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Love in the Moment

(The McCormicks #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The McCormicks...Book One

After ten years, Ian McCormick was finally back in town and opening a brand new business. It was long past time to put his family drama behind him and maybe even have a little fun, just like the old days. And what better way to enjoy the summer than with the gorgeous brunette he’d just met at the bus depot?

One hundred pounds lighter, with a hot new
Published by Elena Aitken (first published October 2nd 2016)
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Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
So cliched, the novel writes itself. When I first picked up this freebie, I was intrigued by Gwen’s character. As soon as I got through the intro, the setup as it were, the rest of the novel was just so predictable that I had to walk away from it several times. It became painful to read because any fool these days knows how these situations end, *especially* that whole 2 draft blog posts situation. I saw that one coming a mile away.

All the cliches might have been forgiven if the main characters’
Oct 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian McCormick is back to his family cabin Cedar Springs to plant roots and start his own business.He has had bitter sweet memories there.he had loved going there every summer with his family including his 3 brothers but it was also where his father left them for another family.
Ian is actually a pretty decent guy and very sweet to Gwen.
Gwen of formerly known as Gigi has had a major makeover in life and is now a very successful blogger and on her way to get a book deal or a movie deal.Gwen was in
Jessen Elizabeth
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading a string of horrible books earlier this week, it was nice to finally read something that was more than worth it!!

These characters were real and the story was something that was so intriguing that I just couldn't put it down.

I'll definitely be reading more of this series and EA's other series.

There were some serious name dropping when it came to couple and I assume that they have their own books.

I'm so excited to discover another author with amazing writing and stories to tell.
Rhonda Brant
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read quite a few of this author's books, loved the Castle Mountain series, really enjoyed the Springs series, and even though I don't really enjoy the paranormal genre, I liked the Grizzly Ridge series, so when I had the opportunity to read the start of another one of her series, I was very excited to get that opportunity.

Story is about a businessman (Ian McCormack) who goes back to his childhood summer house in Cedar Springs to set up a business to help jump start the small town with new
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elena Aitken has a writing style that I really enjoy. She manages to pull me into the story, keep me involved until the end & anxiously awaiting the next book. I've read her Castle Mountain & The Springs series & was excited to hear her new series is semi-related to them.

Gwen is a fitness/personal wellness blogger. She used to come & spend summers with her grandparents growing up. She was stood up at the summer festival & used that humiliation & pain as motivation to make some changes in her li
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can't bring myself to rate this any higher. I hated these characters. Absolutely hated them. This book should've been a DNF. I thought it would get better, and I was looking forward to the drama of the hero discovering the heroine's secret, mostly because I thought it would be an utter shitshow, but even that was a letdown.

For starters, the heroine is the worst. She's a former ugly duckling who decides to take revenge on her former crush because he rejected her at one point. In reality, he "re
Winnie Lim
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was really happy that the new McCormicks series is in Cedar Springs again. Really loved getting to know more of Ian who had appeared in an earlier book. It was also nice to revisit some of the other characters such as Sam. However, I didn't really like Gwen. Although I can understand how hurt a person can be when being judged by her looks and size, I thought she was a bit over and the fact the she didn't even give Ian a chance to explain why he stood her up, especially when she knew that his f ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series by Elena Aitken! I'm definitely looking forward to reading more stories in this series.
Ian McCormick hasn't been back to the family's lakefront cabin since that summer that his father walked out of their lives to live with his other family. Ian swore he would have nothing to do with his half sisters, but that all changes when Chelsea needs to get away from her family and needs some much needed TLC.
Gwen Henderson is back in Cedar Springs after leaving that summer tha
Kim Lewis
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 18
Recommended to Kim by: ARC copy
Ian McCormick and Gwen Henderson were acquaintances in high school - she had a major crush on him and he was nice to her - until he broke her heart! She was heavy and had low self-esteem. Fast forward ten years - after having decided to go on a journey to improve herself, Gwen lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise and decided to chronicle her whole journey in a blog. When she decides to return to Cedar Springs she never expects to run into Ian, but that is just what happens when she ste ...more
Aimee Suter
I love being back in Cedar Springs and being apart of an amazing town!!! Ian was a summer regular and is back to start a new business and begin a new life, what better then a little fun with a hot chick he met at the bus picking up his sister!!! Gwen was an occasional summer regular and has changed alot since her last stay in Cedar Springs and catching up with Ian was not part of her plan but it will make summer fun!!! A sweet romance a bit of a challenge and happily ever after!!!
Alima Livzletlivz
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elena Aitken is a classy writer. I’ve read a handful of her books and enjoyed them immensely. And it’s wonderful reading her again, as she starts a new series with “The McCormicks”.

