This is One Moment by Mila Gray

This is One Moment

Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob 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 her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outsi...

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  • Sarah

    I'm a huge fan of

    /

    so I couldn't wait to read the sequel to

    and had very high expectations for

    . We already met the heroine Didi in the previous book, she is Jessa's best friend, and after everything she's been through I was looking forward to seeing her get a happily ever after.

    Didi is a romantic at heart, her parents have a fantastic marriage and Didi has always dreamed of having the same but her love life has always been disastrous.

    I'm a huge fan of

    /

    so I couldn't wait to read the sequel to

    and had very high expectations for

    . We already met the heroine Didi in the previous book, she is Jessa's best friend, and after everything she's been through I was looking forward to seeing her get a happily ever after.

    Didi is a romantic at heart, her parents have a fantastic marriage and Didi has always dreamed of having the same but her love life has always been disastrous. Things finally seem to be looking up though, she's finished her degree in psychology, she's dating movie star Zac, a guy most girls would kill to be with, and now she's about to start an internship at a military hospital while she studies for her masters. She has her whole life planned out and it doesn't include falling for one of her patients, especially not a frustrating and grumpy Marine like Noel Walker.

    Only two members of Walker's team survived the roadside ambush that cost him his sight and although he was able to get Sanchez to safety he is full of guilt about those who were left behind. Suffering with PTSD makes Walker's life unbearable, he has no idea what to do with his life and no hope for the future because he is being crippled by the guilt he feels. The first meeting between Walker and Didi doesn't go well but she is determined to find a way to get through to him and the more time they spend together the more she starts to realise that her feelings are in no way platonic.

    I really enjoyed the romance between these two, it's such a slow build up as they become friends and slowly start to open up to each other and it was nice that nothing felt rushed between them. They obviously have chemistry but it takes a long time before they act on it because Didi is worried about crossing lines and losing her internship but the wait just made things that much sweeter when they finally give into temptation. Didi is such a kind and caring person, she wants to do her best by Walker and the other guys she's working with but at the same time she's aware that she's risking getting her heart broken if Walker doesn't learn to open up and let her in. Walker's back story broke my heart, he had been through so much and he did his best to survive and help his team mates but he can't forget the ones he wasn't able to save. He wants Didi but doesn't feel worthy of her love so he tends to push her away thinking he's doing it for her own good and there were definitely times when I wanted to shake some sense into him.

    I think one of the things I enjoyed most about this story was meeting the other wounded soldiers on the ward though,

    does a fantastic job of showing the challenges that these guys face after coming home with horrific injuries and how they all have different coping mechanisms. Sanchez lost an arm and a leg but he's just grateful to be alive, he's the life and soul of the party who is determined to live life to the fullest and his banter often had me laughing out loud. On the other hand Dodds who lost both of his legs and is really struggling to come to terms with what happened. He's deeply depressed and seeing how miserable he was just broke my heart.

    Although

    is at it's heart a romance novel there is a lot more to it than that and some of the other story lines can be quite painful to read at times. This isn't all sweetness and light, there is a realness that will tug on your heartstrings and make you feel grateful to be alive.

    has given us a fantastic follow up to her first novel and I'm definitely excited to see what she comes up with next.

  • Claire Robinson

    5 -

    Stars!

    I will be honest, I didn’t think that Mila Gray would be able to top

    but

    was just as good if not better in some ways.

    Didi and Noel, were so different in so many ways that it bought a refreshing mix to their story, add in the slightly forbidden aspect, in that she is a medical student and he is recuperating in the Military hospital she’s doing a summer internship at, and the sexual tension between them was off the charts.

    This was an easy

    5 -

    Stars!

    I will be honest, I didn’t think that Mila Gray would be able to top

    but

    was just as good if not better in some ways.

    Didi and Noel, were so different in so many ways that it bought a refreshing mix to their story, add in the slightly forbidden aspect, in that she is a medical student and he is recuperating in the Military hospital she’s doing a summer internship at, and the sexual tension between them was off the charts.

    This was an easy book to read, in that it was so well written that you cannot help but get lost in Noel and Didi’s slow build to an actual relationship. Noel's ornery moods, and Didi's bright character and persistence with him until he starts believing in himself as a person again, takes the reader on quite a journey.

