Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: This One Moment (Pushing Limits #1) by Stina Lindenblatt

 Fame, fortune, and stadiums full of screaming fans are right around the corner for the rock band at the heart of Stina Lindenblatt’s steamy, intense Pushing Limits series. But it’s an epic love affair that steals the show in this opening act.

When Nolan Kincaid skipped town to chase the music career of his dreams, he knew he wouldn’t miss the reminders of his broken family—he wasn’t so sure he could forget the girl he left behind. Now his band is touring nonstop, the recording sessions go all night, and the groupies are crazed. But when he hears that Hailey Wilkins is in trouble, he drops everything.

Hailey thought she’d missed her chance with Nolan. Five years ago, the moment she realized she loved him was the moment he decided to leave. Now, when a brutal assault lands her in the ICU, Nolan flies straight to her bedside, acting like nothing’s changed. What’s a rock star like him doing, canceling shows and risking his record deal, just to nurse an old friend back to health? And why should Hailey believe he’ll stay this time?

With her attacker still at large, Nolan’s ready to rise to the occasion. He knows he let Hailey down once before, but he’s ready to give her everything, heart and soul—and he’ll fight for the chance to prove it.


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What I thought about This One Moment

In this second chance romance, lead singer and composer Nolan left town years ago to pursue his dream and forget his past. He left the love of his life without a word, and I have to admit, I understood his motivations. But when Hailey is attacked one evening and ends up in a coma, he ends up going home to see the only girl he really loved.

Set against a backdrop of Nolan's rock star life and Hailey's small town life, This One Moment was what I come to expect from a romantic suspense title.  There wasn't a whole lot of rockin' going on in this, but that was okay. I liked the mystery that lingered because of their amnesia and I liked how everything was revealed in the end.

Hailey and Nolan are terrific together, and their long lasting love for each other made this a lovely romance. 

There's a glimpse of the rest of the band, and an interesting publicity stunt that wrapped up more pleasantly than I'd anticipated.

Overall, a good start to the series. 

ARC provided for review.   

About the Author

Born in Brighton England, I have lived in a number of countries, including England, the U.S, Finland, and Canada.

I have a Physical Education degree from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta, where I specialized in energy metabolism. Definitely cool stuff (seriously, it is!). I also had the opportunity to work with elite athletes through the universities and at several sport-training facilities (you know, in case you’re wondering why I always have athletes in my stories). During my undergrad, I worked in Helsinki (Finland) for one summer, cleaning bathrooms and saunas in a recreation center for the elderly. The seniors were great. The bathrooms, not so much. I eventually became a pharmaceutical sales representative (not a great one may I add) and now I write full time.

In addition to writing fiction, I love photography, especially the close-up variety, and currently live in Calgary, Canada, with my husband and three kids.

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