Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who'd disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner's not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.
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What I thought about Moment of Impact
I love a good coming out story, especially one that captures the highs and lows with sensitivity and honesty. In Moment of Impact, Karen Stivali gives us an erotic tale of first love and sexual awakening that hits that mark.
When college roommates Collin and Tanner finally give into their explosive attraction to each other, everything is just wonderful behind the closed doors of their dorm room. Collin has shaken off the guilt inflicted by his ultra-conservative mother and has come out to Tanner, but when it comes to going public with their relationship, things get tense between them. Tanner is more comfortable with his sexuality and it becomes a source of conflict for the couple.
But when an accident puts everything in a different perspective for Collin, he makes the decision to come out, with some very serious and hurtful consequences.
Collin and Tanner are passionate and provocative, while Collin is sometimes naive, sweet and scared all at the same time. These emotional qualities made both characters interesting to me. Oh, and did I mention they are so hot, hot, hot together?
I'm looking forward to seeing where their relationship goes in the next installment, now that Collin will be dealing with the aftermath of coming out and the sometimes roller coaster ride of being in a relationship.
Great start. Looking forward to the second book in the series.
ARC provided for review.
About the Author
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. Her lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen's novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.
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RWA Passionate Plume Award winner 2012 and 2014
NEC-RWA Beanpot Readers' Choice Award winner 2013
RWA National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award double finalist 2014
PAN certified member of RWA and member of Rainbow Romance Writers