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    Loved it

    *4.5 stars* I struggled rating this one because I really loved this story so much. There were however a couple of things I would have liked to have seen done differently but in the end - I LOVED this story. It seemed to have a bit of everything I enjoy. A second chance / friends to lovers story with a hot rock star - what's not to like with that? Throw in a bit of angst and a little suspense and I'm hooked. I thought the author did a great job telling Nolan and Hailey's story from both past and present perspectives. I sometimes have trouble keeping up when the story has flashbacks but this one flowed very well. The thing that bothered me just a bit was how easily Hailey forgave Nolan. If someone disappears from my life for 5 years there will be major groveling going on when they try to reenter it. In the end though he does fight hard to regain her trust so he wins with me. This is definitely one I recommend!
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    This One Moment

    Book was so boring... after reading the first half of this book, I just skimmed to the end......reminded me why I don't read friends to lovers books
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    Review: Pushing Limits 1: This One Moment

    This One Moment by Stina Lindenblatt is the first book in her new Pushing Limits series. It is a romantic suspense story featuring a hot guy from a band and the girl he left behind when his personal tragedy was more than he could handle. Nolan Kincaid and Hailey Wilkins were the best of friends and they were heading quickly into the more category. When tragedy strikes Nolan's family he leaves town without a word and stays gone for five years. No one from his new life knows who he is or what happened that terrible night, a mighty feat considering he is the lead singer and a guitar player for the his famous band, Pushing Limits. The one and only friend he stayed in touch with calls him one night to tell him that Hailey was attacked and she is in a coma. Even after five years he hasn't forgotten what loving Hailey felt like and despite his obligations he travels back to his dreaded home town to see her. As the story unfolds you are constantly left guessing. Who is the bad guy? Who beat Hailey up? What happened that made Nolan leave? The author manages to let the story unfold in a very organic way, never revealing too much OR holding back too much either. The characters are well-developed and I can't wait for more from her, in this series or any other.
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    Made the Grade: Pushing Limits Series, Book 1

    3 out of 5 stars! Five years ago, Nolan (Tyler) ran away from his hometown for L.A. to escape his past and try to make it as a rock star. Since moving he has been on the fast track for success with his band Pushing Limits, but the one person he could never escape from was Hailey who was his childhood best friend. Therefore, when he learns that Hailey was attacked and in the hospital he drops everything to be there for her. Yet being back home opens up more old feelings then he had planned .... being there again will definitely change his life though if it'll change for the better is still up for debate. This romance was written more as a suspenseful thriller than anything else and while it was well-written, it’s because of the thriller-edge that this plot takes that it didn't keep my interest as much as I'd have liked. Nevertheless, I liked all of the characters. I liked the idea of Nolan and Hailey together. And I enjoyed the build-up for this series, which makes me curious as to how the other novels will turn out. I really wish I could've enjoyed this novel more. As it was, both Hailey and Nolan's lives had been defined by a deadly moment from their pasts. It was horrible and very sad. And while they could've used it to help one another out, Nolan pushed Hailey away and is lucky she didn't say something along the lines of it being 'five years to late' once he returned. You can tell that they have always cared for one another. But their journey was not one that swept me away, even while I was rooting for their relationship. With all that said, I DO recommend this novel to those looking for a suspenseful contemporary new adult romance. Review By: From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews -- read more of this review and TWO TEASERS on my blog --
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    A Second Chance Romance Worth a Second Look

    This was the first book I've read by Stina Lindenblatt, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this story, overall. It has a little of everything: first love, second chance love, suspense, angst, darkness and light. All in all, it was a satisfying read - gently sexy, emotionally charged, with an air of tragedy but a spirit of hope. The two main characters are well-developed; their scenes together are passionate when they should be, and funny where it counts. I look forward to getting to know more about the secondary characters as the series continues. Nolan Kincaid, a.k.a. up-and-coming rock star Tyler Erickson, abruptly left his home town, Northbridge, MN, at age 19, after a heartbreaking family tragedy. He changed his name and moved to L.A., determined to reinvent himself, launch his career as a rock guitarist-vocalist, and escape anything and anyone that reminded him of his loss ... including his childhood best friend and confidante, Hailey. Leaving her behind, then completely cutting her out of his life, was his one and only regret. Five years later, he's on his way to achieving his rock star dream. His band, Pushing Limits, is finishing a year-long tour and preparing to record a new album. They have a lucrative recording contract, a faithful fan following, their own devoted groupies, and all the other trappings of celebrity success, including the sleazy paparazzi and the endless tabloid rumor mill. Nolan has kept his former life a secret. Even his closest friend and band partner, Jared, has no idea of his true identity, or the tragic night that made him flee his home. He can't remember the details of the fateful night that changed his destiny - and he doesn't want to. So he willingly plays the part of the bad-boy rock star, adopting the persona that's expected of him, including a rumored romance with a stunning, successful actress, while shielding his true self from the world. On the last night of the tour, his life turns upside down again. Another friend, Brandon, calls to tell him that Hailey is hospitalized, comatose, the victim of a savage attack. Her attacker is still at large. Despite his misgivings about returning home and facing Hailey again, Nolan can't stay away. He takes the next plane home - the last place on earth he wants to be. Nolan was in love with Hailey long before he left Northbridge. He never had the chance, or the nerve, to tell her. Likewise, Hailey fell in love with Nolan, but hope faded away when he rejected her and embraced celebrity. Like Nolan, she's made a new life for herself: working days in a gym, pursuing a career as a physical therapist, content with one-night stands - still deeply wounded by Nolan's rejection and determined not to let herself be hurt again. Hailey knows Nolan as no one else does. She sees through his rock star persona and the trappings of his celebrity lifestyle, to the broken young man underneath, desperate to let go of his sorrow and guilt, constantly struggling with the crippling fear of exposing his past to the world. Both have hearts and souls that need mending; but the deck seems stacked against them -- for most of the story, anyway. Although you hope they find the happy-ever-after they need and deserve, there are enough twists and turns in the story to make you wonder how it will all work out by the end. Everyone knows it won't be easy -- not with an attacker on the loose, the paparazzi hanging around, twitchy band members and record producers facing a deadline, and the emotional baggage they aren't dealing with. The longer they stay together, and the more intimate they become, the greater the risk the media will discover and expose Nolan's secrets; and Hailey will be dragged into the spotlight, into a cruel world she's completely unprepared for, at the worst possible time for everyone. Then there's the real elephant in the room: once they acknowledge their need for each other, the harder it will be when it's time to let go again. There are choices and consequences ahead - that no one wants to deal with - so they don't. You will have to experience those first-hand to appreciate the true meaning of This One Moment.. There were only a couple of things that I felt detracted from the potential impact of the story. The pace was a little slow, and a little too steady for my taste. The flashbacks were well written. They built suspense, and contributed valuable context to Nolan's struggle with his past, while also helping us understand what happened to Hailey. But four plot twists late in the story didn't feel plausible to me, and the ending was just a little too 'neat' for my taste. It felt like it rushed to tie up all the loose ends. As a result, the resolution of all the story's conflicts seemed entirely too easy. Despite those few drawbacks, which are highly subjective, this is a story worth reading, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the next book in the Pushing Limits series.
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