As a fan of rockstar romances I’ve found myself charmed by this sentimental and sexy series of books, drawn to the band members who are more like family. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of One More Moment by Samantha Chase, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf. In honor of this third installment in the Band on the Run series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a prize pack from Ms. Chase featuring the previous two books in this series too!
Julian Grayson is taking a break
…from his cheating fiancée
…from his band
…from his life in the spotlight
Charlotte Clark is devoted to her work
…to save the world
…to help the homeless
…to get a broken man back on his feet.
When Charlotte Clark offers to pay for Julian Grayson’s coffee, the world-famous drummer assumes she wants something from him. But Charlotte has no idea who he is, and Julian can’t resist keeping up the charade—being incognito is a novelty and a relief. He’ll have to tell her...eventually. But as Charlotte cheerfully undertakes to transform his life, Julian realizes there’s something about her that gives him what he hasn’t felt in years: hope.
Slowly she came to her feet and brushed the sand from her dress. Inhaling deeply, she looked out at the waves one more time before reaching down for her purse. When she turned around, she immediately came up short.
He stood ten feet away from her and his expression was unreadable.
Charlotte normally believed in coincidences, but she was having a hard time accepting this situation was just that. The hopeless romantic side of her—which didn’t come out very often—really wanted to think he’d been hoping to find her here or that he’d specifically been looking for her. But from everything she knew about Julian, he was too stubborn and strong-willed for such things.
They stood like that—facing one another, silently assessing for a few minutes.
“Hi,” she said finally, but didn’t make a move toward him. The breeze off the water kicked up and her hair was blowing wildly, her long skirt whipped against her legs. She groaned at what a mess she must look like but she still couldn’t make herself move.
It took all her self-control not to sag with relief when he finally took a step toward her. “What are you doing out here alone so late?”
And her foolish heart kicked hard in her chest at his gruff question.
“Just getting my daily beach fix in.”
But Julian shook his head even as he kept advancing. “You were out here this morning before you went to work,” he said, his voice low and almost tortured. “Every morning this week you’ve been out here. I can see you from my deck. Try again.”
He knew she’d been here earlier? How…? Why....?
Swallowing hard, she said, “I was heading home and wanted to come out here for a bit. I enjoy watching the sunset. A girl can get two daily beach fixes, you know.” She meant to sound defiant, but she had a feeling it didn’t come out quite that way.
Julian’s gaze roamed over her from head to toe.
And Charlotte cursed how unsexy the windblown look was on her.
They were almost toe to toe and she studied him with equal interest. His jeans were faded and hung low on his hips, his T-shirt was of the threadbare variety and looked like he’d owned it for years. And his hair was a wreck, just as hers was.
And then there was the five o’clock shadow.
It should have been a full-grown beard by now and yet it wasn’t.
But that didn’t mean she didn’t want to feel it scratching her sensitive skin.
Charlotte held her breath while she waited for Julian to call her out on the admission, but he didn’t. Instead, he reached up and stroked one strong finger along her cheek right before his hand cupped it. Her lips parted on a sigh and—unable to help herself—she leaned into his hand.
“What are you doing out here?” she asked softly.
“Waiting for you,” he replied, so quietly she almost didn’t hear him. And before she could respond, Julian closed the distance between them. He felt so warm and solid and wonderful that she forgot what she was going to say.
Not that it would have mattered, because Julian lowered his head and gently touched his lips to hers. There was an uncertainty to him—a vulnerability—and it was quite possibly the sexiest thing about him. She loved the fact that he was comfortable enough around her to be like this.
One soft kiss turned to two and Charlotte slowly ran her hands up his arms.
Julian’s tongue gently teased at her lips as her hands raked up into his hair.
And then she was lost.
They went from slow and sweet to nothing but need in the blink of an eye. Charlotte knew this was why she wasn’t disappointed about being stood up—no one made her feel needy and out of control the way Julian Grayson did. It didn’t matter that she never even had the opportunity to meet her date earlier, she just knew it wouldn’t have been like this.
They kissed until they were breathless and when Julian lifted his head, he began a trail of kisses along her cheek and nipped at her earlobe before shifting and resting his forehead against hers.
“Why can’t I stay away from you?” he asked, but Charlotte had a feeling the question was more to himself than her. Reaching up, he caressed her cheek. “I should be able to stay away, but I just can’r.”
Trembling, she mimicked his pose and savored the scratchiness of his jaw. “Right now, I’m kind of glad you didn’t stay away.” It was good that she was looking down and couldn’t see his reaction to her words. She knew how cagey he could be and the last thing she wanted to do was have him take off on her—not after the second-hottest kiss of her life.
