Moment of Impact is a powerful look at the fear associated with being gay..Show More » among blatantly homophobic family and friends. At its core, it is a friends-to-lovers tale of coming to terms with one’s self and coming out to one’s friends and family.
I absolutely loved Collin and Tanner from the first word on the page (or word in my ear.)
The beginning of the story is a fairly cliché scene—a college guy watches his roomie jackoff—but Stivali makes it seem totally original with the use of these unique characters and their emotions. These are realistic young men not adults in kid’s bodies like some New Adult novels.
The issues the young men face concerning coming out to their families were realistically written and not overly dramatic. The side characters here were also vividly created.
(Potential small spoilers included near the end.) We met both Collin and Tanner at school where they went from friends to lovers and Collin faced ..Show More »the monumental task of coming out to his ultra conservative family. Now it’s summer and Collin and Tanner are together for the summer on Fire Island and finally enjoying being an “out and proud” couple. But… Wendy and Maggie are two women from Tanner’s past that are currently still causing trouble for the couple. And there are yet more women Tanner meets at work that pokes every jealous bone in Collin and makes him feel insecure. Finally, there is a guy at work hitting on Collin and when he makes his move, Tanner is there to witness it. ** I really, really like Karen Stivali’s writing. It’s engaging, erotic, and believable. I really like Collin as a character and his relationship with Tanner is both tender and erotic. I was delighted that they boys got to move their relationship further both emotionally and physically and am psyched to see Collin embracing being gay more and more fully. What I really didn’t like was the teen-agey angst and drama being played out in the beach house. I particularly didn’t like Maggie and Wendy and their contribution to the story. I know that when a story like this is broken down into parts rather than being served up as an entire novel each “section” has to have it’s own hurdles and problems. What I hope for is that each section will be an evolution in the relationship and not a recurring battle of “will this relationship work?”. I think that Collin’s virginity, his newness to being out, his battle with his conservative up-bringing and his newness to being a “boyfriend” could have provided enough conflict to move the story forward without throwing in a potential relationship-ending episode of almost cheating that we see with Jason. I was grateful that the episode with Jason is brief and quickly resolved and I sincerely hope the next installment will focus more on making the relationship work rather than questioning whether it should be a relationship at all. I will definitely read part three as I am totally captivated by their story and I do recommend this book and the series, even though it was painful to see the boys in so much pain. 4 of 5 stars
Audio I like Robert Nieman as a narrator. I find his voice soothing and he allows me to really be in the story, not distracted by the narration. He doesn't do a lot with the voices but that isn't needed here, really, anyway. His range and emotion suits the time period and age of the MCs and I think this really adds to the enjoyment of this series.
Book & Author: Audiobook - A Moment of Clarity By Karen Stivali Rating: 4.5 Stars Narrator: Robert Neiman
Out of the series this one..Show More » was the hardest to read. Watching the homophobia these two men had to endure at from their peers was terrible. But what made it worse was the lack of trust that Collin had in the people around him and in the relationship he had with Tanner. Insecurity in yourself can have terrible consequences and ripple out in your life and for Collin every hit they took was one against him, not one that they needed to handle together.
Once again Robert Neiman added to the extreme emotions that went through Collin during this story and handle each thought and spoken word with what it exactly needed at that moment. There are just some narrators whose style or voice are built for certain stories or characters and I couldn’t imagine listening to this series without the intimacy and emotion that Robert gave these guys.
Also this continues to be one of my favorite series out there, one that I’ve have read over and over again. And now one that I can listen to over and over and be even more impressed with her characters and stories then I ever was before.
*I received a copy of this book through http://diversereader.blogspot.com/*
Loved this story! Fantastic narration as always. I highly recommend this story. I've not listened to the first 3 stories; however, I didn't feel lost ..Show More »with the characters as sometimes can happen in a series.