Review: This One Moment

Title: This One Moment
Author: Stina Lindenblatt
Published: April 5, 2016, Loveswept
Genre: NA
 Fame, fortune, and stadiums full of screaming fans are right around the corner for the rock band at the heart of Stina Lindenblatt’s steamy, intense Pushing Limits series. But it’s an epic love affair that steals the show in this opening act.

When Nolan Kincaid skipped town to chase the music career of his dreams, he knew he wouldn’t miss the reminders of his broken family—he wasn’t so sure he could forget the girl he left behind. Now his band is touring nonstop, the recording sessions go all night, and the groupies are crazed. But when he hears that Hailey Wilkins is in trouble, he drops everything.

Hailey thought she’d missed her chance with Nolan. Five years ago, the moment she realized she loved him was the moment he decided to leave. Now, when a brutal assault lands her in the ICU, Nolan flies straight to her bedside, acting like nothing’s changed. What’s a rock star like him doing, canceling shows and risking his record deal, just to nurse an old friend back to health? And why should Hailey believe he’ll stay this time?

With her attacker still at large, Nolan’s ready to rise to the occasion. He knows he let Hailey down once before, but he’s ready to give her everything, heart and soul—and he’ll fight for the chance to prove it.

4 hearts

This is the first time I have read this author.  The blurb sounded exciting and the book was a recommendation via Netgalley.  This is the first book in the Pushing Limits Series about a rock band.  Nolan and Hailey's story starts when they are young children and neighbors.  They had been best friends forever until a horrible night causes Nolan to skip town and never want to face those nightmare demons again.  He cuts ties with Hailey, hoping to protect her while loving her from afar.  

Five years pass and another horrible incident brings Nolan back to Hailey.  The story is told in flash back as Nolan's memories return.  

I love to read friends to lovers stories.  Add in a tattooed rock star, bad-boy vibe and it just gets yummier!  What I didn't anticipate was the suspense element to the story.  It added a bit more spice to an otherwise typical friends to lovers tale.  I am a wimp for suspense novels, so this one had my heart racing a few times.  For the record, I suspected but never guessed the true villain, so yeah for that!! 

As is sometimes the case in these stories, communication gets the best of these two.  They have secretly loved each other forever and seem to slip into that familiarity they had as teens.  But other times, it seemed like they were starting from square one.  I know it adds tension to the story but I wanted to kick Nolan up side the head a few time.  PICK THE GIRL ALREADY!! 

Very happy to have had the chance to meet this new author.  Looking forward to what she brings to the rest of the story.  Loved the Epilogue---so sweet!  

*ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

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Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety. 

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