Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Our greatest risk was the one we never took … It was an accidental spring fling three years ago—one week spent in the mountains of Big Sur and no one was the wiser. Ignore the fact that Tobias James was my neighbor and my best friend’s older brother. Or that upon our return his hoop dreams were waiting for him, robbing us of any potential future we could have shared. Now,...

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Defying Gravity Reviews

  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)

    I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book. Honestly, that's how long it felt. The waiting sucks when you really want something. And trust me I wanted this book so so bad ever since I finished Center of Gravity. All this to say THE WAIT WAS SO FREAKING WORTH IT!!!! I adored this couple with my whole heart. Possibly even more than Lex and Theo. Okay, yes way more than Lex and Theo!!

    Amelia and Tobia's love was all kinds of forbidden, then and now and my heart hur

    I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book. Honestly, that's how long it felt. The waiting sucks when you really want something. And trust me I wanted this book so so bad ever since I finished Center of Gravity. All this to say THE WAIT WAS SO FREAKING WORTH IT!!!! I adored this couple with my whole heart. Possibly even more than Lex and Theo. Okay, yes way more than Lex and Theo!!

    Amelia and Tobia's love was all kinds of forbidden, then and now and my heart hurt for these two souls who wanted to be together so bad but life's circunstances kept tearing them apart. Toby found out a big secret when he was 18 and he went down a dark spiral and ruined his promising future. Months later, Amelia was his safe haven and his cheerleader and gave him the strength to get his life back on track and fight for his dream once again. But that dream and her own were what lead them apart.

    Even at such a long distance and busy living their dreams, they couldn't cut ties. Not until Amelia goes through her own dark spiral and loses herself on the way to achieving her dream. I loved Amelia and what she went through really touched me deep in the soul but she was so strong and she knew what was right and wrong. Even feeling lost, deep down she knew who she was and what she was willing and not willing to do to reach her life long dream.

    3 years later, Tobias finally makes his ultimate goal happen. He's in California, playing for the Lions. He found his way to LA, back to her. And even though there are still so many obstacles in their way and their relationship is forbidden in the public eye, he's not going to let Amelia walk away from him again. Except, them being together might put their careers in jepardy. And one of them might lose their dream...again.

    In a whirlwind of angst, emotional blow after emotional blow and a love so powerful that it fights gravity, K. K. Allen brings us yet again a wonderful, inspiring and breathtaking love story for the ages. This world of dance and basketball will immerse you from the start.

    The dramas that come with jealous jerks of teammates, the thrill and fear of dating in secret, the passion for the sport and dancing, the true friendship between Amelia, Lex and Shane, the emotion and rawness of finally learning who you are and where you came from. This book has it all and it was beautifully drawn and put together in the best way. Your jaw will drop with some of the revelations, your eyes will shed tears when characters reunite and when the truth comes out and your heart will ache for all Amelia and Tobias are put through right from the start. It's an emotional, angst filled journey that you don't want to miss out on. Tobias and Amelia find their way back to each other and it's honestly one of the most beautiful stories I've read. By the end my heart was bursting with happiness and love for this beautiful, amazing couple that I just loved with all my heart. It was hard to say goodbye to them because I wanted to keep on reading and reading all about these two!

    This series is a breath of fresh air for me and I couldn't love it more. I love the dancing world and how it all just plays in my head and I love that the reading is interactive and you can watch the videos and imagine Amelia dancing those moves and being a bad*** talented dancer.

    You can learn how Amelia and Toby's story started in Falling from Gravity, a prequel novella first included in the Spring Fling anthology. You don't need to read it to read this book but you should because it's amazing and trust me, by the end of this book you'll want all the more of Amelia and Tobias you can get.

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  • Paula D

    It started off as a spring fling but ended up more! I love this second chance romance story that melts your heart! Tobias and Amelia had a amazing spring together but now reality is coming full force. Amelia chooses against her heart and does what she feels right for the man she loves. The lies just won’t go away and it feels like no light to the darkness for Tobias. Two people that have known each other since they were kids can true love overcome all or will it all end up in heartbreak? Beautif

    It started off as a spring fling but ended up more! I love this second chance romance story that melts your heart! Tobias and Amelia had a amazing spring together but now reality is coming full force. Amelia chooses against her heart and does what she feels right for the man she loves. The lies just won’t go away and it feels like no light to the darkness for Tobias. Two people that have known each other since they were kids can true love overcome all or will it all end up in heartbreak? Beautiful, heartbreaking but so sweet it will make ya smile while reading this story 5/5 stars

  • Cyndi

    Love! You follow the continued journey that KK has weaved between these two dreamers Tobias and Amelia. You will laugh and cry. You will get mad and then find your happy again. She shares their story and you watch as they both live and create their world. 5 plus stars.

