Author: Karen Stivali
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/24/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track, until he meets Oliver Newcastle.
For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real, with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.
From the moment they meet the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sew his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate might have other plans.
I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the rest of the others in the Moments in Time series. I’m not sure exactly why I didn’t love it but I think I just failed to connect with the characters.
They’re not bad characters and Stivali’s writing is top notch as always but I found myself comparing them to the other couples in the series and found them lacking.
There’s some chemistry between Bryan and Oliver and the sex between them is very hot. I just wasn’t wowed by the story of them coming together. And the ending felt rushed.
Regardless of my opinion of the story I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this story anyone whether they’ve read the rest of the series or not.
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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