Review: “Moment of Fate” by Karen Stivali

TITLE: Moment of Fate
AUTHOR: Karen Stivali
SERIES: Moments in Time
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $8.32 e-book; $14.99 paperback


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.

This is book 5 of the series but can be read as a standalone because these are different MC’s.

This book was refreshing for me. The author did a great job bringing these characters to life and got me very involved with them. First, I met Bryan, who’s in a band and going to college for photography. Being the lead singer,there’s no end to the sexual offerings to him. But one horrible night of bad news, he swears off sex for a year. He also refuses relationships because his last one ended up with him being cheated on in his own bed. Then, one day, he sees the most gorgeous man in the elevator, and Bryan’s life will never be the same.
Oliver is new to New York. He’s just moved from New Hampshire where he was engaged to his best friend, Emily, out of convenience. However, she’s fallen in love. Oliver comes out to his family and decides he needs to live a little. He moves to NYC to experience the gay life. He’s going to college to be a writer and has started a blog about his experiences as a coming out gay man.
The chemistry between these two is so believable and so instant that I felt I was a part of their journey. I get so excited when an author can make me feel a part of it all, and this author has definitely done that here. I felt all of Bryan’s fears and felt so bad for him at times. But I also wanted to shake him at times and tell him to pull his head out and to enjoy this gift of a man that was presented to him. Oliver is definitely a gift, and we all wish we could find an Oliver. He’s a sincere and genuine man and I wanted him to have all the happiness he deserved.
I really hope Milo, Bryan’s best friend, finds his happiness. He’s always there for Bryan and will call him out on his BS. He really tries to show him that he’s in love, but Bryan is too fearful and afraid to let those walls down. Milo needs to find his one and only.

This book has everything in it. I fell in love, I got angry and sad. I cried and laughed. This book has some delicious humor in it. The sex was hot and steamy. It has fear and courage. I couldn’t put this book down and recommend to anyone who enjoys real life love and war.
And wait until you meet Ink, the cat. I love Ink.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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