    The author didn’t rush this, and it worked out really well because of it. I think it would have lost some of it’s’ impact they hadn’t dealt with all of the hurdles and emotional issues that came with the reasons that Noel was in the hospital in the first place.

    There is also a great supporting cast in this book, and although not all have happy endings, their additions to the story as a whole are invaluable, and give

    a really great depth and plot diversity. The banter between the guys and the camaraderie that they have built up as a group generally kept the plot moving and were pretty pivotal in parts to the story the was developing between the lead characters.

    I loved this book, this author offers a unique perspective on a few popular tropes that are around at the moment. Everything balances out, and you are just left with a smile on your face (after going through the whole range of emotions during reading) when you finish.

    I hope we have more to look forward to from Mila Gray/Sarah Alderson in the future.

    ARC generously provided via Netgalley, it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  • Marla Mei

    Okay so first things first, I didn't finish this book. That being said, I don't think this is a bad book. It's just that, LOVE TRIANGLES man! Sometimes they're bearable but most of the time they're just a pain in the ass AND my heart.

    I thought we finally got rid of the other guy but then suddenly he pops up out of nowhere and I'm just not really in the mood right now to be front and center when all the shitstorm happens. I can already see bits and pieces of what's to come and I'm alrea

    Okay so first things first, I didn't finish this book. That being said, I don't think this is a bad book. It's just that, LOVE TRIANGLES man! Sometimes they're bearable but most of the time they're just a pain in the ass AND my heart.

    I thought we finally got rid of the other guy but then suddenly he pops up out of nowhere and I'm just not really in the mood right now to be front and center when all the shitstorm happens. I can already see bits and pieces of what's to come and I'm already annoyed this early on even though it hasn't even happened yet. Imagine when it finally does! Sigh.

    Maybe this goes to show how such a chicken I am when it comes to facing problems but I don't care. Hmm at least I got some feels out of this book though. Thank god for that.

  • NiCoLeTa E.

    That book literally stole my heart!!!

    Damn!!! It was perfect!!!

    A heartbreaking, amazing story!!!

    From the first moment, it held me captivating... Just from the prologue, guys!!!

    And after.... i just couldn't put it down!!!

    Thank you, Mila, for this lovely story. It will stay for me forever!!!

    That book literally stole my heart!!!

    Damn!!! It was perfect!!!

    A heartbreaking, amazing story!!!

    From the first moment, it held me captivating... Just from the prologue, guys!!!

    And after.... i just couldn't put it down!!!

    Thank you, Mila, for this lovely story. It will stay for me forever!!!

    In this beutiful, sad story, we were having to deal with soldiers in recovery... Recovery from the wounds of war and the scars that it left inside their souls... Soldiers that they already had lost too many things...

    Especially, we were following Lieutenant Noel Walker.

    Walker was the one that everybody in the center were calling the "Grumpy" one...

    Not too many weeks before he had lost his team to an unexpected ambush back in Afganistan. He lost them all, except one and the guilt eats him inside about those men that lost their lives under his commands.

    He doesn't speak to anyone, and when he is doing it is in angry way...

    He doesn't even try to recover... it's like he is punishing himself.

    And he doesn't want to share with anyone what happened that day...

    Didi Monroe is making her intership in the recovery center who is working her father... From the first moment, something drowing her to this grumpy patient who is unwilling to speak to her.

    But she can't give her hopes up about him!!!

    As the time is passing, Walker starts to open up to her and to welcome her in his messed up life. He can't see her, but it's like a sunshine in his dark world, he is longing for her visits...

    Her presence trigger him a hope of life. But what kind of life can he have in his situation???

    As all you could say, Walker and Didi started to have feelings for each other...

    But the obstacles between them were big...

    First of all, for Didi is not ethecal to involve with a patient!!!

    As for Walker???

    How can he condemn a woman with bright future to leave all that she had work hard for behind her for a scarred person who might never fully recover???

    I loved that story very much....

    I enjoyed the rythm that the things were unfolding...

    I liked the way Walker was with Didi and i liked Walker without her beside him... Generally, i liked Walker very much... Grumpy, troubled, guilty, scarred and all...

    And i also liked Didi very much. She was so kind and caring with everyone. She manage to earn them all in the centre, even the grumpy soldier...

    I won't lie to you, near to the end and when i was about to say

    everything collapsed and i was really, really mad with both of them, but especially with Didi.

    Yeah, she was hurting but she said and did awful things... And Walker made me furious because he just resign... after all those things that they've been through, they didn't have to reach that point!!!!

