kellen’s relationship utilizes my most favorite trope of the second-chance romance. Being lovers in their teenage years, Angela makes the decision to end things when she believes her career should be the most important thing. Being thrown back together ten years later, the former sweethearts don’t deny that they still have feelings for one another which makes every interaction these two have absolutely delicious. The only thing I wish was that there was more buildup for the connection between them from when they were younger. I wanted to feel more of the heartache in order to make their reunion feel that much more satisfying.

There is so much of the past that has bearings on things in the present, especially when it comes to Angela’s character. Her motives and the way she’s lived her life are not readily apparent, and I enjoyed filling in the pieces. However, with the majority of the focus placed on Kellen and Angela figuring out what they are to one another, I felt the issue of who was targeting Angela unsurprising. I would have liked the motives to be a little tougher to spot.

However, Perfect Gravity is a very fine completion to the story started in the first book. In fact, I’d almost say it poses a fine overall ending if I wasn’t looking forward so much to Garrett and Chloe being featured in the third book. As is stands, with the state of technology what it is in this series, I think those two will prove to be a pretty interesting couple.

Sexual content: sex

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