  • Book Maniac Forever

    was without a doubt one of my most anticipated book of the summer and was so worth the wait! After reading

    the prequel to this novel a few months ago in the

    , I just needed to get the rest of Amelia and Tobias’s gorgeous romance. Omg, I wasn’t prepared for the brilliance of their story! K.K. Allen entranced me with this wonderful couple in this second chance romance high on sensations and heart melting mo

    ⭐️

    ⭐️

    was without a doubt one of my most anticipated book of the summer and was so worth the wait! After reading

    the prequel to this novel a few months ago in the

    , I just needed to get the rest of Amelia and Tobias’s gorgeous romance. Omg, I wasn’t prepared for the brilliance of their story! K.K. Allen entranced me with this wonderful couple in this second chance romance high on sensations and heart melting moments!

    Amelia and Tobias are a match made in heaven, but they both have trials to overcome on their own before they can let their love thrives. Tobias is dealing with the aftermath of discovering he’s adopted, searching for answers and questioning his identity. He’s also chasing his goal of playing in the NBA. This young man is so charming and sweet! He literally had me swooning so hard for him! On another hand, we have Amelia discovering the harsh reality of being a professional dancer. She’s so strong and dedicated to her passion for dancing though. She’s truly an inspiring heroine and she battles to prove her value and let her talent speaks. Balancing all these challenging events and the distance is certainly difficult on their relationship, hence the eventual three-year separation.

    Fast forward to the present and you get these two individuals living their dreams, but something is still missing in their lives: each other. They made sacrifices for their professional aspirations, but their love is still that powerful. They fight adversity and find their way back together, but their romance is more forbidden than ever. They need to question what means the most to them and make important decisions concerning their future together once and for all.

    They are just so beautiful together! Their connection is so effortless and brought a smile on my face each time they’re together. The cute moments of tenderness and teasing had my heart fluttering in my chest, but also the heartbreak had my eyes full of tears. The atmosphere is always charged with electricity when they’re in the same vicinity. Their story isn’t easy, but they fight for what they realize is true love! They certainly stole my heart with their epic romance!

    is a stunning sports romance that will capture your attention from start to finish. The interactive dance videos featured throughout the story is an amazing addition and make Amelia’s dancing performances even more real! K.K. Allen proves once again her great talent with a really moving romance filled with breath-taking scenes and all the swoon factors!

  • Meredith

    "We're moon and earth, living among the stars and sun. We're everything. And no matter the distance, we still make sense together."

    "Our love wasn't just written in the stars. Our love was the stuff stars and planets were made of."

    GAH! I have read several of this author's books and none have made me tear up and touch me on such an emotional level as Defying Gravity. I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favorite second chance romances.

    Tobias and Amelia's story is a deeply moving, e

    "We're moon and earth, living among the stars and sun. We're everything. And no matter the distance, we still make sense together."

    "Our love wasn't just written in the stars. Our love was the stuff stars and planets were made of."

    GAH! I have read several of this author's books and none have made me tear up and touch me on such an emotional level as Defying Gravity. I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favorite second chance romances.

    Tobias and Amelia's story is a deeply moving, epic journey to soul awakening love. Larger than life, grand on every measurable scale, this is a wholly unforgettable love story. Passionate and sexy when it needed to be, but it was also raw and heart-breaking at times while still managing to be uplifting and hopeful. The delicate balance of this story was masterfully crafted by K.K. Allen in what is undoubtedly her finest work to date.

  • Alecia ~☆~The Staircase Reader~☆~

    4.5 Stars!

    Holy Hell! I’ve been sitting here and coming back to this review for a week now. It’s always the books you love most that are the hardest to review.

    About Defying Gravity,

    Defying Gravity is the newest standalone written by K.K. Allen. And is told from Tobias and Amelia’s point of view.

    Two NBA hopefuls, one dreams of a basketball career while the other dreams of joining the dance squad. But both are about to learn sometimes dreams aren’t everything unless you have the one you love standi

    4.5 Stars!

    Holy Hell! I’ve been sitting here and coming back to this review for a week now. It’s always the books you love most that are the hardest to review.

    About Defying Gravity,

    Defying Gravity is the newest standalone written by K.K. Allen. And is told from Tobias and Amelia’s point of view.

    Two NBA hopefuls, one dreams of a basketball career while the other dreams of joining the dance squad. But both are about to learn sometimes dreams aren’t everything unless you have the one you love standing beside you through the journey.

    My Thoughts:

    After reading Falling From Gravity I immediately jumped right into Defying Gravity. I knew I needed to read all the words where Tobias and Amelia are concerned. I had high hopes for this book and I’m so happy to report that K.K. Allen didn’t disappoint! I was just as intrigued and addicted to Amelia and Tobias’s story as I was in the beginning.

    The forbidden vibe throughout this whole novel was my favorite point in this story. You see, Tobias has a younger sister, Trinity who also happens to be Amelia’s best friend. Her only rule for Amelia was never fall for her older brother. But sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants and repercussions be damned.

    I loved the struggles that came with this relationship and I loved not knowing if they were going to work the kinks out or fade to nothing. There were a few moments that had me second guessing my earlier predictions. Defying Gravity was a definite page turner.

