Series: Moments In Time
Author: Karen Stivali
Publication Date: December 18, 2015
Pages 230 (76,000 words)
Cover Artist Anna Sikorska
GMR 5 STAR REVIEW-PAUL
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.
Jason lead a very privileged life and came from a very good Jewish family. Its Jason's time to be on his own, away at college and he never expected to fall in love with the wrong guy, come out and basically get disowned by his loving family. He was able to graduate in the top of his class, have amazing friends and is now falling for a good guy so everything seems to be looking good for Jason.
Quinn this sexy guy starts employment in an LGBTQ Shelter is where he meets Jason. This is the man Jason is falling for but the only catch is he's not sure if Quinn is gay so he's not sure how to proceed. These boys are spending a lot of time together at work and Jason is already falling for him but Quinn has some baggage that he must work out and also make a huge life decision that could affect them both.
I felt connected to Jason for everything he had to endure by coming out and I gave him all the courage as this is not an easy thing to do especially in such a religious Jewish family. Growing up in such a loving family and then to have it ripped away just for being gay is one of the most cruelest things a gay guy can endure. Then for him to find the inner strength to live his own truth is quite amazing and with his new family support he becomes very prominent in the New Home shelter. He's always been attracted to men he shouldn't be and that includes Quinn whose almost a priest. Now Quinn must choose between the church and Jason and he knows the decision he has will be the toughest of his life. Can he let go of the dream to be a priest? Is his interest in Jason enough? Will these boys be able to be together with everything they have to face?
I just completely fell in love with Jason considering all he's gone through but he still had the desire to love and then to meet the most unattainable man but still fight for love. This fourth installment was just brilliant and I loved it and it fits so well into the series. Karen did a remarkable job with MOMENT OF SILENCE. The way she created these amazing characters of Jason and Quinn and how she brought their love to life even with the dramatic twist of Quinn about to enter the priesthood. Karen's writing is addictive and I for one will always read her work. I highly and I mean highly recommend this novel and the series MOMENTS IN TIME by Karen Stivali for everyone who loves a beautifully written MM romance novel.
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That’s a lie. All I really wanted was for Quinn to kiss me again. He’s been thinking about guys that way since he was a kid. It wasn’t just tonight.
An instant replay flashed in my mind. Lips. Tongue. Heat. More, please.
My hands ached to touch him, but I didn’t dare. I did scoot closer. He stayed so still. Like he was afraid to do anything. “So tonight, when you kissed me….”
“I’ve been wanting to do that for weeks. I just didn’t have the nerve. I was afraid… of everything.”
“You don’t have to be afraid of me.”
I inched even closer. His breathing sped up. I reached up and put my hand on his shoulder, letting my fingers move along the tight muscles of his neck. He’s not pulling away. Fuck it. I leaned in and pressed a soft kiss to his lips.
A strangled sigh escaped him as he kept his lips pressed to mine. It simultaneously broke my heart and lifted it up. We’re kissing. Again.
I broke the kiss, keeping my face close, and he rested his forehead against mine. It took some effort, but I kept my hand from shaking as I continued to slowly stroke his neck. “Tell me.”
“What?” he whispered.
“Anything. Anything you’ve ever thought about doing.”
His heart pounded hard enough that I could feel it. I kneaded a knot in his shoulder until he exhaled in a warm rush, but there were still no words.
Leaning closer, I let my lips hover near his ear, then placed a kiss on his neck.
His head turned slowly until his eyes met mine. The normally bright hue was dark, stormy, almost eclipsed by the black expanse of his pupils.
“Tell me. I won’t judge. And we don’t have to do anything if you don’t want. I just want to know. What have you thought about trying?”
I held my breath, praying he’d answer. For once, God heard me.
Quinn shuddered, then whispered, “Everything.”
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.
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