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A Moment (Moments #1)

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A chance meeting... Life didn't turn out the way I'd ever hoped it would. I got pregnant at 14. Same year my mom got diagnosed with MS. Dad bailed on us and my life felt like it suddenly started to spiral out of control. I'm 21 now, I go to college, I work hard, trying to make something of myself. I wasn't supposed to be at that burlesque bar Valentine's Day. I wasn't supp...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Marie Hall Publishing
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** Semi-Spoilery (but nothing too major) **

I'm trying to keep this review as spoiler free as possible and most of what I've written can either be gleaned from the synopsis or is fairly evident early in the novel. I have not revealed any huge plot twists.

Recently I've found myself bitching a lot. Mostly about sexual assault and the way in which its victims seem to be portrayed in the Y/A & N/A books I've read lately. It seems there's this need to either minimize it or create characters who ar...more
Kim Person
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and I'm participating in the blog tour. The synopsis of this book intrigued me and I seriously had no clue what to really expect from the book. I loved that the book starts off with 14 year old Liliana with her father ~ terrified, alone ~ where she was and why made me...

She spots a gorgeous guy who she thinks locks eyes with her but did he? Ryan he's at the same place ~ pissed off, alone, but liberated? Why he was there made me........more
3.5-4 stars
So, I gobbled this New Adult uber-angsty read in one sitting. There were 3 things I liked a lot and 1 thing that urked me.

What I liked...

1. This author made me believe that an alpha male, Ryan, can still shine through even after being completely bared at his most vulnerable to his heroine, Lili. My goodness, after an initial and pivotal scene, which takes place after the H/H meet, I was already taken by the depth and complexity that could potentially arise, and I'd anticipated it as t...more
Monica Murphy
Well written, heart wrenching new adult story. Ryan reminds me of my Drew in ways...

Plus, Marie is a total sweetheart. Go read this book people!

" I love him. Love this man with scars with scars so deep they terrify me. I'll do anything to save him. I know that now. And when he whispers my name again, I know in that instant he's ruined me for anyone else. Because this is love. And it's beautiful.

Nothing comes easy to Liliana, at 21 years old, she have a 7 years old autistic son and a mother with MS. Her dad left them, leaving to Lili to take care of them all and to provide for the whole family.
But Lili is such a strong character, betwe...more
Charlotte  Black
I'm still undecided about this story. I've just finished the book. What words immediately spring to mind are: - dark, intense, brutal, fiery, terror. All of which are gathered in the pages of A Moment.

Lily is a 21 year old college student with a 7 year old autistic little boy, and a mother with MS. Life isn't pretty for her. She gets by every day hoping for a little love, even just a look from her son. She gets love returned from her mother but Lily knows that time is getting short for her Mama....more
Initial reaction: Probably going to rate this around 1.5 - 2 stars. It's not that I don't think this book touched on some rather tough themes (sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, etc.), but there were parts of this that felt so derivative and drawn out that I didn't care for it. Hopefully I can explain more in my full review.

Full review:

Oy vey, this is a tough review for me to write, and fittingly for a tough book such as "A Moment". If only this book hadn't delved into so many New Adult cliches and h...more
All-Things-Books [Whairigail]
* * * 5 Beautiful, Heartwrenching, Sexy Stars * * *

“Moment: The dictionary defines a moment as a minute portion or point of time. But for me, it’s more. I see a moment the way a scientist does… the product of quantity (as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point. A moment is that indefinable period in your life that only makes sense when you look back and you realize you made the right choice. I didn’t know it then, but I made the right choice and I’d do it all over again.

This is
Michelle [Helen Geek]
07/06/2013 --

Overall Rating = 4 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 4 / 5 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 4 Stars
Story Appreciation = 4.5 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars [ARC ... $Free on Amazon]

I first of all need to apologize to this author. I was awarded an ARC for this book, but real life intruded and I couldn't read it before it was published. Then, I saw it offered free on Amazon and remembered it. I hope this review will absolve me for my dereliction...more
Jess - A is for Alpha B is for Books
MOMENT: The dictionary defines a moment as a minute portion of time. But for me, it's more. I see a moment the way a scientist does… the product of quantity and the distance to a particle axis or point. A moment is that indefinable period in your life that only makes sees when you look back and you realise I made the right choice. I didn't know it then, but I made the right choice and I'd do it all over again.

