Sunday, February 26, 2017

Review: Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5) by Karen Stivali

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.

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What I thought about Moment of Fate

In Moment of Fate, Bryan has made one of those silly resolutions to be celebate for a year.  I'm saying silly because I don't know too many people who follow through on those. Bryan's reasons for celibacy are understandable, that is until he meets Oliver.  

Oliver is in NYC taking a break from NH after breaking his engagement. He's trying to find himself and jumping into the gay scene in NYC seems to be the answer.  Only it isn't quite working out that way for him until he meets Bryan.

I really how their relationship grows from the first time they meet, to the first time they talk, and onto other firsts.  There's a nice slow build here and I loved how they became friends. Oliver is respectful of Bryan's resolution and Bryan is helping his friend explore his sexuality while keeping his resolution, although Bryan blurs the lines at times.

As with all of the books in this series, there's plenty of sexy times.  But I really loved it for what Oliver and Bryan find out about themselves and each other.  I liked how it was really Bryan that learned a lot about himself, especially in the final chapters.  Sometimes fate does step in to intervene!

Milo was a terrific secondary character and I hope to read more about him.  Karen Stivali also does a fabulous job of describing and raising awareness about allergic reactions, their accompanying panic attacks and the effect that chronic illness can have on a person's mental state.     

I've been a fan of this series since the first three books chronicling Collin and Tanner's HEA and each book just gets better.  If you like M/M romance, I would definitely recommend this series.  Moment of Fate works very well as a standalone. 

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. She writes novels about real life, only hotter.

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