Author: RJ Scott
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: 12 April 2017
Cover: Meredith Russell
An actor on possession charges, hell bent on destroying his own life meets a man who quietly works to make the world a better place.
Jacob Riley is a typical Hollywood former child star with issues. He has already done prison time and at the age of twenty-six has been arrested again.
Ethan Myers is the owner and manager of Macs, an education center providing teaching and learning to local low income families. Losing his partner to cancer leaves him lost and alone and he buries himself in his work to start to mend his broken heart.
Sparks fly when Jacob has to complete his community service at Macs. Their relationship grows against a background of disenfranchised street gang members, arson, the Oscars, and despite their prejudices.
Can Jacob Riley be saved?
Moments starts off as a kind of an enemies to lovers trope with a simple tale of opposites attract.
Ethan runs a community support centre which is low on funding so when he is approached with a big donation to support a community service order, he knows he has little choice but to accept. He is aware the serving order is on some hot shot actor and when Jacob arrives on his doorstep his first impressions allude to that fact but then things happen and feelings start getting dragged into the mix.
Jacob is a television superstar with some B movies under his belt. Being an actor since childhood he has developed a selfish and predictive persona. The usual scenario of getting in with the wrong crowd, the whole drugs and alcohol addictions makes an easy way for Jacob to get lost in and be unable to strike out. When the threat of prison is given a reprieve to serve time at a community centre he knows he has been given a chance but at first he sees it as an inconvenience, hence his attitude stinks when he first meets Ethan.
This was a quick easy read. There were some holes in the plot such as why he had served time and then possibly going back in again for relatively small time things made for the story being a tad unbelievable. The quick turnaround of Jacob’s demeanour after one incident was also surprising. I would have liked to have seen more conflict within himself and showing a period of differing behaviours rather than a cut and overnight change. I also didn’t feel the connection between Ethan and Jacob as I have in other books by this author.
Overall though I did still enjoy it and I liked the characters. Just a little bit more development in the change and the relationship from enemy to lovers and this would have been a winner. Three stars.
RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.