Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review & Giveaway: MOMENT OF FATE by Karen Stivali (Moments In Time #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. 

Carra's Review

Moment of Fate is one of those stories where I absolutely loved it, but am not quite sure how to detail it.  You know those books that you feel so comfortable while you're reading, that make you smile, and you feel so connected with the characters?  That's how this book was for me.

I liked that things between Bryan and Oliver weren't rushed, there was no insta-love to be found here.  Oliver was so trusting and sweet, ready to experience a whole new world-just not sure how to do so which made him hesitant in his actions.  Bryan was a very willing guide-and then realizes he wants Oliver for himself.  The two of them come together easily and comfortably, while at the same time being hot and intense.

Bryan did aggravate me during the last quarter of the story, and I hurt right alongside the characters with the things he said and did.  But the strong, riveting writing which easily captured the emotions of not just Bryan and Oliver, but of the supporting characters as well, kept me deeply entrenched in the story up until the very end.  One thing I would really liked to have seen though would have been an epilogue to see where the two of them would be later on.  I'm hoping there might be another story that will have that, but even if there isn't I'm still very happy with the way things turned out.

4.5 stars for Moment of Fate, and I do highly recommend this book to any M/M romance fan.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and some very hot and naughty M/M sexual content.  Bryan and Oliver's chemistry is undeniable emotionally and physically, and I would have felt empty if they didn't wind up together.  The story is told from Bryan's point of view, and I think the only thing that would have made this story better would have been to have Oliver's point of view as well.

Other books in the Moments In Time series:
MOMENTS IN TIME (a compilation of Books 1-3)


Meet 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.
Karen's 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.
When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don't hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:
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