    But i forgive them because i love them...

    If i gave you the impression that this book was only full of heartbreakeness, i'm so sorry!!! This book also had its funny moments...

    Firstly it was having inside Sanchez and his wife, Valentina and those two guys were hillarious!!!

    And Dodds... Dodds paintings left you smiling even though your heart was bruising...

    But i can't tell you more about all those guys. You will have to learn all of them by yourself!!!

    And as a closure to this review, i will say that i will keep this story with me forever... I'll never forget it!!!

  • Ariana

    I liked this more compared to the previous book I read from Mila Gray (

    ), maybe because the romance had a better pacing and I could resonate with the characters a lot more.

    The first half of the book was really entertaining, though the last part that didn't work for me. It's just that for a medical center that treats very special cases, everyone was quite oblivious to what happened to a particular someone - I saw it coming from miles away and I am not the philologist here. Then th

    I liked this more compared to the previous book I read from Mila Gray (

    ), maybe because the romance had a better pacing and I could resonate with the characters a lot more.

    The first half of the book was really entertaining, though the last part that didn't work for me. It's just that for a medical center that treats very special cases, everyone was quite oblivious to what happened to a particular someone - I saw it coming from miles away and I am not the philologist here. Then there was the misunderstanding between the main characters - so childish for a NA story. I get it that Walker is a bit messed up (a lot even), but our girl here is not much better. Also, she is supposed to be smart, she should know how to read people, but maybe all she needs is to find something better to do with her life, because this is definitely not her thing.

    The book starts with a teaser that makes you wonder where the story will go. The author used this before, but what can I say.. It works. The focus remains on the couple through the book, but some of the characters are worth reading about and they made the story funnier and at times even more heartbreaking.

    As per usual, the war theme is not working that much for me, I don't know but I think that soldiers should know better when they enroll in the army - if they go there

    , with the guns in their arms, why is it a surprise for all of them that people actually get hurt or die? Are they stupid or something, or is someone brainwashing them into thinking that war is some sort of beach party full of booze and happiness?

    Anyways, for the fans of this genre and/or the author, this might be a book that you need to check out.

    Happy midnight reading!

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  • Mandy

    4.5 stars

    Didi is doing an internship at a hospital for wounded veterans. Walker is a patient, having survived an attack that left him injured and blind. When he got to the hospital, his fiance couldn't deal with his injuries so she broke up with him. He's angry and doesn't know how to deal with his emotions. The only person who he can open up to in the intern, Didi.

    I loved so many things about this story. The writing was really good. It pulls you in from the beginning. I loved Walker. He's stru

    4.5 stars

    Didi is doing an internship at a hospital for wounded veterans. Walker is a patient, having survived an attack that left him injured and blind. When he got to the hospital, his fiance couldn't deal with his injuries so she broke up with him. He's angry and doesn't know how to deal with his emotions. The only person who he can open up to in the intern, Didi.

    I loved so many things about this story. The writing was really good. It pulls you in from the beginning. I loved Walker. He's struggling with everything that happened to him but he's a good guy who really deserves to find happiness. My only complaint about this book that kept it from being a full 5 star book is the drama towards the end and the lack of an epilogue. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author.

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

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    This was yet another fantastic story from Mila Gray. I was hooked on Didi and Walker's story from the very first page and I felt so sad when it ended. I highly recommend reading this one, even if you haven't read "Come Back to Me", it really doesn't matter as this book can be read as a standalone.

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    This was yet another fantastic story from Mila Gray. I was hooked on Didi and Walker's story from the very first page and I felt so sad when it ended. I highly recommend reading this one, even if you haven't read "Come Back to Me", it really doesn't matter as this book can be read as a standalone.

    Didi was a psychology student about to start her internship, working alongside injured military personal. This was when she met Walker, a marine who had returned from Afghanistan an utterly broken man. Not just on the outside, but on the inside too. As soon as I met Walker, I knew that he was going to steal my heart. After discovering his awful experience of war and finding out that he was so damaged, you would have to have had a heart of stone not to feel sorry for him. Walker was living in a world of pain and guilt that no-one could break into, but then Didi came along and Walker's hard shell began to crack.

