Title: Little Moments
Series: Second Chances #2
Author: Madison Street
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 8, 2015
Think.Think back to the exact moment when you fell in love for the first time. That split second. That precise moment. Can you remember it? I can remember the day as if it were yesterday: from the light blue dress she wore, to her golden locks curved along her shoulders, down to the shocking tingle when our fingers touched. It was the happiest day of my life, and yet she didn’t even know I existed. What if you had the chance to relive those moments? Would you take it? I’ve waited almost ten years for her and my time has finally come. This split second, this precise moment will change her life forever.
So, I have always had a thing for firemen. There is do doubt about it. There is something so beautiful and attractive about a man who is willing to give his all to protect buildings, people and pets no matter the cost. But when a fireman decides to take the job, it’s not always just about helping others in need, sometimes there is a deeper connection to the job and sometimes it’s the things in life that have the biggest impact on us which cause us to choose our careers. This story is no exception.
Roman did not catch any breaks growing up. Losing his father at a young age was the hardest thing for him to face. But with his dad, he had the chance to say goodbye. Not that it is that simple to let go of someone who you love, but for Roman, this was the easy one. When he lost his mother, he seemed to have lost so much more. There was no goodbye, there was no chance for it and there was no time. But Roman survived. He grew up in a loving home with his aunt and uncle and he did everything he could to live up to his potential. He went to school, he worked in his aunt’s bakery and he did so much around the house.
But there was one thing that Roman always wanted… the beautiful blond that walked into the bakery on her way home from school. They didn’t know one another, but there was something so special about this girl and from the moment Roman saw her, he felt it. But she had a boyfriend back then and he would never do anything to jeopardize that for her. It wasn’t who he was. But that one day when she came in from the rain, everything changed for Roman. He knew what he wanted out of life, but was he brave enough to go after it?
Becoming a firefighter was his passion. It was the one thing he had that made a connection with his past, with his mom. Here he was many years later searching through the burning building looking for signs of life. He had a job to do and he knew he was good at it. But he risked an awful lot by doing that one thing. But risking it all may pay off in the end when his beautiful nurse walks into his room.
Melanie wasn’t just a beautiful nurse though. She was the same girl that he remembered from years before. But being in the hospital bed wasn’t going to help him in any in the romance department. But it was her. After all this time. He was going to get his chance and he didn’t want to back down… but what good was he going to be when he was covered in burns and unable to move? He wouldn’t be able to give her everything she needed in life.
But what did Roman really know about Melanie except the memories from years gone by? Melanie felt a pull to Roman, to his room. There was something special about this man who selflessly risked his life to save another. There was something there, Melanie just wasn’t sure what it was and Roman wasn’t sure how to broach the subject.
Is it possible for these two to move beyond the hospital and patient relationship to find something special or will the demons of recovery be too much for Roman to handle?
I will be the first to tell you this book had me weeping in the first two chapters. My heart was just completely broken for Roman and his Mother. But there was so much hope replacing the sadness I felt. This book tugged and tugged on my heart but it made me sit a little taller and believe a little more in fate and happily ever after. Though it made me feel that way, there wasn’t a guarantee of any of it. Roman had so much thrown at him in life and his will to grow and move beyond the hurt and pain was just what spoke to me. In the end there was so much determination in Roman that he maybe wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for the nurse that wouldn’t let up!
This book was heartfelt and touching and a great reminder to give thanks to the men and women who gear up and serve and protect. I fell in love with Roman, because no matter what he went through in life, he always seemed to come out stronger in the end. He found strength in the one he wanted to be strong for. It was moving and just spoke directly to my heart. I was deeply moved by this book.
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“Intense. Mind-Blowing. Emotional. Haunting. Shocking. Twisted.”
A loud gasp escapes as I cry out, “Oh god!” Gia yells through the cellphone, “What? What is it?” “These two buildings are completely on fire! There are about ten fire trucks down the street trying to put them out. Wait, is that the news station?” I spin around to face the nurse at the station and yell out, “Turn on the news, quick!” She bolts out of her chair and rushes to turn on the TV. Flipping through channels, she lands on New York News 1 and watches as the news anchor describes the terrifying scene. I yell into my cell, “Gia, turn on channel one right now.” “Okay, hold on, let me flip the channel. Oh my god! Melanie that’s right by you!” I watch as the buildings burn. “Yea, I see the buildings from the window!” She shouts, “Holy shit! I hope everyone got out all right.” I say a silent prayer. “I hope so too.” “Wait, Melanie are you watching the TV right now?” Trying to get a better angle, I press my head closer to the window. “No, I’m looking outside. What do you see?” “There’s a firefighter riding a ladder all the way up the building.” I turn around and make my way to the TV to get a closer look. The nurse and I watch as the firefighter drives the ladder higher and higher. He inches closer to the building, stopping right next to a window, and shatters it with a hammer. Confused, I ask her, “What is he doing?” The nurse looks at me with fear in her eyes. “He’s trying to get in. There must be someone stuck on that floor.” A cold chill runs down my spine. Oh god. We watch together as the fireman climbs over the railing of the ladder and peeks inside the window, disappearing into a cloud of smoke. Suddenly the adjoining buildings start to rumble, slowly crumbling into pieces. Pedestrians run as far as they can away from the falling structures, fearing for their lives. I scream out, dropping my phone to the floor as my hands cover my mouth. The nurse yells alongside me and races to her desk, calling someone on the phone. My heart drops as I watch the horror unfold, praying the firefighter is able to escape. As the buildings cascade to the ground, the cameras locate the firefighter and catch him jumping out of the window just as the buildings drop. He lands directly on the ladder and crouches into a low position. I focus on his arms and it looks likes he’s holding someone. The ladder immediately swivels away from the collapsing buildings in the opposite direction, missing the falling debris by a hair. My entire body shakes as I watch the fireman hold on tight as the ladder swings and slowly lowers back down to the truck. As soon as it reaches its destination, he unwraps his arms and my eyes water as the little boy pops up his head and looks into the crowd. Paramedics rush to the boy, taking him from the firefighter as he jumps off the roof of the truck. He races toward the rubble and starts digging profusely. I watch as firefighters assist in the dig before the camera turns away and focuses on the anchor. Still frozen, I hear Gia’s voice yell from a distance and glance at the phone on the floor. Picking it up, I breathe heavily, trying to calm myself down. “Gia, did you see that?” Her voice shouts, “Yes! Holy fuck! He saved that kid!” Just as I’m about to respond, the intercom blasts throughout the hallways of the hospital. “All available medical staff, please report to the ER immediately.”
Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After 9/11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country.
During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she’s on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog. Besides writing, her second passion is music and dance. Even though she’s a terrible singer, she’ll still belt it out in the shower, especially if the song is her jam! She currently resides in Virginia with her husband of 8 years, 2 children, a dog, and a cat. She is so excited to start this amazing journey and is honored to be part of such a compassionate and loving community.