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.
Well… this series is all about the drama and book three takes the cake for number of pages vs angst ratio.
This story takes place right after..Show More » book two leaves off and we are immediately plunged into a torrent of angst. Sean’s angry wife. Sean’s depression. Angry friend Tim who wants to out them. Wendy and Tanner almost hook up again. Collin actually LEAVES Tanner. Tanner’s mom – of all things – helps to make things right in the boys’ world and finally –FINALLY - a HEA.
I think that fans of the series know what they’re getting into and will want to see how things finally end up as this is absolutely a series that must be read in order. I – for one – really loved the chemistry between these guys and liked them as a settled couple. The angst/drama got a bit tiring and I wish the most basic hurdle – coming out and being an “out” couple - had gotten more focus rather than the outside family stuff, which muddied the water, IMHO.
Karen Stivali is a great writer and the chemistry and final HEA are absolutely worth it!
3.5 of 5 stars
Robert Nieman is really, really the right narrator for this series. I think his voice matches the age group and angst. I love how – silky?- his voice is. Man. The sensual times in his voice are OTT delicious! I think listening to this is the absolute best way to enjoy this story and I highly recommend it.
We met Jason in Karen’s earlier books, he had kissed Collin setting off a jealous frenzy with Tanner. Now Jason is happy that Collin and Tanner are t..Show More »ogether and serious but he has a serious crush on Collin’s brother, Quinn.
Quinn is the oldest, slated to become a priest. He’s been very judgmental so far of both Collin (for being gay) and Sean (for getting a divorce). He’s recently been re-evaluating himself and his judgments and is taking a break from his process to become a priest by doing volunteer work at the New Hope House, where Jason works. New Hope is a sanctuary for LGTBQ kids in New York.
What we don’t know is that Quinn may or may not have some serious secrets … and longings. What we do know is that he and Jason are fast become BFFs and Jason is worried his heart is about to be broken.
This is an amazingly romantic, sweet, erotic and well written book.
I loved it!
I loved the slow build, the tension, the relationship building… all of it! It totally worked for me.
I worried about the religion aspect – Jason is Jewish and Quinn is studying to be a priest – but that wasn’t a factor in any way that detracted.
Quinn’s question to Jason – early on – about whether or not he was willing to just take a chance on him to see where things could go seemed a bit niave to me (on Jason’s part) but I think it worked in the end. Jason has to trust the process and that process isn’t unlike any other relationship in the beginning stages. In this case, in addition to seeing if the two parties involved are compatible there is the added stressor of whether or not Quinn will decide to leave the priesthood… forever… but it’s not unlike any other career decision…mostly.
The chemistry these two guys have is phenomenal and I loved all the smexy times. The exploration and gentle way they handled one another. I also loved Carter and Mia and I’m excited to read Bryan’s story.
I really enjoyed the Moments in Time series and this is by far my favorite book in that series so far.
Robert Nieman is a solid narrator. He doesn’t do over the top accents, but he always follows through on his pacing, emotion and voice quality. He is just so easy to listen to! His voice grabs you and pulls you into the story – convincing emotion, lovely intonation, great sound quality. It’s just a fantastic experience. There are a lot of really emotional scenes in this story – it’s so heart-wrenching at times – and Robert Nieman is able to hit just the right notes to capture that. I highly enjoyed this narration and recommend it as a great way to enjoy this story.