Review of One More Moment

 

One More Moment

Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run

Samantha Chase

Sourcebooks Casablanca

September 4, 2018


Blurb:

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.


SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

One More Moment opened with a bang. Julian is getting married, watches his beautiful bride walk down the aisle, and then a video plays of her cheating ways. Now that is the way to start a story, even if it does make the reader squirm a bit.

Three months later, now that Julian has returned from his therapeutic roadtrip, he runs into Charlotte at a coffeeshop. He looks destitute and has forgotten his wallet; she wants to save the world and immediately buys him his coffee and muffin. She has no idea that he’s a famous rock star. The meet cute!

First off, Charlotte is one of the most refreshing heroines to pop up in a romance lately. She’s so well written and stays pretty true to character throughout the novel. She’s a social worker who helps out-of-work individuals find their way again in society. Everything about her is geared toward helping other people.

Initially I really liked Julian. He seemed thoughtful and introspective and did wonderful things for Charlotte and the homeless shelter, but as the novel went on and facets of his character were displayed, he seemed like a rollercoaster-ride of a human being in need of therapy. I think more care should have been given toward his characterization because once you show a flag-raising jealous streak with attitude and jerkiness attached to it, it’s hard to tuck it back in the box without lots of grooming and explanation, which wasn’t done enough for me. He really, really needed to talk to someone, or something. This was unfortunate because there were several instances where he seemed like the perfect guy.

Most of the events were involving and moved the plot forward. More thought should have been given to having Charlotte’s best friend suddenly pop up near the end of the novel, because it made Charlotte seem like a person who ditches her friends when she gets a boyfriend. And, why have a character just pop up out of nowhere?

This was the first novel in the Band on the Run series that I’ve read, and it can mostly be read as a standalone, except you have the insertion of all of the characters from the previous novels and a couple of pages of updates of people who meant nothing to this reader. Am I the only one for whom this produces a big ole yawn when you haven’t read any of the previous books?

All in all, One More Moment is an enjoyable novel. If you’re looking for a real rock star romance though, this probably isn’t it because the band is on hiatus.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


rating: 3-and-half

3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


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About SAMANTHA CHASE

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! 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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