Moment of Impact

Moment of Impact

by Karen Stivali

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BN ID: 2940149974542
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/07/2015
Series: Moments in Time , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 635,319
File size: 863 KB

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Moment of Impact 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
So hot, so good; I couldn’t put it down! Collin is in love with Tanner but his strict Catholic upbringing won’t allow him to acknowledge it to anyone but Tanner; he knows his family will disown him if he comes out. Tanner has been out to his family for a year and he hates having to hide his feelings for Tanner. Things really heat up between the two of them and Collin gets scared. Then there is literally a “Moment of Impact” when things change forever. This book is part of a 3 book series but I honestly feel like this one doesn’t have a cliffhanger. There is a HFN (happy for now) and while I want to read the other 2 books I didn’t feel cheated when I got to the end of this book; it contains a complete story. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. It’s the first full-length book I’ve read by Ms. Stivali but it surely won’t be the last one.
KendraT More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review Poor Collin! He has had such a sheltered childhood that has left him afraid to think or do much of anything sexually. He had a crush on his roommate, Tanner, for so long while thinking Tanner was straight. Tanner apparently had a crush on Collin, but never acted on it because he thought Collin was straight, and brought girls to their room (which Collin had to listen to). Ugh. Luckily, the book starts off with Tanner initiating activities and an eventual relationship with Collin, rather than having the reader have to suffer through 7 months of dancing around each other and me wanting to smack them both upside the head. Once these guys got together, it was HOT. Watching Tanner teach Collin about porn, masturbation, and sex was fun. Learning about Collin's background and why he had so many difficulties with the subject of sex was intriguing. My heart broke for Collin, but was very reassured by Tanner's acceptance and willingness to help him through it all. There was a lot of sex in the book, but that is to be expected to a degree from college students. We did get to see growth in Collin's character throughout which I enjoyed. I am very much looking forward to book 2 and seeing how the boys make out living together in a more open environment for the summer. I also just want to state for the record that I do not like Wendy or Collin's family. BOO to them. I do love Tanner and his family, though, so YAY!
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Karen Stivali's novella, Moment of Impact, is proof that good things do come in small packages! The author does not waste her precious word count delving into the back-stories of her main characters and instead in the first few pages we witness masturbation, ejaculation and adoration! Following the initial sexual encounter between Tanner and Collin they learn to balance college, work and cocooning themselves in their room, exploring each other, It is during these times and the pillow talk exchanged between them that we learn more about who Tanner and Collin are. Tanner has grown up in a flamboyant household and is comfortable with his sexuality, whereas Collin has a strict Catholic family and has never publicly admitted he is gay. This makes their developing relationship problematic, especially when Tanner wants to touch and kiss Collin in front of their friends. I like the fact that it is the depth of Collin's feelings for his roommate which allow him to awaken, sexually and emotionally and when their 'moment of impact' arrives we are faced with a dramatic, but positive ending. On finishing this coming of age novella I wish the next installment had been ready for me to read.  After looking at both blurbs for the following stories, I am already hooked on the angst, passion and power of Karen Stivali's writing. I received this as a complimentary review copy, in exchange for an honest review.
InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeStar This is the story of Collin and Tanner, college roommates. The story is told in the first-person, from Collin’s perspective. As well as the central romance, the book tells the story of Collin’s coming out, his relationship with his religious family, his emerging sexuality and his struggle to accept himself and trust others. This book falls into the genre of New Adult - but a better term might be emerging adult. At the start of the book, Collin is still very entangled with his mother’s beliefs and rules. He doesn’t start to think for himself until Tanner pushes him. In this story, readers watch Collin start to lose his fear and begin to establish himself as his own adult. Tanner is very different. His bohemian parents accept and encourage him - but they are both noticeably absent from his life as a young adult. While Collin is strangled by family ties, Tanner seems completely untethered to his own family. The relationship starts slow and builds gently through the story. Most of the time it is believable and the two main characters are genuinely likeable. The supporting characters never move beyond stereotype which is a bit of a let down. I was put off by a formatting error in this book. Numbers randomly appear and the text is often displaced around each number. In places, it was hard to read around the interruptions. I am also annoyed that this story has been broken into two separate books when the whole story is only the length of a short novel. Whenever an author does this, it feels like a cash-grab at the expense of readers. This is a simple New Adult romance. It is an easy read with likeable characters. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This new adult m/m romance is the story of Collin and Tanner. Collin always assumed his roommate Tanner was straight, a carefully cultivated secret by Tanner who in fact has lusted after Collin since they met. When the truth is finally revealed, a hot and lusty affair ensues. But Tanner wants more than a secret relationship and Collin is torn between his conservative Catholic upbringing and the reality of his feelings for Tanner. Will he be willing to come out of the closet or risk losing the one man he loves? I really enjoyed this story! The sexual attraction between Tanner and Collin is smoking hot and several steamy love scenes ensue as these two men uncover the truth about their feelings for each other. But though the sex is steamy, the underlying emotion is equally important, and the story told from Collin's point of view shows the depth of his difficulty in accepting his own sexuality and the idea of coming out of the closet. The story captures well the college experience, the difficulty in expressing one's sexuality when they are gay and the fear of censure and embarrassment. Tanner and Collin were both likeable and friendly characters and I found their romance to be really sweet. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in their relationship! 4 sexy stars.
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PaulBerry1 More than 1 year ago
Moment of Impact-Book 1 in Moments In Time by Karen Stivali!!! Outside of Collins safe room with his sexy roommate, the worlds a very dangerous place for him as his college mates, his Catholic family and friends think he is straight. The only other person inside Collins safe world is Tanner his very sexy roommate. One night as they crossed from friends to lovers , Collin knew that there was no going back and the reality of anyone finding out was the most terrifying aspect of his life. Tanner has not lived so safe, not the way that Collin has. He is not use to this secret double life as he wants to show the world his beautiful lover but Collin has so much to loose or does he? Their love started in their college dorm room one night that they share as roommates and Collin loves keeping Tanner all to himself in the safe world that he has created. This causes some problems between the guys as Tanner wants their love to grow outside of their room but Collin is just too afraid of being found out. When Collin finally realizes that Tanner is worth the risk, an accident happens that forces him too anyways. I loved how the story started with just them as roommates and they fell for each other and the passion between Collin and Tanner was so incredibly hot. This was such a beautiful and yet realistic view of many gay relationships and the author captured it brilliantly. I thought the huge difference in their upbringing was so well written and set up the characters perfectly for this beautiful love story. This was my first novel by this author and I greatly enjoyed it. Her writing flowed so beautifully from page to page and the intense chemistry and the love between these guys was the absolute best. I found myself rooting for their love and not wanting this love story to ever end. I highly recommend Moment of Impact for everyone who enjoys a great love story between two beautiful men!!! "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review." Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews
n1ght0wl More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Readers first meet Collin and Tanner in the first chapter. Collin expecting Tanner to bring back his girlfriend for his weekly sex session, had moments before, crawled into bed and was pretending to sleep only he didn't make it into his usual position facing away from Tanner's bed. With no girlfriend in sight Collin assumes Tanner will just go to bed but Tanner just starts to jerk off. Collin is getting turn on but doesn't want Tanner to know he's awake so he continues to pretend to be asleep only to be caught when Tanner finishes. Tanner is totally cool with Collin watching. Revelations are made and it starts a chain of events Collin embraces and fears. There were fun moments at the start and I liked that. Collins struggle to embrace his sexuality and struggle with his upbringing was fascinating to see. The way he handled it and him finally just coming out and accepting himself was awesome to read. I love that he had support from both Wendy and Tanner (although he was more emotinally and physically invested). Collins mother was someone I wanted to shake but I'm sure she probably has her own reasons for being the way she is. The sexual exploration that Collin was experiencing with Tanner was nice and I enjoyed reading it. There was a lot of it though and I kind of wished there were just a bit more of Tanner and Collin just hanging out instead of being all over each other. I'm lookking forward to seeing book two and three.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