“Love In The Moment” is what Gwen Henderson is aiming for. A total makeover and personal transformation lands Gwen in a successful blogging career, yet where the matters of the heart are concerned, isn’t everyone scared and insecure. Coming back home to Cedar Springs is bittersweet for Gwen, a past filled with unhapp
Mar 30, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was okay but went pretty much as expected.
You knew it was all going to go sideways with her revenge plot thinking.
Didn’t like Gwen very much. Gwen’s thinking was immature and selfish ten years on. All she is concerned about is herself and the hurt she believes she suffered, even after hearing what he had gone through with his family crisis.
Ian was only 19 back then and Gwen even younger. But she has built this great love affair in her mind that didn’t exist.
I just thought these two did so lit
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love in the Moment:

First this is my first book by this author and it won't be my last..

Ian McCormick comes back home in hopes to starting a new business..But his brother gets him to taking care of his 1/2 sister.

Gwen Henderson is returning to Cedar Springs a changed women. Running into the only boy she had a crush on in school was a given. She wondered if he would know who she was.

A very awkward first meet between Gwen and Ian is at the bus stop. Just arriving into town and they stare right a
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Love in the Moment" (McCarthy series book 1; Cedar Springs novel) by Elena Aitken.

A fun, sweet (with some steam) and enjoyable read from author Elena Aitken.

This novel takes place in Cedar Springs, but it is a new character and family that is its focus.

Ian McCormick is the oldest brother of four boys and two half sisters (whom he has never met).

He is in Cedar Springs to open some businesses and to assess whether he wants to make the town his home permanently or not. He had a whole plan put
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Elena Aitken does a great job telling a story that’s true to life and enjoyable to read. Love in the Moment is a delightful fast read about how two people were meant to be even after many years of changes in one’s life. The best thing is it’s about Cedar Springs which include many of the characters from her other books in the series.

The main character Gwen was chubby, pimpled face kid when she spent the summers at Cedar Springs and had a major crush on the gorgeous Ian McCormick for t
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings about this book. Am I too old and this is directed to a younger audience of college women? The trope is a good one- a female spurned in the past meets the guy again. The story is well written in the middle, but it was a struggle to get past Gwen's immaturity in the beginning. Twice I went back looking to see if she was a teenager and not a young adult. The ending was disappointing as well but for a different reason. This story focuses on Gwen shedding her inse
Love in the Moment is an interesting second chance story featuring Ian McCormick and Gwen or as she was known as a teen 'Giant Gigi', which was the most unkind name given by her teenage peers.

Gwen changed from an overweight, fuzzy haired teen to a sleek young woman taking full control of her life. She lost lots of weight, changed her hair, decided to change to contacts and mostly she changed her attitude about herself while sharing it in a blog in the Internet. She started it as a way to keep he
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Tracy Flick
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ian McCormick spent his summers in Cedar Springs growing up and always had a great time until things drastically changed for his family. Now that he is grown, Ian decides that it's time to come back to Cedar Springs and decided to open a business there. Gwen Henderson always loved Cedar Springs growing up and would spend the summers with her grandmother. Gwen has lost 100lbs, become healthier and is now a successful in social media. Gwen has always had a thing for Ian, so when he doesn't recogni ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skin deep 3.5 stars

Gwen was rejected by Ian when she was a teenager because she was fat. That's her version of events. Now she's thin and sexy and ready to show him what she missed. Her plans are thrown off when he doesn't recognize her so she sets out to teach him a lesson.