    I loved Didi, she was loving and caring and demonstrated so much patience with all of the men at the hospital, not just Walker. Because Didi did not have much experience when it came to men, I felt as though she was letting men use her, especially her on/off boyfriend, Zac, but with Walker everything changed for her. She realised what real love was and that Walker was the perfect man for her, despite his demons. Didi and Walker had such an intense connection, there was so much chemistry between the pair that it was impossible for them to be just friends and ignore their true feelings for one another. Being with Walker meant that Didi would need to take a huge risk, a risk that could mean jeopardising her career. Their relationship had forbidden written all over it, but Didi and Walker were already far too lost in each other to seriously think about the ramifications until it was too late.

    This story wasn't just about Didi and Walker, it was also about the other patients that I met at the military hospital. I got to know so many different characters and my heart went out to every single one of them for what they had each been through. They each had their own journey to make during the story and I was there to love, laugh and cry alongside everyone of them. This story definitely wasn't all hearts and flowers, that's for sure. Just like "Come Back to Me" this book also dealt with the ugliness of war and it once again made me think about the military heroes and how truly courageous they are. The characters from this story will stay with me for a long time to come.

    Despite the tears that were shed and the emotional turmoil that this book caused, what shone through the most was Didi and Walker's beautiful love story. A love story that won't be easily forgotten. Didi and Walker's relationship truly warmed my heart, I was so wrapped up in their story that I hardly noticed the time going by. I was unable to put my kindle down, reading late into the night. Mila Gray has once again captivated me with another brilliant story. I can't wait to read more from this fabulous author.

    "This Is One Moment" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

  • Stacee

    I'm not usually one for the angsty-times, but I loved the first book and I was eager to read Didi's story.

    Love love love Didi. She's smart and genuinely a nice person. Walker is gruff and hardened and exactly what you would expect from someone back from a war zone. Their friendship into a relationship is captivating and their chemistry is off the charts.

    Yes there's a shitload of angst, but there's also some laughs and sweet parts too. The prologue really threw me off, but it definitely made th

    I'm not usually one for the angsty-times, but I loved the first book and I was eager to read Didi's story.

    Love love love Didi. She's smart and genuinely a nice person. Walker is gruff and hardened and exactly what you would expect from someone back from a war zone. Their friendship into a relationship is captivating and their chemistry is off the charts.

    Yes there's a shitload of angst, but there's also some laughs and sweet parts too. The prologue really threw me off, but it definitely made the story turn in a direction I wasn't expecting.

    My only complaint {if you could call it that} is that I wanted an epilogue, but considering how it ended, it wouldn't have worked. I'm just being greedy.

  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    While there are many reasons I fell hard for this book, it ultimately boiled down to two things. The characters and the sexual tension.

    So yes, I def

    While there are many reasons I fell hard for this book, it ultimately boiled down to two things. The characters and the sexual tension.

    So yes, I definitely recommend this book, and I can't wait for you to meet Walker and Didi! But before I go any further, I want you to know that

    Although I love and highly recommend the first book too (

    ), it was about Didi's best friend Jessa.

    She's the bosses daughter and knows that it won't be easy, but she didn't expect her first day to be a total nightmare. And part of that nightmare has to deal with her run in with Grumpy aka Noel Walker.

    Walker didn't even want to talk to Didi. But as her daily visits added up, he started to warm up to her.

    It couldn't be ignored. And anyone around them saw it too. There is a shaving scene and many, many others that you

    read.

    Yet Didi's friendship starts to help, although they have a lot of obstacles in their way. She isn't allowed to have relationships, let alone even be friends, with patients. And he doesn't want to tie anyone down, since he is blind. But the connection between the two of them, even when they were talking about something as simple as music and movies, moved me. It was pure and so real.

    Sanchez and Dodd were wounded Marines who were at the same facility as Walker. They added moments of laughter and moments of heartbreak. I became just invested in them, and I hoped they would get their happily ever after too. And I loved the friendship they not only had with Walker, but with Didi too. They saw that Didi had this huge heart and good head on her shoulders. I loved that she tried her hardest to help others and find good in the world. While some of her choices, cough Zach cough, made me shake my head, it made her that much more human. She had flaws, just like we all do, and it made me love her that much more!

    There was an epilogue in Come Back To Me, the book about Didi's best friend, and it was absolutely perfect. So I wish Did got one too, since I had a few questions about the future. But then again, I'm an epilogue junkie. But regardless, I can't wait for you to read Didi and Walker's story!


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