Saturday, June 1, 2013

Review: A Moment by Marie Hall

A Moment
By: Marie Hall
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Series: Moment #1

Ryan Cosgrove and Liliana Delgado are on a collision course with destiny. They don’t know it yet, but before the night is over their lives will be forever changed.

Spending Valentine’s Day at a burlesque bar, hadn’t been Liliana’s ideal way of spending a Friday night. She’d much rather be back on campus doing homework… until she meets Ryan. Tall, athletic, and gorgeous, Lili can’t keep her eyes off him, and despite his gruff manners and drunken disposition she’s intrigued.

Ryan’s got demons, and they’re deep, dark, and eating him alive. Regardless of his attraction to the petite brunette he’s tired of fighting, of pretending the last fifteen years haven’t been a daily struggle just to get out of bed every morning. That night he decides to end his pain, to leave it all behind and float away into the blessed darkness of oblivion. But fate has other plans for him, Lily finds and rescues Ryan, determined she’ll not only save his body, but his soul too.

This is their moment…


This book was unbelievably intense, raw, heartbreaking, and heartwarming and a book that kept you wanting to read more about their moment.  The characters are real, the situations are real, some are more unfortunate than others but its reality and it's raw.  This book was just really amazing.  The way the author told the story through main characters eyes, the anguish and the love that they shared for one another while trying to deal with life and demons from the past. 
I’m still riding an emotional high right now after just literally finishing the book minutes ago.  It was really a beautiful love story.  We first meet the two characters in the book in the hospital waiting room, Liliana is there to verify her suspicions of being pregnant at age fourteen, and while Ryan is there to check his wounds from a recent fight he just had.  Fast forward a couple years and it’s all it takes is a moment to happen and they somehow are bought back into each other’s lives through Alex, Ryan’s cousin.  At first it’s just a curiosity that Liliana has about Ryan, as they are meeting for the first time on Valentine’s date at a burlesque bar on her non date with Alex.  It’s weird where you can meet someone that is so perfect for you.  Through that chance meeting they can’t stop thinking about the other and Ryan asks her out. 
Throughout the book you see how close their relationship blossoms and how right he fits into her little family.  With her son who is autistic, her mother who is at the moment dying and Ade the person who helps with her mom, Ryan fits in perfectly.  Everyone has their issues and some are deeper than others, it’s really all how you deal with them but Ryan has yet to deal with his demons in a healthy way that would actually do him any good, instead he chooses to fight constantly (MMA).  Lili is okay with all of this but there is still something that is constantly nagging her, she knows there is something wrong with him and wants him to trust her with his secrets, but he’s stubborn as most men are.  She just wants to help him in every way that she can, will he finally tell her what his demons really are?
Their relationship is a beautiful thing to watch, and the interaction with her autistic son Javier is so sweet.  I love that this book bought in so many different social, family and health issues.  It bought light to those experiences and how to deal with them.  This book just literally blew my mind and I am still reeling with emotions from it.  I would recommend this book to anyone and hope that everyone gets a chance to read it because there is some intensity in this book that I think everyone should experience reading.  With the sneak preview of the next book in this series all I can say is, I really, really can’t wait for it.  It’s going to be really amazing I just know it.
I really love the author’s writing style and I’ve always been a fan of a story told through two sides so the back and forth between characters is a major plus in my book.  The cover I think is absolutely perfect.  I can completely picture the two people on the cover being the main characters; again I just can’t give this book enough praise.  I love it!

I received this book from NA Book Group (Goodreads) and Marie Hall, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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