“Come home with me, Charlotte,” he begged quietly. “Please.”
No words had ever sounded sweeter to her.
“We don’t have to do anything but talk, if that’s what you want.” He paused. “I’ve missed seeing you, talking to you.”
Pulling back, this time she did meet his gaze. “I’ve missed seeing you too.”
If it was possible, Charlotte would say he looked relieved and almost…grateful.
Julian reached for her hand and they walked up the beach toward his house. Neither said a word and Charlotte was thankful for these few minutes to get her emotions under control. Maybe it was the same for him.
At the foot of the stairs that led to his deck, she stopped and took her hand from his, pulling her phone from her purse. Julian looked at her quizzically.
“I promised my friend Tami I’d text her when I got home.” As soon as she said the words, she realized how it sounded. “I mean—“
“She wants to know you’re safe,” he finished for her and then caressed her cheek again. “You are, Charlotte. I promise.”
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a fan of rock star romances, and completely enthralled by this premise, I just knew I had to pick this book up. Not having read the previous installments though, I had no idea what to expect. Going into this with no preconceived notions I still found it easy to grasp the intricacies of the bandmate’s interactions and the weight drummer Julian is carrying from the very start. From the moment he decides to turn his back on everything, readers will find themselves alongside him as he finds meaning and satisfaction in life courtesy of a kind-hearted social worker. As they spend more and more time together they find themselves falling for each other in a sweet and heartwarming connection that gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies.
Julian Grayson’s always had an air of mystery about him. He’s always been seen as the more reserved of the band, the gifted one, with a romance that none of his bandmates can fathom. Everything comes to a head on his wedding day, all the anger and sadness, have him reacting in a very vivid way that didn’t cast him as a hero. From the moment we meet him here it’s clear he’s unhappy, angry at being valued for who he is as a commodity, and all he wants to do is run away. He’s leery of others and doubts everyone’s motives, all of which makes him hard to like. The moment a caring young woman pays for his coffee is the moment his life changes irrevocably. Just as she pushes him to do good, their numerous encounters also awaken his heart to the little joys in life. Being around her makes him more appreciative and they’re able to connect on a more meaningful level. Interacting with her outside the harsh light of fame allows them to be themselves and it’s at this point that I found a connection to Julian. His Grand Gesture of “paying it forward” put a smile on my face and endeared him to me in a journey where he finally found what made him happy.
Charlotte Grant is a do-gooder, a fixer, who just wants to make things better for those down on their luck. Meeting Julian presents her with just such a person, though he’ll be a tough nut to crack, as together they undertake an emotional journey to HEA. Charlotte’s used to stepping in completely to help others get their lives situated, but when it comes to Julian she’ll have to take on a more supportive role as he learns to appreciate life more. Through all their ups and downs she’s a truly selfless character, one who can’t help coming to people’s aid, but this gut instinct sometimes leaves her bruised. It’s definitely left her with little time for herself, little time to find her own HEA that she so richly deserved. That’s part of the reason why I liked her and Julian together, they both made each other take time to smell the roses and came to appreciate the other for who they were when it was just the two of them.
This is a charming read full of heart, the perfect afternoon read that doesn’t require much thought. There’s a nice flow to it too, one that will keep readers immersed in the endearing connection between Charlotte and Julian. Charlotte’s a near-perfect heroine, kind-hearted and supportive of a hero who’s clearly broken, and her goodness radiated off the page. Julian’s more jaded, more hurt at the start, and it had him reacting in some not-so-heroic ways. From his actions in the opening chapter, to his turning his back on his bandmates, I was a bit disillusioned by him. Though he became a better man by Charlotte’s side, part of me never forgave him for turning his back on his supportive bandmates and it somewhat dimmed my overall enjoyment of this story. With its slow-burn romance readers will be able to see Charlotte and Julian’s HEA play out step by step. It’s not an erotically-charged tale as most rockstar romances are, but it is a satisfying one. With each high and low pulling at the heartstrings though, readers will be rooting for them every step of the way. Surrounding this realistically-portrayed main couple is a cast of equally likable secondary characters that nicely rounded out the story and have me wanting to go back and read the other series installments as they left an indelible mark. On a whole this was a sweet and sensual story full of heartwarming moments that made it the perfect summer read.
My rating for this is a B.
*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary romance, Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return in November 2011.
Although she waited until she was in her 40s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
With almost fifty titles currently to her name, she has no plans to slow down. You won't find her books with the erotica or paranormal titles, all of her works are pure contemporary romances.
When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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