Monday, March 2, 2015

ARC Review: Moment of Truth (Moments in Time 2) by Karen Stivali

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.

Dani's rating:

I wish this story were published and presented as a novel vs. a series of 100-page novellas that end with barely whispered happy-for-nows.

I read the blurb for the third installment in the series, Moment of Clarity, and that one seems to contain yet more drama, with no HEA in sight.

Collin and Tanner are sharing an attic bedroom in a big house on Fire Island for the summer. Collin, still estranged from his family, is not comfortable being out and jealous of the women who throw themselves at Tanner.

The men's physical relationship moves to the next level, and there is plenty of delicious steam. I liked the obvious sexual chemistry and connection between the MCs.

What's less successful is the parade of secondary characters winding through the beach house. I could have especially done without Maggie or Dex. I really don't like Tanner's ex-fuck buddy Wendy and don't give a shit about her or the angst surrounding her relationship with Dex, the trustfund douchebag.

I will never get over the fact that Tanner used to screw Wendy three feet away from Collin, on whom he had a crush. Who the hell does that?

I really think Tanner's POV is necessary here, since Collin isn't a reliable or observant narrator.

Warning: There's gray-area cheating here, preceded by a Big Misunderstanding.

Despite these small annoyances, I found Moment of Truth to be a well-written, well-paced, mostly enjoyable read, and I'll most likely continue with the series.

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