Title: Not for a Moment
Author: Toni J. Strawn
Series: One Moment #3
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short novel
It doesn’t matter who started it—only who ends up on top.
Jess Langford wants nothing more than to live her own life. But a horrific accident she had a few years ago left her with…issues. And an overprotective brother who thwarts her every attempt at independence.
Secretly moving out of her college dorm, she celebrates her newfound freedom with a one-night stand with a man she thinks she recognizes. It’s only in the light of the following morning she discovers the truth. It’s someone with the power and connections to send her right back to the prison she just escaped.
Physiotherapy consultant Van Sheffield knows exactly who Jess is. Stubborn. Rebellious. Trouble with a capital T. In other words, the perfect candidate for his innovative rehabilitation program.
Loving her spark, the energy that makes her pick herself up every time she falls, Van sets out to do whatever it takes to harness Jess’s strength of will. But he wasn’t expecting her to push him so close to the edge of his control…or so close to losing his heart.
Warning: Contains a feisty lady with a stubborn streak a mile wide, and a man who knows how to deal with a certain pain in the butt.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
I had a couple of big issues with this book. Firstly, Jess. She’s a brat, constantly stamping her foot and whining because other people are trying to tell her what to do and what’s best for her. While I can often sympathise with hating being told what to do all the time and being controlled by others, Jess is a rebel for the sake of being rebellious and constantly cuts off her nose to spite her face because she’s Independent and Strong! Except she isn’t. Her brother pays for everything and despite her age of twenty-three, she acts like a teenager. I didn’t like her at the start and I liked her even less by the end. Especially when it came to her friends and the assault course, which she knew they didn’t want to do, but goaded them into it by telling them not to let others dictate their lives – while dictating their lives.
I couldn’t stand her.
My second problem was Van. As a man who only wants to help those who help themselves, I was utterly baffled about what he saw in Jess. Yes, she’s trying to live life by her own rules, but in doing so she is completely ignoring her own recovery because in order to get better she’ll have to listen to someone else for once. Her behaviour was so contradictory to what he seemed to see in her that I couldn’t believe any of it. He also has trust issues and a nasty habit of not telling anyone what he’s doing and lying by omission because else he won’t get what he wants.
He and Jess deserved each other.
Despite those two, however, I still found this an easy read that I didn’t completely hate. It certainly hasn’t put me off the series (I haven’t read #2 yet, though I have bought it). It’s well written and readable, with plenty of chemistry and heat, I just didn’t like either main character. Your mileage may vary depending on how much immaturity you can bear in your heroines and how much leeway you’ll give to heroes who deliberately hide important information. Ah well, I look forward to catching up on Cole’s book sometime, but I doubt I’ll be reading this one again.
Not for a Moment is out May 24th!
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