Source: Author via NetGalley
Release Date: Setember 15, 2013
Genre: Contemporary - New Adult
Sometimes in life....
Things were supposed to get better when Ryan met Lili. I was supposed to move on, get a life... but I'm stuck and lost. Things with my father are not good. There are demons in our closet, big ones. Ones I want to kill him for, I'm seeing a shrink, I'm trying to get better... but my life feels out of control, like I'm a raft adrift on the sea. I don't know where to look, how to get anchored again, and then I meet Zoe Stone. Something about her draws me out of my rut, makes me laugh for real, smile, and for the first time in years I want to be more. But what will she think when she discovers who I really am?
...all we have...
When Alexander Donovan, aka The Golden Adonis, walks into my tattoo parlor, I know I'll do anything to make that man mine. There's an instant connection, a need to know more about him. Everything about him. But there's also a mystery surrounding the guy, when people look at him they only see the man that laughs, that cracks jokes and makes the world think that everything's okay, but I see the truth... I see the darkness that lurks so deep inside few would ever recognize it. I want to help him, I want to be with him, now I just have to make him trust me enough to let me in.
Is Right Now
She's 21, he's 23.
She's pierced and tattooed, he's vanilla.
She's the Ice Queen, he's a man whore.
She has overachieving, overprotective parents, his are f*cked up.
Both wear masks to hide their pain. Both have baggage they tote around wherever they go.
Interesting pair-up, don't you think so? I've read Marie Hall's fantasy series, Kingdom and loved her fairy tale retellings. However I have to say that she totally floored me with this NA-Contemporary series of hers, Moments, from the get-go. It's emotional without overly being dramatic, it's fun, honest and very swoony. RIGHT NOW, Alex Donovan and Zoe Stone's HEA was lovely and such a joy to read.
Let me give you a little backstory of RIGHT NOW, book 2 of Moments series. This is one of those love stories that goes way back in high school where people are still so superficial and on a journey to finding themselves. I mean I don't think self-discovery ever ends but let's admit it, high school is the hardest path of the trail. Anyway, Alex, a senior, is already the heartthrob he is back in the day and Zoe, a sophomore, has a serious crush on the dude and like most stories like that, she remained invisible to him. Fast forward to the present, both are grown and Zoe has changed a lot which adds to the reason why Alex doesn't recognize her. Gone is the mousy, geek girl, hello sexy rockabilly chick! Alex for his part stayed more or less the same, still hot, still gorgeous, still a heartthrob. The difference is now he finally notices Zoe and she's got him by the balls the minute he walked in to her tattoo parlor.
Cute, I know! But it's not all sunshine and rainbows for these two. I'll start with Zoe. Her parents are the type who's got sticks up their expensive a$$es. She's an only child and as she's half-Asian, she's got one of those tiger moms. What are tiger moms? Well they're the type who are so stringent with their compliments and on the rare instance they dole it out, it's limited to getting good grades, good behavior and the like. Tiger moms don't give outright compliments like you're pretty, you're so smart, a B average is OK. Tiger moms will drive you to overachiever status because "they want what's best for you". And that's a lot of pressure and Zoe being so spirited and headstrong, rebelled and just reinvented herself more out of spite than anything. Pierced, tattooed, works in a tattoo parlor, hangs out with people she knows her parents won't approve of. Still her family is pretty normal, they go to family lunches and dinners with the usual bickering here and there. In summary, I LOVE Zoe. She's my type of girl and I would so love her to be my BFF and even if her family is a little cray, I still choose them over Alex's.
But you can only lock things away for so long, eventually the closet gets too full and when it does, everything comes tumbling out.
Alex, this dude's broken and complex. Have you ever wondered what kinds of kids felons have? Well Alex is one example. His baggage is heavy and his boogey-man is still haunting him after all this time. I won't say what his shiz is but it's something that's not easy to compartmentalize. That said, I love the fact that Alex stayed a fighter. He didn't crumble over his guilt and the sins of his parents. He continued to fight and it does rear its ugly head once in a while but he pushes it back in the dark with all his might (did I just rhyme?). In short, Alex has big, strong shoulders to carry the weight of his world and he's still walking tall. Respect, brother!
I love the colorful contrast of Zoe and Alex's characters. Together they're one of the most adorable characters I've met and though Alex's got some deep and dark shiz going on for him, that darkness didn't mar the fluff, cuteness and lightness of RIGHT NOW. And I love that! I love and admire people who can handle their shiznit and still find ways to be happy, content and focus on the good and not dwell on the bad. MHall did a good job in terms of presenting the vulnerabilities and strengths of her characters. Even when Alex was unraveling, there's still a lot of dignity in his character which highlights his strength. RIGHT NOW and Moments series as a whole is a solid and classic New Adult Contemporary novel fans of the genre will LOVE.
Hated you for what you did. For robbing me of a childhood, for robbing Ryan, for leaving me without a dad and I hate you for that. Because I wanted you. I needed you. I loved you and you betrayed me. You. Hurt. Me.
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Marie loves books that make you think, or feel something. Preferably both. And while she's a total girly girl and loves glitter and rainbows, she's just as happy when she's writing about the dark underbelly of society. Well, if things like zombies, and vampires, and werewolves, and mermaids existed. (Although she has it on good authority that mermaids do in fact exist, because the internet told her so.)
She's married to the love of her life, a sexy beast of a caveman who likes to refer to himself as Big Hunk. She has two awesome kids, lives in Hawaii, loves cooking and occasionally has been known to crochet. She also really loves talking about herself in the third person.
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