Book Review: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

PPFF Rating: 5/5 Stars
A story of life, loss, friendship, love, of choices and what-ifs, of forgiveness and new beginnings. 

goodreads blurb:

Every moment possesses its own kind of magic…

Aimee Spencer learned the hard way that for some moments, there are no take-backs, no rewinds, no do-overs. A year ago her world imploded and Aimee has been running ever since. She doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable.

Cole Everly is a golden boy with a cocky smile and an attitude to match. He’s grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she’s not at all what he expects. Difficult, damaged, closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away but he’s drawn to her in a way that he can’t exactly explain.

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.


Do you hear it? It’s the sound of the world ripping apart.

Just… WOW! I’ve been trying to think of something really clever to say but, as cliche as it is, there are simply no words to express how much I LOVED this book. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I’ve read something that left my heart beating this fast even as I’m typing this. I feel like my heart’s going to burst out of my chest and that I’m supposed to break into song or something that would sum up the brilliance of this poetic of a story.

To be honest, I’m not sure if I can be able to make a decent review or that I even want to try. But I NEED to say that In This Moment is one book that no one should NOT read. To those who’ve been reading my reviews, you know how much I’ve been complaining lately that most books now are almost always about two f*ked up characters with troubled pasts and reading the same storyline gets old after a while. So imagine my surprise when even this is about, yes – two f*ked up characters with troubled pasts – I ended up loving it so much that I’m pretty sure Aimee Spencer and Cole Everly‘s story will forever stay with me.

I will if you will.

Autumn Doughton‘s writing was so superb that everything just flowed. From the first page up to the last, I felt like every word and every sentence were perfectly sewn together by a single thread. Nothing was overdone, no line was irrelevant. The book was just beautifully written – powerful, thought-provoking, poignant.

Her characters had depth and not once did I feel annoyed (we all know how these damaged characters usually are). For everything that Aimee experienced, never did I question or think that she was overreacting. In fact, I know she had every right to feel or act the way she did. I just simply believed her. Period.  As for Cole, it wasn’t even so much about him being a playboy and all that usual drama. Sure, he was hot, he made me swoon – typical book boyfriend material. But what was so amazing about him, for me, was that he truly made me feel. 

I guess no matter how overused a plot is, the way it is written still does make a big difference. There are ripoffs and the real deal. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. 

“Love is a choice, not a chance.”

In This Moment is a story of life, loss, friendship, love, of choices and what-ifs, of forgiveness and new beginnings.


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