Previously, I have introduced you to Karen Stivali’s Moments in Time Series. Now I (finally) get to introduce you to Jason and Quinn in MOMENT OF SILENCE.
Publication Date: December 18, 2015
Pages 230 (76,000 words)
Cover Artist Anna Sikorska
MOMENT OF SILENCE (Moments In Time, Book 4)
(A standalone novel from the Moments In Time series)
Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.
When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.
Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.
I had the joy of beta reading this story and I have to tell you, both Jason and Quinn will steal your heart.
Jason works at a LGBT shelter for kids who have been kicked out by their families, much like he had when his Rabbi father disowned him when he came out to the world. A world his family refused to be a part of anymore.
Quinn has been training his entire life to become a priest and is on sabbatical before he takes his final vows. He comes to the shelter as a carpenter while trying to make his final decision and meets Jason.
Take Jason’s perchance for falling for the wrong guys, mix in a dead sexy blonde who isn’t quite a priest yet, stir in chemistry that frankly crackles off the page and you have one hot, steamy romance.
The slow burn between these two was amazing!! The story is told from Jason’s POV with only snippets of clues about Quinn’s feelings. I loved not knowing what Quinn was thinking and feeling so that the powerful emotions guilt-tripping Jason twisted my stomach as much as the characters. The running commentary of Jason’s train of thought at times had me in stitches and at others, in tears.
Each stage of their relationship drew me deeper into these characters. From Jason’s awkward desire for unobtainable men (His comments constantly reminding himself Quinn was a priest. And then correcting it to, well, an almost-priest were priceless!), evolving into a quiet but guarded friendship between the two, until finally erupting into a complex and passionate romance of exploration and firsts.
The rollercoster ride of Jason’s emotions was so true to life. His wanting to love Quinn, yet being afraid he was taking him away from what might be his true calling…AUGH! I loved every page-turning MOMENT.
To want what your heart tells you to never let go. But that’s exactly what Jason has to do. Let go. Let Quinn make his decision without him in a retreat of silence. A silence that could destroy Jason or give him his every desire.
Although there is an issue of religion in the story, it is not the main focus, so don’t let that stop you from picking up this heartfelt story of love. A MOMENT OF SILENCE is uplifting, heartbreaking, and all around amazing!
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. (Gotta love those accents – Means she’s got good taste IMHO) She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter. (You’ll need a fan and an A/C is recommended for some of her reads)
Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.
When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. ( I can totally attest to this as I am often the one distracting her #sorrynotsorry) She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:
MOMENT OF SILENCE is a great stand alone novel, but don’t forget to check out the other stories in the series.
Other books in the Moments In Time series:
MOMENT OF IMPACT (Book 1)
MOMENT OF TRUTH (Book 2)
MOMENT OF CLARITY (Book 3)
MOMENTS IN TIME (a compilation of Books 1-3)
Review quotes for the Moments In Time series:
“From the very first line in Moment of Impact to the very last line in Moment of Clarity this has been a beautifully told story of love, life, and passion. I have loved these two amazing young men from the start; I have cried for them, I have cheered for them, and I have loved watching them learn, grow, accept, trust each other, and embrace the love they have for each other and I thank Karen Stivali for their amazing journey.” – 5 stars and a Purest Delight rating from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“I am completely enamored with these two characters. Stivali created two young men that are such a realistic portrayal of young gay reality today… Loved it, just go buy it now you won’t be disappointed! But start with the first installment if you haven’t read any of the three yet, this series must be read in order.” – 5 Stars from MMGoodBooks Reviews
“Realistic and brilliantly written…I have loved all the books in this series and the author doesn’t disappoint at all with Moment Of Clarity! I completely fell for Collin and Tanner and you will too. I highly recommend this novel as well as the entire series.” – 5 stars from Gay Media Reviews
“I thoroughly enjoyed this end to the series, and the whole set. The three novellas are filled with fast-paced plots, deep feels and some seriously smokin’ sexytimes.” – 5 stars from V’s Reads
REVIEW QUOTES for MOMENT OF SILENCE
“Moment Of Silence was uplifting, it was heart breaking, it was joyful, it was spiritual, it was life changing for the characters, it was sexy and I loved every minute of even the ones that made me cry.” – 5 stars and a Purest Delight rating from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
” “Moment of Silence” is a wonderful book, one of my favorites this year – and not for anything showy or any attempts to push the boundaries. But rather for the virtuosity of the author, and the sincere emotions she both shows and evokes, so effortlessly and elegantly. Karen Stivali is a first-rate writer.
I just can’t recommend this book highly enough. …you need to read it, in Ms. Stivali’s incomparable prose, to experience, to feel, the breadth and depth of the deep love these two men share.” 5 stars from Sinfully Sexy MM Book Reviews
“This one definitely goes on my best reads of 2015 shelf. 5 stars.” – Maria Rose from Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews
“This is one of those books that will completely own you from the moment you pick it up until the moment you finish it, and will linger in your soul for days after. Stunning!” – 5 stars from Just Love Romance