The last installment of Karen Stivali’s Moments in Time series, Moment of Clarity, has just been released. At the same time, the paperback Moments in Time that contains all three novellas in the series has also been published!
Title: Moment of Clarity
Author: Karen Stivali
Genre: gay romance, contemporary, new adult, college.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Spending the summer together on Fire Island brought Collin and Tanner closer than ever, but back in their conservative college town, challenges confront them at every turn.As they search for their new normal in their old environment, Collin’s brother Sean surprises them with help when they need it most. But when word about their relationship gets out, trouble erupts with friends and family. When Collin’s relationship with Tanner becomes an issue in his brother’s custody battle and Tanner struggles with his feelings for a heartbroken Wendy, Collin wonders if everyone he cares about would be better off without him in the picture.In order to save them both, Tanner must make it clear to Collin that their love for each other is all that matters.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
This is the third and last installment to the Moments in Time series of novellas and I am glad. I am glad because now I can sleep for I found out what I wanted to and I got the HEA I so desperately needed. Despite all the angst and drama these two young men had to go through, despite the very fact they are experiencing something what many are experiencing on a daily basis, they are happy now. Yes!
The two young men are back in school after that experience in Fire Island. Unfortunately, if they thought they would get a break from bigotry, they did not. This time though, Collin's brother gets the brunt of that bigotry, from a round about way. Who would have thought of bringing up Collin and Tanner's relationship into a custody battle? It is strange to me how some people can just nit pick and find the means and ways so another is set aside and totally rejected. I don't know if these happen here where I am but I have definitely not heard of it. I guess, only in America? What? With the bigotry spouted off left, right, and center daily online and on paper, no wonder the LGBTQ community is up in arms. But that is an aside, just gets the truth home, you know, after seeing all the hate on the news. (See? That is how real the author made this book, I get to ramble in frustration! Means it's really, really good!)
Who gets the full impact of what life really is? It's Collin. Poor guy. Really, if it were not for the unlikeliest of behavior which was a cry for help, I wonder how he would have handled things and issues. Could he have decided to off himself, or leave Tanner (no freaking way!), their story would have been very, very different. Thank you, Karen Stivali for not giving us the bad endings and instead giving us the good ones. We need a lot of good ones.
The only thing I had to gripe on is: when will these two young men catch a break? That question was on my mind all throughout this series and thankfully, they get it, in spades. Read individually, these novellas are quite long, for their story ends without endings. With the third finally done, I am satisfied. Well, more than.
Moments in Time – Series Paperback
Contains books 1, 2, and 3 – Moment of Impact, Moment of Truth, and Moment of Clarity.
Haven’t read books 1 and 2? Then hurry up as Moment of Impact and Moment of Truth will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time (May 5 -18).
Buy Moment of Impact
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.
Buy Moment of Truth
Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he’s living in a beach house on Fire Island, waiting tables at a hip seaside restaurant and, for the first time since he and Tanner got together, they can publicly be known as boyfriends. Being “out” takes some getting used to, but with the help of new and old friends, Collin is happier than he ever imagined. And more in love. But newfound freedom brings unexpected challenges, and when friends get flirty, old insecurities arise. Moments of doubt and jealousy threaten their happiness, and Collin and Tanner must confront the truth or risk losing it all.
Want more? Moment of Silence and Moment of Fate, featuring secondary characters in Collin and Tanner’s story, will be released in late 2015 and early 2016.
EXCERPT – MOMENT OF CLARITY – STIVALI
After I’d saved my document, I went in search of Tanner. He’d finished his work an hour earlier and said he’d be reading in one of the lounges. I found him in one of the alcoves, sprawled on a big couch under one of the heavily leaded windows. An open book lay tented on his chest—Dostoevsky’s short stories. His eyes were closed, those thick black lashes casting shadows on his cheekbones.
I approached slowly, wanting the time to keep looking. Tanner hadn’t had a haircut in weeks. Silky dark bangs fell across his forehead, begging for my fingers to sweep them off his face. Perfect lips, ever so slightly parted, looking desperately in need of a kiss. My gaze passed lower, taking in his long strong fingers as they rested on the book, his narrow waist, slim hips. I struggled to swallow. My cock enjoyed the show with me, not so silently encouraging me to climb on top of Tanner, toss that book aside, grind against him….
Tanner’s eyelids fluttered open, and he shook his head, craning his neck to look around. He yawned and stretched as he sat up. “What time is it?”
“Little after ten.” I sat next to him, needing to be close to him. He smelled warm and sweet. I breathed in, taking in as much of his scent as possible. God, I missed that. Sleeping apart for two weeks had me waking in the middle of the night craving him—his touch, his smell, his taste—all of him.
My thigh knocked into his, and he pressed back against me. “You wanna get out of here?”
I nodded, wanting to be anywhere as long as he was there too.
A light rain had started to fall, so we half jogged to the Towers.
“What do you suppose is going on in Wendy’s room?” I asked as we rode the elevator.
Tanner brushed rain droplets off his backpack. The elevator dinged and opened. “Guess we’re about to find out.”
Wendy’s door was open. Music and voices filled the hallway, and as we approached the room, a purple bra came flying out, followed by the sound of drunken laughter and cheering.
Tanner caught the elevator door just before it closed. “What do you say we go for a drive instead?”
“I say that’s the best offer I’ve had in weeks.”
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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