In this sweet and sensual tale of first love and coming out it's a rocky road to HFN for two young men raised very differently. Collin and Tanner have known each other for two years and have grown closer during that time when one night changes everything and has them embarking on a relationship full of all the expected ups and downs. Tanner grew up with parents that were very carefree and freespirited so coming out caused only a small ripple in their lives. Tanner's been with women before, as well as two men, so he's clearly more experienced than Collin. He takes the lead in most of their encounters and throughout most of the story is willing to keep their connection hidden until too many times of being turned away in public lead to some soul searching for Collin. Tanner is charming with everyone, comfortable in his skin, and unashamed of sex and embracing love when he feels it. I liked him and his fun and flirty nature, along with the subtle sensuality that permeates off him at all times. He's supportive of Collin and does everything he can to ease Collin into accepting his true self and didn't deserve being a dirty little secret. Collin came from a very devout Catholic family where anything having to do with sex was frowned upon. It became something you thought about or did in secret. This has led to a very sheltered existance for him when it comes to matters of sex. Especially when admitting to himself and others that he's gay. He's always had those feelings but knew his family, particularly his mother, would turn him away. The feelings Tanner engenders in him are far too powerful to ignore though and leave him outside his comfort zone, lost in what he wants out of life. I felt for Collin as he truly cares for Tanner but fear keeps holding him back. It's not until the possibility of losing Tanner forces him to address who and what he wants to be that a future with Tanner becomes possible in an ending that's cheer-worthy. This is a story that's a bit predictable when it comes to Collin's family issues. His mother's reactions were especially obvious and a bit melodramatic. Despite that though it's a sweet and heartwarming tale of the power of being someone's first love. It's also about being accepted completely by someone you love. Collin's fears were understandable and it was lucky he had the equally understanding Tanner in his life supporting his slow and tenuous journey to coming out. Along with their slowly simmering romance are sexual encounters just hinting at heavier sessions in the future. Theirs is a romance in its early stages as they're experiencing things together and it's sweet and sexy to see. Along with these endearing young men is Tanner's friend Wendy who's supportive of their coupling and acts as their sounding board in getting them together. She's perky and tells it like it is and I'd love to see more of her. This was ultimately a delightful story with a cast of characters easy to relate to and a sensual romance that immerses you in their emotionally intense road to HFN. Though there's a definitive end to this story there's still more to Tanner and Collin's romance and I hope Ms. Stivali continues to show their journey to HEA.
Calila More than 1 year ago
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.* Two roommates fall in love, forcing one to decide whether to risk friendship and family for more. Come out and be disowned, or refuse and lose his love. Tanner was great for the most part. He was patient and didn't push, until he did, which irked me and seemed to go against everything he'd done previously. It's a pet peeve of mine when the more self assured/self confident of the pair, refuses to allow the person who is just realizing and coming to terms with their sexuality time to mentally adjust. Tanner knows Collin's issues, Collin is so open and honest with him, and then Tanner just forgets all of that? No sympathy for him really. But other than that lone occasion Tanner is pretty perfect, without being insufferable if you know what I mean. Collin is also very likable. I always understood where he was coming from, and I never got exhausted by his reluctance to come out. It felt very realistic without being cliche. Wendy, the token female BFF/FWB, was okay, until the previously mentioned instance of irkdom. And then I soured on her. I HATE when the,typically female, friend shoves her way into something that is not her business and makes pronouncements on what the will do to make it up to her friend or else. Maybe I'm just too private a person, but it's NOT HER PLACE TO MAKE JUDGEMENTS OR DEMANDS ON TANNER AND COLLIN'S RELATIONSHIP. Collin's mother was human. I appreciate that. She did bad things and had bad overreactions, but I don't know, I think she could come around in the future books. I am interested to learn more about Collin's brothers. I hope that happens in the upcoming books. Overall, this is a high 3* rating from me. It really is an enjoyable read. The flow of the writing is great. Outside of the couple of hiccups with Tanner and Wendy there's not really a downside besides length. You really understand all the characters and relate and root for them. I wish there had been less sex, crazy I know. I love how the title plays into how the book ends. I really did not see that coming. I love how that spurred Collin on and how he stood up for himself to his mother. That was a great moment. I really look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how the rest of Collin and Tanner's relationship plays out.