That One Moment by Amy Daws

I think the author, Amy Daws, describes this book better than anyone. In an e-mail she sent to me and some fellow bloggers, she stated that, “It’s so…sigh.” Truer words were never spoken!

What’s it About? 

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Life is a series of reoccurring ripples in time.
The moment I saw her…something shifted.
The moment my lips touched hers…life got messy.
The moment my heart got involved…everything changed.

Vi Harris tests every bit of my strength.
She is my test.
My challenge.
At a time when I should be focusing entirely on myself, this radiant woman with a bright, cheeky smile and a cracked sense of humor waltzes in and spins everything on its axis.

Vi has the potential to make me weak at a time when I’m determined to show everyone just how bloody strong I am.
She’s everything I am not…yet somehow, she sees through my darkness.
My pain.
My despair.
She doesn’t see me as broken.
She sees me as the man I’m fighting so hard to be.
The man that I’m still struggling to see myself.

First Impressions

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I feel like if there was ever a fictional character in desperate need of one of my hugs, it would be Hayden. It’s been one year since that one moment: when Hayden attempted to kill himself. He’s now sober, and believes he’s turned his life around. However, his therapist gives him a challenge (sort of becoming a theme in this series) to tell one stranger his whole story. Enter Vi.

When Hayden and Vi first interact…OMG love it! There’s a spark between them. An intense heat which Hayden doesn’t want to admit he feels, so he gets broody and angry until he can’t stand it anymore! This tends to result in the two of them pushed up against a wall for a delicious make out session.

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Yes, there is amazing chemistry between Hayden and Vi. Yes, there are amazing sex scenes. Yes, I wish I could eat ice cream out of the divots of Hayden’s abs. But the true brilliance of this novel was in the countdown.

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Hayden shares with Vi the last 5 days leading up to his suicide attempt. It was overwhelming to read this tragic and heartbreaking lead-up, showing how such a seemingly strong character had once given up on life, and tried to end his pain. Hayden is shocked that instead of pushing her away, his countdown actually brings the two of them closer together.

The Moments

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Throughout this novel, we see how life is full of life-changing moments; some good, some heart-wrenchingly terrible. However, in order to truly live life, one must focus instead on those good moments that take your breath away. They are the ones that help you get through the difficult ones.

For Hayden, the last four years of his life since his sister’s untimely death have only been filled with bad moments. One after the other. A build-up which eventually became too much for him to bear, so he tried to leave this world altogether. Since Vi entered his life though, he’s finally started seeing the good moments again. Because of her, he’s finally started living again.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Lost in London, book 2. You should definitely read these books in order, starting with the London Lovers series. They’re all amazing!

Should you read it? In my opinion, this was definitely one of the best of the entire London Lovers/Lost in London series. It covers some intense subjects, but there’s also a decent amount of humor woven in as well. From Vi’s over-protective footballer brothers, to her ball-sniffing dog Bruce. Oh, and did I mention it’s sexy as hell?!

Smut Level: These two exude passion and chemistry. Just gotta love the amount of biting kisses, groping, thrusting and spankings going on in this book. It’s so…sigh!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Stars Hollow Publishing. 278 Pages.

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Short Stories by Marcia Carrington

Below are mini reviews of two short stories written by Marcia Carrington. The tales are both very distinct, but they are definitely quick reads. Like, really quick. Like, the one is only 15 pages.

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Nancy is at the end of her rope. Her husband has left, she’s been convinced that she committed a crime at work, and believes her family is too busy to listen to her woes. All of these unfortunate circumstances have led her to the seaside, where she’s contemplating ending it all by committing suicide. As she rethinks all of the things which are going wrong in her life, a man appears out of the ocean. He’s her guardian angel, Adam. Definitely a serious scenario, but I couldn’t help but wonder what the guy was wearing. Swim trunks? Speedo? Angel toga? Or totally commando?

All joking aside, it was heartbreaking to read about someone who has given up on life, and thinks that there is no other option but suicide. Adam helps her to see she still has something to live for: her family. It makes you realize that even if you don’t have a guardian angel, there is usually somebody out there who is willing to listen. Whether it be a friend, a family member, or even a stranger, help is out there. My favorite part of this short story was the ending. It describes how Nancy was able to move on with her life after her talk with Adam on that beach. She was able to repair her relationship with her family, and open up to them about what’s been troubling her. And although she still encountered hardships in life, it showed that life is still worth living, even if you encounter a few speed bumps along the way.

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Jeremiah and Georgina’s Christmas

In the week before Christmas, Georgina is stuck working on an ad campaign in a woodsy hotel with her arch nemesis colleague, Jeremiah. He’s the ultimate lady’s man, and annoys Georgina to no end. But as the two are forced to work together, will they be able to fight their growing attraction for one another? Kind of sounds like a Hallmark Christmas special, doesn’t it? I mean, can you think of a more romantic setting than being in a secluded hotel with snow all around? I guess it could also be a horror film in the making.

jeremiahIdyllic setting aside, I did have a few issues with this story. Firstly, the writing was a tad simplistic. Practically every sentence of dialogue ended with “he said”, or “she said”. Sounds silly, I know, but it was really distracting after a while. It wouldn’t hurt to maybe throw in a “he exclaimed”, or “she responded” in there. Secondly, her relationship with Jeremiah could have used another layer of depth. Instead of just hating him for being a womanizer, maybe they could have also had a work rivalry going on.

All in all, my biggest issue with this story was how Jeremiah and Georgina came together at the end. She has hated this man for years, and the only reason she starts to look at him any differently is because other people basically tell her to do so. It’s not that he started acting any differently, or even treating her with more respect, for her to suddenly change her opinion of him. Lastly, just when Georgina starts to open up to the idea of being with Jeremiah, he proposes! Talk about jumping the gun! Maybe they should go out on a date first? See if they have the same taste in movies? Does he keep his socks on while having sex? Does he pick his teeth with a straw after eating? Do you know this man at all?!?!

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