This is my moment….

Ryan’s got demons, and they’re deep, dark, and eating him alive.

Ari Bookzilla.
I wanted so much to rate this book higher, but no.

I mean, it's easy to get swayed with oh-my-god-this-is-so-beautiful, but in reality, this story lacked. It's gonna be weird to review it because I really did love it. I just didn't love it.

While I thought Ryan was an amazing character - the rawness of what he was going through, the way Marie Hall told his story without saying a word and you pieced it all together and were dreading the moment you heard it all because you knew it was going to be th...more
Marie Hall
May 23, 2013 Marie Hall added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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THE BOOK HAS BEEN REVISED AND EDITED!! If you bought a copy on Kindle, an update for the new revisions are available on the Kindle Cloud!
Tough Critic Book Reviews
This is one of those books you want to force yourself to love. Force yourself because it has so many amazing components. But somehow, those components didn't quite fit together to complete the love puzzle.

The great pieces of this book were glossed in uniqueness. Ryan and Liliana have both had their past hardships, but it's Ryan who has the demons; the heartbreaking past to overcome. He's been hurt and for once the guy needs to be saved. The story revolves around his issues. It was refreshing.

Sarah Oxford
*This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

My enjoyment of this book was rather up and down but as it got to me in the end I'm going for 3.5 - 4 stars.

The book is very slow paced and nothing much actually happens. No big events beyond the biggy at the begining. This is not a criticism at all. It may be against some books but not this one. This is a book about an emotional journey. Ryans journey to trust, to believe in himself, to let love heal. Lili's journey to...more
"The dictionary defines a moment as a minute portion or point of time. But for me, it’s more. I see a moment the way a scientist does… the product of quantity (as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point. A moment is that indefinable period in your life that only makes sense when you look back and you realize I made the right choice. I didn’t know it then, but I made the right choice and I’d do it all over. “

Wow, this was a story that moved me at my core. I think Marie Hall ha...more
*ARC given by author in exchange for an honest review*

Dear Ms. Hall,

I must say that I'm pretty amazed, due I didn't expect this kind of book.
This is a good example of a well written book with a lousy [my apologies, but it's true] cover.

Ryan is a 25 years old ex-marine [or was navy? I got confused here] that has a dark, deep secret, which allows him to be consumed by shame and pain; Liliana is a 21 years old college student... and mom of an autistic boy, which knows about abandon.

They met in t...more
Alyson Alvigi-quaranta
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I loved both main characters in this book, Lili and Ryan. Lili has had a hard life...getting pregnant at 14, her father leaving the family, having an autistic son, a sick mother, and going to college. I admire her strength. Ryan has his own dark, disturbing, demons from the past, and my heart broke for him. Their love for one another is undeniably beautiful and true...I loved them together.

I really loved the suppo...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

That's about all I can say about this read. I can't articulate to you what this book made me think & feel without giving something away about it. Just know that this one has a hard, raw & all too realistic plot. Filled with every emotion you can possibly think up & a few that have yet to be named. This one left me like this...
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Just please, please read this book people.
Nicole Johnson
I give this book 5 stars because I love a book that makes me feel every emotion.... I felt hurt,scared,happy ,sad ,disappointed ,ashamed, Ryan and Lilli became my friends and I completely fell in love with both of them.
Lilli's Spirit was strong. She's the kind of girl who loves hard and has no idea how great she is. And she was the only person that could save the broken beautiful Ryan. From all his pain and anguish that he was drowning in. If you like books that tug on your heart strings and ke...more
Meh. I honestly can't think of one nice thing to say about this book, so I just won't say anything at all.
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***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Judging this book by its cover:
The cover of this book is OK. It's probably something I'd pass right over in the store, to be honest. I don't find it very intriguing.

I really enjoyed this book. It was about life's struggles and how all it takes is a single moment to change us or our paths forever. The decision to have sex at a young age made Liliana a mother...more
Raquel Valldeperas
While the rest of my family was snorkeling and finding awesome sea creatures, I was sitting on the sand reading. It was that good.

Review to come.



This book surprised the hell out of me.

