new adult, romance

Book Review: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

in this moment

Title: In This Moment
Author: Autumn Doughton
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Length: 292, Kindle Book
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Rating: 4.5 Folded Pages

Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences!!

Every moment possesses its own kind of magic…

Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable.

Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He’s grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she’s not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t exactly explain.

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.

My favorite thing about this book is that Aimee saves herself. Yes, obviously, there is a steamy romance that may or may not help. But Aimee isn’t helpless.

Recently, I’ve noticed that a lot of romance/contemporary novels have the broken girl fall in love with a guy who suddenly fixes all her issues and I honestly cannot stand it. I think the next one I read like that I will DNF the minute I feel it start. I can’t stand that because it’s not how life works. And woman/girls don’t need books to tell them to find a guy and all their problems will be over. They need books that show that they can do it themselves with or without the guy. (okay small rant over).

I have to say the only thing I didn’t enjoy from this book was Cole’s point of view. Doughton switches views throughout the novel and I enjoyed that but sometimes it felt like Doughton was writing what she thought a male should be thinking. I think it played heavily into stereotype here and there and it didn’t feel very authentic as certain points. Other times I really enjoyed it but I think Doughton had a hard time with the male voice not drifting into almost mockery of what she thought a male should sound like.

The steamy parts were definitely steamy. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s my first soiree into New Adult fiction. I’ve been meaning to try it out for ages. (I know technically Saga is New Adult but it’s also a graphic novel so I feel like it doesn’t really count). Anyway, now that I’ve tried the genre I can’t wait to get my hands on more!

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