Title: Moment of Fate
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments in Time, #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 257
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Moment of Fate by Karen Stivali is book 5 in the Moments in Time series, and it is an amazing romance. To say I loved this book, would not express just how much, I adored the characters and their story. If you have not read the other books in this series, you can read this story as a standalone, but I would highly recommend you reading all the books, they are all amazing. I have to also mention, did you see that cover? Yummy!
The MC in this book are Bryan Dane and Oliver Newcastle. When the book starts Bryan experiences a shock and it causes him to change some of his behaviours, one of which is sleeping with anyone who is willing. Bryan is a bit of a male tramp. Which is why he self-imposes a year long celibacy vow. A year, to focus on himself, his studies, his band, and his friends – no sex. One year. How hard (pun intended) could it be? Enter, Oliver to the scene.
Oliver has come to NYC to spend the summer in an intensive summer program, while he simultaneously explores his sexuality and blogs the experience as, Oliver Unabridged. The two first see each other on campus by chance in the elevator and then Oliver leaves his journal behind where Bryan is working. Bryan, opens the journal trying to find out who it belongs to when he sees the information about Oliver and the website name for the blog. Bryan starts reading, Oliver Unabridged without knowing who is writing it, and he is immediatly hooked on the realness and openness of the author.
The two meet again, after Bryan’s band plays one night and Bryan inadvertently eats something he is allergic to, Oliver is there and he helps him through the allergic reaction and then ends up staying with him to make sure Bryan is okay. It’s during the allergic reaction that Bryan realizes, the Oliver he is talking to and the Oliver he has been reading about, are one in the same.
The story quickly takes off from here as the two start really getting to know each other, spending almost all their time together, and people think of them as a couple. Bryan, who has sworn off anything to do with relationships baulks at the comments and Oliver acts as if they don’t affect him one way or another. Bryan becomes Oliver’s mentor in everything but sex. That is until a movie at a friends house gets them both so ramped up they end up in Bryan’s apartment watching porn together and getting off. That moment is the beginning of the end for Bryan and his celibacy.
These two are so hot together. But remember, Oliver is all but a virgin when it comes to being with a man. So, lucky Bryan gets to experience all his firsts with him! From mutual masturbation, to hand jobs, frotting, blow jobs, and more…trust me, Bryan doesn’t mind, but he holds back some…
These two carry on like this and all is well, until Oliver has a date. Bryan, can’t understand why it’s bothering him so much, he doesn’t want a boyfriend after all. However, when he finds out Oliver is taking his date to the Bar where Bryan will be playing, Bryan is forced to start confronting his feelings.
“I’d be feeling something. That was for sure. I’d be feeling like a possessive fucking idiot standing on stage watching their date play out.”
When Oliver shows up on his doorstep after the date, Bryan finally admits his desire for Oliver, he stops holding back.
“Is that what you think? That I don’t want you? Because wanting doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about you. Crave. Need. I don’t think a word exists that explains how much I want you.”
But even a great friendship and hot as hell passion can’t make Bryan forget his past, his hurt, and his fear of being hurt again. So, when its time to either man up and admit he has feelings for Oliver or let him go…he gets scared, he pushes Oliver away, convinced Oliver is just confusing his first sexual encounters with a man, for love.
“He stared at me with love. And it scared the hell out of me because I was pretty sure I stared back with the same expression on my own face.”
It’s at this point in the book that I want to reach into it and slap Bryan upside the head. But, I also understand he is scared, he has been hurt, he doesn’t want to go through it again. Sometimes though…you have to take a chance, sometimes the chance of pain is worth it the end when you get the elusive happily ever after.
So, during a chance moment of Fate when these two see each other a month or so after going their separate ways. Bryan takes that chance and leaps hoping Oliver catches him…
“I was already so head over heels in love with you I was too stupid and scared shitless to even realize what was going on. Jesus, Oliver. I miss you. I need you… I love you.”
Will these two get their HEA or are they forever meant to be just a simple moment in time?