Moment of Fate

Moment of Fate

by Karen Stivali

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ISBN-13: 9781627981446
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 02/24/2017
Series: Moments In Time
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker, and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. 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 writes novels about love... like real life, only hotter.

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Moment of Fate 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Moment of Fate is the fifth story in Karen Stivali’s sexy new adult/contemporary romance series Moments in Time. I’ve enjoyed every story in the series to date and had been looking forward to more, so this story came with high expectations – and I’m happy to say it delivered! Bryan Dane’s yearlong sex hiatus since a fellow friend was diagnosed as HIV positive has been going well, and he’s on the home stretch. With summer college classes in photography by day and playing with his rock band at night, he’s been busy enough not to miss the intimacy too much. When fellow student Oliver Newcastle leaves behind a journal that Bryan finds, it’s the first step to a new friendship. Oliver is spending three months in New York ‘finding himself’. Back home he’d been engaged to a female friend for ages, but she’d found someone else and he’s decided it’s time for him to move in a new direction. Just out of the closet, he’s determined to experience the sights and sounds of NYC and blog about the experience, a far cry from his small town in New England. With Bryan’s help, he’s going to dive into new adventures. But the more time he and Bryan spend together, the more they can’t deny the attraction that exists between them. Bryan’s willing to end his self-imposed celibacy for Oliver, but when the summer is over, will it mean the end of the relationship that has suddenly become much more to both of them? What a great story! I loved the combination of Bryan, who is experienced and comfortable living as an out gay man, with Oliver who has had some limited same-sex experiences but has only recently come out of the closet. Bryan’s got some interesting friends and they have some equally interesting parties, making for some funny, sexy, and sometimes awkward scenes. I also liked that they don’t just dive into sex right away, as Bryan is serious about not having random hookups and hasn’t entered into another relationship since he found his ex-cheating on him (hello baggage). Things between them proceed from friendship to intimacy at a measured pace, but they don’t hold back once they’ve decided to go all in, resulting in some steamy and emotionally intense scenes. Bryan’s baggage doesn’t just come from a bad breakup. He’s got chronic lyme disease which manifests itself in different painful ways when he’s under stress. It also causes him to have anxiety attacks. He ends up revealing the disease to Oliver very early in their relationship, something he’s never shared with any other friend and is the first step to the trust that develops between them. But Bryan only holds to that trust so far – he knows Oliver is planning to go home after the summer and doesn’t want to get too emotionally involved. It causes him to make some decisions that create rocky times for this couple. Through it all Oliver is steadfast. The blog that he writes is very entertaining to read and I liked that the author put those posts in the story. He’s a caring man and a thoughtful friend. There are some sweet scenes with Bryan’s young niece Phoebe and Bryan’s sister Suzi plays an important role in the story as well. In the end, Bryan and Oliver get a well deserved happy ending. Moments of Fate is a sexy and entertaining friends to lovers romance.
tradermare More than 1 year ago
In Moment of Fate, Bryan has made one of those silly resolutions to be celebate for a year. I'm saying silly because I don't know too many people who follow through on those. Bryan's reasons for celibacy are understandable, that is until he meets Oliver. Oliver is in NYC taking a break from NH after breaking his engagement. He's trying to find himself and jumping into the gay scene in NYC seems to be the answer. Only it isn't quite working out that way for him until he meets Bryan. I really how their relationship grows from the first time they meet, to the first time they talk, and onto other firsts. There's a nice slow build here and I loved how they became friends. Oliver is respectful of Bryan's resolution and Bryan is helping his friend explore his sexuality while keeping his resolution, although Bryan blurs the lines at times. As with all of the books in this series, there's plenty of sexy times. But I really loved it for what Oliver and Bryan find out about themselves and each other. I liked how it was really Bryan that learned a lot about himself, especially in the final chapters. Sometimes fate does step in to intervene! Milo was a terrific secondary character and I hope to read more about him. Karen Stivali also does a fabulous job of describing and raising awareness about allergic reactions, their accompanying panic attacks and the effect that chronic illness can have on a person's mental state. I've been a fan of this series since the first three books chronicling Collin and Tanner's HEA and each book just gets better. If you like M/M romance, I would definitely recommend this series. Moment of Fate works very well as a standalone.
