Dawn reviews Moment of Truth (Moments In time Book Two) by Karen Stivali (Published on March 4th ,2015 and approx 140 pgs long).
The book was provided free of charge by Dreamspinner Press, for an honest review.
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.
Moment of Truth continues the story of Collin and Tanner, but I would recommend reading Book 1 first. My review for Book 1 can be found here : Moment Of Impact (Moment Of Impact is also 99 cents until 7th March 2015).
After finishing their semester, Collin and Tanner both go to Fire Island, to work together and spend as much time as possible together. They are sharing a beach house with several other people, but at least they have a room to themselves.
Things start well for the two, but when they both report for work, things then aren’t so good, as Collin will be working in the restaurant, but Tanner will be working in the bar next door, where Collin isn’t able to go yet as he hasn’t quite reached 21 years of age.
Collin has only just come out and is still unsure about showing affection with Tanner in public, even though none of their house mates seem to mind the two being a couple. All Collin can remember is what his families reaction was to his being gay. Also as he is gay and Tanner is bisexual, he is also unsure about the women that seem to flock around Tanner, although any other man looks at Tanner he seems fine with.
They go out with their house mates to celebrate Collins 21st Birthday, and when they return home, the two boys celebrate even more – mainly by finally consummating their relationship. Both feel on top of the world and everything seems to be going right for them.
However, as Collins insecurities surface time and time again, he gets it into his head that Tanner doesn’t really want to be with him, and finally things come to a head one night after Collin sees what he thinks is Tanner with a woman, and rather than speak to him, he runs out of the bar. He goes to a friends house, but unbeknown to him, this friend actually wants more with Collin, and decides to sieze the chance to try his luck with Collin….. but then Tanner arrives at the house and sees them together……..
Does this signal the end of Tanner and Collin?? Are they able to really talk and sort things out?? When will Collin believe that he can show Tanner how much he loves him, even if it is just holding his hand as they walk around??
I am not going to say what happens, but suffice to say, it is a major event in the book, and I will admit to having tears in my eyes as I read this part of the book. I could see both side of the stories, and could see the point of view of both of them.
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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