Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Gravity (Entropy) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 10, 2017
Customers who bought this item also bought
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 67%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Joshua Edward Smith pens the Entropy series with a beauty and grace unlike others in the genre. While initially his diction and structure choices appear simplistic, the connotative derivatives underneath are far more sophisticated and complex. His thematic developments of communication, compromise, and willingness to hold a partner to a specific set of standards by which they both crave and desire is the glue which holds this final installment together. Gravity is the perfect ending to finding one’s ultimate path to true love and respect.
I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review
The novel opens with Sir and Lisa being reunited through a chance encounter at a wedding. Time has built a dam between them, but the passion of their previous relationship continues to swirl and swell beyond the barrier. Dealing with those feelings proves challenging (Sir is dating a very bouncy twenty year old and Lisa is… well, Lisa is going through some things), but the two eventually settle into a casual friendship. Well, as casual as a friendship can be between a Dom and a former sub. A Dom and his former sub who effed like it was a religion and the messiah was returning. Did I mention their tryst began on Twitter? While they were still married to other people? Lisa was also his live-in girlfriend for awhile—cooked, cleaned, helped out with his kids. She was sooo good with those kids. And they didn’t break up on bad terms, so much as agree it was time to move on. So yeah, as casual as a relationship with that sort of history can be. It’s more than a little complicated. Both are at a place in their lives of deep personal reflection, including a reexamination of what they want in a mate. Without the structure and stability of a BDSM “contract”, Lisa and Sir are forced to confront the fears and insecurities that stand in the way of true intimacy, a journey that is both freeing and frightening.
The detached observer is by far my favorite type of narrative, and Joshua Edward Smith wields the technique masterfully to accentuate his smart, sophisticated writing style. The quintessential Author as Deity-- breathing life into his creation, then disappearing into the heavens to observe. You never see his hands, nor hear his voice. He does not tell us what to think or how to feel. This is part of what lends Smith’s work a remarkable fluidity and adaptability, leaving boundless room to be shaped by the reader’s imagination. For example, Smith never gives a detailed physical description of Sir, nor is it necessary. The reader naturally fills in the gaps of his physiognomy based on the emotional response to his behavior. This makes the story incredibly personal, as it will continuously transform with our own ever-fluctuating perceptions. (Robert Downey Jr. has been playing the part in my head as of late. Don’t judge me.)
No matter how many slogans we come up with (40 is the new 30! Wrinkles are the new black!), or how good Suzie Celebrity looks at 60, our society is not ok with ageing, and it shows in the disappointing way books and media continue to treat the subject. The older the character, the more likely he/she is to be stuffed into one of three caricatures: the Curmudgeon, the Sage, and the Youth Chaser, who only serve as narrative coat racks from which to hang easy moral lessons, overly sentimental dialogue, and old people jokes (“I learned it on the Googler”). I applaud Smith for writing about older characters with the freshness and tingling excitement usually reserved for 20 somethings. His characters are familiar without being cliché, raw and flawed without manufactured melodrama, and as real as you or I. Gravity transcends being a book about middle aged people, and is simply a book about people, struggling to reconcile their wants and needs with the world around them. Anyone can relate to that, and everyone will.
I cannot recommend this series enough. I have read it in its entirety at least three times, and it is a new experience each time. Joshua Edward Smith is at the forefront of something new and necessary in modern fiction and must not be missed. Five stars, two thongs, and a dram of good scotch.
Lisa and Sir have aged, their lives are different than they were in the start, further complicated by the 5 years they spent apart and yet these two seem only meant to be together. The friendship between them is obviously just the start of something more, readers will immediately see the chemistry between them never died. I continued to struggle with Sir, he falls in love so easily and manipulates everyone in his life, but in Gravity I felt he finally started to learn and change. Lisa, on the other hand, has grown more complex, her maturity showing on her physically and mentally. Without their previous rules and their obligation and Dominant and submissive Lisa and Sir discover a new type of relationship. It's more fluid, it comes with a lot of thought and an intimacy that can only be found over time.
Smith's complicated writing style from the previous novels is gone, with Gravity featuring a beginning, middle, and end that follows a very linear pattern. The third-person perspective remains constant, allowing readers the opportunity to observe both character's lives separately and together, allowing us to know that these two are indeed going to fall into one another again. As the characters aged so too did this novel and the situations the characters find themselves in. At points things seemed laughable, but I also recognized that Lisa and Sir were dealing with the fear that comes with age and the loss of vitality. They both held on tightly to their youthful exuberance, but together found a happiness in the quiet pace of sharing a life together. I really enjoyed that Smith continued to include secondary characters through out the series, their parts very important in how the entire series worked. We see them with coworkers and friends, with children and ex-partners, as they deal with the outside world beyond their own relationship.
Gravity is a solid conclusion to the Entropy series, with each book perfectly represented as Act I, Act II, and Act III in a series that could easily be a movie. It's modern erotica mixed with literary fiction, with characters that aren't the average book age and situations that mirror every reader's real life in some way. I highly recommend this series to readers who are looking for something that breaks the norm, but still gives them that wistful romance feel and that lusty, sexual deviance we seek in erotica.
Most recent customer reviews
Series: Entropy Book 3
Genre: BDSM Romance
Author: Joshua Edward Smith
Format: Kindle Edition...Read more
We begin to witness Sir maturing and see the inner struggles that he and...Read more