Promo/Reviews: Searching for Moore and Moore to Lose: Julie A. Richman
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Attended by reality TV star wannabes and Southern California social climbers, Schooner Moore knows the party his wife is throwing for his forty-third birthday has little to do with him and everything to do with her social standing in Orange County. The evening turns out to hold more surprises than just his wife's Botoxed friends groping at his privates, when a conversation with his old college roommate, Beau, reveals the biggest surprise of the night.
Beau has had contact on Facebook with Mia Silver. Just hearing her name sends Schooner into a tailspin, as he is now just a Friend Request away from the one who got away when she disappeared without a goodbye, leaving him wondering why she left.
A serial failure at romance, Manhattan boutique ad agency owner, Mia, gets a blindside of her own when a Facebook Friend Request from first love, Schooner, appears in her email. Going with her gut reaction, Mia hits accept, propelling her past to catch up with her in a New York minute, as a forceful Schooner is determined to understand what tore them apart and to explore the possibility of a second chance at love.
From a 1980's Southern California college campus and a devastating first love to present day New York City, Searching for Moore explores how technology has eradicated the divide between our past and our present, and asks whether you would give up everything to reconnect with The One in a single keystroke?
I liked Mia from the beginning. She was young for a college freshman, at just 16, but she had a mischievous streak and an energy that pulled me in to her. In hindsight there were a couple points where I wanted to shake her and give her a lesson in communication, but then when I’d think about being 16, couldn’t do more than shrug my shoulders. Her responses were spot on for a 16 year old girl surrounded by 18 and 19 year olds.
His smile was so beautiful that Mia though if there is one moment she wanted to take with her into the next life, this was it right now. The feeling in her heart and the look in his eyes and his smile, made her think, this is all I want from this lifetime. It doesn't get better than this.
Schooner’s smirk captured me early. He is so smooth and polished that it was hard not to like him. Once we start getting past the surface of him though, that’s when he really worked his way under my skin. He too had his own communication missteps that made me want to shake him, but without the mistakes on both their parts, the story would not have been half as compelling.
I just have this overwhelming need to protect you, Mia. I feel like I have failed to do a good job of it so many times in my life.
Initially I wasn’t so sure I would love them together. Mia was so young, Schooner had a girlfriend shortly after the school year began, so it just didn’t look good. But over the course of their one month winter class together, the man Schooner became with Mia and her friends really was the true Schooner, and watching the events over the Spring semester was heartbreaking. After that semester, with miscommunication and interference, it would be over 20 years before they would speak to each other again.
The cast of characters around them, both in college and later on was an eclectic mix of personalities. With the exception of CJ in college and Zac in the present day scenes, I loved every single side character. And those two? They are perfectly crafted to make it easy to hate them.
Searching for Moore ends with a big cliffhanger, but the good news there is that I waited to read it, so there is no wait to read Moore to Lose.
Continuing the fight for their happily ever after that began in Searching for Moore, Schooner Moore and Mia Silver struggle to overcome the ghosts and baggage they accumulated during their time apart.
Exploring the missing 24 years when they were separated, Moore to Lose follows Mia's journey from heartbroken teen to kickass businesswoman to her emotional reunion with Schooner and the exploration of the love that was ripped from them.
But is their love really strong enough to overcome the damage of those missing 24 years or will they continue to be ripped apart by pasts that can't be changed?
I didn’t think Searching for Moore could be topped. Even with the cliffhanger, it was a perfect second chance love story. But now? Now I love the direction Mia and Schooner’s story has taken with Moore to Lose.
This is the missing 24 years, mostly from Mia’s POV. We see what she went through trying to move past the pain of leaving Schooner and California. Back in New York, starting her sophomore year at a new college, making new friends and trying to put her past behind, Mia is never quite able to put it completely out of her mind. Her 24 years were not as cut and dry as Schooner’s may have been. But through it all, Seth and Charles are right there next to her. I didn’t cry during Searching for Moore, but watching Mia during those years brought me to tears, at one point violently so (even though I saw that particular event coming and had predicted exactly that scene). Her journey makes knowing that she does eventually find Schooner again all that much sweeter. She definitely deserves to get a happily ever after at some point here!
The one thing that she would give up everything for was not a fantasy and she knew that. She had tasted it. She had savored it. She had consumed it. She had been consumed by it.
The few scenes we get of Schooner during those lost years cut deep. They were so perfectly placed, I was left feeling haunted by him more than just through Mia’s own memories. We know he married CJ and was left wondering why Mia left so suddenly, but the number of times he thinks of her over the years, and his reaction to one particular event show us just how deeply he felt for her in their short time together. (And his reaction did not help slow the flow of my tears. at. all.)
He knew, even as he verbalized it, that the ghost of Mia Silver was something he never, ever wanted to exorcise, for it he let it haunt him for the rest of his days, she would always be with him.
The time that passes in the present day scenes does not cover a lot of time, but what is there is a great, if painful, passage of time for Mia and Schooner and sets up Moore than Forever so perfectly. It would have been too much to ask for things to be rose colored for them despite our best wishes. But where we are left is a perfect breaking point and I am very much looking forward to what comes about for Schooner, particularly.
This was such a perfect middle of a trilogy I am having a hard time finding the words. I fell in love with both Mia and Schooner even more than I already had, despite wondering before starting if it could even live up to my love for the first book.
Thanks to Julie A. Richman for providing me with an arc copy in return for my honest review.
In this third and final book in the Needing Moore Series trilogy, Schooner Moore and Mia Silver must learn how to grow together and fight together as a team to hold onto their second chance love. Continually stumbling on roadblocks and ghosts from their past, can Schooner and Mia take the lessons they've learned and use them to forge a future together.
Our reviews for Moore than Forever will be posted on blog tour on February 26, 2014
I must've been 5 or 6 when I started writing "stories". I would write them and hide them. Not wanting anyone to see my "secret" thoughts. I needed to write -even back then. Now I'm just not hiding them anymore. Is that a sign of maturity? Nah .... Writer, photographer, insatiable wanderluster, edge-player, foodie, music addict, pop culture fanatic, animal lover, warrior for the rights of people and planet, and avid cusser (am a Native New Yorker, so very little offends me ... and if I am offended, it must be pretty freaking bad .. like bad grammar!). I am big believer in signs and if we keep ourselves open, there are guideposts all along the way. Stay humble. Be true. Be you. Life is not a dress rehearsal