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Moments Paperback – April 4, 2017
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About the Author
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She can mostly be found reading — anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real love will always be the world of romance. When writing her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The writing style was choppy & awkward. I often had difficulty working out who was talking/thinking & had to stop & re-read sections to sort out what was happening. The scenes jumped around too much as well. I have come to expect a superior writing style from Scott so was doubly disappointed by the awkward wording, phrasing & paragraphing. This story felt 'unfinished' to me.
There was a lot of unexplored background that was never developed in the book. Jacob, supposedly so 'bad' he needs to return to jail or community service yet his only 'crime' given detailed explanation in the book was childish petulance. I was left wondering how such a hard-core addict could recover & stay sober with so little apparent difficulty. His sobriety was too 'perfect' for want of a better word. Ethan was a character that alluded to depth of feeling with his panic attacks & need-to-serve-to-overcome-grief, but this facet of the storyline was left under-developed.
Then there was the developing relationship. Ethan crossed so many lines by starting his relationship with Jacob both personal & professional. His original 'hate' of Jacob is too quickly swamped by lust. Ethan is Jacobs 'jailer' (sort of) & community supervisor yet his remorse over breaking that professional code by sleeping with Jacob is too brief & shallow to be believable. Then there was a tantalising glimpse of Jacob needing to bottom for Ethan before Jacob suddenly becomes über Alpha & dominating.
There was a lot of good elements to this story but I felt that they weren't developed well. I got the impression that this book was rushed & unfinished & that if it were reviewed & edited; expanded & re-organised it would be a great read.
If I am being completely honest, there really is nothing I can add to my original review. I will say that I could not tell you what any of the re-edited or added bits were as every bit of Jacob and Ethan's journey flowed together as beautifully as it did when I read it in 2015.
Jacob is still a spoiled Hollywood stereotype who thinks the world is his oyster and he's lined up for the all you can eat buffet. Ethan is still the humble man who wants to help the less fortunate. When their journeys converge, fireworks are the result from the starting line, equally stubborn and determined the pair is perfectly matched. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we see what is really important in life, well Jacob hasn't really hit rock bottom but he is about at his last chance for redemption when he's forced to serve his community service sentence at Ethan's center. I do believe that we all have that one defining moment that can change us and that's what Jacob faces in Moments.
That's about the best you're going to get out of me as for the plot but I will say that I can't recommend Moments enough. There are points that may seem cliche but there are plenty of points that are not and when you combine them what you have is a beautiful tale of redemption, friendship, love, and finding your place in the world which is something we all want. Whether you are as I am doing a re-read or completely new to you, Moments is another winner from Miss Scott that you don't want to miss, you just might learn something about yourself as well as be thoroughly entertained and for me that is the mark of an excellent and amazing tale and talent.
Original Review September 2015:
I need to start by simply stating that you will not like Jacob Riley in the beginning. He is the classic, some might say cliche, Hollywood child actor turned bad boy. Whether you see Jacob as classic or cliche, it doesn't matter because it works and that's what makes Moments enjoyable. Despite Ethan's panic attacks he is incredibly patient, more patient than I would be when faced with dealing with Jacob. I don't do spoilers but I will say there was a point in the story that I thought the author might take a certain path with Jacob's character but she didn't and the road Miss Scott took was much better and appreciated. Moments may not be what I would classify as an emotional roller coaster but it definitely pulls at your heartstrings and will stay with you. Moments is another great example why RJ Scott is on my short list of "1-click without the blurb" authors.
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