Title: Moment of Fate
Author: Karen Stivali
Series: Moments In Time Book 5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press;
Release Date: 02-24-2017
Genre(s): M/M Coming Out, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 257
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Moments In Time Novel
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 sow 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 may have other plans.
This is the fifth book in the Moments in Time series. In my opinion, this book could be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend that you read the entire series to follow the flow of the story. Karen Stivali brings us to NYU where Bryan and Oliver connect. Bryan has been celibate for almost a year after the risks his lifestyle choices hit close to home. When he meets Oliver, a new student, he is instantly drawn to him and is rethinking his commitment to the planned one year of celibacy. Oliver is new to New York City where he is leading his life as an openly gay man. The problem is, he is not sure how to live the lifestyle. Blogging his experiences and meeting Bryan has had a very positive effect on his attempt to feel comfortable in his own skin.
Bryan, taking Oliver under his wing, gives him tips on how to meet eligible gay men. When Oliver finally has a date, Bryan can’t help but feel jealous. The friendship that they have has developed into more than friend zone. The chemistry between these two characters is hot and explosive. It is also filled with challenges. The story has an even pace, making this an easy story to read and follow. A plus if you haven’t read the rest of the books in this series. This author is one of my favorites because I know I will have a happy ever after at the end of the story. There is great character development not only with our main characters but with the secondary characters in this story.