    I have to say, I loved Tobias just a tad bit more than I did Amelia. Tobias is a man that’s been hurt in the worst way possible from the people that are supposed to love him unconditionally. The fragile spirit he shows is heartbreaking and inspiring. Everyone deals with shit, it’s what you choose to do with it all, that truly matters. Tobias had his moments of petulance, but in all honesty, he deserved those moments. These were the moments I loved Amelia most. She was the shoulder for Tobias and kind of acted as a voice of reason. The chemistry shined bright between these two in these moments.

    Overall, Defying Gravity was a great story with the perfect amount of lust and love. It was hook, line, sinker from the moment I started this book. Completely consumed with Tobias’s sweet and sexy as sin persona and I found Amelia’s trials to be easily relatable. K.K. Allen sent me on an emotional journey with this one, a journey that I will never regret taking. This story was outstanding.

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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    Emotional highs and lows…

    Toby and Amelia’s story was rife with emotional highs and lows. While labelled as a sports romance (it was) it was even more. It included a best friend’s brother angle, a second chance and heaps of heart-pinging family drama. If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry. Spread over a few years, how it all came to be was a well-paced, enthralling read…

    From life-long neighbours/friends to lovers was an unexpected leap but anything but smooth sailing. Relationships were torn apa

    Emotional highs and lows…

    Toby and Amelia’s story was rife with emotional highs and lows. While labelled as a sports romance (it was) it was even more. It included a best friend’s brother angle, a second chance and heaps of heart-pinging family drama. If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry. Spread over a few years, how it all came to be was a well-paced, enthralling read…

    From life-long neighbours/friends to lovers was an unexpected leap but anything but smooth sailing. Relationships were torn apart and weathering the aftermath was not a simple thing. I loved how these characters rode the pitfalls and beautiful highs with grace and unexpected poise for being so young. Were there mistakes made? Absolutely. But that made them not just relatable but so

    very human…

    Secrets kept by them and others would fuel the angst in their story that brought lots of drama to this love-filled ride. Another great story by this author!

  • Elle's Book Blog

    July 25, 2019

    Contemporary (Sports, Second Chance) Romance

    Defying Gravity was far more emotional than I would have imagined. This is also a sports romance, a second chance romance, and a brothers best friend romance. Combining this all into one story made this a pretty incredible read. KK Allen certainly delivers in Defying Gravity and I found myself immersed in Toby and Amelia’s story. Their love story wasn't easy and there where major hurdles they needed to jump through

    July 25, 2019

    Contemporary (Sports, Second Chance) Romance

    Defying Gravity was far more emotional than I would have imagined. This is also a sports romance, a second chance romance, and a brothers best friend romance. Combining this all into one story made this a pretty incredible read. KK Allen certainly delivers in Defying Gravity and I found myself immersed in Toby and Amelia’s story. Their love story wasn't easy and there where major hurdles they needed to jump through, but it was so realistic you couldn't help but feel your were a part of their lives. I commend the author for the way she writes this story because I was truly invested in each and every part.

    Without going into specifics (readers need to read this one for themselves to FEEL every little thing that is happening) I will say that this is one epic love story that will CLING to your heart. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the authors poetic words before but that will be changing after this one.

  • Jessica

    I absolutely love sports romances and don't read nearly enough basketball romances. The romance market is saturated with football and hockey romances, so I get excited when I see a new basketball romance to pick up and give a chance!

    When Tobias and Amelia spend Spring Break together, they fall for each other deeper than they ever meant to. The problem? Tobias's sister happens to be Amelia's best friend and she could never betray her. Not to mention their lives are going different places. Three

    I absolutely love sports romances and don't read nearly enough basketball romances. The romance market is saturated with football and hockey romances, so I get excited when I see a new basketball romance to pick up and give a chance!

    When Tobias and Amelia spend Spring Break together, they fall for each other deeper than they ever meant to. The problem? Tobias's sister happens to be Amelia's best friend and she could never betray her. Not to mention their lives are going different places. Three years later, Amelia is finally living in LA and Tobias is living his dream on the court. They're both trying to achieve their dreams, so how could they ever make something together work?

    First off, I would definitely recommend picking up the novella that takes place before this that shows Amelia and Tobias spending that spring break trip together and falling for one another. That gives so much more depth to their relationship and made me care about them as a couple before this book even began. The pacing in this one was definitely unique and spans the time frame of three years. We'll skip weeks, months, and then years because Amelia and Tobias's relationship isn't an easy road. I appreciated the realistic timeline they dealt with when trying to make it work.

    While this does span a few years, I did think that Amelia and Tobias were the ones sabotaging their own relationship. They were the ones saying no because of how other people felt. Then, Tobias made a decision that would put him closer to Amelia, but would also make it impossible for them to be together while having their dreams. I was pretty disappointed with Amelia's final decision at the end because it kind of defeated her whole journey towards chasing her dreams. By the end, I just wanted them to be smarter about what they were doing and stop being the problem in their relationship.

    While I really did love this one in the beginning and enjoyed the added youtube videos to watch that correlated with Amelia's dances, the characters made me frustrated and the pacing at the end kind of dragged. I really wanted to love this more than I did, but I'm definitely intrigued by this world and can't wait to pick up Center of Gravity, which is the first standalone book in this series.

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