Moment of Impact (Moments in Time #1) by Karen Stivalo ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

o-moment-of-impactTitle: Moment of Impact (Moments in Time #1)

Author: Karen Stivalo

Narrator: Robert Neiman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/25/2016

Length: 03 hours 41 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult


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.

Story Review:

Brandilyn reviewed this book last year. Check it out here.

As Brandilyn said:

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.

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.

Definitely worth the read or listen.

Narration Review:

Robert Neiman is apparently a new narrator to the genre. Audible shows no other titles with his name. Judging by how he did with this one he could have a very good career. He nailed all the characters here perfectly. I hope he continues with this series because I would love to his listen to his trained voice again.


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

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