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Defining Moments: A Moments In Time Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dori Lavelle
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*Due to sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under 18.*

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Secrets. Lies. Betrayal.

How much heartbreak can one heart take?

Melisa Dane has made it through the worst. Her heart was broken, but Florian Dane, better known as “Heat”—and the man of her dreams—returned to mend it. Now, with her family almost complete, Melisa is ready to sit back and enjoy life.

But fate isn't done with her yet. The perpetual smile on her face freezes when the second man to steal her heart shows up in her life once again. Scott Bergfeld, the husband she buried and grieved for years ago, is not dead, and he comes back bearing secrets.

Heartbroken and confused, Melisa tries to find answers to questions she never thought she'd ask, but what she learns throws her life into turmoil. Soon, cracks start to form in her marriage with Heat. As her heart is torn into two halves—between the man she loved first and the man she married first—she comes dangerously close to having her whole life destroyed again. How many people will end up getting hurt? This time, does she have the strength to make it through?

*Although this novel is a sequel to Bittersweet Moments, it can be read as a standalone.*


Editorial Reviews

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"I felt every drop of tears that Melisa shed and I felt Heat's anger and pain just as much. I was a basket case, the author's way of writing caught my emotions and I did cry because I felt Scott tortured past too. The end turned out perfect for such a brilliant awe-inspiring heartfelt tale. Geez, this story will be a perfect movie, just bring the tissues!!! Excellent read, excellent tale of emotions, excellent everything a good story should have." Darlene Cruz"

These characters have become dear friends and I am emotionally involved with them. I hurt when they hurt. When good things seem to be on the horizon, I hold my breath and wish the best for them. Even though I know Dori Lavelle will make them earn every happy ending.
She writes a complicated story that is easy to follow but you can't see where she is taking you." (Laura Dogsmom)

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Melisa and Florian's story is a remarkable journey of heartbreak, lost love, regrets and second chances. Melisa is one of the strongest heroines I've ever come across. She has been through hell and back many times over and still she fights to find the will to live and love." (Kate Bridges)

From the Author

Other books by Dori Lavelle:

Learning to Live Again series reading order:

To Live Again (Learning to live again 1): Coming November, 2014
To Love Again (Learning to live again 2): Coming December, 2014
To Trust Again (Learning to live again 3): Coming January, 2015

Pre-order To Live Again & To Love Again today!

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  • Print Length: 208 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MRHFZXQ
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again :) August 28, 2014
By Miriah
Format:Kindle Edition
Once again Dori Lavelle has stunned me. Just a few pages in I wanted to throw this book at the wall I was so mad at the characters. That's not the only emotion this book will.give you. I sat there and cried, laughed, got angry you name it but it kept me on my toes. There's twist in this that you.never see coming. Anyway I'm going on and on that's how excited.I was to read Defining Moments. If you like supense on you the edge of your seat and What the heck moments read this and the rest of the series you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend you read this book..I loved it! August 28, 2014
By Njkinny
Format:Kindle Edition
Melisa has seen too much sadness, felt too much grief and despair and lost hope many times in the past but she has always managed to fight her way back to happiness only for it to be taken away again. Finally married to Heat, her first love, Melisa felt that life had, at last, started showing happiness to her and maybe, just maybe she had overcome all her difficulties but just as she is trying to reconnect to her long lost son and find peace with Heat, her first husband whom she had buried years ago comes back to haunt her. Will Melisa be able to come back unscathed this time or is this event the final straw in pushing her over the edge of despair and hopelessness?

There is so much happening in this book. While you are enchanted by the beauty of the cover which gives the soothing feeling of that first honeymoon and makes us sigh in anticipation of the next holiday that we have planned, the blurb also makes it difficult not to get intrigued by the story.

I have loved all the previous books in the Moments in Time series but without doubt this one is my favorite. While you can read Defining Moments as a standalone, I will advise you to read the books in order so that you are able to know the characters' history.

The story is new and fresh. Dori throws well calculated and strategic twists and turns that make the reader gasping in surprise and totally invested in the book till the end. Even after finishing the story, I felt like I was still inside the book and could still feel the happiness of a well deserved happily-ever-after that Melisa and Heat got.
Dori's writing style is simple yet very fresh. She keeps the readers' interest maintained in the story and also manages to keep us hooked til we have finished the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT, A STORY OF LOVE AND 2ND CHANCES August 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved It!!!!

I was fortunate to win a ebook copy from Dori Lavelle

This is a story of love, compassion forgiveness and the strength of hope.

Melissa and Heat have had a rough beginning but now in this story they are happily married, pregnant and couldn't be happier but faith has other plans. A ghost from the passed has comed back Scott... a husband that was lost, mourned and buried.

