Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Tour for This Time by Marie Hall (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of her previous books in the Moments series I'm excited to have Marie Hall make a return visit today with the third book in this NA series, This Time.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win signed print copies of the first two books in this series.

A phone call that changed our lives... 
I've lived my life in a daze, trying to save someone hell bent on destruction. But when my phone rings and I'm told that Angel, my on again off again boyfriend has OD'd for the second time in two years, I'm so numb. So tired. So when Tor Boler, the sexy Norwegian and drummer of Fok asks me to stay with him, I stay. We were friends and I needed to be held. To be loved. It was just supposed to be one night of reckless passion. One night where I could forget how screwed up my life had become. 
...a night of passion with far reaching consequences 
I've wanted Jamie Sullivan since the day she walked through my tattoo shop eight years ago. There's a soulfulness to her blue eyes that reminds me of the arctic fjords of home. She calls to me. There's only one problem standing in our way- Angel Romero. I want her, and she wants me too, she just doesn't realize it yet. 
This time... we'll get it right.




From the first book in the Moments series to this latest one, Ms. Hall has crafted a series of intensely emotional reads for both us and the characters.  The issues being addressed are life-altering and don't pull any punches with the damage left behind.  Grab a tissue as loyalty, betrayal, and missed opportunities lead to lost dreams for two kind-hearted people to come together under unexpected circumstances.

Jamie thought she'd be with her high school sweetheart Alex forever, but an accident leads him to a dark place of drugs and faceless women that she's grown tired of forgiving.  Though she knows she should break ties completely, it's not easy as guilt and love for his family as if they were her own keeps her bound to him.  Being committed to him though has her hiding from life.  She's at a standstill with time and a real chance at happiness passing her by.  Fate soon intervenes when a one-night stand leads to more with the sexy and too perfect Viking tattooist/musician, Tor.  She soon has to choose between a past that's nothing more than a dream or a future full of infinite possibilities in a journey to HEA full of emotional ups and downs.  Jamie is a character I don't really remember from the previous book, but she makes a definite impression her.  I applaud her loyalty and understand her reasons for staying with Alex at first.  But with no hope for change on his part self-preservation should've kicked in to help her make a break long before.  He was emotionally manipulating her, and with such a strong-willed friend as Zoe, I'd hoped she would've figured it out sooner and when she didn't Zi was left frustrated by her.  I was happy fate intervened to bring her Tor as he's just about perfect in giving her the support and love she's been missing in her life because of Alex's problems and her absent parents.  Through an unexpected event she finally discovers she's worth more and deserving of happiness and her slowly evolving friends to lovers relationship with Tor put a smile on my face as he helped her every step of her journey.

Tor has loss in his past too and because of it knows not to squander away time.  He's waited forever to get Jamie to notice him and after one night they're connected in an unexpected way that has them learning about one another through a slowly evolving relationship that's sweetly sensual.  He understands her loyalty to Alex, and though it hurts him, he never forces her to choose between them.  He's devoted to her happiness and the possibilities for a future he sees when he looks in her eyes.  To sum it up, Tor is perfect!  My newest book boyfriend as he's sexy, charming, caring in a non-Alpha way, with a bit of a Norse accent.  Not only that but he gives great foot massages!  He's always been there for Jamie, watching for the sidelines early on, to being there when life takes an unexpectedly dramatic turn.  I was rooting for him every step of the way to get his richly rewarded HEA, but wish it had been with me instead as he's truly Prince Charming!

Ms. Hall's Moments series is the epitome of what the NA genre should be (particularly the first installment) as she deals with heavy issues in a believable way.  She takes her characters and readers on a journey of self-discovery through emotionally draining storytelling.  Her characters are compelling, her storylines engaging, and I look forward to where she'll take us next.  Fans of the NA genre won't want to miss this book, or the rest of the series, to see a master at work!

My rating for this is an A-

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Marie Hall is a New York Times Bestselling author who has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones. 
Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there'd be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project.


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