Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

by Karen Stivali

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Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali

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.

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BN ID: 2940151483421
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 03/04/2015
Series: Moments in Time , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 258 KB

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Moment of Truth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KendraT More than 1 year ago
I have received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review Collin and Tanner have moved to Fire Island for the summer and are together in public and around others for the first time. Collin still has a few hangups regarding what people think and his inexperience/naivety, but he works through it with the help of the gorgeous and sexy Tanner. It isn't all sunshine and roses, but the angst and challenges between the boys seemed realistic and was well written. Wendy grew on me a little bit in this book and I found myself feeling for her as she dealt with her own relationship drama. I continued to like the writing and the story and I really want to see how the boys navigate through the next set of challenges (coming out on campus and more family drama). This is one series that I am glad to have been able to read back to back to back. Book 3 came out today and I have already jumped on line and purchased it. I will be sad when Collin and Tanner's story is over, but the journey so far has been wonderful.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
In Moment of Time Karen Stivali takes the relationship between Collin and Tanner onto the next level, both physically and emotionally. Although being on Fire Island gives both young men the freedom to openly display their affection for one another, their summer break tests the strength of their relationship. The way in which Karen Stivali chooses to develop Collin's characters allows us to see a different side of him than the one we were shown in Moment of Impact. In the first book, I liked his innocence and empathised with the way he was treated by his family. Now, however, I found his naivety irritating and I wanted to shake him out of the funk he lands himself in. In the first book it was Tanner I was unsure of, yet on Fire Island his confidence is a little more subdued, despite the fact that he is working in a nightclub and spending time with his friends. The strength of his feelings for Collin are obvious and though certain events ask us to doubt him, I never did. As Collin and Tanner question each other, they also lose the trust of an important friend, as Fire island and its drama begin to spin its web around their lives. The freedom of the island gives Collin and Tanner an opportunity to explore their sexual relationship and Karen Stivali definitely increases the heat level of the story, but however passionate these acts are, we appreciate their context in terms of the romance. Moment of Truth is an excellent sequel, in which the characters have the time to come alive a little more. We also have the feeling that each event that has taken place will have consequences for the young men once their summer is over and I wish I had the next instalment in my hands now! *There is an excerpt of Moment of Clarity at the end of the book.* I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
ThreeStar This is a continuance of Moment of Impact. The boys have been together for a while and they go to spend the summer working on Fire Island. They stay in the shared house Tanner spent the previous summer in. If we learned more about Collin’s life in Moment of Impact, Tanner’s world becomes much more clear in the second part of the story. This time the supporting characters are more deftly drawn and more fully developed. Even Collin’s family is allowed to break type and emerge as more human. Everything about this story feels more fully developed. The hot, hedonistic summer island setting is realistic enough to make me nostalgic for my own university summers. Tedious shift work, after hours clubbing, beach parties and the joys of shared houses are all carefully drawn. It was the main characters I didn’t always believe. Tanner and Collin feel oddly conservative for two newly legal gay men in such a wildly liberal environment. Tanner introduces Collin to everything sexual, but he doesn’t help him party or even play very much. And yet - Collin is wary about night clubs, but not about tattoos? I’m not sure either character was very believable in the environment they were living in. Again, both stories together are only the length of a short novel, so it is difficult to understand why they are being sold as two separate books. I would have preferred them as part one and part two of the same book, saving readers a second purchase. So yes, this was a more engaging story than the first. It is more complex and is without the editing errors present through the first. It is a simple young adult story about finding an adult identity, holding on to a relationship and becoming independent. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
PaulBerry1 More than 1 year ago
