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At This Moment

(Of Love And Madness #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  797 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Sometimes life gives you what you need, even if you don’t believe you deserve it. Kate Daniels wants it all—a big, crazy life, lots of kids, and an adoring husband. Someday. For now, she’ll be happy just to survive her first semester of college. Billy McDonald wants it all, too. Since the day he got his first guitar, he’s had one goal—to prove he’s worth something. His dre ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 28th 2016 by Lone Sparrow Press
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Karen Cimms Not really, but there are two story lines that leave open the possibility of something to happen in the future (and they do in the second book). The s…moreNot really, but there are two story lines that leave open the possibility of something to happen in the future (and they do in the second book). The second book (We All Fall Down) is currently available, and it does end in a cliffhanger. The third and final book (All I Ever Wanted), will be out in the spring. Thanks for your interest! (less)
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

I really wanted a short series to end 2017 and begin 2018 with that would be the epitome of everything I love...and this does a pretty good job. (So, in other words people, it's angsty!) ;)

Katie and Billy meet when she goes with her new dorm mate to a bar where a band is playing. She's quickly smitten by the older Billy and he notices her right away as well. She's different from his usual girls and he seeks her out.

They end up going back to his place and get to know each other a little be
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 stars

I finished the 3 books and I'm still processing my thoughts and feelings about the overall story.

Book 1 is about Billy and Kate - they are young and fell in love fairly quickly. Billy is a musician who has a dream and the ambition to be a rock star. He lives the daily/nightly grind of shows and tours to make a living. Both have a lot of emotional baggage from their childhood. Billy drinks and does drugs while Kate has no self-esteem and doesn't think she is worthy of love. So, while thi
DNF @ 37%

I was in the mood for an angsty rockstar romance, but sadly this just didn't work for me.

I needed to feel a connection to the mcs before the shit hit the fan in order to root for them and understand why they were holding on, but I just didn't. I skimmed to the end because I was curious as to how it'd all play it, and I'm glad I'm done now.

I read some spoilers saying there is cheating at the end, so that wasn't all that shocking -- but just the way it all went down bugged me. I also sa
Lisa Aiello
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to preface this by saying that Rock Star Romances are not my thing. They contain too much predictability - built in angst, cheating, and excessive lifestyle choices (wait a minute...that is TOTALLY my thing, but I digress). A bunch of my Reading Buddies were set to read this and I love a good buddy read (read that as I hate to be left out), so I dove in...and despite what I thought was going to happen, I really enjoyed it. While so many were upset with Billy, I never felt that way. I love ...more
Melinda Ruyten
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a surprise. This is a trilogy that spans over 20 years between Kate and Billy. They both have issues Kate has domineering parents and is always the good daughter, an only child. Billy has anger issues, and drinking and drug problems. Kate wants to please billy so much she doesn't know when to say no. They meet when she's at college and she's 18 and he's 23 years. This is their love story. This book has cheating as a warning for people that may have issues with that. This is a wonderful book ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I struggled with the beginning but I stuck with it. First of all, I was having a love/hate relationship with Billy. And then it was mostly hate! Errrgh!

And Kate....snap the fuck out of it! I definitely wanted to slap some sense into her.

Positive point....loved Joey! He was the friend everyone should be lucky enough to have in real life.

I get that they had screwed up childhoods. But, come on. It definitely gives you a look at the rocker lifestyle and the temptations every step
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread Aug.2020...still 5*! I loved this just as much the 2nd time as I did the first :) I love an angsty rockstar romance and all the dirty that comes with...Billy is certainly a little lost, despite his deep love for Kate...Kate is young and naïve and is an enabler to Billy, in all things...since this is round 2 for me, I know where it's going and I can't wait to travel the journey with them again :)
"When love is not madness, it is not love."
Loved it! Going straigh
Thanks to my friends for recommending this! I inhaled this angsty, emotional series and recommend it to anyone who wants something a little different (and more 'real', IMO) in their rockstar reading. This series will definitely be on my favorites of 2018 list!
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really liking this series...but got to say. Our main character needs to get his shit together.
Judi Rae
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Cimm's debut novel is a heartbreaking tale that you will devour in one sitting and will leave you wanting more. Billy and Kate are well-written, flawed but sympathetic people who you are rooting for but who manage to get in their own way. You simultaneously want to hug and slap them. It's a love story but so much more and you won't want it to end.
Aimee Casper
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the characters and the story itself. It took me back to being that 18 year old who made life changing decisions that turned her into the person she is today. I laughed, I cried but most of all I enjoyed this book. I cannot wait for the next one!
Donna B
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ohhh, this was a great read❤️
Paula White
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gifted a copy for an honest review.


This is the first book of a trilogy but the author does not leave you on a cliff hanger, she leaves you knowing there is more to their story. I hope the author doesn't go the usual route and bring us too much angst in books 2 and 3!

Once I started this book, I was completely engrossed! Katie has been brought up trying to be the perfect daughter and not disappointing her cold parents - well her mother mostly as she is purely a dragon! She gets dragged out for
Jennifer Juers
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At This Moment is my first book by author Karen Cimms! I'm so glad that I came across it in Kylie's Fiction Addiction because I had no idea it existed and it's a trilogy!!! And it's really good! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!

Billy is a starving musician trying to make it in the industry. He's been gigging for a few years, living the lifestyle by drinking, drugging and sleeping his way through women. That all changes when he meets college student Katie.

