Review: Defying Gravity by A.M. Kusi (Shattered Cove #3)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

They were just two broken people, with jagged edges and sharp ridges, pieced together to make something wholebound by the bonds of the truest love.

Defying Gravity is the third novel in the Shattered Cove series from the husband-and-wife writing duo of A.M. Kusi, and it's officially become my favorite in both the series and from these authors. This book gave me a whole lot of feels while also providing me with some things to think about. It's definitely got a timeliness to it, which is why it offers up a moving romance as well as a social awareness that I find lacking in quite a few of the books that have passed through my tablet this year. Also, while this book can be read as a standalone, I'm going to recommend you read the series in order for a more well-rounded reading experience and to have a much better feel for all things Shattered Cove.

Belle Jones has too much on her plate to bother with a personal life. She's a nurse and whatever free time she has is spent caring for her younger brother, TJ. Her protectiveness kicks into high gear when TJ is in the back seat of a police cruiser and the man behind the wheel is none other than Bently Evans. A white sheriff with a black teenager pings something ingrained in Belle that's been generations in the making. But then she slowly realizes that maybe she's got Bently pegged wrong. His heart is in the right place, and all he wants is to be the best sheriff he can be. Meeting Belle, however, has him wanting to lay his heart on the line, but will hate and ignorance have Bently laying his life instead?

This book was not an easy read, but then real life isn't meant to be easy all the time. Yes, I know a lot of people read to escape reality, and while I do the same from time to time, I have a thing for books that reflect the lifescape around us. Belle and Bently and the rest of the cast of characters may be fictional, but they represent so many real people, both those whose names may be known and those who remain nameless. Their story is one that countless others can relate to, and it evoked a myriad of emotions while I was reading it while also making me pause and unleashing all these thoughts in my head afterwards. Defying Gravity is a literary standout that deserves to be read. Five-plus stars. 

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Read my reviews for the Shattered Cove series:


A Fallen Star (book one) - four stars - My Review

Glass Secrets (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Defying Gravity (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 02 October 2020

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