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by Marie Hall
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 at 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…
The doors slide open with a loud whoosh. Huffing the bangs out of my eyes I look up and my heart stills.
In fact, everything seems to freeze. It’s a strange sensation, sounds grow dim, and the world recedes to a pinprick of light, a halo that surrounds him. I have no idea who he is, a perfect stranger in a room full of them, but something about him stands out and makes me notice.
He has dark wavy hair and intense blue eyes. He stands squinting in the doorway and it’s obvious why he’s here. The entire left side of his face is a swollen mass of discolored skin. He grabs the corner of his jaw and I notice his knuckles are also split open. Hard eyes scan the waiting room, and for a second, I glimpse in his face the same emotion I’m feeling right now.
Anywhere but here…
Then our eyes meet. He’s older than me, I can tell. There are whiskers on his cheeks, and he doesn’t look like a boy.
Especially not like the boy who did this to me.
The look lasts only a second, but feels more like an eternity– a stolen moment in time that exists outside of where we’re at right now. But like so much in my life, it’s fleeting.
As most know, Harlie normally doesn’t read NA. She lets Pink handle it on her own blog. Not that I don’t like the genre or the talented writers that write it, I truly do. I am so glad that I read this book. It left me emotionally spent in the end but it was so worth it.
What we have here is a journey of two very damaged people who have been dealt some of life’s harshest realities. Yes, you’ve heard that line before but trust me, Lili and Ryan have in spades. Between sexual abuse of children, autism, terminal illness , these two have had a lot to deal with as young adults. This isn’t a fluffy romance book, either. It’s a true love story between Lili and Ryan, not a “romance” story.
Ms. Hall has written a gritty, sometimes raw story about two realistic characters that I came to cheering for and wanting to hug at the same time. The moments that they had were real, too. Ms. Hall development of Lili and Ryan were superb. Every little detail matter to me and enriched my enjoyment of the book. Did some of the situations make me cringe? Sure they did but they were handled with the utmost care by Ms. Hall. She let me slowly digest what was happening and didn’t just throw it in my face all at one time.
I truly ached for Lili and Ryan at times. The secondary characters were also nicely drawn, too. They weren’t intrusive either. I hate that sometimes in books. This is Lili and Ryan’s story and it was their’s to tell. When reading this book, I came away knowing that sometimes people have very dark issues to deal with and they actually need someone to help them. Not everything is sugar-coated and it shouldn’t be. To truly grow as a person, the road won’t also be line with rose petals and people throwing you a parade along the way. Dealing with what they had to deal with…I held my breath at times. 🙂
The ending was a good one for me. I hope that in the next book from this series, that we get a glimpse of Lili and Ryan to see how they are doing. I came close to crying a few times but I didn’t throw the Kindle. (I’ve been known to do that) Instead, I cuddle it to send good vibes to characters that I really cared about.
If you want to read a NA book that deals with realistic situations with characters that you will really, really care about…read this book. Again, you know that I don’t read the genre that much, but A Moment is definitely a book that everyone over 18 should read.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm… Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones. Which is probably why she married one.
On top of that she’s a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She’s a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun’s gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!
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