Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book: Right Now by Marie Hall

Title: Right Now
Series: Moments (#2)
Author: Marie Hall
From: COYER Secret Santa (THANK YOU!)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 15th December 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Reading Assignment, 2015 Prequels & Sequels Challenge (2 Points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since his cousin, Ryan, found his perfect girl and faced some of his demons, Alex has felt a bit lost. When a fortune cookie tells him to 'be opposite' that is exactly what he does and he goes into the Garage, tattoo parlour and piercing place. There he sees Zoe, a girl who used to idolise him at school without his knowledge, and everything changes for him.

After being taken off guard by the emotions of A Moment, I went into Right Now knowing that they were going to take a bit of a bashing. Saying that I don't think Right Now had quite the same level of emotion as A Moment but still managed to make the reader stop, think, and truely appreciate the characters. Right Now was as good as the first book, just in a different way.

In a way it kind of felt like Alex was trying to discover himself a bit in Right Now. He'd felt so defined by trying to keep Ryan alive that he's never actually thought about who he was. Cue Zoe, who has him feeling things and doing things that he never thought were possible. He took a bit of a transformation from player to serious boyfriend.

I really liked that part of the storyline revolved around Alex going to see a counciller (though the reader is told that Ryan is doing the same) and I very much liked the way that this was done. The Doctor didn't tell Alex how to fix himself, but helped him make some realisations about himself which helped him along the way.

Zoe didn't have as many issues as Alex did, but she did struggle a bit with her family, who seemed to be a bit over protective and judgemental, particularly about Zoe's lifestyle and career choices. I liked that Zoe was strong through that and didn't let them change who she was, even if that meant causing rifts.

There was definitely chemsitry between Alex and Zoe, and I liked the fact that even when they weren't getting intimate it was still there (Alex imposed some rules on himself). The other set of chemistry that I thought was good was between Lili and Zoe. The two are dating cousins that are like brothers so had to interact, but I really felt their relationship.

I also found myself a bit too involved in the characters and ended up feeling proud of Ryan and Alex when they faced some of their demons head on. I love it when characters are able to get under my skin like that!

Right Now was a good read, this series is definitely enjoyable.