Moment of Impact by Karen Stivali ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

MomentofImpactLG Title: Moment of Impact

Author: Karen Stivali

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Moments in Time: Book One

Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who’d disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner’s not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.


Karen Stivali is a new author in the M/M world, having published several Het romances. I, however, have never read her before today. I will certainly be reading more from her in the future.

Moment of Impact is a powerful look at the fear associated with being gay 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.

The one thing I enjoyed most about Tanner and especially Collin is that they felt like college-aged young adults. They weren’t too wise or too immature for their age. Collin is so much like many of the people I went to school with, who had lead sheltered lives until the moment they left for college. They waged daily internal wars their parents’ expectations and their own preferences. Collin is just like that. It takes that moment of impact for him to come out of his shell completely.

Being well on this side of that moment of change, we often forget just how hard it is to break from a parent’s expectations and start living for ourselves. That is what Moment of Impact masterfully addresses. It isn’t a long or overly emotional novella, but it is well-written and worth the read.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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