Maybe there hasn’t been actual blood, other than a few paper cuts, but Myles has put plenty of sweat into his independent, local newspaper, and he’s even willing to admit to a few manly tears. Certainly, the paper has been his mistress since he moved to the small town of Wishful, Mississippi, and he doesn’t feel it’s hyperbolic in the least to say it owns a piece of his soul. He’s building his dream, independent of the life laid out for him by his family, and that means everything. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do to ensure its success.
Piper fell hard for Myles when they co-stared in the production of “White Christmas” that saved Wishful’s historic Madrigal Theater. Not in love, she’s careful to remind herself, but into very serious like, and certainly outrageous, chemistry-fueled attraction. But Piper knows that the bright lights of the stage can wreak havoc with perspective. She’s been burnt by them before, when an on-stage passion fizzled into disappointment and heartache. That’s why she put on the brakes with Myles, and she admits to herself that the fact that he played by her rules and waited only adds to his appeal.
When Myles tells her that a major investor is pulling out of the paper, leaving him with a huge loan to repay or lose his control over what he’s built, Piper is devastated for him. But when he jokingly admits that the best option he’s come up with is to marry a showgirl to gain access to a trust fund, well, that just sounds like a plan to Piper. After all, why not take this great guy on marriage test drive? He’s worth having just for this moment, however long it lasts. But as their fake marriage turns alarmingly real, they’ll have to decide if they’re in it for the moment or forever.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
This. THIS BOOK! This is hands-down my favorite Wishful so far. Perhaps even my favorite Kait Nolan. I admit that I’m somewhat leery of fake relationship/marriage tropes – because sometimes by the end I still don’t understand how the forced pair are together.
The great thing about Just for This Moment is that Myles & Piper were already halfway there. The tension comes from trying to keep secrets from family and friends and wondering whether they ruined their chances with the ruse. Planning a wedding last minute brings its own hilarious, aggravating, and romantic scenes.
Another one of my favorite things about Nolan’s writing is that while she often includes “the big misunderstanding” – she doesn’t painfully (for the reader) drag it out. I cried right along with Piper but was quickly comforted when Myles worked to set things right. There’s another big surprise, but I won’t ruin it – or it wouldn’t be a surprise.
The epilogue was precious and so relatable. I’m ready for Reed & Cicely’s book, Wish I Might.
Amy McFadden continues giving an expanding townsfolk their own unique voices, while keeping old favorites consistent from previous books.
About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
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About the narrator:
From Amy McFadden’s website: Hi! This part is all about me. Just me. It feels weird to write a bunch of stuff about myself but I don’t like pictures of me so I’ll have to use words instead.
I live in Michigan with my fiancé, Joe Anderson. He makes me laugh so much I never have to do situps. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t do situps anyway, but hey, it’s still a nice bonus to our love.
I’m an actress now, and I used to be a 2nd grade teacher. I loved that part of my life, but after doing it for a bunch of years, I was ready to move on to the next version of me. They’re not really very different versions-teachers and actresses both reach out and engage people through stories. I’m NOT a morning person, but waking up to tell stories makes mornings better-than-tolerable.
I love books and the Muppets and smart people and kind people (not necessarily in that order) and sleeping and chocolate and coffee and writers and learning and Oreo cookies and a bunch of other stuff-but I’m starting to make myself gag on all this love.
I hate a bunch of stuff, too, but who cares about that junk? It’s probably the same stuff you hate, so I won’t bore you. Except I REALLY hate listening to people eat bananas.
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My Favorite Quotes
“What did I do to deserve you?” “You made me a blanket fort.” – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationshipTweet
He knew the heat that lingered just below the surface, just waiting to hit flashpoint. – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationshipTweet
It’s nice to know I’m not the only one on this crazy train. – Just for This Moment by @kaitnolan #Audiobook narrated by @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #Romance #Wishful #FakeRelationshipTweet