The Moment We Began (Fairhope #1) by Sara CannonThe Moment We Began by Sara Cannon
Published September 2013
Series: Fairhope #1
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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The moment they both believe all hope is lost is the moment something real finally begins.

I have loved Mason Trent for years, but I've only been sleeping with him for one.

None of my friends know about our secret passion. He's in my bed one night and in the arms of someone else the next. And it's tearing me apart.

I've done everything I can think of to make him mine, but the more I cling to him, the harder he pushes me away. I'm spiraling out of control, not sure how much more of this I can take. A girl can only bend so far until she breaks. And when I do, I break completely. I'm talking about one night of bad decisions, all leading to a my-world-will-never-be-the-same kind of moment. A moment where I need Mason more than ever. True to form, though, he's running.

But I intend to go with him this time. I'm willing to leave my money, my family, my friends behind for this one last chance to see if he could ever really love me the way I deserve to be loved. I'm willing to sacrifice forever if it means one real moment with him.

Penelope aka Penny Wright is one of those southern US trust fund children, still living as her parent’s mansion at the age of 21 and throwing wild booze-filled parties on her parent’s yacht. She has no concerns in life (money being the least), and her biggest concern is a boy, and her twin brother’s best friend at that.

Mason Trent has been sleeping with Penny for over a year now and they’ve agreed on keeping it secret. Yet Penny can’t help but developing feelings for Mason, but he’s been clear enough with her that he can’t reciprocate them, and keep on breaking Penny’s heart by showing up to her parties with a different girl every time, even after she and him just spent the night together.

After an eventful night, Mason decides to leave town for an undefined period of time and clues Penny into his plans. Determined to make him reciprocate her feelings for him, Penny convinces him to let her embark on a very peculiar kind of road trip – from constant luxury to shared showers.

As you read along, you grow more and more attached to both Penelope and Mason, who seemed like nothing but spoiled brats in the beginning of the book. I didn’t necessarily feel drawn to any of the characters and actually found them kind of stupid (Penelope for being such an irresponsible fool for Mason and Mason… for being the womanizer that he is, yet the more I read along, the more I felt compelled to find out more about Mason and Penny’s twisted situation.

Basically, I kept rooting for the two of them to get their act together, but also twisting and turning wondering what it is that Mason is running away from – what he can’t tell Penny – and I really wouldn’t have expected the plot to roll out the way it did.

Actually, I was even sad for the fact that the plot rolled out as fast as it did. Pace-wise, all the revelations and the actual “rolling-out” is made in the last 7% of the book. The way it rolled out was fine (not rushed), but I felt like I needed some kind of closure, or an epilogue that consisted of more than it was, because in the end it doesn’t necessarily feel like there is less tension. I just wanted to know more about what’s in store for Pen and Mason, darn it!! Well, apparently you’ll hear from them in the other Fairhope books, but I want an entire book dedicated to them *stompsfoot*

That being said, The Moment We Began can definitely be read as a standalone – which I did – but author Sara Cannon really masters the art of making you want to learn more about the other characters present in her books (Preston, Jenna, Leigh Ann) and find out about their story, i.e. jump onto the Kindle Store straight away and get the other books, so beware!

Anyway, if you’re looking for something like an Abbi Glines book (wealthy trust fun kids in Southern US territory), mixed with some of J.A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never (road trip baby!), then The Moment We Began will be right up your alley. Go(odrea)d(s) knows I love the aforementioned, so this book was a total blast for me and I literally couldn’t put it down.

I also very much enjoyed the writing, which was neat and flowing. It’s from Penelope’s viewpoint only, and I really can’t wait to grab a Sarra Cannon book that’s written in a guy’s POV. And now that The Moment We Began is over, I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. Shame that Sarra Cannon has quite the impressive Paranormal repertoire (a genre I am really not into), but I feel like she got her New Adult debut just right and would encourage every NA fan to check this series out (or at least this book which I can definitely vouch for).