At This Moment (Of Love and Madness Book 1)
<— ROCK STAR ROMANCE ALERT!! MUCH-LOVED and highly recommended rock star trilogy (must be read in order however it’s complete!!!) that so many have been recommending lately and so I just had to jump in. And wow… it already had a couple of ebook-throwing moments.
I mean… this will INFURIATE many (while making us swoon, and stress).
My issue? My book-twin Amy (who loves romance-angst tear-your-heart-out-moments) is afraid to read this ’cause she read a spoiler that’s her hard limit. And I know NONE of Amy’s hard limits were in this book… (and I was already TICKED!!!) so…
Nay: OMG, Maryse–I just finished a read-fest with At This Moment and the following two books, which is an epic saga about a rock star and the love of his life spanning 25 years. Talk about being put through the wringer and having your guts ripped out, chewed up and stomped on.
That’s what this series did to me and I LOVED every minute of it! It was also VERY well written and edited. I’d be a happy, happy girl if I could read a series like this once a month!
Amy: At This Moment… *reaches for it then cringes away* I’m just not sure the promise of angst and turmoil is enough to overcome what I already know is going to happen. I know, I KNOW…I keep whining about it and should either shut up about it or just read it, but I’m torn. *sigh* Either I’ll dive in today or I won’t say another word about it.
Nay: So glad that you’re reading At This Moment, Maryse! I loved the first book, but I REALLY loved it after I read the 2nd and 3rd. It’s been a week and I still can’t stop thinking about it!
Paula: so glad you are loving At This Moment – it is amazeballs! All 3 of them are really good – and the Christmas novella!
Melinda: So fantastic. You read the first one and you just inhale the rest. One of the best books I’ve read. You just can’t put it down. Can you Nay!!
Nay: Melinda–you are so right about At This Moment. I read the first one and there was NO way I couldn’t continue. And then after the second one–OMG! Like you said, I could NOT put it down.
What am I in for, in the other two books? Eeeeeeeeep!!!!
Still, this one was an engaging… somewhat addictive read. I think the book-addiction comes a little later, as this trilogy follows this one couple from start to finish. From meet-cute to love-hate. 😉 I dunno… I’m just guessing but
I’m good and invested now.
So what’s it about?
This is book one, and essentially the intro (but FULLY LOADED intro). It’s 3rd person which is not normally my favorite since I love being all angsty and obsessed and distressed in the heroine’s head only, but this one worked for me. I felt the angst, and in fact, I know some things SHE doesn’t know… so… I’m feeling even more stress than she is at this moment. <— See what I did there? That wasn’t even intentional. LOL!!!
Anyway, all that to say, she’s in college and goes to a bar with her fake ID and her college roommate. There, she sees the most gorgeous lead-guitarist on stage and he sees her back.
…he bought her drinks and sat with her during every break, ignoring the crush of girls that mobbed him at the bar. She’d gone from being invisible, to feeling as if she was the most important person in the room.
EVERY girl wants him, and he’s EXACTLY THAT rock star (love ’em and leave ’em and super-moody… infuriatingly so), but for some reason, he just can’t seem to leave HER completely.
When she smiled at him, he felt the same weird, exposed feeling he’d had in the club when they first met. And when she reached up onto her toes and pressed her lips against his, he began to think it might just be game over.
She’s his. He’s hers (even if he wishes otherwise).
I’m kinda freaking out here. I’m just not sure I’m ready—that either of us is ready for this.
Despite resenting his need for her and knowing she just might screw up his rock-star dreams trajectory, he wants her with him on his journey. Both of them with their own ugly childhood pasts, all heaven (and hell) breaks loose.
Oh yes. Imagine being THAT young (she’s 18 and he’s in his early 20s), just starting out in life, and unintentionally bonding despite both not at all wanting to. It’s normal right? Except that everything that happens to these two is laden in drama, and trauma, and jealousy and inevitability. It’s actually quite realistic in its pacing and real-life drama (even though some moments are a bit over-the-top) I mostly… truly believe this story.
“You leave home to run off with this wannabe rock star. Leave your family, friends, and drop out of college so you can follow him all over the globe, or at least the Mid-Atlantic States. Yet here you sit in this godforsaken little city, all alone on a Saturday night, while Romeo is performing in front of adoring women a thousand miles away, supposedly alone.”
It’s a good thing I know that this book continues into a trilogy ’cause I would have been TICKED had it ended with no “next” in sight. But lucky me! While this one didn’t end n a cliffhanger, it did end a little abruptly considering… stuff. 😉
All that to say…
4 stars! VERY good read. I could put it down, but I was happy to pick it right back up, and yes. I will be continuing their journey with them.