Title: That One Moment
Author: Amy Daws
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Life is a series of reoccurring ripples in time.
The moment I saw her…something shifted.
The moment my lips touched hers…life got messy.
The moment my heart got involved…everything changed.
Vi Harris tests every bit of my strength.
She is my test.
At a time when I should be focusing entirely on myself, this radiant woman with a bright, cheeky smile and a cracked sense of humor waltzes in and spins everything on its axis.
Vi has the potential to make me weak at a time when I’m determined to show everyone just how bloody strong I am.
She’s everything I am not…yet somehow, she sees through my darkness.
She doesn’t see me as broken.
She sees me as the man I’m fighting so hard to be.
The man that I’m still struggling to see myself.
The follow up book to Not The One: Hayden’s Story
Not The One – Released Dec 7, 2015
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As the only survivor of a rare birth, Reyna Miracle has never felt like she belonged. When a horrible tragedy strikes during her graduate courses at Oxford, she spirals down a dark and sexy path with Hayden, her deceased best friend’s brother. But when Liam Darby, a mistake from her past reappears, Reyna’s world begins to crumble as the two men fight for a love that she can’t even accept for herself.
“You’re so confusing, Hayden,” I reply, my voice embarrassingly breathy as he stands only a foot away from me now. His eyes are glossy with obvious lust. Pure, undiluted lust. “You kiss me and run away, then kiss me and tell me I can do better. I don’t know what you’re even saying.”
He licks his lips thoughtfully. “I’m saying that tonight when you showed up looking the way you did…” he pauses as his eyes drift down my body. His heated expression makes me feel every drop of hot blood coursing through my veins. “I wanted to have you right then and there. But not in a club full of people. I wanted you in the privacy of your bedroom…where the curves of your hips, the rise of your chest, the moisture on your lips…are for me and me alone.”
I exhale at his guttural tone and am embarrassed when a throaty noise comes out of my mouth. He takes this noise as permission and moves in closer, his posture hunched as he looks down at me. “So, I’m sorry for some things, Vi. But I’m not sorry for interfering. To ask me to just walk away when a prat like Ethan Simmons worms himself within inches of your mouth…your fucking mouth that I’ve touched with my lips…lips that I have claimed as mine in a thousand different fantasies…No, Vi. No. I’m not going to be sorry for that.”
“But you said—”
“Stuff what I said. I can’t stay away from you.” The words rush out of his mouth as he harshly grabs me by the waist. His bruising, firm grip shoves up the stretchy fabric of my top as his lips find mine in a desperate, needy kiss. He greedily yanks the cups of my bra down and caresses my nipples in such a way that I rip my mouth away from his and let out a strangled cry. I’m not all together certain I’ve ever heard that sound come from my mouth before.
He releases my nipples to pull my top off over my head, revealing my lacey red bra tucked firmly beneath my breasts, pushing them up for his lustful perusal. He drops an open mouthed kiss on each of them before standing back up straight. Groaning in frustration, he pauses his assault and looks into my eyes. A warmth blossoms in his gaze as he wraps his arms around me, holding me close. “I’m terrified, Vi…of so much. But I don’t have the strength to walk away from you again. You make me weak.”
I exhale with relief and anxiety over his comment, feeling my emotions at odds. I’ve been wanting Hayden Clarke to let me in since he first kissed me outside my building. But what does it mean when he says he feels weak around me? Am I capable of hurting him? I lick my lips and guide him down to my level. “Maybe with time I can make you strong.”
It’s really not surprising that I loved this book lets be real. I love Amy Daws and I’m always so excited to get the opportunity to read and review any of her books. Amy has such a way with words and she’s great at pulling all of my hearts strings. That One Moment is no exception. I really love the emotions that are invoked while reading her books. They make me laugh, cry, and fall in love with her characters.
That One Moment is the second book in the Lost in London series which is a spin-off of the London Lovers series Amy has written prior to this. Though it wouldn’t be necessary to read all of the books in theses series to be able to follow along in this book I would HIGHLY suggest that you pick up book one of the Lost in London series, Not The One, before reading this one.Hayden,one of the mains, story is really important in that one and it would really help to understand the whole situation. Characters from the past books are in this one so to fully get the feels and enjoyment starting from the beginning would be the best route (Theo and Leslie play an important part in this story and their story is book 3 of The London Lovers) Honestly if you haven’t read The London Lovers you really should its a lot of fun and I think you would really enjoy it!
Anyways, That One Moment follows two characters who we got to meet in the past books who I was really excited to read their own story! Hayden’s story has been in the background for so many stories and I have been dying to get my hands on his and give this poor man some kind of happiness! (He might be my favorite character just because we get to spend so much time focused on him through out the books but its really hard to pick just one favorite in this series :P) i Vi also was a character I wanted to have her own story. We met her awhile back and I am absolutely thrilled to have her front and center for this novel.
This novel deals with a lot of deep materiel and handles it really well. Some of the triggers include depression, alcohol abuse, suicide, and suicidal thoughts. I wanted to make sure to through that out there in case anyone needed to avoid one of those since they play a huge role in this novel. You can really see that Amy did her research to be accurate and thoughtful and handles it so well.
This story takes place months after the last time we saw Hayden. He has been released and is going to a therapist who suggests the best way to get over the feelings he still possesses is to tell a stranger his life story. Hayden’s been so stuck in his head and around people who know everything about him that a fresh face could really benefit him in the long run! This is where Vi(and Bruce) comes along!
There story was really slow burning which was perfect pacing for me. At least with these characters if the romance went any faster I don’t think the story would work. Hayden and Vi both have their own ghosts and past that the romance going to fast would of felt unauthentic. I’m really glad that Amy picked these characters to be together they really work. Vi is exactly what Hayden needed.
I’m always really excited to see what Amy has up her sleeve next but I’m really curious where she is heading after this one. We were introduced to Vi’s brothers in this one and their stories would be a lot of fun to read! I mean they said they’d never settle down so they basically set themselves to be the next story, right? I’m still holding out for Frank having his own book! It would be so much fun to read from his perspective.
Anyhow you’ve hit it out of the park once again Amy girl! I can’t wait to read more by you in the future!
Amy Daws is a commercial producer and lives in South Dakota with her husband and daughter. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired her passion for writing. Amy is a lover of all things British and her award-nominated romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series, is centered around Americans in London. It’s emotional and self-deprecating with lots of humor sprinkled in. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.
**My Review of That One Moment while be up later today! Keep your eyes open for it**