Title: Moment of Fate (Moments in Time, #5)
Author: Karen Stivali
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
This was near perfect. I was in the mood for a completely relationship-based romance. It definitely delivered for that.
The good, the bad, and the awesome:
My other favorite part of this book was the nature of the meeting between the MCs. It could be said that they met in an elevator. While that’s true, no real bond happened there. No, it was entirely related to an online blog. Bryan sees a blog url in a journal that he finds, and he starts reading it. While this book is told entirely through Bryan’s POV, we got Oliver’s POV through his blogs. This was done brilliantly by Stivali!
Bryan is fucked up about relationships. I’ve always wondered if people with this mentality exist IRL. One failed relationship and you’re done? Don’t want to risk the heartache? It was kind of cliché, if I’m being honest, but I rolled with it. Oliver makes him reconsider, though. He’s never met anyone like him.
Oliver is pretty perfect. He’s been engaged to a woman for 5 years (she knew he was gay), and then she met someone else. So Oliver is taking classes at NYU for the summer and plans to be out and experiencing the “gay life” for the first time. Bryan is more than happy to demonstrate and become his mentor.
Stivali knows how to write smexy times. They were sensual, emotive, and downright jaw-dropping. Bravo!!!
So, why not 5 stars? Sigh. Until 75%, this was a 4.5-5 star read. But then The Big Misunderstanding happened. And then some No Communicating. Yeah, it was disappointing that that’s the direction the author chose to take, because until that point, I was sold. Then, when we got our resolution, it just ended very abruptly. This book is in desperate need of an epilogue.
So I’m arriving at 4 stars. Definitely worth the read, and I ate up most of the book. Fans of this author will like this a lot.