REVIEW: This is One Moment by Mila Gray

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“I glance up. There’s a girl in front of me. Dark-haired, full-mouthed. I know her. I’d know her anywhere.”

Back of the book blurb:

Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies. So when Hollywood heart-throb Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.

While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins an internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help.
Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.
As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a mans he knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy-ever-afters. So what possible future can there be?
Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.

A message from the cosmos:

Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-1447295204

Available for Purchase:

My rating:

(Just a little side note before the review: This book is already out in the UK so you can order it NOW from Book Depository. It isn’t being released in the U.S. until November of this year, hence the publication date.)

I fell in love with Come Back to Me and now Mila Gray, Sarah Alderson’s alter-ego, has done it again and ruined my life. It’s actually crazy because these books seem like they’re written by two completely different authors. I’m not sure if that’s because I read the U.S. version of Come Back to Me but I can’t imagine that there were that many differences in the two versions. Either way, both books are so beautiful and so heartbreaking. I was automatically interested in Didi in Come Back to Me and was so happy when I realized the second book would be Didi’s shot at love.

“Nothing is certain.
Everything can change in a heartbeat.”

            As soon as I’m finished with the prologue, I’m interested. I mean… how can you not be interested with a prologue that literally has you livid? I was seething because I thought Didi was going to go through something horrendous, and I was already in protective mode over her. Everyone has those characters, right? The ones where you’re just like, “I’m gonna put you in my pocket and keep you safe forever.” And Didi is one of those characters.

“Because the fact is that I don’t want one-night stands. I want something more meaningful than that. I want a relationship, but you’d think that I was asking for the moon. Most guys I meet just want sex with no strings.”

            Like I said, I was already head over heels in love with Didi Monroe. She’s the daughter of two psychologist parents and honestly, those relationships always fascinate me. And Gray put just enough psychobabble, which is a term I use endearingly in this case, to keep me interested but not overwhelmed. Psychology has always been a fascinating subject to me and honestly, if I ever decide to, like, go back and get another degree after this one, I would love to study psychology. I’m on a tangent, though. Back to Didi…

            She’s determined, she’s beautiful, and according to everyone around her and even herself, she has the biggest and nicest rack they’ve ever seen. This makes for a hilarious scene on her first day when she has to wear too-tight scrubs. God, I love putting characters in awkward situations and I love reading about characters in awkward situations. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with Didi. I sure did.

“’I didn’t know that’s what it could be like. I thought people were exaggerating.’
A grin splits Walker’s face. ‘I’m not finished with you yet,’ he says, bending to kiss me again.”

            Holy moly, let’s talk about Noel Walker for a few minutes, okay? Noel Walker is a marine who was deployed in Afghanistan, but due to a bomb, is at a military hospital in California. And also due to the bomb, he’s blind. But get this, it’s psychosomatic. That means that his blindness is only due to his PTSD. And if that’s not heartbreaking, I’m not sure what is. Walker is gruff, quiet, and thoughtful. And he’s also sexy as hell. Walker and Didi’s scenes together are time-slowing, sensual, and completely breath-taking. All of the gruff, silent-types get to me just because they remind me so much of my baby Derek Hale (played by hunk Tyler Hoechlin) so Walker was just right up my alley.

            And of course, because he’s blind, his other senses are heightened and it legitimately felt like mine were too. There’s this beautiful scene between Didi and Walker where Walker is trying to feel what Didi looks like and I don’t want to spoil too much just because I need everyone to read it. But let me just say, it had tears rolling down my cheeks and my heart was simultaneously broken in half, but also it grew three sizes that night. I’m tearing up just thinking about it and I’m in public, so this is embarrassing.

“I look at the clock. It’s two minutes to midnight.
‘You better kiss her quick before she turns into a pumpkin,’ Sanchez jokes.
Walker turns to me. ‘I better had,’ he says.”

            This is One Moment is just one of those novels that sticks with you. And it makes you feel all tingly on the inside. Mila Gray (sorry if you all know her as Sarah Alderson. I’ve never read any of her YA novels) is seriously such a captivating author and I cannot get enough of her writing. You need to read this book. You need to.

Happy reading!

The Cosmic Reader

A little postscript:

            Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted since April 1st! Ah, I feel like such a bad blog owner. Graduation is in less than ten days and I’ve been super busy trying, yet failing, to get my life together. I’ve read a few books, but the ones I’ve wanted to review just haven’t been very awesome and I try not to post negative reviews, because I’m not that kind of person. But if you want to follow all of my books that I read you can find me on Goodreads! The link is on the sidebar!!

            I hope everyone is doing well!

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