After a perfect summer, Sophie returns to college for her senior year. Leaving behind her greatest source of strength, she has to work even harder to keep her demons quiet. But when her past collides with her happiness for the final time, she’s faced with a new normal. Is she strong enough to stay on top? Does she believe she’s worthy of forever, or will she give it all up for a chance at peace?
One more try. One more chance.
Now a college graduate, Kipton stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime. Facing an unexpected long distance relationship, he’s struggling to find the perfect balance between life and love. All he wants is to protect his girl, but he doesn’t know how. Especially when she starts keeping secrets.
Fate has already determined their path. Time controls it. Are Sophie and Kipton strong enough to overcome the odds? Will they conquer the past once and for all?
Only one person knows the answer to free her – to make her weightless.
Weightless is the full-length follow-up to Lighter, and the conclusion to Sophie and Kipton’s story.
Review by Ashley
YES!! When I heard that Gia Riley was going to continue the story that grabbed me by the heart in Lighter, I knew I had to read it. You need to read the first book before jumping into this one. If you don't, you will be lost on a few vital plot points. I fell in love with the beautiful mess that was Sophie and the calm, steadying presence that was Kipton. Weightless is told in a dual POV which really enhanced the story and made me feel the weight of all the things that went unsaid.
This book picks up shortly after Lighter ends and things in Sophie and Kipton land are good. They've found a great rhythm in their relationship and lives. But they're facing the challenge of long distance as Kipton beings his new job while Sophie finishes school. Sophie has already come a long way in her healing but she still has a way to go. I love her support system of Lynn, Drew, Kipton, Cara and her dad. Yes, her dad- they had started to work through some of the issues surrounding their budding relationship as well. I really would've liked to have seen more of the growth in that relationship because Coach Evans played a pretty big part in this book. Which brings me to one of my favorite things, she got back into her sport and it was on her own terms. I loved that she had found a safe outlet to put her fear, anxiety and frustration into besides always relying on others to be there to pick her up, especially since Kipton is working on building the next step of their future. He is such a strong leading male so seeing him so torn about splitting his time between work and Sophie just solidified how much he wanted it all with her.
However, with all of Sophie's progress, there are always things waiting to bring her back down. Both Kipton and Sophie are forced to face the past as it just won't leave them alone. I wasn't really expecting the darkish twist that this book took but I enjoyed it all the same. My heart was racing and I was holding my breath to see how it would all play out. All of the adversity had the potential to tear Kipton and Sophie apart, and while in the past it may have, here it didn't. But it did make Kipton act brashly. His heart was in the right place but for the wrong reasons. I completely understood his desperation to try and hold onto the one thing he could control. I loved how it made them examine their relationship together and separately. And how Sophie wasn't willing to put her dreams on hold or make herself unhappy for anyone, even Kipton, the love of her life.
Gia Riley's work keeps getting better with every title that she puts out. She absolutely nailed it with Weightless. She gave me a story with depth and meaning. The characters were perfectly flawed and beautiful in their humanness. She had my emotions all over the place. I went from happy to anxious and back to happy with a few other things thrown into the mix as well. The balance between of the inner turmoil and strength each character went through just proved how suited they were for one another. Oh, that little shocker in the epilogue was a perfect way to end the Sophie and Kipton saga.
About the Author
Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware.
She’s a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Gia takes pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining.
Mother and wife by day, writer by night –she’s having a blast living her dream. Happy Reading