Melissa is going through a hard time accepting Heats decision and questioning her fellings for him after a great lost when Scott comes back looking to see the child he left behind.

I felt in love with this story I cried along side melissa, its showed me just how much strenght there is in a person after not just one but several great lost , heats love for melissa gave her the strength she need it and he never lost hope in her. And after many tears they found their happily ever after.

IF YOU WANT A STORY THAT MAKES YOU SMILE, CRY AND FEEL THE STRENGTH OF LOVE.

THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU. <3 YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! A FANTASTIC READ! August 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A fantastic Read that was beautifully written this book is classed has a stand alone book but I'm glad that I read the box set before I read Defining moments has it does give you a lot more of the background to these characters! It was heartbreaking and heartwarming read and emotional read! I loved Melisa dane who had been through so much in her life to deal with more than most people deal with in a life time,Also loved Florian Dane Also known has Heat whom Melisa had loved him all her life even when her life had moved on and he loved her even more even when there was a lot of lie's and emotions involved and he would fight for Melisa and there marraige It's a love both of them are willing to fight for but they have got a lot of issues to overcome, Thank you so much to Dori for letting me read this ARC,
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious moments!!! August 28, 2014
By Ava M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For this book Dori Lavelle has gone above and beyond with the love two people share no matter whatever hardship or problems they face. Melissa and Heat just seems to face obstacles from the very start of their relationship and continues to after a lost of her husband his best friend and two kids but they with used those stuff and define those moments for each other love. Great read in this series. If you haven't read the other books first book in this series is free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring heartfelt book! August 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow what a story! Melisa, Florian aka Heat, Scott and Ben. When I started reading the first few pages, Melisa and Heat was nervous about something, okay? I started to feel the anticipation too.
Mind you someone enters their life, someone unexpected, the similarities uncanny. Who could this person be? Why all the tension and nervousness. AGH.... I was coming unglued here, waiting to hear. Now this is an issue both Melisa and Heat must face head on and the tears will flow from here. The more the story moves further the tears will come down again and again.
The author managed to grab a hold of my mind and fling me inward into the story. Here you have a couple in love, young love. Mistakes were made not your everyday kind of mistake but one that will forever impact your life. A heartfelt decision is made and finality to it will well up in your conscious mind. Melisa made that choice but for what reasons? Heat is her second husband, a fireman who happens to be her first boyfriend, yeah the young couple they were so in love, so inept to know the adult world let alone take on the responsibilities of an adult.
Melisa moves on and meet husband number one Scott, they fell in love and he was in enamored with love for her. Did I mentioned he was a fireman too? Now this web threw a tale spinning out of control with all three main characters. The lies and deceit entangled their lives, but where did the lie start and the deceit begins? There's much to tell but if I do, I will ruin this awesome story. Here grieving and trust comes into play. Issues Melissa brought upon herself, not the grieving part but the trust part. She lashes out at the closest person to her, Heat(here I wanted to shake Melisa.) In a way she blamed him for the decision he had to make.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining Moments
Fantastic!!! This is the best book I've read in a very long time, and I read a lot. I don't know what to say, except that it is truly a love story with unforeseen twists and turns. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGGGGGG!!!!!!
“Life goes on. People don’t always stay in your life forever, no matter how much you need them.”

I really admire Dori Lavelle’s writing style. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Rochelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel and Heat what a story they tell. LOVED loved loved it
This is one of the OMG books. Mel has been to hell and back. She lost everything when her hubby Scott died. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bertie
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional roller-coaster
Oh wow, I'm so emotionally drained. He I thought Melisa's life was going to be less tragic than Carlene's life. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Marychell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing read
Published 1 month ago by T.N.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Weekend Entertainment!
Dori Lavelle tells a good story in a charming romance with more than one sub-plot. A good weekend read.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Avila, Author
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart broke a few times.
Oh my goodness! This book was big on the Kleenex moments. I actually needed to take a couple of days to decompress and get my thoughts together. That said I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chrisoula Adonopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable
Ok where do I begin, with my hectic schedule of work and school it was a mission that I finish this book in one day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Just Simply Amazing
Amazing, Just Simply Amazing!!! I managed to read this entire book in one day it was that good!! I can't say enough good things about it, There are twists and turns you won't see... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Badboatygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Loved the book. This was the first book I have read from this author. Very well writing. Great story. Loved the twist and turns this book took.
Published 1 month ago by Kelley Hopkins
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More About the Author

Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and a sucker for happy ever afters and mint chocolate. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she'd be one happy woman.

Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn't happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.

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