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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
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Marie Hall Publishing
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (10/18/2014)

A Moment...
I killed myself tonight.
Or at least I tried. But a woman I do not know refused to let me die. Liliana Delgado wrapped me up in her slim arms and told me things would be okay. But she doesn't know the demons I live with. The things that have happened to me. Every morning is a struggle just to get out of bed and the nights are even worse. But the way she smiles at me... I feel something I've never felt before.
Hope.
...will change our lives...
I shouldn't have gone to that burlesque bar on Valentinbefore.
(10/18/2014)
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Roksana
DNF @ 33%

WARNING! SAFE GANG TRIGGERS: OW/OM See spoilers bellow


There are three words describing my feelings :

ANGER
HURT
DISAPPOINTMENT


I cannot believe the author would put that stunt destroying the "whole good experience" I was having up to the point of that disgusting, cheap of a plot that I read countless of times with "exactly" the same results:
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No exception here! I have ALREADY invested myself with the characters forming an emotional connection to "both Hero and heroine" and BAM!!! This shit happens! I was so looking forward:
I
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Kim Person
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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...

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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.............................................

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...

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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.............................................



Fast-forward seven-years and Liliana lives with her Mother, son Javi and mothers nurse, Adele. She's a gorgeous college student making something of herself when one might think she wouldn't have. But Lili's life is work, school, and her family. She doesn't go out. She doesn't do what "normal" college age students do. She has simply too much to do being a single mother with an autistic son and a mother who is ill. The one thing Lili and I have in common is COFFEE ~ heck yes I LOVE my coffee and appreciate my favorite place where I'm a regular and I never have to say what my order is, yes coffee makes me......



Lili knows Alex from her favorite coffee shop and he invites her to go out on Valentine's Day with him and his cousin, Ryan. It's friends only just getting out and Lili-bean, the adorable nickname Alex has for her, agrees to go. Ryan he is going out on Valentine's Day for an entire different reason. It's the date his entire life was changed many years ago when he was just a child. He was discharged from the service and now he's a fighter. Oh yes, he's gorgeous, he has demons though HUGE demons that he refuses to share with anyone and Alex knows what those demons are.

Alex is also a college student and described as your All-American gorgeous guy. Whenever I picture Alex I immediately do this........



Well, Ryan meets Liliana that night and life will never be the same for either one of them. That one meeting changes everything! This is a story of a broken boy who grew-up to be a damaged man. What Ryan endured on Valentine's Day many years before is heartbreaking, devastating and down right shocking. Liliana has endured a lot in her short life and she always put's Javi first. He is her number one priority. Will she let damaged Ryan into her life? Will Ryan's demons be revealed to Liliana? Well you are going to have to read A Moment to find that out but I will share what I endured when I read this one....

When Ryan & Lili first meet and they make eye-contact well I was......



being that this is told in both POVs you get to experience this through both their eyes. As the night moves along if I was present I would've done this to Ryan............................................



yes he is a ruggedly gorgeous man but you will find that the story will pull you in quickly. I felt I was there with all of them. Heck if I was I would've done this to Alex...................................



what occurs at the end of the evening had me.........................



then I was ..........................................................



I can't imagine what Liliana experienced at that point... don't worry though things even out and soon there is ............................



There is a little of this...........................................



but that's not what this story is all about. There was a point in this book I started to get................................................



but then I was right back to where I was.............................



by this point I knew, this wouldn't last, I just knew it ~ Ryan had to face something's and when Liliana did something I totally understood why but Ryan just....................................................



understandably so. Another Valentines Day rolls around and I was chewing my finger nails wondering what it would bring. Would I get what I needed out of this? You will understand what I mean by that question when you read it. When Ryan well when he faces his past I....



and then I was going .............................................



by the end of this book I was so doing this..........................



FANFREAKINGTASTIC ~ I was shaking by the end of this emotional read about healing and trauma and dang the author did a damn good job ~ It's about facing your demons no matter how difficult and learning to trust and really live again. This book deals with very sensitive subject matter that may be difficult for some readers. Parts of this book are so down right sad that there is no way your emotions won't be engaged. What Ryan has endured and then lived with and how he think he "copes" is hard to read about but in the end you see what the wonder of love can do for you.

This is definitely a 5 star read for me! There is no cliff-hanger and there is a book 2 which I CANNOT wait for which will be Alex's story cause believe me he as one too and I'm psyched the author is going to tell it and from another perspective that more than often is overlooked in situations like this. I highly recommend you read this one ~ It will be so worth it and in the very end I hope you are as giddy as I was ~
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Vallsykes
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
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Monica Murphy
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Rose
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 ha/>Full
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Jo

" 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, between all the
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Ari Reavis
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
More than a romance, this was a story of realizing you're better than you think and believing that the good another sees in you, actually exists. Lili had a baby at 14, a sick mom, school, work, the list goes on and Ryan had some really dark demons that especially peaked on Valentine's Day. Learning what happened to him and the aftermath of it was really sad, but I'm glad Lili saw beyond that and showed him true love and acceptance. Although Javi, Lili's son, doesn't talk in the book, he was a b ...more
Charlotte  Black
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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 f
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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./>
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Marie Hall
Mar 11, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book
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!
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 thi
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A. Bookzilla.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 i
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J
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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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.

Anot
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Nicole Johnson
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!

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.
Shanna
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Sarah Oxford
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
*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 journ
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Zakirrah BookBlogger
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Beautiful Stars!!



This is a free read, yes FREE!! After reading the synopsis I quickly went to one-click only to have amazon tell me er..you already have it. Don't be clicking a million times on the same book, bitch.So I went through my kindle app thinking no amazon you lie! I would have read it by now.But then to my utter shock at the bottom, there it was. How dare I neglect this book? So I started it and wow what a journey it was.I loved it, I knew I was going to love it just by looking at the sy
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Kelly
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
***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 f
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Gabby
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, series, arcs, new-adult
*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 abou
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Alyson Alvigi-quaranta
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
**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.

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Alexa Whitewolf
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story line will draw you in and spit you out different than when you started. There is pain in this book, and mature themes... A lot of pain. But the hope and purity that shines through is wonderful. Ryan and Liliana are epic together. Read... but have a box of Kleenex ready.
Christina Bauer
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As the mom of a child on the autism spectrum, I couldn't help but love this romance story of two wounded people who find solace in each other...one of whom is raising a child on the spectrum. :::sniff sniff:::
Ade
Mar 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Meh. I honestly can't think of one nice thing to say about this book, so I just won't say anything at all.
Angie Elle
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
***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.

Plot/Execution:
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 struggling to get by, and demons from Ryan's past are still haunting him and s/>Judging
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I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)
A MOMENT is one of those books I have had for a while and I just got around to reading it. If you have it, then consider this your call to action! It’s a great book! If you don’t have it, then you have absolutely no excuse, because it is currently FREE at Amazon (as of 8/31/13) .

A MOMENT is sweet and emotional and there is a lot going on with the characters in this book.

Liliana Delgado is lovely. I just want to hug her! She has the weight of the world on her shoulders. After a one-night stand at the tender a
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Courtney
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 dealin
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Raquel Valldeperas
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

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FULL REVIEW

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 the writing.

I never put it back down.

It didn't matter that it wacome.
FULL
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