Friday, 11 September 2015

BLOG TOUR - This Is One Moment by Mila Gray (Review & Giveaway)

This Is One Moment by Mila Gray
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 10 September (Paperback release date)
A forbidden romance. A wounded Marine who thinks he’s beyond saving. A girl who’s determined to prove him wrong. 

Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.

While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help. Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.

As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be? Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.

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Author Bio:
Mila Gray is the pen name for young adult author Sarah Alderson.

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.

After almost a year spent wandering around India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb. She finished her first novel Hunting Lila just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel, Losing Lila, on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they reached Bali. Since then she has published a further four novels and several short stories.

The contemporary thriller The Sound, was published in the US in May 2014, while Out of Control, a thriller with a focus on human trafficking, was released in May ’14 in the UK and May ’15 in the US. Her first adult novel Come Back To Me was released in the summer 2014 by Pan Macmillan in the UK and became an instant bestseller. It will be released in the US in December 2015 by Simon & Schuster. Foreign rights have been sold to Brazil, Australia, US, Canada, Italy and Portugal.

Sarah is also a screenwriter. She adapted her first novel Hunting Lila for the screen (currently in pre-production) and is working on several other screenplays (multi-tasking is one of her favorite things).

Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.

Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.

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(I'm sorry but I don't think I can write this review without spoilers so fair warning!)

This was such a great read. I was so happy when I heard that there was a follow up to Come Back To Me. I loved Didi and couldn't wait to read more about her.
This was such an emotional and heartbreaking read, with a great cast of characters. I loved the chemistry between Didi and Walker. I loved how the relationship progressed, and the fact that Walker fell in love with Didi's personality first instead of her looks. The whole blindness aspect added a really interesting twist to the story. Walker was a fantastic love interest and my heart broke for him and what he had gone through. I detest war and all that comes with it and I thought the author did a good job at portraying what the soldiers have to deal with when they come home.
Zac on the other hand I did not see what Didi saw in him. I really did not understand why she stayed with him for so long. Didi is a romantic and I know she thought she had found her happily ever after with him but it was so obvious that he was not the one for her.

I was all set to give this book 5 stars, I was actually enjoying it more than the first book, but then in the last 20% it all changed and I got so annoyed with the characters. There was just really unnecessary drama added and it all could have been so easily avoided. It was the whole people not communicating problem and it was all so childish. I got really annoyed with Didi in particular. She just made such a ridiculous choice that I could not understand.

Apart from the ending this was still a brilliant read. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. Definitely recommend it to all you romance lovers out there.

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