Title: That One Moment
Author: Amy Daws
Series: Lost in London #2
Genre: new adult, contemporary romance
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
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That One Moment by Amy Daws
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4.5 **twin flames** STARS
“I want to know you, Vi. I want to know why you stamp your foot. And what exactly you love to cook. And why you never cared to play football. Who you’ve ever dated. Why you spent six hundred pounds on a keepsake box that you’re just going to give away.” He stops in front of me. “I want it all.”
There are no two ways about it. I simply love Amy Daws’ books. They are feel good reads that hit ...yes you guessed it, right in the feels, make me laugh, cry and then swoon from all the romance. I like escaping in this world and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
That One Moment is an incredibly beautiful, life affirming love story and the journey of Hayden's way back to life.
“Things between you and I are about to get very heavy, Vi,” I start, flicking my eyes back and forth between hers. “And before all of that happens…Before I drag you down the rabbit hole with me, I have something very serious I’d like to do.”
“What?” she croaks, her voice husky and trembling.
“Tonight I just want to be a man, who walks a gorgeous woman to her doorstep…and kisses her senseless.”
Hayden, oh my dear Hayden. Over the course of three books now my heart was broken for him. After the tragic death of his older sister years ago he was in a downward spiral. Holding himself responsible and drowning out his own life. It all culminated in a suicide attempt. Fortunately Leslie, his brother's girlfriend found him and saved his life. That One Moment depicts the aftermath of those events. It has been a while since Hayden was released from the hospital and is now in therapy trying to mend his old wounds.
His doctor suggests a 5 day countdown. Telling just one person what happened in those days leading up to his suicide attempt. And as luck would have it Vi quite literally stumbles into his life, together with her dog Bruce Wayne they upend his best laid plans and shake up his recovery.
Vi is not an unknown for fans of the series. Vilma Harris works together with Leslie for Nikon. I really enjoyed her as a character. Growing up with 5 football playing and very protective brother's she has learned to be tough a long time ago. She doesn't bullshit Hayden, but is there for him in any way she can.
Question is can the friendship be anything more than that?
“I’m terrified, Vi…of so much. But I don’t have the strength to walk away from you again. You make me weak.”
“Maybe with time I can make you strong.”
I have said this before, but Ms. Daws has a way with words. I honestly enjoy her writing immensely. She manages to be descriptive without boring you to death. I have never been to London, but she creates such a vivid picture in my head it is quite beautiful.
Add to that the very raw and honest story about depression, alcohol abuse, a suicide attempt and the aftermath. If that is a trigger for you, you might want to stay away, but to be perfectly honest the funny and sweet way outperforms the heart break. It is very well balanced and in my opinion discussed with care, insight and intelligence. As I said before, when it is all said and done, That One Moment is a life affirming book.
I have two little things that made this not a full 5 star read. I thought the story dragged a little in the second half. This is definitely a slow burn story, just FYI. And then there was one scene towards the end that jut was a little too cheesy for me. It happens and it is a purely personal feeling. Others I'm sure will love it. ;D
Now I'm really curious to see what the author comes up with next. I desperately need some books for Vi's brother's. I can only imagine the fun we will have. ;) Bring it on.
**ARC very kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.