- Book Title: Moment of Truth
- Author: Karen Stivali
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (March 4, 2015)
- Book Length: 116 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Contemporary
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Posting Date: March 4, 2015
This is book 2 in the series and I strongly suggest that you read book 1, Moment of Impact before reading this one. Moment of Truth picks up 2 mos after book 1 ended with Collin and Tanner moving into a shared house on Fire Island. This is actually the part of the book that I had a hard time connecting to, I had to put the book down a couple of times due to lack of interest. I didn’t feel that the pages taken up introducing me to the secondary characters and how detailed in description the house was, really aided in the story. Once we got past that, the story really took root and we were back again with the romance of Collin and Tanner. I personally would have been more interested in seeing Fire Island through the eyes of Collin as they took the fairy to the island with his observations of the landscape and the colorful inhabitants.
Collin is still a little freaked out about anyone seeing him with a man and labeling him gay when he arrives on the island. He does loosen up and accept who he is but there is still that underlying fear of being caught. The story is told through the eyes of Collin so it’s a bit one sided. Let’s put up a fence and on one side is happy and the other is sad, the story tends to lean a little to the sad side for me. I think the story needed more of Tanner’s thoughts to balance out Collin’s fear and naivety, I say this because Collin and Tanner are a couple and they balance each other so superbly.
I love Collin and Tanner together, the story has so many strengths when the guys are together and on the pages. They have a real chemistry that vibrates off of the pages and into your heart. When things don’t go well I really felt the pain the characters brought to me. Speaking of pain, this was where Tanner really shown through, the writing was superb, and it relates back to my previous comment about giving Tanner more page time. Now that the guys have experienced the joys of gay sex, I’m hoping to see more of that, also the guys can be a little kinky and experimental which always adds a bit to every story.
Moment of Truth is a good story that enabled me to share in the relationship of Collin and Tanner and also the growth in that relationship and the growth in Collin.
The Book Description:
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 new found 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.
The Social Links:
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.
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.
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