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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Title: Moment of Impact (Book 1 of the Moments In Time Series)
Author: Karen Stivali
Length: 33.000 words / 140 pages (novella)
Genre: New Adult, contemporary romance, gay romance, M/M
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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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Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Moment of Impact is the coming out story of Collin Fitzpatrick: college student, Catholic, independent and closeted. His upbringing as a Catholic set him in a world where judgement was easily done and excused and all things deemed evil or not right can be prayed over. If all else fails, there is always the rejection. It is a world where Collin grew up afraid to express who he was, much less think about who he really was. It is a world that drove his brother to a priesthood because it was a way out of the inclinations many think are not according to the word in the Bible.
Tanner D’Amico is Collin's college roommate and he is bisexual. He never thought for once that Collin was gay so went on with his relationship with a good friend. This is the good friend he confessed his needs to and the one who understood him most. If only Collin looked his way, maybe things may be different.
One night, Tanner's dreams came true and Collin's dreams were realized. Unfortunately, the fears and brainwashing of a religious and conservative upbringing stood in the way of Tanner's and Collin's relationship from really going its full potential. It took one moment, only one second, when that impact came and Collin had to rethink his priorities. Rethink his potentials. Rethink his relationship with Tanner.
This was a beautiful read. I am Catholic and sometimes I wonder at how vastly different my upbringing is for we were taught tolerance and acceptance. Kicking out a kid out of family house and home is something culturally unacceptable so when a child does come out, there is no question that should they lose their home, one other door will always open. As for acceptance, it is a fact of life so is accepted. I still wonder and maybe that is why I love Collin's decision at the end of this story, when he came to finally come to that epiphany that opened his mind and heart at that Moment of Impact.
I didn’t know how to phrase what I wanted to ask.
“You’ve, like, been with guys?”
Tanner nodded. “Yes.”
The thought turned me on and made me jealous in equal measure, but I couldn’t even tell what I was jealous about—the fact that he’d done this before or the fact that it had been with someone other than me.
“No. No one at school. Last summer, when I worked at that restaurant on Fire Island, there was another waiter. He was a few years older than me, and I guess he saw what I’d been afraid to admit. We were closing one night, and no one else was there. One minute we were covering the salad dressings in the walk-in, and the next he was kissing me with my dick in his hand.”
The feeling returned. A pang, deep in my stomach, twisting and burning. What he was describing wasn’t much different from what I’d pictured when Tanner mentioned getting a job with me at Gino’s. Only this was him and some other dude. An older guy, who probably had way more experience.
“Obviously you liked it.”
“Yeah. And it scared the crap out of me. So I get it, you know? If you’re not sure, or you’re over there losing your shit about this, I understand.”
“Who was the second guy?”
Tanner planted his hand in his hair and scratched the back of his head. I wanted to feel his hair under my fingers again. “I went back to my mom’s place in the city, for a week between when the summer job ended and I was due to move in here. There was this guy in her building. Our age. He was home for break too, and we hooked up one night.”
Hooked up? What does that even mean? I felt like an idiot not knowing. My blood was back to whooshing in my ears so fast I couldn’t concentrate. I had questions. So many questions they all jumbled together.
“How come you never said anything?”
“Like I said, I thought you were straight.”
“You still could have told me.”
“You could have told me too.”
Touché. My fingers ran along the edge of my pillowcase, playing with the trim as I screwed up the courage to say what was playing on an endless loop in my brain. “Tanner?”