I'm not a big fan of these plots because they perpetuate the myth that people are rejected solely because of their looks. In reality, their low self esteem often makes them introverts and they're rejected because they don't t
Kel Amstutz
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I will be honest in this first... I did NOT like Gwen. I figured her story was going to be this deceitful, dramatic twist and she was going to hurt Ian from the get go. I will say that as I continued to read...and it was not always easy...I learned to like Gwen/Gigi and I felt her fall for Ian, genuinely as time went on. By the middle of the story, I could not stop reading. I wanted to see what unfolded, where they story went. I was a little confused as to why Ian did not recognize h ...more
Denise Vasak
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I did NOT like this girl! Ugghhhhh!!! She made me want to slap her more than once. She seemed easily offended by everything, had a big ol chip on her shoulder and the fact that she felt like Ian had "broken her heart" with no regard for FACTS from the actual night was just too much. She KNEW his life had some drama that summer and was reminded by it by her best friend yet she kept acting like she was forever wounded by him.

I get being over weight and unhappy; having traumatic experiences based
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the characters and setting were likable the relationship building in this book was all tell and no show. Unfortunately there was just no believable chemistry between the main characters and his proposal when just two days before he didn’t know who she was....well, I realize romance novels aren’t exactly supposed to be realistic, but no. This relationship was just too weird, what little of it we actually got to see, anyway.

It’s too bad. The author is setting up a nice family series in a co
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
As always Ms. Aitken pulls me in keeping me invested with the story and characters as she spins a wonderful plot with excitement. Over the years Gwen has done some major changing in her life. When she started to take a healthier way to her life with fitness and starting a blog which really took off which became her new job. She use to come visit her grandparents she decides to come back to visit old friends. The one man who she had a crush on that stood her up many years ago now takes notice. He ...more
Canna Erbes
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian runs into Gwen and doesn’t realize he knew her years ago and was the one who broke her heart 10 years earlier. He comes back to Cedar Springs to start new business and when he spots Gwen he decides he wants to know her and maybe have a little fun with her. Gwen comes up with a plan of revenge of her own, since Ian doesn’t recognize her. She has gone on a journey and used social media her blog to show her transformation of losing 100 pounds and eat healthier. She has lots of followers so what ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea

I tried to like the book but I just couldn't connect and stopped reading at 20%. The female characters were too juvenile for me and have a lot of growing up to do. The fact that the 22 year old half sister was storming off to her room like a teenager got on my nerves. The male character seemed like an all around nice guy but Gwen ,"Gigi", was too busy being concerned with what happened as a teenager and in turn was only after becoming more popular through her blog.
Colleen Hackley
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, feel-good romance

For some reason, I had a hard time getting into this book. I clicked on it three or four times and then, suddenly, I was half way through and just had to know how it ended. The book was fairly predictable, but very well written. I really enjoyed the last couple of chapters in the book since they were the least predictable part of the book! Fabulous ending and well worth sticking with the book for.
Ellen White
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
LOVE IN THE MOMENT by Elena Aitken
Ian life changed when his father left for "his other family". Now here he was picking up his half sister for the summer. He had gotten her a job, and she was thinking of a summer of fun. The woman he first thought was Chelsea, and didn't recognize, gave this story, the love interest. A delightful story once again, of healing old wounds, and memories of the past. Readers will definitely enjoy this book.
Pamela Lunder
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love in the Moment

I really enjoyed this book! Gwen has made many changes over the last 10 years. Coming back to the place where her heart was broken was hard for her. When she runs into the guy who broke her heart all those years ago and he doesn't recognize her she starts planning. These two together are great. This book has so much healing and love in it. Connects that begin to form between siblings. I really loved it. I can't wait to read Mitch and Jades story next!
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Elena Aitken is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than forty romance and women’s fiction novels. Living a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains with her teenager twins, their two cats and a goofy rescue dog, Elena escapes into the mountains whenever life allows. She can often be found with her toes in the lake and a glass of wine in her hand, dreaming up her next book and working on her own ...more

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