Moment Of Fate (Lili’s Review)

Title: Moment Of Fate (Moments In Time #5)
Author: Karen Stivali
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5

Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.

My first 5+ Star read of 2017 and going on my Best of 2017 shelf!

I’ll be as bold as to say that I know Moment of Fate by Karen Stivali will be on my Top 10 for the year. I know, it’s only February, but I feel this strongly about this book. I’m still giddy from it, and I finished it a few days ago.

At the beginning of MoF, Bryan has received some news that forced him to reevaluate things, and he decides to go on a 12-month long celibacy. He figures this way he can focus on school and his band Wasabi Incident. All was peachy until he runs into a good-looking man on the elevator. Luckily by accident learns mystery man was writing a blog but also runs into him at a show and finds out his name.

Oliver is attending a summer-long program at NYU. He were originally from New Hampshire and decided to go to New York for the summer where he will live life as an out Gay man for the first time in his life. After meeting Bryan, the two strike up a friendship and Bryan takes him under his wing.

Quickly after their friendship began, Bryan realized that keeping his celibacy pact will prove to be a challenge. He’s attracted to Oliver in all ways and finds it harder and harder to fight his attraction.

My highlights

-Bryan and Oliver. These characters were well thought out and their personalities complimented each other well. They were endearing and so much fun to read.

-Narration. This was one of the biggest high points for me. The story is primarily told from Bryan’s POV, but we also get an insight into Oliver’s thoughts through his blog posts. I found myself enjoying these posts as much as Bryan.

-Relationship development. The progression from friends to more between the main characters felt natural and unforced.

-Chemistry. You know those books where you feel the spark between the main characters oozing off the page? Whether they were just hanging out or in the bedroom- you felt it.

-The pace of the story was smooth and effortless. I found myself trying to slow it down because I was reading too quickly, and I didn’t want the book to end.

-Angst. It was there, but not overwhelmingly so, there was just enough to pull at your heartstrings.

-Milo, Milo, Milo. Bryan’s best friend was awesome. He was witty and a true friend. Pleeeeease, let him get a book, too!

-The end. Loved how the conflict was resolved and gave me a genuine sense that these guys are in it for the long haul. ♥

Can this book be read as a standalone? This book and Moment of Silence (Moments In Time #4) can be. The first three: Moment of Impact, Moment of Truth, and Moment of Clarity- cannot.

Do I recommend this book?

If you’re looking for a heartfelt story that will have you swooning and smiling and just make you feel happy- READ. Moment. Of. Fate.

Moments in Time Series

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Galley copy of Moment Of Fate (Moments In Time #5) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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