Title: Moment Of Truth
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments In Time #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 03-04-2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 130
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
This book continues where the last one left off. Collin and Tanner have finished the school year and head to Fire Island as planned, for the jobs they have secured for themselves. Collin needs his job more than ever, now that his entire family has rejected him. He didn’t expect his mother to be happy about him being gay and in a relationship with his roommate but he hadn’t considered that his brothers would react the same way too.
Being away from their usual routine, Collin initially finds it difficult to be who he really is. Having been so used to hiding his sexuality means that he struggles to believe that no-one here cares that he’s gay. There are so many gay pubs and clubs on the island, that they easily blend in and being surrounded by people who all know he has a boyfriend, eventually gives Collin a sense of acceptance and freedom he’s never felt before.
Where the first book was mainly centred around the couple and their burgeoning sex life, this one has an entirely different feel. Don’t get me wrong, they’re still having some intense and passionate sex but we learn more about the boys themselves and their dramas are interconnected with those of the other people they stay/work with. There’s quite a bit of tension when needless jealousies get in the way. Their roommates contribute to the already emotionally charged atmosphere with their own relationship issues and although a couple of their ‘friends’ are downright unpleasant, they spice up the storyline and keep you gripped because you know it’s all gonna hit the fan at some point, you just don’t know when.
The end of the book sees the guys getting ready to head back to college and real life which means a whole lot of decisions need to be made, some of which may be taken out of their hands. They can’t live in this fantasy land forever and reality awaits them. I’m looking forward to seeing how they deal with the next chapter…..