Review // Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt

Title // Heat of the Moment
Author // Lauren Barnholdt
Pages // 304 pages
Publisher // HarperTeen
Series // Moment of Truth, #1
Release Date // May 2015
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Before graduation, I promise to…learn to trust. In the first book in the Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter.

Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.

Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she’d learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she’s questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick; her attraction to the school player, Beckett; and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

The first book in a captivating summer trilogy, Heat of the Moment flawlessly balances romance and humor as Lyla embarks on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery. And readers will have a chance to discover whole truth about the fight that ended Lyla, Quinn, and Aven’s friendship in the next two installments of the series, coming out later the same summer!


Heat of the Moment was a quick and easy read, full of lust, confusion and learning to trust. Lauren Barholdt has done an amazing job at writing this story, and keeping it short but sweet. You go girl.

Before graduation, I will . . . learn to trust.

Lyla is the kind of girl who looks back on her past self and cringes. I adore that. The fact that she spends a paragraph mentally scolding herself for not putting something worthwhile is great to read. She’s also kind of a genius, in that she’s set a reminder to constantly go off. If that was me, I’d be way too angry to see straight. Something I didn’t like about Lyla was her constant reassurance that Derrick was the one, when he got so easily pissed. I felt bad for her in moments where she was mugged off, but still. Sometimes you want to grap her shoulders, give her a shake and tell her to set her head straight. Beckett? Well, he was bae.

It’s this weird unexplainable thing, like if I look into his eyes something . . . unstoppable is going to happen.

There wasn’t much to the story as this was more of a quick, summery read. I loved how after an hour I’d finished the book. It kept my attention without boring me – a feat I’m finding quite hard recently. Heat of the Moment is definitely more of a romance novel than anything else. While it hints at mild self-improvement, the story mainly focusses on a love triangle. As far as romances go, this was a great novel. The scenes wee adorable, and you can’t help but wave a flag for Lyla and Beckett all the way through. Of course, there is an underlying storyline which links the Moment of Truth series together. You’re constantly left wondering whether Lyla will be able to get back with her old best friends, Aven and Quinn.

I start to cry again.

And that’s when Beckett walks through the door and changes everything.

If you’re looking for a cute little romance novel, this book is definitely up your alley. There’s no underlying issues, or deep talks at two in the morning, but I find that the simplicity of the plot is its winning feature. I will be continuing to read the series, and will be reporting what I think later on. 4 out of a possible 5 snowflakes.

4 stars



3 thoughts on “Review // Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt

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