Moment of Truth by Karen Stivali
Moment of Truth Review
At the end of Book 1, Moment of Impact, in the Moment in Time Series Collin’s extremely intimidating and homophobic mother cast him out of his strict Catholic family when she discovered that he is gay. Collin stood up to her leaving Collin and Tanner prepared to go further with their relationship. They are just finishing their junior year at a conservative Catholic university and now that all support for his education has been withdrawn by his parents, Collin needs to make serious money and apply for student loans over the summer.
Tanner invites Collin to come to Fire Island with him and assures him he will be able to get a job at the restaurant where Tanner has worked during previous summers. They move to a beach house owned by a young couple who take in renters to help pay the mortgage. Tanner has stayed there before and knows the other residents.
This is the first time Collin has had an opportunity to publicly show his affection for Tanner, but he is still shy and closeted outside of the beach house. Simple handholding, let alone kissing or dancing, is way outside of his comfort zone. This is the summer Collin is going to have to become comfortable with his previously repressed sexual urges and honestly examine who he is if he wants his relationship with Tanner to go forward. Tanner is out to his family, friends, and his summer community, although he is not out at the college where he dates women, telling Collin he is bisexual. The sex is scorching hot as Collin becomes accustomed to giving in to the desires associated with his attraction to men and Tanner continues to enjoy helping Collin mature as a gay man.
This story is full of miscommunications as Collin continues to be afraid to ask Tanner intimate questions. Collin sees Tanner’s friendliness as flirting and when Tanner sees something he doesn’t understand it sets off his own jealous reaction. Will these guys ever get it together or has this been nothing more than a college relationship that will end before their senior year begins?
Ms. Stivali writes about new feelings and the confusion of young people in a way that brings the reader right into the characters’ heads. The main characters are exquisitely developed and even the secondary characters come to life in her stories. This is a character-driven novella with a firm plot that packs a punch through the book and the series. While Moment of Truth can be read stand alone, a lot of the relationship and motivation background for the main and one of the secondary characters will be lost without reading Moment of Impact first, so I recommend reading these novellas in order. A third book, Moment of Clarity is coming that will take Collin and Tanner back to college with many decisions to make. Mark me down as eager to get my hands on Book 3!