Katie is just eighteen,
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good read, a really good story that held my attention from start to finish.
I found it a little confusing the way the story would jump quickly from one scene to another; without it being clearly defined; hence the four stars. I had to reread a little to realise that the author had moved on.
The story itself follows Kate and Billy. I loved both of these characters. Kate is young and feels unwanted and unloved by her parents. The way her parents treat her and her reactions to the
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Books 1-3 Of Love And Madness Series

For quite some time the Of Love And Madness series has been registering on my radar, but this was the first opportunity I had to sit down and read it. This went beyond a binge read and entered into meaningful and captivating territory after the first page of book one, At This Moment. In this series Ms. Cimms gives her audience an all-encompassing love story where every hug was enveloping and every kiss was soul sealing.

The leads in this work had a presence th
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a good read I found a book that brought me out of my book funk.

I love good hearted Kate going to college minding her own business then she meets swoon worthy guitar player Billy. Billy is playing where ever he can to make it big when he meets cute good girl Kate . Next thing you know life throws a curve ball and there broke playing house. Life it still throwing curve balls two baby's later and one big secret. Billy better spill or he could lose it all cause the guilt is eating him alive
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was AMAZING! Karen Cimms is such a great writer! I loved this book so much that about halfway through I decided to order the entire series in paperback because I knew this series was going to be epic and I can’t wait to start book two! It’s going to kill me to have to wait for them but I know it’s going to be so worth it! Kate and Billy’s story was something I’ve never read before. I’ve read plenty of rockstar books but this was very different. Yes the good girl fell for the bad b ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Loved this so much I could not put it down. Rockstar romance with all the angst and raw, gritty aspects of this lifestyle. The storytelling is incredibly captivating. I knew from the first pages that these characters were going to take over my life. Billy and Katie are characters that you root for no matter what. I will not stop until I finish this series. So good.
This series was a journey. I thought it was going to scratch my rock star trash needs but it ended up being way deeper than that.
The Talented Miss Ripley
Love, Love, Love

I loved everything about this book from the cover to the devastatingly powerful storyline. Katie is an angel sent to pull Billy from his private hell. She’s all he needs and along their journey he spirals out of control and makes a bad decision.

Such a beautiful story I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I recommend this book because of its depth and rich storyline.
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
*Recommended by Sharon*
Gaby Ch
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? It starts as YA, which I don't usually read, but the prospect of this story spanning for 25 years appealed a lot to me. I am so glad I read it. The characters come to life little by little, we grow to care deeply for both of them Katie still a teen and sometimes behaving like one because of her insecurities, being left out all her life by her parents, she doesn't have a lot of self love. But she does a have a beautiful heart, a gentleness and a softness about her ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, love this book. It's the start of a trilogy and soooooo worth the read. Kate and Billy...What can I say about Kate and Billy and this first book. Let me set the scene...Do you remember when you were in your 20's and there was a hot guy in the band you went to see at a local bar? Well, what if you actually got to meet? What if you both felt this connection and decided to find out who the person really was off the stage, out of the crowd, and in real life? This is such a wonderful st ...more
Valarie Kinney
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At This Moment was a wonderful ride through a relationship that has all the odds stacked against it. From the beginning, I fell in love with both Billy and Kate, who are characters with a great deal of depth, each carrying scars from their pasts. I'd like to climb into the book and shake Billy a little bit just to wake him up, though I realize he is probably doing the best he can do, given his upbringing. The author does an excellent job of portraying these characters, their weaknesses and stren ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raw, Gritty, and Real

If you like story's that show real characters, who make real mistakes in the difficult journey we call life, if you like story's that don't have a traditional storyline, and story's you get to watch the characters progress as they learn from their mistakes, then you'll love Billy and Katie.
Some of my all time favorite books including The Love Me With Lies series by Tarryn Fisher, The True Love Series by M.j. Fields, Carnage Series by Leslie Jones and Thoughtless (book one) b
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-review
Received from the author for a honest review. 3 1/2-4 stars...
At this Moment is a love story that takes us through the first day Kate & Billy meet (Billy in the band- Kate a college Freshman) to the coule years that follow. Even through it may seem like a typical story, you feel invested in their future. You cheer for the good times and hold your breath through the bad. Even though the story doesn't leave you hanging at the end, the author leaves you wanting more of their story. Good thing there
J.C. Hannigan
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Billy and Kate's story. Karen Cimms is a remarkable story teller.
Billy broke my heart at times - from the glimpses of his horrible childhood and the mistakes he'd made- but I really loved them together and I can't wait to read book 2!
Carrie Sparr Brudigan
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series , each book got better . Great love story but definitely not all flowers and rainbows! No cliffhanger with this first book , but I was anxious to continue
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
At this Moment is the first in the Of Love and Madness trilogy and Karen Cimms debut novel. I would never have guessed this was a first novel with the level of storytelling and depth of characters backstory. This trilogy will span twenty five years with flashbacks to childhood, though this book is their young adult years.

Their downfall is always going to be secrets and miscommunication. Billy isn't forthcoming with the truth often enough from guilt and Katie is close lipped and accepting far too
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Karen Cimms is a writer, editor, and author of seven novels. Her main focus is contemporary romance. Her latest release, Better Man, the final book in the Of Love and Madness Series, is available now. She's currently working on a new series, Shooting Stars. The first book is due out in spring of 2021.

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Other books in the series

Of Love And Madness (5 books)
  • You're All I Want for Christmas (Of Love and Madness, #1.5)
  • We All Fall Down (Of Love and Madness, #2)
  • All I Ever Wanted (Of Love and Madness, #3)
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