I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2015-03-04
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Author
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Moments in Time: Book Two
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.
I have to start with the fact that I really tend to enjoy everything Karen Stivali writes and have enjoyed getting to spend time with her in person at a couple of conventions. I am also looking forward to seeing her in Dallas this year and getting to congratulate her for this wonderfully honest series. Collin and Tanner do not have an easy road ahead of them but we get to see more of how they really feel about one another without having to hide who they are to one another. I look forward to the next story in the series but let’s chat about this one first…
We get to see the boys in a wonderful environment where there is no judgment about being gay and they can finally be open in their affection for one another. I adored seeing Collin start to come out of his shell and be open with his feelings even as he struggles with the loss of his family. The way that we get to see his struggle with who he is and what he wants is heartbreaking but very honest as not everyone going thru this struggle has a great support system. His struggle makes it difficult for Tanner to know exactly how he stands with Collin but Tanner is very patient with this and understands. They do have some conflict but the conflict is handled well and is completely understandable when it comes.
There is also a side story with a woman from Tanner’s father’s past and someone extremely close to our boys… I am going to be honest here and say that I hope this person realizes the major mistake they’ve made sooner rather than later as to lose someone that truly is a friend is a very sad price to pay for someone that doesn’t deserve it. I do admit that it would’ve been nice for something to have been said earlier in the summer but I did understand why they kept their suspicions to themselves even as I wanted them to spill the secret.
If you want to see a story that builds at a realistic pace and that also shows how much pain being narrow-minded can cause someone who doesn’t fit the “traditional” mold then please read this. It is a struggle too many people go thru in the world where in some places being gay can be a death penalty. I have enjoyed watching their relationship build and look forward to seeing what happens when they get back to school.