ARC Review: From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

October 11, 2017

From This Moment by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone - After We Fall #4
Release - October 10, 2017
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3 out of 5
Length - 354 pages

It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him.
Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay.
I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

He says he doesn't care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me it cruelest lesson--love doesn't always win.

If only my heart would believe it.

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3.5 I’ll Always Choose You stars!

Guy meets a girl. Guy is too shy to ask the girl out and wastes a month with casual conversation all while falling in love with her. Guy’s older identical twin swoops in and grabs the girl. Brother and the girl get married and have a daughter. Guy stays away because it’s one thing to step aside for his brother to get his happy ending, but it’s another thing to watch it play out with the girl of his dreams. Brother dies. Girl is devastated. Guy comes back home and he’s still in love with the girl. Girl is having trouble dealing with the fact that she has feelings for the guy. They live in a small town full of busybodies and are afraid of what people might say. This doesn’t stop them from falling deeper in love with each other, however, it is the main cause of friction between this couple. Eventually, guy and the girl live happily ever after.

"I knew the moment I saw you that you were the one… The one I’d always love. The one I’d always dream about. The one I’d always wish was mine."

I loved Wes. Loved him to pieces. He was kind, considerate, generous, thoughtful, compassionate, and so freaking sexy. I kept asking myself why Hannah couldn’t see all of this in the first place. He was such an awesome person. As for Hannah… There’s a part in the story where Hannah reveals that Drew had hurt her at one point in their marriage and she made a bunch of excuses and took the blame for it. This alone is why I didn’t like her. All of my sympathy for her dried up. However, I absolutely loved the way that Wes loved her. So she wasn’t all bad ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The inclusion of the side characters who ended up playing a huge role in the plot, the drama, the communication between the main characters, and the chemistry that exploded between them were all very entertaining. The pain and grief the characters worked through gave this story its depth and provided a dimension they wouldn’t have achieved by romance alone. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of Wes’s dominant side. It may have been unexpected (by me at least), considering how gentle he comes across, but it gave the mild sexy scenes that extra oomph. If you’re looking for a book full of feels that touches on the forbidden, then From This Moment should do the trick!

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