Moment of Truth-Book 2 (Moment in Time Series) by Karen Stivali!!! Collin thought he would be fixing cars all summer when he finds himself in Fire Island working at a seaside restaurant. This is the first time that Collin and Tanner are out in public after Collin has come out to everyone. Now new challenges face these men such as jealousy as it rears its ugly head, Now they must face these demons if they are to survive in the real world as boyfriends. This is the second book in the Moment of Time series. They decide to move to Fire Island with a very popular gay community where Collin can feel safe with his new status of "out". They are now working at the restaurant Tanner previously has been employed at. Collin needs a huge break from reality and being estranged from his family this is the perfect time. Collin is slowly getting closer to Tanners friends, this world is new for him and he has to take baby steps. Collin is finding it hard not to be jealous as Tanner's ex-boyfriend is not making it very easy with his aggressive flirtation and then seeing Tanner in an embrace with Wendy. After seeing this he makes a rash decision that just might be too damaging for the relationship to survive. I am loving this series very much and book 2 was even more thrilling if that was even possible. It was so sweet and beautiful to see the amazing connection that these boys share. I love how the author wrote about the feelings that Collin was having with coming out as this is a very difficult time for some gay men. The author told it so realistically and it was so spot on. The very real feelings and jealousy that face Collin was some of the best writing that I have had the pleasure to read. The author writes in such a way that you truly feel that you know or once knew these men. I enjoyed the sub-characters even though at times it was difficult to read when you see the angst that Collin went through. This is some brilliant writing and the pages flow so well together. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book...Moment of Truth and I also recommend you read Moment of Impact. You won't be disappointed in this beautiful series. "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review." Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Just when Collin and Tanner seem to be heading in the right direction, Collin's jealousy and Tanner's tendency to comfort others takes their burgeoning relationship down a rocky road. When a summer spent away from familial and peer pressures turns from heaven to hell, their commitment to each other is put to the test in this sweet and sensual, yet heartbreaking at times, tale. Along with seeing a maturing and compelling Collin and Tanner we're also introduced to a cast of secondary characters, among them is friend Wendy from the first book, whose love lives add to the drama. From start to finish this story had a nice flow that captivated me and held me in it's sweetly romantic embrace. Collin and Tanner are so cute together as they learn what it's like to have a mature and committed relationship. They talk through things and experiment together with Collin taking the lead more often than in the past. Tanner's still the more supportive one, constantly worried that things might be too much for Collin when it comes to coming out at school, but for this one summer they're trying to leave those worries behind. Collin's self-doubts and jealousy over Tanner's experience, good looks, and bisexuality leave him questioning their commitment though and making a poor choice one evening that forces them to fully admit their feelings. It's a true test of their commitment that left me worried for their future. This was a satisfying sequel to the previously emotional coming out of Collin to himself and others. I enjoyed the give and take of these two young men as their relationship goes to more mature levels. The sexual interludes get more intense as they become more comfortable with each other with these scenes nicely spaced throughout the story. They're a compelling couple with feelings and actions that are believable and that put readers through the emotional wringer along with them. The cast of secondary characters are colorful and engaging and have their own drama that affects Collin and Tanner too, putting their relationship further in jeopardy. All in all this was a delightful read that has me greatly anticipating the next installment to see how Collin and Tanner have weathered the emotional storm battering them from the outside world.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the second story for Collin and Tanner, first introduced in Moment of Impact (which ended on a happy note and can be read as a standalone). Summer has come and Tanner has invited Collin to come with him to Fire Island, a resort area, to work for the summer. It's a different place than Collin has ever been before, one where being gay isn't a big deal and they are able to spend time together while earning money for the next year of college. But being out of the closet still isn't that easy for Collin, and Tanner's bisexuality is also worrisome to him, with the number of attractive girls who see Tanner as the prize they want too. Will the summer bring them closer together or tear them apart? I loved this story! Even if you haven't read the first part of their story, it would be easy to dive right into this one as it's easy to get right into the story as Collin and Tanner start their summer together. I thought it was a really smooth read, keeping me interested from the first page as they head to Fire Island, get jobs there and go about the business of really learning how to trust and rely on each other. Their attraction to each other has only gotten stronger and leads to several sexy, tender and emotional love scenes that cement their feelings. But at the same time, there are other players in the game, attractive young twenty something's who are equally as interested in Collin and Tanner and like any new relationship, their insecurities for their new found relationshhip can sometimes be overwhelming. I thought all of their emotional experiences were really realistic and although the story is told only from Collin's point of view, Tanner's thoughts are equally represented. He's the stronger one in their couple, secure in his feelings for Collin. It's Collin who is dealing with showing his feelings for Tanner while still being unsure of how to behave publicly. Overall, I found this very entertaining, lighthearted and sexy with a good dose of sweet romance too. 5 stars.