A new week a new review :)
Author: Autumn Doughton
Title: In This Moment
Release date: 12th of August 2013
Published by: Llama Drama Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Every moment possesses its own kind of magic...
Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn't want to feel. She doesn't want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable.
Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He's grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she's not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he's drawn to her in a way that he can't exactly explain.
In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.
I picked this up solely because of the cover, for some reason it just spoke to me. I was lucky that the story itself too turned out to be just as beautiful, subtle and simple as the cover.
Aimee is girl who is trying to get in track with her life after a tragedy that left her broken and in complete emotional turmoil. And after meeting the hottest and brightest guy on campus, the diverse emotions intensify with the happiness she is suddenly feeling and the self-doubt and guilt that intensifies because of the demons of her past still hunting her. Together, they develop and tight and intense bond over time, but Aimee isn’t the only one who has personal issues, so there is a shadow constantly looming over this seemingly ideal opposites-attract-couple and, unfortunately, problems have a tendency to catch up eventually…
This was an adorable and sweet book with lots of angst on the side. The text was easy and flowing, but efficient in conveying what it needed, the overall mood was emotional yet not making it a difficult and heavy read, the characters were relatable even though they made quite careless and incomprehensible decisions, at least to my mind, and the romance was slow and slightly sugary, but very satisfying. So, all in all, this book managed to get almost everything just right.
Even though it seemed so in the beginning, the attraction between Aimee and Cole wasn’t insta love, instead the relationship developed steadily and the couple got to know each other and be friends first and foremost. All this made the romance quite realistic and easy to believe in. The book also included Cole’s point of view, which came across authentic and gave insight into his motives and issues. Another relationship I liked was that of Cole and his little sister Sophie, they were so warm and fuzzy towards each other.
I didn’t like a couple of turns the story took near the end though: the “great divide,” the “big gesture,” which is a plot device that has never appealed to me – I felt it all wasn’t necessary to make the connection of Aimee and Cole more significant, they already had too much drama and had proven that they were what the other needed.
Aimee – I thought she was great – realistic, sympathetic, a fighter, but one specific decision she made at the end regarding Cole I couldn’t understand. I guess it made sense, but it doesn’t mean that I had to accept that, and accept it I don’t. By the way, I laughed at Aimee’s theory about people who read Harry Potter and people who don’t, very clever yet funny and mean.
Cole – open, honest, positive, extremely likable, despite his typical womanizing qualities due to his character type (sexy and popular playboy), and simply someone to whom it’s not too difficult to fall in love with or swoon over. When explored further, he hides his own wounds, which make him who he is and give him some depth. I was really fond of him for the simple reason that he just came across very positive and shiny and sunny and just the right kind of guy for a “broken” girl, helping her to heal and in turn turning into a better person himself.
Despite the emotional issues, this was a feel-good summer read with likable characters, sweet believable romance, easy and readable text and something that simply left me in a good mood. I will definitely check out other books from this author and recommend this story as a good read amongst the hundreds of new adult books that are popping up lately.