Title: Moment of Fate
Series: A Moments in Time Story
Author: Karen Stivali
Narrator: P. C.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 hours and 50 minutes
At a Glance: P. C., as narrator, took some time to get into the characters. Listeners may miss the former narrator’s skill with this world. But, the story is good and well told by the author.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: Bryan Dane’s been living the dream – photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.
For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.
From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats – he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.
This is a stand-alone novel set in the Moments in Time world. You do not need to have listened to the other books in the series prior to listening to this book.
Review: Bryan Dane seems to have it all figured out. He has a job. He’s nearly finished with his college career, his band is moving in a positive direction, and he has just about completed a year of celibacy after one too many failed relationships. And then, he meets Oliver. Oliver is sweet, funny, getting out of his marriage of convenience, battling the closet, his small town teaching job, and the need to explore a sexuality he is finally admitting.
From the minute the two men meet they have a hard tie denying an obvious attraction. Oliver asks Bryan to help him find his way around the gay scene in New York City. Bryan does so, grudgingly, while fighting his growing feelings for Oliver. The story does an amazing job of telling the ups and downs of a new relationship—that both men are fighting—until they forget why they are fighting it. True love never runs smooth, and Oliver and Bryan hit more than a few bumps in the road.
P. C., as narrator, took some time to get into the characters. The first chapter seems a bit rushed, but it smooths out pretty quickly. The character voices here are more reading than performance. This is a change in narrator for this series, and while it is a standalone novel, listeners may miss the former narrator’s skill with this world. But, the story is good and well told by the author. Buy the book to complete the set and see still another side of Stivali’s world, which captures another facet of relationships between men as they begin to blossom and take root.
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