It's been on my TBR list for quite some time, and I happened to come across it when it was free. I grabbed it up and figured I'd read it eventually. I read the blurb to refresh my memory, and then I read the first couple of pages just to get an idea of the quality of t...more
Carrie (ICanHasBooks?)
Ryan is a local fighter, an ex Marine with a secret so dark it haunts him almost nightly. Especially on Valentines Day, that is the one day of the year he goes out and drinks and drinks, hoping to drown away the pain. He is so broken, he thinks he is beyond repair.

Lili, a single mother and collage student, has had a hard life. Her mother is dying, her son, 7 is autistic and she feels that he doesn't love her. She's trying her best to take care of both of them while working and going to school....more
***Copy received through Netgalley***

This new adult book is dealing with real problems that felt raw, dark and gut-wrenching. It talks about pain and about trying to heal with love. Both characters Lili and Ryan has issues on their own. Liliane has a 7 years old autistic son (Javi) and a dying mother. She's really young (21) and has to work, go to school and take care of the two persons she loves the most. She doesn't spend time for herself and thinks her son doesn't loves her. It's really hard...more
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**

I went through so many emotions while reading this book. The author touches on so many sensitive subjects. At one point everything seems happy & lovely and them BAM! something terrifying occurs and you're suddenly opened mouth, gawking at what you just read.

Lili is a 21 year old that has seen more pain & hardship and had to deal with more heartache that people 3 times her age. She has had to grow up fast & take care of everyon...more
Sarez Tomoan
“Moment: The dictionary defines a moment as a minute portion or point of time. But for me, it’s more. I see a moment the way a scientist does… the product of quantity (as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point. A moment is that indefinable period in your life that only makes sense when you look back and you realize you made the right choice. I didn’t know it then, but I made the right choice and I’d do it all over again.

This is my moment…

Liliana Delgado”

I want to begin this revi...more
In a story that is vastly different from previous reads from her, Marie Hall brings us a contemporary, New Adult story that is romantic, heart wrenching, difficult and fully geared to readers who are over 18.

In each of the stories that I have read from Marie, she imbues her characters with such lifelike qualities and issues that they literally could walk among us, and probably do. This is a twist, in which she deals with some very serious elements for her characters, and yet each is presented w...more

I honestly did not know what to expect when I started this book since it has received some mixed reviews. I was so taken back by not only the story but the characters. I love that this story is focused on the male's demons and issues, something we don't read about alot. Yes, there are some editing issues, but that didn't take away from the story being told.

Ryan and Lili both have their own issues to work through. Ryan thinks that he is dealing with...more
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

“A moment is that indefinable period in your life that only makes sense when you look back and you realize you made the right choice. I didn’t know it then, but I made the right choice and I’d do it all over again.”

A Moment by Marie Hall is about more than just a moment. It's about a series of moments between Lili and Ryan that begin before they even realize it. It's an emotional ride that I'm so glad I took with them. These two characters...more
I received a copy of this book from Marie Hall and "Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock" for an honest review.

The book starts off with the female lead, Liliana, finding out she's pregnant the same year her mom is diagnosed with MS. Her dad soon after abandoned his wife, daughter, and grandchild suddenly leaving Lili as the head of household.

This book is considered a "new adult" which is basically a young adult or teen book with sex and cursing. This book does contain some heavy subject mat...more
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New Adult Book Club: #29 - A Moment 209 330 Sep 02, 2013 03:56AM  
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  • Undertow
  • Falling for a Bentley
  • Where I End and You Begin
  • Hope Breaks (Hope Trilogy, #1)
  • Beautiful Pain (Three Irish Brothers, #1)
  • Broken Promises (Broken, #1)
  • Security
  • Because of Lucy (Butterfly Days, #1)
  • All Over You (Unforgettable You, #1.5)
  • Toxic (Better Than You, #1)
  • Your Favorite Girl (YFG, #1)
  • Being Chased (CEP, #1)
  • Finding Pride (The Pride #1)
  • Fight or Flight (Fight or Flight, #1)
  • Hidden (Hiding from Love, #1)
  • Chasing Justice (Piper Anderson, #1)
  • The Lies that Save Us (Broken Heart, #1)
Marie Hall is a USA Today Bestselling author and has always held 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.

Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there'd be no vampires/shapeshifters/...more
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