Sunday, January 11, 2015

ARC Review: Moment of Impact by Karen Stivali

Moment Of Impact (Moments In Time, #1)From the blurb:

Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who'd disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner's not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.

Heather's rating:

Can I get a "what, what" for college boys hooking up with their roommates??

This is what all college boys do with their roommates, right? RIGHT?

*all dissenters get sent to naughty corner*

Do you like lots and lots of hooking up in your stories? Newbie gay hooking up? REALLY hot, covert mutual masturbation scenes mixed with some third base action (yes, I used the bases analogy)? If so, then you really should try this book.

I still was pretty freakin' satisfied with the heat in this one. Just a note for those afraid of lady parts. Though Tanner is bisexual and there are references about him hooking up with girls, there are NO lady bits in this book. The MCs only hook up with each other during this story.

Also, there really is a plot buried in all the sex. This isn't PWP. It was a really cute story, too. Lots of blushing and coming to terms with one's sexuality and all that good stuff. Collin comes from a super repressed, religi-zealous family, and so it was interesting to see how much of himself he had ignored through the years.

I enjoyed this story a great deal, hence the rounding to 4 stars. However, my issue with this one is that the ending was very rushed and underdeveloped. I'm curious why this author decided that this book should be novella-length. She certainly had enough material to work with to create a full story of at least double the page count. I see that it is the first in a series, and I'm hoping that the "series" isn't like one book broken up piecemeal to stretch out the plot.

The ending tried to do too much in too short a period of time, it's true, and Collin's sudden acceptance of himself and sudden backbone against his mother read somewhat false. But... I still liked this one.

What can I say? College boys!

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Buy this book:

Dreamspinner Press, Amazon

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