amatate More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars- Chemistry that ignites the pages I read Moment of Fate based on a recommendation and a tease of a fantastically hot and fun scene. I was assured I could read this book (the fifth of the series) out of order, so I dove right in…and pretty much loved everything about it. The characters were fantastic, the dialogue fun and flirty without being silly, and the romance was SEXY. The book is told entirely from a single first person narrative, using a stream of consciousness style. It is effortless, but polished, and a joy to read. Due to the style, there are disruptions to the flow, predominantly interjections of internalized thoughts during the dialogue. Those aspects I loved. The tone was upbeat, peppered with humor, with a good mix of introspective moments and some angst. The characters were fantastic. Bryan and Oliver had depth to their personality, but were fun and lively. Not only were the individual characters personable, but Oliver and Bryan were equally great as a couple. The fluid flow in conversations between serious topics and silly puns or side remarks made for an authentic romance. They complimented each other well, and it was evident early on there was more than lust fueling their budding relationship. Throughout their story, there was an underlying sweetness that made me sigh, and the chemistry was emotional and physically palpable. I do have to comment how crazy amazing the sex scenes were. I know having that intense emotional connection and chemistry ramped up the heat factor, but in general the scenes were smoking. There was a good variety too- different scenarios, environments, and emotions fueled each interaction, preventing any chance of monotony. The conflicts were also well flushed out and the resolutions thorough. I liked that the author factored in Bryan’s chronic illness throughout the plot, how it weighed on him and influenced everything, yet he railed against it changing his life. That felt honest and was woven into the storyline just as a chronic illness permeates every aspect of one’s life. The outside influences on their relationship worked as well, strengthening them and sometimes stirring up conflict. And up until the last portion, I liked the couple’s unknown futures weighing on Bryan while he kept trying to simply live in the moment. It was believable, and even though they weren’t communicating about it, it didn’t feel like self-sabotage. Until it turned into exactly that. I take issue with the miscommunication plot point. It’s so frequently used that it’s become a sore point for me. For the most part, the way things occurred fit with Bryan’s personality, but it made me love this story a little less. Overall, Moment of Fate was a fantastic read and certainly had no issue standing alone, so don’t let the #5 stop you from adding this to your shelf immediately. The characters are unique with a vibrant narrative that is sure to leave you with a smile. The chemistry was off the charts, which is always a win in my book. This was one of the hottest books I’ve read in a while. The scenes were descriptive but never monotonous, and there was a steady emotional current that made the scenes that much better. Definitely a book I’ll recommend often to friends, and a series I’ll be going back to read from the beginning. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
This book just about slayed me. Karen Stivali's Moments in Time books are among my favorite M/M NA stories; Moment of Silence was my favorite M/M book overall in 2015. To say that I could hardly wait to read Moment of Fate would be an understatement. I was NOT disappointed! The story is told in first person POV by Bryan and I devoured it. The blurb for the book is great so I'm not going to restate all of it. Bryan has sworn off relationships since he found his last boyfriend in bed with another guy. Oliver is only recently out and is ready to experience the wonders of New York City's gay scene after leaving his home in New Hampshire. This story is no quick read; it has so much depth to it and so much feeling that it had me on an emotional rollercoaster (in a good way). From almost the moment they met I could feel the connection that Bryan and Oliver had with each other but this is no insta-love story. That they end up with each other shouldn't be a surprise (it's a romance after all) but how they get there and the ups and downs they go through kept me glued to my tablet until it literally fell out of my hands when I fell asleep. I woke up 5 hours later and had to finish it. Their relationship builds slowly but once things start to happen – wow, watch out. The sex in this book nearly caused my tablet to explode. Karen Stivali has such a way with words that I'm having difficulty expressing how much I enjoyed this story. I just want to keep saying it's wonderful, buy it now but that kind of review isn't really helpful. Moment of Fate has a fair amount of angst to it but I don't mind that and the way Ms. Stivali gets things worked out for her characters is great. If I have one small criticism it would be that I didn't want this one to end and it wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have preferred. An epilogue would have been a perfect touch but maybe she has another story planned for Bryan and Oliver; one can always hope. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*****