A Moment by Marie Hall | #COYER Book Review

November 15, 2013 Challenges & Readathons, Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A Moment by Marie Hall | #COYER Book ReviewA Moment by Marie Hall
Series: Moments #1
Published by Marie Hall Publishing on March 12, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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…

My Initial Reaction…

Have you ever loved an author’s work so much that you pick up their book without even checking to see what it’s about? That’s what I did with A Moment and I have no regrets! Marie knocked it out of the park again and I look forward to picking up the next book.

The Characters…

One of the things I love about Marie’s work is her ability to create really rich characters – which is the best way to describe A Moment‘s characters. When we meet Liliana she’s a scared teenager sitting in the Emergency Waiting Room with her father to take the test that will change her life. She already knows what the test will say: she’s pregnant. She has no idea how that will shape the woman she is to become. We fast forward 7 years and find out that life has not  been easy on poor Lili. The dad wanted nothing to do with her son, Javier, who turned out to be autistic. Her dad also wanted nothing to do with her, after she’d spoiled her dreams. So after a few years he left her, Javi, and her mom (who suffered from MS). This 21 year old girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders and she manages it all amazingly. I was so impressed with her resilience and dedication to her family. But Lili thinks of herself as a statistic – even though as a reader she’s anything but. She’s finished high school, is in her junior year of college to be a nurse, and hasn’t given up on herself one bit. She also refuses to give up on other people. She’s a mother hen and as one myself, I couldn’t help but love her and feel for her.

One of the people Lili refused to give up on was Ryan. She meets him through a college friend, his cousin Alex. They’ve all gone out together for Valentine’s Day as friends. What Lili doesn’t know is that Valentine’s Day is a really really horrible day for Ryan – and not because some girl broke his heart. He has some serious emotional scarring, which we and Lili spend the book guessing at and piecing together. I loved Ryan and my heart broke for him over and over again. He’s trying so hard to find a life with Lili and keep his demon’s in the past, but he doesn’t know how to do that. He’s a fighter (literally and figuratively) and yet he’s also so kind and tender. My heart melted every time he interacted with Javi (Lili’s autistic son) and her mom. He’s a character that you can’t help but root for every step of the way.

The story is told from both Lili’s and Ryan’s perspectives – always clearly marked at the start of the chapter, so no trouble getting confused- and their unique perspective on overlapping events makes the story that much richer. And I loved all the supporting characters, who you get to know well enough to love, though you’d certainly love to get to know them better. The next book is Alex’s story and I look forward to it.

The Story…

Technically this is a contemporary romance, but to classify it that way feels wrong. It’s such a deep book and, while the romance was great, it felt secondary to the huge issues that Marie is tackling. Through this emotionally evocative story we get glimpses of people, who feel incredibly real, dealing with the repercussions of teenage pregnancy, an autistic child (who I adored), parental abandonment, MS, child abuse, and even suicide. Can you get deeper than that? Marie handles it all so well too – I was on the verge of tears more than once, for both devastating moments and heart warming ones – but the book still managed to have a lightness to it. There was humor that made me laugh. There was the slow development of  a relationship that made me smile, complete with purely fun dates and some steamy moments. It was the perfect balance. And as someone who knows and loves people who have dealt with literally all the issues she tackles, I don’t feel that any of them were dealt with improperly. It felt spot on. Yep, I loved this book.

Concluding Sentiments…

A Moment was an emotional ride that I’m thrilled I took. It’s a book that melts your heart and breaks it too. I highly recommend for lovers of romance and emotionally charged books that tackle critical issues.

*Be sure to check out today’s Free Book Friday for more on why Marie offers incredible books, like this one for FREE!

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About Marie Hall

Marie loves books that make you think, or feel something. Preferably both. And while she’s a total girly girl and loves glitter and rainbows, she’s just as happy when she’s writing about the dark underbelly of society. Well, if things like zombies, and vampires, and werewolves, and mermaids existed. (Although she has it on good authority that mermaids do in fact exist, because the internet told her so.)
She’s married to the love of her life, a sexy beast of a caveman who likes to refer to himself as Big Hunk. She has two awesome kids, lives in Hawaii, loves cooking and occasionally has been known to crochet.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at mariehallwrites@gmail.com!


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

12 Responses to “A Moment by Marie Hall | #COYER Book Review”

    • Berls

      I highly recommend anything by Marie Hall, Lark. So far everything I’ve picked up by her has been golden! I hope you get around to one of them 🙂

    • Berls

      I have very few too. Marie hasn’t let me down yet! I hope you enjoy it – it’s free on Amazon so you can 1-click painlessly 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks Brandee! I finally decided to join Marie’s Street team because she’s that good – I might as well commit myself to supporting her every way I can 🙂 OH and the book you have was probably Crimson Night – I’ve been raving about that book every opportunity I get since I read it back in September. It just blew my socks off. A Moment was just as good, though entirely different. It’s free on Amazon right now, so you can 1-click away 🙂

    • Berls

      It’s one of those mysteries that you think you know from the very start but you never find out if you’re right or not until the very end. I just kept reading hoping that I’d find out in the next chapter until all of a sudden it was the end of the book. I also adored the character interactions. I hope you enjoy it! I’m pretty sure I saw you grab it one of the Sunday Posts, so it’s time to dig it out 🙂

    • Berls

      It’s a cover that sticks with you! Profound is the perfect word to describe A Moment! I loved it – I hope you do too! It’s free on Amazon too, so even better!

  1. Michelle

    I haven’t read any of her books yet ***ducks and hides**** I do have one on my kindle that I plan to read very soon but I love your review. I have a author that I don’t read the backs either because I know it will be good!

    Awesome review!!!

    • Berls

      I thought for sure you would have read all her wonderland books! Did you check out the Free Book Friday post? I featured them all there, so you can see what you’re missing 🙂

      So far I haven’t read anything by Marie I haven’t loved, so hopefully they’ll be just as great!

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